Nordic Novels

I seem to be all about the Nordic novels lately. I just finished ‘The Almost Nearly Perfect People-The Truth About the Nordic Miracle’ by Michael Booth. Booth, a British journalist is married to a Dane who lives in Copenhagen has some great insight into the Scandinavian psyche. There are some very funny bits about the Scandinavians’ conformists ways especially around jaywalking. Let’s just say, it’s tantamount to flashing someone on the street! No matter what the time of day, they will always cross at a light and when it is green only. So it is not hard to be a renegade there. I always thought it funny that my parents immigrated to America the polar opposite in conformity!

from the Guardian:

This amble through Scandiland may be light on any profound conclusion, but it’s a lively and endearing portrait of our friends in the north, venerated globally for their perfectly balanced societies but, it turns out, as flawed as the rest of us – or at least only almost perfect.
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I have only started the first of 6 autobiographical books by Karl Ove Knausgaard called ‘A Death in the Family’ but it is shaping up to be a good read…

another quote from the Gaurdian:

The merciless frankness of novelist Karl Ove Knausgård’s autobiography shocked his family, gripped a nation and left him in virtual hiding. But what did he expect

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Hello Autumn! Is anybody there?

I won’t apologise for my lack of posts…I really must get better at regular posting…I have been on Instagram a bit more lately as it is just so quick and easy!

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I think this photo is hilarious!

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Autumn is upon is..The nights are getting chilly and the sun setting earlier. It is always a good time to reflect and make some changes.

We just got back from a few days on Great Barrier Island where we stayed at Storm Cottage (The little sister to The Shark Alley House designed by Fearon Hay). It was just so nice to be off the grid (let me tell you Great Barrier is very off the grid in the best possible way). The sand feels like walking in silk.  It really is the most lovely feeling.

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This was our amazing view!

I have been checking out some great food blogs lately (I will of course never abandon design blogs, my first love)..there are so many! Here are a few goodies

Hemsley & Hemsley (they are ridiculously beautiful)

What Katie Ate (she also has a gorgeous book)

101Cookbooks (I have definitely mentioned this one! I love Heidi Swanson!)

Whole Pantry App (Thanks Emma!)

Deliciously Ella

Health Yeah! (Thanks Emma!)

I have also been spending a bit too much time at Little Bird Cafe in Ponsonby. It is a divine raw food cafe and I seriously cannot work out how they can make cheesecake taste that amazing and still be sans all the bad stuff. It has made me want to invest in one of these bad boys, a vegetable spiralizer. I think I will go for the Paderno one as it has over 2000 glowing reviews. I already have a mandolin but have sliced my fingers too many times, that I have given up on the damn thing because let’s face it no one wants to have bloody veggies! I figure this one takes that out of the equation at least!

I would be totally remiss if I forgot to mention that my little boy Magnus Magoo has started school! It has been very exciting but bittersweet at the same time. Where did those 5 years go!????

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So, I hope you will forgive me for my absence and please keep checking in!  I will be better….

I will leave you with a quote from Anais Nin

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”

WORD!

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STUDIOILSE in Hong Kong

I think by now everyone knows I love Ilse Crawford’s design aesthetic(I have a pinterest board devoted to her work). Duddell’s in Hong Kong is one of her latest projects. Ilse is just genius at creating honest spaces that manage to do away with the usual austerity that clings to members only clubs. All of her commercial spaces exude a sort of inviting cosiness that one would find in more domestic spaces. I also love that her spaces have her signature but are all so unique, no cookie cutter design here folks!

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High Five to Mamas out there (and Papas too)!

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The Indigo Bunting for Paperless Post

I read “Tell a Friend: You are a Good Mama “ages ago and kept wanting to post it and then of course forgot. There is so much judgement around parenting and every time I get “that look” from someone in the supermarket(you know who you are) judging my poor parenting decision in that moment, I try to remember this article. I too have been guilty of judging in my before children days but having children is such a great leveller. All the things you swore you would never do somehow creep in…..because sometimes it is is just about surviving…so HIGH 5!

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A New Year!

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Where to start….I hope you all had a lovely holiday with loved ones and stuffed your bellies with yummy food and vino..we sure did! We stayed close to home but managed a trip up north to the Bay of Islands which was lovely.

a few snaps from the break

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Freya doing her best pose

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Lucy, Magnus and Freya, Russell

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Rob and Jason enjoying the Bay of Islands

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