lately

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I was fortunate enough to receive a preview copy of A Beautiful Anarchy by David duChemin and i really enjoyed it. For me, it reads like a set of personal essays and i think it’s the next best thing to chatting with David in person over a glass of wine or whisky about creativity, and art, as life. you can buy your own copy (kindle, paperback, pdf) here.

I buy Driftways by Sarah Elwell and am enchanted by characters i felt like I could climb right into the heart of. An evocative collection of tales that could be myth or real life, or a combination of the two.

I was also lucky enough to get a preview copy of Meg’s incredible book Unfurl a few years ago and I’m beyond thrilled that this is now published and available for you to read and enjoy too. So many parts of this book spoke to me deeply; characters that could have been me, their words and thoughts were so close to my own personal experiences, words i could have spoken myself if i had ever dared speak them aloud. Ditch the self-help books and take a read of this (you can also listen to Meg’s lovely voice reading the first chapter here too).

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we adopted a cat from the spca called milo. he is five years old and seems to be enjoying his new home here with us.

weekends collected is revived, gets a new theme and contributions are trickling in. i would love to have you joining us.

i finished the bathroom cabinet and its now hanging above the sink – a very welcome addition as it has more than doubled our cupboard space in there

and i find a bedside cabinet that is the perfect replacement for the current handbasin cupboard, as well as a lovely wood match to the cabinet i restored.

there was kiwifruit kasundi, pear & fennel seed, apple & date, and spicy feijoa chutneys made, as well as some apple cider!

Lemons and Limes being packed in salt and preserved. Copyright Leonie Wise

and i’ve also packed 70+ lemons and 40+ limes into salt for preserving

a triumphant (& full on) return to a regular exercise routine that has me feeling great, if a little sore some days

five days off the island visiting family and friends and dropping my art off in napier ready for exhibiting in july – nice to be away, but even nicer to come home again

how’s things in your world?

4 thoughts on “lately

  • Had a great weekend thanks :D Two days at a new course “Shaping Your Destiny” on Fri/Sat and then Botanical Gardens with May on Sunday – should crack out a post for Weekends Collected!

  • Thank you for such kind words :-) Your new cat friend seems lovely, what a beautifully kind thing for you to do, adopting an older cat. I wish more people would do that.

    • you’re so very welcome. i really enjoyed the book!

      milo seemed to be getting sadder and sadder each time i saw him and had been at the spca for a month. there was no way i was going to leave him there and he’s an adorable cat. i wish more people would do it too. kittens are great, but older cats are just as fun to have around.

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