Stuff on the Blue Shelf perceive Flowers I met a lady this week, an elderly woman who I had a nice long chat with about ‘stuff’. We talked about ruby engagement rings, coffee cup sets, souvenirs and 100 year old books. We talked about the time she went to Australia and how her ‘Australian things’ remind her of when she was younger and travelled. She had a dilemma: too many special things and where to put them. We talked about the things in her spare room, packed into boxes for the charity shops to collect. And then she told me about the blue shelf. Continue reading

The Books of 2015: A List

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provide Apparently it is now the second month of the ‘new year’ which is just a bit strange, don’t ya think? I mean, it was only a few weeks ago (it feels) that we were waving goodbye to 2015 and now look at us, well and truly in 2016. I’m actually quite liking 2016. It’s been a bit mad really. I won’t go into it today but between work and study, various summer activities, two trips away and helping my dad with his new pizza venture it’s been all go. Anyway, I never got to finish writing about the books I read last year on my ‘twenty in fifteen’ reading challenge. So, spoiler alert, I did not read twenty books but I DID read sixteen really excellent ones.  I was going to write a wee summary of each book but I kind of feel like I’ve done that to death (and you probably know that I LOVED All the Light We Cannot See and HATED Gone Girl.) So here’s a list in the order I read them,  followed by some thoughts on 2016. Continue reading

The WIPs

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Hi friends in the internet. Today I will share some crafty things. If you have dabbled in craftiness you will be familiar with the acronym ‘WIP’. It will likely be your great love and the bane of your existence. Crafty pursuits often fall smack bang in both camps. Before you get any weird ideas, let’s cut to the chase. A WIP is simply a work in progress, usually of the craft persuasion and most crafters will have more than one work in progress at any one time (sometimes into the double digits!). I’m writing this post in collaboration with some other cool bloggers. In fact, it was Catherine from Saint Cardigan’s idea. Thanks Catherine! (Check out her post here). Continue reading

Tidbits: Sweden

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Hi friends. For the past two years I have shared ‘Happy Spaces’, in various forms. Links to online delights, or interesting reads or (hopefully) scrumptious recipes. I feel like changing things up a bit. Is that cool? So now I’m going to share ‘tidbits’ – various reads in Happy Spaces style but perhaps with an interesting angle. Today we are visiting Sweden! Ja! Continue reading

Christchurch Round Two

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You might remember a post I wrote two years ago, if you’ve been reading for a while about a little trip I took south to the city of Christchurch. I wrote about how broken and sad and disorientating the city was. How favourite places had collapsed and mostly, how the city had simply vanished into empty lots. I am beyond pleased to report an update on our big city south. An opportunity popped up for me to tag along on a multi-missioned road trip this weekend and so of course I packed my bag and went on my way. I’m beyond pleased to say there was a lot less heartbreak the second time around. What a city!

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Around in Circles


The ability to think about thinking or to talk about talking is unique to humans. Yesterday we reached the conclusion that Pesto the cat’s sole purpose in the world is to eat to grow fur and so it goes. Food in, fur out. Constantly. But Pesto the cat is happy and we are endlessly happy because of him. Getting all profound here, life is full of these circles. Recently we went on a very brief, very simple holiday to a house by the windy seaside. This holiday could have been the very definition of the word perfect, rain storms and confused tides included. On said holiday we talked a lot about the circle of the digital world. Continue reading