The best thing about being a chair at a writers festival is that free books arrive in the post. That, and the opportunity to talk to some wonderful writers about their craft, and participate in one of the friendliest writers festivals in Australia. In the last week, the following lovely … Continue reading
If you want to eat cupcakes, first you must learn to bake cupcakes 🙂 Chocolate cupcakes, of course! Then, you must eat them by the fire, while playing war games involving the constant battle for the territory of Greenland, and sipping tea.
This image is one of five illustrations Jon Bauer did for the 1908 publication of Helena Nyblom’s Svanhamnen. Bauer was a wonderful Swedish artist and illustrator, best known for his illustrations of folk and fairy tales. His detailed, imaginative and emotionally engaging compositions influenced other artists working on children’s illustration, … Continue reading
Sunday was a lazy day: the first we’ve had in a long time. We stoked the fire, read the papers, indulged ourselves in a long breakfast of conversation. And later, I baked cupcakes. I used to bake cupcakes every week, for the children. It was a ritual I loved. Something … Continue reading
We went back, on a quieter, cooler day, and with beautiful boy in tow. Here we are contemplating the horizon. Boy, ever the gentlemen, is the one with the backpack.