Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

01.  Mrs Roth, with her dextrous but controversial Continental knitting style scares the hell out of me.

“…prepare their needles for combat…”
“…something on her needles all the time, from ladies dresses to men’s cardigans…”
“You can tell the temperament of the woman by just how she’s knitting.”

What I want to know – WHO WON?! Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

01. So it really has been ages since I did a Bookish post… Over the last two months I’ve had a terrific holiday in Hong Kong; had a tense wait for results after having three more moles removed (all clear. Get your skin checked everyone); wrote eleventy-billion words for uni; and moved house. Our new house has a superb Crepe Myrtle in the backyard. I can’t wait to see it flower. Continue reading

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own


I was standing in a supermarket queue with my son (who was about three at the time) – he had just put on a big performance over not being allowed anything from the wretched lolly display at the checkout. “But I need some!” he wailed. I calmly replied, “You want some, you don’t need them. Want and need are different things.” A woman standing behind me sniggered and, gesturing to her stack of shopping bags said “I needed all this!”

Yes, we’re grown-ups and we understand the difference between want and need. So we also appreciate that I need all of the following:

10. Perfume. That smells like paper. Perfect. Continue reading

Library walls

I vividly remember visiting a friend’s house for the first time when I was about twelve years old. I stepped through the front door and found myself looking down a long hallway, lined all the way with floor to ceiling bookshelves. Some people might find that claustrophobic. I found it wonderful. Since then, I’ve always had a thing for library walls.

If you can’t have your own library, perhaps there’s room for a library wall – and what better way to decorate than with books?

All images grabbed from Pinterest.


Some time ago a friend suggested we organise a book exchange morning tea. Super idea, I thought. But it was November – the festive season, school holidays and then the beginning of school got in the way of a concrete plan.

I was reminded of the idea last week. A member of my book group told us how she put all of her books that she no longer needed on a shelf at her work place for others to read – others did the same and it has evolved into a micro-library. Neat.

Then I came across this article about micro-book depots. Some of them are ace. It had me thinking about the morning tea/ book exchange again… Not a book group (because I have one of those), but something… Stay tuned.