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snail mail

I have a little Christmas present for you, my friends. Actually, I have more than one to give!  You may remember that I used to send letters to people who subscribed to this blog, to say thank you to them for reading. I had to suspend that in July this year, when I discovered I…

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Sickle moon


It was a sickle moon last night. Did you see it? Wavering and watery, paper thin, I stopped to greet it on my way back across the road, with a $12 bottle of rosé in my hand. “Good night moon,” I said (good night stars, good night air*). That was a little bit embarrassing because…

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This makes me so happy


Thank you so much Jenny. You sure know how to make a girl feel good about herself!

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My people


On the weekend as I walked home with Mr B, pushing the double pram with two tired but happy children whose bellies were full of yum cha and ice cream, we got chatting about “tribes.” That morning I’d spent two hours at the Melbourne Museum in the company of a lovely bunch of women, some of…

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How to make iced tea


On the weekend, a small group of bloggers and one two-and-a-half-year-old girl relaxed in the leafy and floral courtyard of the Travelling Samovar Tea House to chat, giggle, taste tea, and learn about how to brew and blend and make the best of all the (non-alcoholic) summer drinks: iced tea. Scout had begged to come…

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Meet Scout & Ralph


Meet my children. They’re pretty great. Their names are Scout and Ralph. Those are not their real names, of course. Their real names are no big secret and if it’s eating you up inside and you just have to know, simply scroll back through some of my older posts and you’ll find them. I haven’t…

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Have you seen the tumbleweed rolling through this corner of the Internet lately? I feel like it’s ages since I’ve been here, and I’ve missed it. I’ve missed YOU. To be honest I feel like I’ve lost a bit of writing momentum. We went away on a little holiday and I brought back all kinds…

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Creative life


How do you keep track of your creative life? Recently I drew this mind-mappy flow-charty thing to try to figure out, for myself, how all my various fun and creative projects relate to and support one another. Here’s what I learned about my creative life from creating this map: 1. Writing a novel was not…

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The foretelling


If I close my eyes I am instantly back there, sitting cross-legged on the floor of our family room underneath the IKEA shelves and fold-out “architect’s desk,” scribbling on scraps of paper. Sunlight slants sideways from a big wall of windows, the curtains decorated with lime concentric circles. There are lime-and-red cushions on the chairs….

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Snail mail – thank you + Tuesday links


Some beautiful surprises have been arriving in the mail and on my doorstep in recent weeks. I feel so lucky to be on the receiving end of so much thoughtfulness and generosity. :: Lovely cards and notes and ephemera from beautiful friends met via this blog :: Precious cherries in the middle of winter, from…

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Snail mail – illustration inspiration


More mail art has been going out to say thank you to people for subscribing to this blog. People have been asking me how I decide what to draw and paint on the mail. Here’s an idea of my thinking behind this batch. ∧∧ Clare wrote in her blog about finding a figurine of Krishna…

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Snail mail: the back-story


Lately a lot of people have been asking me about the snail mail I send. I figured it’s been a while since I shared this story, and never in the one place, so I thought I’d give it a go today. Forgive me if you already know this story: please enjoy the pretty pictures and…

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