About once every few months my daughter decides she wants to make ratatouille (like in the movie) and does a bunch of the chopping before giving up. I can’t really complain because it’s one of my favourite foods... although I wouldn’t necessarily arrange it in such a fiddly way!
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Hamilton launch for Fishing for Māui last week. It was a great night and wonderful to see you all! Special thanks to Poppies for hosting, and to Lisa, Rob and @stephaniejoychristie for your splendid contributions, and to @jasonlevaillant for the great photos
I finally got around to reading this glorious book by @elizabeth_gilbert_writer - what a treasure of a novel, full of botanical insights, historical marvels and a stunning narrative of delicious gladness. I’m reminded that for many books there is just the right time in my life for them to come along and this is exactly the right moment for The Signature of All Things.
It’s that time of year again: syrup season! I love being able to preserve the spring and summer flavours to last year-round. Here is elderflower, lime, orange and loquat ready to be made into a syrup 🍹
This is my wonderful friend and creative coach @stephaniejoychristie of @mycreativedynamo she is a brilliant poet and creative thinker, and has helped me immensely in getting brave enough to do the things I've needed to do in my publishing journey. Here she is standing by a mysterious door.
I'm counting down the days until I get to go home for these two book launch events. So looking forward to catching up with friends and family and meeting new people who are intetested in the book! See you soon #Hamiltonnz and #Raglan . If you're in the area come and say hello 😊
I sent off the first three watercolour postcards I painted and gave away randomly on social media. It might take me a little while to get through all of them... and then I may have to paint some more, because it's quite fun. If you were selected as a recipient and provided your address, one of these might be on its way to you now... or it might take me a bit longer to get to writing yours 😊 good things take time.
Another great review! This time from Flaxroots: "This is a wonderful book, with a cast of achingly familiar characters who show a range of human strengths and frailties, passions and spirit. Best of all, it lets us see how they relate to each other, helping or hindering and generally enriching or complicating each other’s lives. In other words, it’s a novel in the classic sense, and a very successful one. In essence, it is concerned with the ordinary or extraordinary trials, intimacies and difficulties that swirl around a particular group of whānau and friends... The focus is always on the people and their relationships rather than on the issues themselves. Yet they are issues that the author clearly intends us to think about, and in doing this she adds to the value of the book without diluting its entertainment value in any way. It is also unselfconsciously a thoroughly New Zealand book. The problems encountered are our problems, but we are left with a feeling of hope and of belief in the essentially compassionate nature of our society. The dialogue and the descriptive passages are excellent, the prose lean and crisp. It is refreshing and rewarding to read a novel that does not rely on contrived shocks or cleverness but instead presents us with characters we feel we know, putting them in situations with which we are familiar. Indeed, this is a wonderful book."
Review by the writer Tony Chapelle http://www.flaxroots.com/flaxflower/wonderful-book