The poppies

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Last week at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show I stopped by a stunning garden of trees set around a lake like an oasis, with drifts of brilliant, crimson, crocheted poppies in clusters around it. Looking through the foliage and across the lake, the poppies continued all the way down, into some sort of…

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Melbourne dispatch – Flower & Garden Show

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Yesterday was all about gardens and grandparents at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. We peered through the windows of cubby houses bigger than most apartments I’ve lived in, and up at bird houses not much smaller. We explored water gardens, cottage gardens, Australian gardens, edible gardens, gardens for birds, gardens for bees, gardens…

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Beautiful

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Every day I tell Scout she is beautiful. I tell Ralph he is beautiful, too. I don’t mean beautiful on the outside, although through my mother-eyes, I happen to think they are exceptionally good looking kids. I mean they are beautiful souls. “Beautiful” in our house is an all-encompassing word that means kind, buoyant, loving,…

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What to say when you’re writing a letter

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Actually don’t ask me, ask American teens Wally and Nora, direct from a kitchen table in 1950. This movie is SO BAD but actually quite helpful, with simple tips like: * Write conversationally, as though you’re talking to the person * Illustrate what you’re saying with stories and anecdotes and other bits and pieces to…

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Oh hello famous person, what do you think about snail-mail?

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“Two of the cruelest, most primitive punishments our town deals out to those who fall from favor are the empty mailbox and the silent telephone.” Hedda Hopper (actor, gossip columnist) “If it takes the entire army and navy to deliver a postal card in Chicago, that card will be delivered.” Grover Cleveland (22nd & 24th…

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Hunting for highlights

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So gastro? Turns out it’s not so much fun. All my plans for the weekend were washed away in a rather miserable and sorry-for-myself 48 hours of lying in bed and moaning and intermittently rushing to the bathroom to do unthinkable things. The highlights? * Venturing downstairs on Day 2 for half an hour and…

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Weekend links

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Do you have plans for the weekend? We are going to a black tie thingy on Saturday night and I need to buy a dress and buying a dress is no fun at ALL when you are a) on a budget and b) under significant time pressure. Am I right? #firstworldproblems Right now I’m looking…

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19 ways to make snail-mail (even more) fun

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A little while ago I mentioned I was making a zine about things you can do with snail mail. Things that help you connect with other people (both strangers and friends), to play games, practice creativity, and show you care. Every page has a call-to-action, like a website you can visit or key words to…

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How to be a good journalist

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There is a lot of talk around the Internet (and coffee shops and gyms and office kitchens) at the moment about the failure of the media to query anything, even the most basic of details, about wellness entrepreneur Belle Gibson’s claims of surviving countless “terminal” illnesses through diet. As Belle’s business and reputation and apparent…

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Incoming mail – Dear Friend

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“My heart was trembling as I walked into the post office, and there you were in Box 237. I took you out of your envelope and read you, read you right there. Oh, my dear friend…” Klara Novak (to Alfred Kralik), via post “The Shop Around the Corner” Does it ever get old, that thrill…

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At table

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Let’s pretend we are all sitting around the table together, talking about our lives. Can you please pass the salt? How was your weekend? Ours was absolutely lovely, filled with little moments that in the grand and global scheme of things probably hold no great significance but, in the tiny universe of our family, may…

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Outgoing mail art

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Hello! I’m just popping in quickly this morning because we have 10 people coming to our place for lunch today. I’m not cooking (I wish I was, because I love cooking for friends), but the house is a MESS and there is play dough in my hair and I just discovered my black pants have a…

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