Mailart – lost worlds

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“And there we were, the four of us, upon the dreamland, the lost world… …Following the tracks, we had left the morass and passed through a screen of brushwood and trees. Beyond was an open glade, and in this were five of the most extraordinary creatures that I have ever seen. Crouching down among the…

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Homecoming?

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When we turned the corner on the freeway on the way into Sydney and I caught a glimpse of that oh-so-familiar skyline, I waited for the feeling to settle. That feeling of homecoming. Of nostalgia, of “this was always my place, and it knows me, and I have come home.” But the feeling never came….

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Dad turns 70: the party ideas edition

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Here are some of the little party ideas we’ve been working on during the past several months, to create fun surprises for my Dad and his guests at his 70th birthday party. Save-the-date cards  ΔΔ I had some simple postcards printed up. On the front was a picture of Dad when he was about two,…

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Postcards for posties

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A little while back when we were in Warrnambool, a woman at the post office did us a kind turn (explained above) by coming up with a creative solution when Scout was crying because she couldn’t find a postcard to send to her friend. It was a little thing, but it made the world of…

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Dispatch from the road

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Echuca, Central Victoria. Arrival time 5:20pm Scout: I want to live in this hotel forever, because it has got Peppa Pig on television. Ralph [with glee] : Noise! Noise! [about the people coming and going from our hotel at all hours throughout the night] Me: Wow, this place has got a spa. That was unexpected….

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Dad turns 70: the mail-art edition

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We have been on the road to celebrate my father’s 70th birthday, in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, north-west of Sydney. Mr B and I organised a party for my Dad and 74 of his nearest and dearest and, despite a Fawlty Towers-esque performance from the venue we had selected, it was a lot of…

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Meditation for dummies (+ Friday links)

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Happy Friday! Here’s something really great to take with you into the weekend. It’s a two-minute “how to meditate” video that was doing the rounds of my Facebook feed about a month ago. I’ve never been able to meditate. Until now. I’m one of those people who always said, “I can’t meditate. I can’t switch my…

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It’s in the mail

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Are you waiting on mail from me? It will arrive soon, I promise! My to-write snail-mail list is loaded up as high as this little train full of stamps. In fact as of today I owe more than 40 people a letter, and that list grows every day. I don’t like to rush these things…

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Labour of love

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“Do you remember, all those years ago, we had the perfect chai?” ~ Shaw Hendry, Vitamin Ep.13 Do you have something in your life that you do purely for the love of it? It takes your time, it saps your energy, it probably costs you money. But you do it because you love it and…

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Queen of the universe

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“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” ~ JD Salinger, “A Girl I Knew” Sometimes do you feel like you are trying – and failing – to hold the universe together? I don’t mean the WHOLE universe, of course (now wouldn’t THAT…

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Find time for yourself

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Find time for yourself. Feel it no shame at proper periods to be doing nothing. Make seasons for leisure and for recreation. Climb the hills; scour the valleys; row on the river; stroll along the beach. Cultivate the friendship of the fields and the ferns and the flowers. Laugh with the young folk and romp…

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Hey letter-writers: do you want to be in my book?

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I think I might have mentioned but I haven’t really explained… I’m writing a new book! It’s about snail-mail. It’s been a long time between books for me – Airmail came out in 2011 and I wrote it a couple of years before that. I started and didn’t finish another novel in the interim, and…

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