Saturday, August 10, 2013


“But how? How can you just get over these things, darling?...You've had so much strife but you're always happy. How do you do it?'
'I choose to...I can leave myself to rot in the past, spend my time hating people for what happened, like my father did, or I can forgive and forget.'
'But it's not that easy.'
He smiled that Frank smile. 'Oh, but my treasure, it is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things...I would have to make a list, a very, very long list and make sure I hated the people on it the right amount. That I did a proper job of hating, too: very Teutonic! No' - his voice became sober- 'we always have a choice. All of us.'" p.323” 
― M.L. StedmanThe Light Between Oceans

I've just finished this superb first novel from M.L. Stedman, and I truly loved it.  I went from wishing that things turned out the way that my heart felt they should, to just observing what humans so fiercely do - and the struggles with truth and fiction and the ever enduring love a mother has for her child -- in whichever form that child comes.

The above quote was just huge and profound.
And I want to remember it always.
The truth in it is so blaringly obvious - and so very applicable.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


:: men in scarves
:: hot tea
:: coffee machines hissing their caffeine thru their veins
:: hipsters and rockabilly
:: op shop love
:: sweet potato and haloumi salad - who said low carb is no fun?
:: must advert my eyes away from the sweet counter. 
:: well behaved smalls wagging school for the dentist. 

Friday, August 2, 2013


Babies are arriving.  And 5 more mouths to feed arrived this morning.  They're mothers are milked for cheese and these little ones are the males that we put our hand up to raise.  How will I know when we have enough if they're this cute! Uh oh! Happy weekending. Stay warm and well.  X