Friday, 14 November 2014

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

Beautifully sad and sadly beautiful.
A strange and tangled mix of real and unreal.
I love this book.
I love it's short wonky chapters, it's words and language, it's visuals and it's tragically appealing heroes and heroines.

In real life love and hate, war and peace, sadness and happiness, beauty and ugliness, good and bad, loneliness and it's elusive opposite, exist side by side.  Just as Allyse Near has warply wefted this story together, closely and loosely, full of longing.
Ca m'amene a un endroit merveilleusement familier comme une sensation de déjà vu. 
Je l'adore.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Creative vibes

Today. 5th  November 2014

Iron melted plastic bags and bubble wrap together.
Ironed and cut my tea stained cotton ready for bunting.
Sewed some fabric circles together.
Machines need servicing.
Finished some bunting.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Tomorrow when the war began by John Marsden

A gripping and powerful read.
We live in a world where ignorance is bliss.
But how would we fare in a real crisis?
How industrious, practical, level headed and courageous would we be?

There are people in the world who already live with this kind of scenario.
For so many it is their only reality.  Surviving in fear.
We don't know how lucky we are.
Sending out all my thoughts and energy to those who need it most.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

I am not completely sure how I feel after finishing this book.
I know nothing of Icelandic culture or it's history, so it was very interesting in this respect.
However, I can't help feeling horrified, extremely saddened and ashamed of so many aspects of human history and how we have treated ourselves and each other over time.
Peace is surely an illusion and current times seem only to magnify that.
Of course we have evolved but I wonder how much we have learnt.
History is fascinating yet so tainted with unnecessary cruelty and bloodshed.

It seems too easy that one person can decide someone's fate regardless of their innocence, though I guess it happens often enough.
These were hard and harsh times especially for women.
It is at least reassuring that Agnes Magnusdottir can finally be given a voice in a time where we are, I hope, more open minded.