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  • Cockatoo - My little dot on the map has been over-run with peach-faced cockatoos. They screaming overhead, grazing on the school oval and tearing the trees apart. I love them. My husband is not such a fan of the mess they make though and thus, on Saturday, he had as out in the garden brandishing hoses and […]
  • Language is a Living Thing - I just finished reading a YA book called The List by Patricia Forde, which was a brilliant book, beautifully written and very entertaining. At the end of the book Forde had written some notes about how her inspiration for The List, in which the last remaining humans can only speak a language of 500 pre-approved […]
  • Reading Gold - You know what’s the best thing? When you get to the end of a book and you think, “Oh my God, that was awesome. I need to write this author’s name down and see what else they’ve written.” Guess what’s even better? When you do that twice in a week! I am going to review […]
  • Australia Day - I know what you’re thinking. Today is Tuesday but this is not a two-sentence story. I know, but yesterday was a holiday because Australia Day fell on a Saturday this year (and Australian’s love a long weekend). So I spent yesterday frolicking at the beach with my family and that’s put me a bit behind. […]
  • The Bratty Teenager - I can’t stand a YA novel that opens with a teenage brat. Nothing makes me want to drop a book faster. Usually the character improves over the next few chapters but I always find it a shame that my first impression is of an unreasonable, sulking child.
  • Relativity - It’s true. Time does seem to go faster the older you get.
  • Happy New Year! - New year, new look. What do you think? I felt like a change. Know what I love about the new year? It’s that whoever you are, whatever your faith or race or colour, even if you it’s not the New Year of the calendar you follow, you can celebrate, enjoy the fireworks and the optimism […]
  • 11 Years - I once read that one of the most important career related decisions a woman can make is who she chooses as a partner – someone who values her career as much as his or her own and is willing to do things to support it, or someone who sees their career as most important and […]
  • Wuthering Heights - I’ve just finished reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. If you’re wondering how I could just have finished reading Wuthering Heights this week when I had just finished reading The Mouse and His Child last week, then all I can say is, it’s all down to a voracious appetite and a determined disregard for house-work. […]
  • The Mouse and His Child - I’ve just finished reading The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban. When I was little I watched the animated movie many times. There’s a scene in the cartoon where a rat beats an old wind-up donkey to death and, unsurprisingly,  it always stayed with me. I saw the book at a book-fair and picked […]