Books, Nature, Other

I don’t care about plants

There’s a pattern in my life. My mum tries to get me interested in something, and I resist, then I decide by myself that actually it’s great. So far, this has happened with: reading, cooking, driving, and, most recently, plants. Also being tidier, but that’s a slower process because I have terrible habits. You’d think, now that I know this about myself, I wouldn’t still resist. You’d be wrong. I am still regularly heard declaring that, obviously, I don’t care about plants and gardens. At all. It’s all lies. Continue reading “I don’t care about plants”

Adventures, Books, Nature, Recommendations

The Seabird’s Cry – Adam Nicolson

It is not stupid to think that birds might play, and here from the clifftop it has always looked as if that is what the fulmars were doing: the endless, repeated turns, first on one great circle and then another, skaters outlining discs on the ice, stiff-winged, patient, waiting for the long rotation to take its form, a series of geometries, as if the birds were cutting shapes through the paper of the air.

The air doesn’t always comply. Now and then a strange lack of certainty runs through a fulmar, even as it makes these Euclidean digrams beneath you, a whole-body hesitation, coughing in mid-flight, when it shudders and disassembles, all sleekness gone and all purpose paused, as if waiting for the data stream to resume, which it then does, and the long effortless gestures, milking energy from the wind, continue from one end of the ballroom to the other.

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Adventures, Books, Recommendations

The Road From Coorain – Jill Ker Conway

The primal force of the sun shapes the environment. With the wind and the sand it bakes and cleanses all signs of decay. There is no cleansing by water. The rivers flow beneath the earth, and rain falls too rarely. Continue reading “The Road From Coorain – Jill Ker Conway”

2016 reading challenge, Books, Books Are My Bag, Food, Reading challenges

Garlic, Mint & Sweet Basil – Jean-Claude Izzo

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Have no fear: an excess of basil, like an excess of love, will not damage the heart. Continue reading “Garlic, Mint & Sweet Basil – Jean-Claude Izzo”

Adventures, Books, Interrailing 2016

Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher

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“So now, will you come on a journey with me? We’re going to start at death, but then we’re going to double back and go all the way through an emergency room (where they know me), through Watergate, back through Vietnam to birth. My birth.”
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2015 reading challenge, Books

Book challenge #8: A memoir

Yes Please, Amy Poehler

I brought this home from work, for the school holiday. I brought home six books, and this is the only one I’ve read – I got two pages into another and gave up, and I got distracted reading one of my own books, and also I spent a week skiing (more on that soon). I started it at Oslo airport (sidenote: Oslo airport is my favourite, it’s so open and clean and easy to navigate and calm and light and I love it), read three quarters of it on the flight, and finished it in bed the following night. Continue reading “Book challenge #8: A memoir”