Wednesday, April 23, 2014

in my neighbourhood - Blackebys

So... when we left NZ and I had to clean out my pantry I discovered I am somewhat of a magpie for sweets. This is strange given that we rarely (and I mean rarely) finish a bag - even a 50c mixture. So there were just so many sweets in the pantry it was embarrassing.

Truth be told I'm not much of a sweet/lollies person. I am a chocolate person and a marshmallow person most of all. I also like red and yellow lollies and black jelly beans and aniseed, pineapple lumps and licorice allsorts. But I never buy party mix.

But there is something about sweets that gets me every time. I love the way they are so pretty to look at and I mourn the loss of the dairy where you could create your own pick n mix. (Even though I worked at one and being on the other side of that - whole other story!)


So a while ago I did a chocolate walking tour (the best kind, I'll blog about it another time) and she took us to Blackebys which is like the oldest sweet shop ever.

I was in sweetie heaven.


The colours, the selection, the old fashioned window displays.


and... scripture mints!!! Look at these aren't they awesome? Love it.



My favourite thing? MnMs separated by colour. It's so pretty.



Blackebys is situated on a little side street off the pedestrian shopping strip called Rundle Mall.

If you are looking for eye candy or real candy this place won't disappoint.

** In my neighbourhood, recording our journey and writing the kind of posts about living in Adelaide I wanted to find before we left NZ**

love you more than a perfectly curated chocolate rainbow xxx 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

sixteen of fifty-two

We spent Easter at Kangaroo Island.


It was lovely.

The boys arranged their own egg hunts for each other. Here is the little one watching the big one hunt - love that joy.

It felt 'properly Australian'


you might see this from the photos!


love you more than avoiding holding a snake, in a  room full of them xxx

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday



Here's to victory and resurrection and death turned inside out,

to Jesus who appears first to a woman - declaring her testimony to be trustworthy in a culture where it meant nothing

here's to the one who calls us ever on to transformation and life that is fuller than life

to the one who embraces the doubters, gives Hope to the hopeless and welcomes us all into the family,

he calls us friends

Happy Easter dear ones on this the day that reminds me not to fret I am not enough but to rejoice that He is.

this is the love that moves mountains xxx

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holiday Reading - Jodi Picoult

Will you think less of me if I confess this is the first Jodi Picoult I've read?? I'll remind you of course that I finally feel at a life stage where I have time to really read and enjoy good novels and I'm thinking I should have done it earlier :o).

So... it's so easy to see why Jodi Picoult is such a successful author. She is a supreme story teller and by that I mean that she writes stories about people who do and believe bad, terrible even, things but she writes their story. Without any 'teaching tone' she gently confronts the reader with the fact that everyone has a story. That person you judge from the outside - the boy that guns down students at his high-school, the scientist that believes in eugenics... the monster is a person and that person has a story. But, so do all the people they effect with their decisions.

Our lives are complex and complicated and we are pushed forward more often by our reaction to our past than by some lofty 'bettering ourselves' ideals.This is where I find these novels so irresistible. These, it feels, are real people not perfect nor entirely evil. People who struggle to come to terms with both their past and possible future. People who are engaged fully in their present while drawn back and forward over the narrative of their lives.


This latest publication includes 3 of Picoult's novels: Second Glance, The Tenth Circle, and  Nineteen Minutes. I'm not going to precis the plots for you, suffice to say they cover the entire rangeof circumstances - eugenics, the paranormal, rape, high school shootings, family life, falling in love, parenting.... but they are so much more than their big themes they are people, tangled, loving and loved, hiding and disclosing. They are stories to draw you in and when you finish you feel you are saying goodbye to friends and you want to know how their lives continue. - Don't you both love and hate that in books - when you want to know more about how things unfold for them?

These aren't quick reads (even for me). They bounce forward and back in time and between characters with seamlessness. You get totally drawn into the current tale and feel disappointed when it jumps only to find yourself totally locked into what you have just landed on.

As a holiday read 3 novels in 1 book (albeit heavy) is perfect. One book that can keep you satisfied for the whole holiday has to be a good thing right?

I'll be reading more of Jodi Picoult for sure. Her work is intelligent, well written and has more depth than anything I might spend time watching on TV.

Have you read any of her work? What would you recommend I try from her next?

Details - Published by Allen and Unwin 1st of April 2014. RRP $32.99 Au.

love you more than being late to the party but finding it still in full swing xxx

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Best Friday

However you spend today may you find Hope in anguished places and may you know Peace when the storm rages

may you be convinced of a Love that steps into time and a death that tears down forever a wall between those who are on the in and those who aren't.
By Italian painter Masaccio - we saw this in real life when we travelled in Florence.

Mark 15: 33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b]
35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion,who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

may we all be convinced of this life changing Love xxx

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Make My Week - the extras

So last week when I made my special dress (thanks for everyone who visited and voted, whoever you voted for) I wanted to make all the accessories.


I made the plastic purse - which I think still needs some refining and an underskirt. (Because you can never have too many tulle underskirts right?)Very simple just 2 rows of very gathered tulle slipped onto a simple elastic waisted calico petticoat.


Not too exciting but a make all the same.

Joining in with inspirational ladies (and men I'm sure they would be welcome too) here

 Show & Tell Thursday's

love you more than a cheeky peek of tulle xxx

Monday, April 14, 2014

Holiday Reads - Making Soapies in Kabul

Seeing as we're suddenly in holidays I thought I'd take some time over the next 2 weeks to share some reads I've recently been enjoying. (Including a special guest review by Flip!)


Making Soapies in Kabul by Trudi-Ann Tierney is the kind of book The Atlas usually picks up at the library, it's an autobiographical book with some kind of travel element involved. The book covers the 3 years Trudi-Ann spent working in the world of making TV in Afghanistan.

This book is one of those that gives a human insight into the crazy world of living in 'the Ghan' and making soap operas. As you can imagine things aren't straight forward but Trudi-Ann's warmth and genuine love of her crazy role takes you in and envelopes you in all the madness. Trudi-Ann doesn't down play the crazy or the cultural disconnects and mis-connects but she writes with humanity and warmth and has a deep affection for the cast of crazy expats and Afghans she meets in her time there.

I enjoyed reading it. It's a bit like intimate emails from a loved one in a far off land and it captures an Afghanistan that doesn't feature in news stories and western perceptions. It's not a picture of perfection though, far from, it's riotous, shocking and hilarious, but I like that - real but different.

If you like the thought of far-flung adventures and peaking behind the doors of making soapies with culture clashes and the insanity of doing anything in a war zone this is a book that you'll love. It's both readable and put down-able; you can read large chunks or just pick up here and there with snatches of time in between holiday activities with your loved ones.

Details - PUBLISHED: March 2014 IMPRINT: Allen & Unwin CATEGORY: Autobiography  RRP: $29.99 EBOOK: Yes

love you more than taking an adventure into a danger-zone without the danger xxx