June 2014 archive

Me, Pip and a Cup of Tea

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I’ve been hanging out and getting to know the very generous Pip from Meet Me at Mikes over the past few weeks. Well, ok – I’ve been doing her fabulous blogging course, Blog with Pip – but I have felt like I’ve been hanging out with her! I’ve done a few blogging courses in my time but as I had self dedicated this year as “Year of the Blog” I had been seeking out some really practical, hands on, affordable, friendly tuition and I certainly found it in Blog with Pip. As a final send off for the latest group of students we have been asked to write a post telling out readers a little about us, a Cup of tea and a chat post. Now I love tea, some might say I am a little obsessed by it (I will only drink certain kinds and it has to be made JUST right! And I’m not even British!) but as it turns out, I don’t think I really like talking about myself! Which I realise is a little bit of a problem when I want to write a personal blog! You might have noticed that my “About Me” page is glaringly empty – I’ve been trying to write this section of my blog for the longest time now, I know it is important – I realise it is vital if I want to connect in the blogging world – but do you think I can write the bloody thing?? Nope!! So, I am going to attempt to share just 5 things about me here, 5 things that I like and enjoy, 5 things that bring me joy, 5 things that I can’t live without, in the hope that you will feel like you know me a little better, and also in the hope that it will spark me to write and share even more!

One – Time to myself

I love being by myself, just me, myself and I. I once lived with a person who couldn’t stand to be by herself – needless to say that housing situation didn’t last long! I love having time to think, to ponder, to wonder, to worry, to dream, to read, to sing, to dance, to drink endless cups of tea – even to clean! I’m not ashamed to say that I love my own company! It is one of the things I have had to compromise greatly since becoming a parent and it is one of my hardest struggles when it comes to surrendering to being a mum.

Two – The Written Word

You can see from this earlier post how much I love reading and books. I still remember the first book I learnt to read by myself (“Tales of Toy Land” by Enid Blyton”) and how I was hooked from that moment on. My dream job has always been to work in a book shop surrounded by pages and stories all day long. Not sure I would get much work done…

Three – Travel

I have always wanted to travel the world. I grew up in a small country town, over 700 kms away from the nearest capital city which to me was where “everything” happened! I am slowly but surely heading to the places I really want to visit and experience – hear and far. I love being in an airport with my passport in my bag thinking “I could go ANYWHERE!” – that thought always gives me tingles. The next big trip planned is to Italy and the UK with my partner and Sweet Pea to celebrate my 40th Birthday next year but before that there is a long awaited trip to Perth to visit my best friend in only 2 weeks time and hopefully a trip to Melbourne (one of my favourite places in the world) later in the year.

Four – Stationery

OK, I know this one isn’t quite as deep and meaningful as the first three but I need to be honest – I love notebooks and pens and paper and folders and diaries and other paper products that generally clutter my desk and my handbag! Kikki-K is my mecca! Please tell me there are other people out there who buy a new notebook or pretty pen to cheer themselves up on a blue day?? Please??

Five – My Family

Predictable and schmaltzy as it is I do love my darling little family of my partner and my almost two year old Sweet Pea. They are a pretty cool duo and the three of us together are a winning (if slightly crazy!) team.

So there you go – turns out I can write a little bit about myself! I would love to hear something about you too – what is one thing about you that you would like to share with me? Please share more if you like!




Paris Reading

If you have been following along with my posts for a while now you will know that it is almost time for our Paris in July event. Three sleeps actually (but who’s counting?!).

I have been busy putting together my reading list for the month. I always go WAY overboard with my list – there just seem to be so many Paris related books I want to try and cram in over the event. So my list may be a little ambitious but I am going to give it a red hot go!


I am currently half way through Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria Cimino. Adria is one of the co-hosts of Paris in July and I will be posting an interview with Adria on my blog during July (which is my excuse for getting a head start with this book so that I can sound slightly informed when I interview her!).

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I am also currently reading A Good Place to Hide by Peter Grose, a story of a small French community who work together to hide, and therefore save, Jewish people during World War 2. I was drawn to this story after hearing the wonderful interview with the author on Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio and so far it is not disappointing me. I will be sure to give a thorough review during July…

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Other books that I am hoping to devour in July include Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan and Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris 1932  by Francine Prose. This book was one of the latest selections for The Monthly book club which I try to follow along with – always interesting selections.

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I will also be looking to read some lighter, real life Paris stories on my Kindle with Confessions of a Paris Party Girl  and Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer by Vicki Lesage (another one of our wonderful co-hosts for Paris in July)

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It’s never to late to add your name to the list for our Paris in July event – you don’t need to have posted anything yet, just go here and add your general blog name to Mr LInky. Remember, there are really no rules or expectations for Paris in July – you are free to join in as little, or as much as you like and you can blog about anything Paris/French related that takes your fancy! I will be back on Tuesday to launch our event but in the meantime Tamara will be posting a “Monday Menu” post this Monday, and every Monday in July, letting you know about what will be coming up during the week on our various blogs – think of it as your Paris in July one stop tour guide!

Are you joining us in Paris this July? Are there any books you think I need to add to my list?


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