28 May, 2010
You can read what the book is about on author Natasha Solomon's website but basically Mr Rosenblum along with his wife and daughter have escaped Nazi Germany and are refugees in London. Mr Rosenblum is obsessed with being a 'proper' Englishman and so a list of what constitutes 'Englishness' is started and the adventures begin.
I found myself really enjoying the characters of this story and the way Natasha layered the absolute silliness and whimsy of some moments with deeper issues like depression and racism. I laughed out loud, nearly cried and nodded my head in agreement at a characterisation many different times while reading. If a book can make me react out loud like this, then in my mind, it's done its job! Make sure you add this one to your Winter reading list.
26 May, 2010
24 May, 2010
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22 May, 2010
In the meantime, yesterday while shopping, I discovered myself a new treat - Oxfam fairtrade dark chocolate. The cocoa beans are sourced from Ghana, Ivory Coast and Paraguay and it was so smooth and irresistible! And by purchasing this chocolate, I'm also supporting fair trade in a big way. Mmmm delicious and virtuous all at once...I can't go wrong!
18 May, 2010
17 May, 2010
11 May, 2010
My overall feeling is that this is a book to be read in a sunny nook, with a steaming cup of tea and some sort of accompanying yum - aka biscuit or chocolate or cake or anything else that takes your fancy.
This is Helen's overview of the book from her website.
When Major Pettigrew, a retired British army major in a small English village, embarks on an unexpected friendship with the widowed Mrs. Ali, who runs the local shop, trouble erupts to disturb the bucolic serenity of the village and of the Major’s carefully regimented life.
As the Major and Mrs. Ali discover just how much they have in common, including an educated background and a shared love of books, they must struggle to understand what it means to belong and how far the obligations of family and tradition can be set aside for personal freedom. Meanwhile, the village itself, lost in its petty prejudices and traditions, may not see its own destruction coming.
09 May, 2010
06 May, 2010
How cute is pocket puzzle book? I found this for my mum for mothers day - a stylish addition to anyone's handbag I think. I just loved the patterns and diferent covers you could get - made my iPhone look a little plain even though it does have puzzles too. I found this posh little puzzle book in the Buderim Book Store, but maybe a little Book Nook near you stocks them? You can buy them online too. Check it out.
05 May, 2010
As I was thinking along these lines, it popped into my head that a delightful thing to do this Mother's day could be to take your mum down to the local farmer's markets, buy the freshest seasonal ingredients, and the make her a scrummy brunch. Maybe pear/banana pancakes (pears and bananas are in season in Australia) or scrambled eggs with fresh tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach...What a lovely way to spend a morning.
Or maybe you could buy the ingredients to put together something sweet for afternoon tea. These apple and almond cakes from MindFood look particularly irresistible.
Image source (source: William Meppem) via MindFood
04 May, 2010
I'm a bit of a sucker for beautiful stationary. I have been known to disappear in large newsagencies or paper shops for hours at a time! Lately I've started hoarding cards for all occasions in the third drawer of my desk to use whenever needed starting with a pile from Pink Blossom Tree.
As Mother's day is approaching in Australia this weekend (9th May) I'm on the look out for something for Mum and I know she loves stationary as much as I do.
Today I've found the most beautiful set of Cavallini & Co. vintage postcards on Paper Avenue. Aren't they pretty? And they're presented in a tin - just too good to be true! There's something a little special about receiving a handwritten note in the mail. I'm resolving to send more to friends and family this year.
02 May, 2010
I've rediscovered tins for storage. Tupperware containers are out...tins are in! This is my mother in law's and I love it. I'm really starting to form the opinion that tins have a little more character and I'm on the look out for something new.
Since I like to indulge in a little chocolate every now and then (or maybe every day) I think my first tin purchase will be an elegant storage solution for my little chocolate blocks of joy. I found this tin on insideoutliving.co.uk. So irresistible.