Friday Bits and Bobs.

One of my spots in the garden where I go for a think-cup-of-tea-think-and-repeat.

And it is with great joy that I write here today, because yesterday evening, I became an auntie for the first time! My brother and his wife had a wee baby girl, and we are all besotted. Must get knitting…and working on my mad aunt routine, (not difficult at all. The tights will be stripe-y).

And some linkies…

I enjoyed Juliet Marillier’s article (and also Keith Cronin’s) on Writer Unboxed, about being an older writer. Because it really is never too late.

I’m both thrilled and privileged to be participating in Lisa Hoffman’s beautiful offering HeartFull Living, 2016. What’s more, Lisa is donating all the proceeds from HeartFull Living to HETRA, (Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy). I’m so looking forward to this one!

I have long adored the art of surrealist painter Remedios Varo, but have yet to read a really good bio on her. But I have heard Very Good Things about Unexpected Journeys: The Art and Life of Remedios Varo.

Unhappy Little Girls with Birds in Western Art History. Maybe it’s because I live with chickens.

There are new Harry Potter books coming our way! The Cursed Child, Parts I & II.

I’ve been listening lately to local Melbourne singer-songwriter, Jess Ribeiro. Her album Kill it Yourself was produced by Mick Harvey, (formerly of The Bad Seeds, and who has produced a number of PJ Harvey’s albums). Here’s Ribeiro performing ‘Hurry Back to Love’ live at RRR, (one of Melbourne’s finest community radio stations. Not that I’m biased of course*).

Also, Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff have put together a wonderful Bowie covers ep, called Strung Out in Heaven. The cover of ‘Black Star’ with AP and Anna Calvi is eerie and spine-tingling. A tender and gorgeous banshee’s requiem for a much-adored artist.

Well, that’s all from me for now. May your weekend be filled with love and light, and just a dash of mad witchery. xx

*The Bloke has been doing a radio show on RRR for the past 20 years, and we’re long-term subscribers. There you go. Bias declared.

8 thoughts on “Friday Bits and Bobs.

  1. Thankyou for all your lovely well wishes in the comments above! This past weekend has been a delightful whirl of newborn baby. It really does feel quite as magical as catching a falling star. xxx


  2. oh! ohohohoh! i just returned to the land of the interwebs-connected living after a short tummy bug-induced hiatus…congratulations on the arrival of the new baby! a little girl, ah, that’s just the best.

    older writers just have more experience of life on which to draw for their art, isn’t that so? never too late indeed. i’ve known elderly people who have never set pen to paper or been given to voicing extensive opinions all their lives, and then one day they just start writing “funny little things” that send chills down your spine, or they open their mouths and all this incredible, succinct, brilliant TRUTH pours out. nobody is done with life until they are in the ground. and even then, maybe not until you turn out their pockets and desk drawers…

    i will have to look for the remedio varos book, definitely. i’ve wanted to know more about that artist for a while now. and of course, the harry potter.

    omg, unhappy girls & birds—those things slay me! i laugh aloud until the cat thinks i’ve gone right ’round the bend and the husband is doubtless sure of it too.

    thanks too for the music links; i always welcome those, living in a musical void as i do. lovely.

    all good wishes to the new baby and family!


    1. thankyou for your good wishes m’dear! My little niece has us all besotted.

      “nobody is done with life until they’re in the ground…” Absolutely!

      I think that Remedios Varo book was published in 1989, so it’s quite old, but I’ve heard it’s worth reading. She’s a fascinating artist. xx


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