*87* Wiksten Shift ‘Top’

Jenny does it again. A gorgeous pattern with detailed simple instructions that comes together easily and fits perfectly. The pattern itself (you can buy the paper version or if you can’t wait, the pdf format. Easy peasy) comes with three variations and it’s very good value for money. There is a gorgeous summer dress, a […]

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*86* puy lentils with aubergine, tomatoes and yoghurt

Except I used green lentils and buffalo mozzarella… BUT let’s rewind…. The recipe is from this book… … which is brilliant by the way… I had a couple of aubergines (eggplants, for you across the ocean) in the fridge which were about to die so I made an amended version of this dish. Also, can […]

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*85* Grief is the thing with feathers

Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter. Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that totally surprises you. A book that is not what you expected but it’s so beautiful and so memorable and remarkable and ‘dazzling’ as a someone said that you know you will never forget it. It’s […]

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*84* a baby quilt

Yes, you read correctly I actually made a quilt. In real life (as the boys used to say, when they were small and cute and still did as I asked them too). We’re on our last week of exams: A levels, GCSEs and end of year … all three boys are at it. It’s not […]

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*83* 49 years of books

Believe it or not, my old quest of ’48 years of books’ is still going on; I had to put it on the back burner because of all the other college reading I had to do, but I’m determined to finish it before I turn 50 even though it’s now… ‘the 49 years of books […]

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*82* It’s not about the Burka

It’s not about the burka, edited by Mariam Khan. The last of the non-fiction read for a while. I bought this on a whim, intrigued by the title, and frankly pushed by the fact that my ignorance when it come to Muslim and especially Muslim women is pretty deep. AND, I repeat, it’s not good […]

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*81* poetry Monday

When at the Hay Festival last Saturday, Max Porter mentioned Emily Dickinson as one of his favourites – among others I can’t remember because I was too awe-struck by his magic with words to have coherent thoughts. It happened that I have one of her poems on my wall, downstairs in my study, above the […]

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*80* Hay Festival

What a gorgeous day I had today! Met my friend Claire for our annual Hay Festival day and I must say … glorious. It didn’t rain for the second year running – bonus – and we chose three very different but amazing talks to go to. Event no 1 – Markus Zusack, author of the […]

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*79* Saffron and Lemon Chicken… and Jane Eyre…

I’ve been in a mega rut regarding food. Bored of cooking doesn’t even begin to describe it… mainly because whatever I cook I always get a comment or two, or three: I don’t like this, I prefer it the other way, why did you cook this, too cooked, too uncooked, I don’t like spicy, not […]

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*78* Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman I had to break the series of ‘non-fiction’ books with something because my brain was slightly fried, and I seemed to have been the only person in the country that hadn’t read this novel last year… so here we go. First of all I have to say […]

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