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Well hello!
How has your week been, pal? It's been raining on and off, day and night in Melbourne and I've been taking it easy and trying to get back into tip-top health. I've made a vat of chicken soup and been taking vitamins and doing Adriene's yoga for sick people. It's all slowly helping, you'll be pleased to know! 

I finished The Voyage Out (4 stars out of 5!) and am now reading Persuasion with a side of Pachinko. I'm wholeheartedly enjoying both and am lucky to have a bit more time to read. I know lots of you have NO TIME to even THINK. Ugh. Sorry you're enduring that.

My latest book is about to go off to press. It's a book for mums and it's about finding time to care for yourself (not just care for your kiddos.) So THAT is exciting.

I've just redesigned my blog to make it fresh and simple ... and I've also been sharing the memoir I wrote in Melbourne's first lockdown. You can read that here (if you fancy!)

Let's dive into FNL and focus on some cheerful snippets and interesting things. Perhaps you will have time to read some of them, even?

x Pip 

The Vow, I Am Not Okay With This, On The Rocks + Julie & Julia

1/ I'm glued to The Vow on It's about the NXIVM cult and how it drew followers in. Fascinating. Trailer here.

2/ I binge watched I Am Not Okay With This and I loved it. The young cast are excellent and it's a bummer that Netflix did not renew it. Worth a watch, defo. Trailer here.

3/ On The Rocks is the new Sofia Coppola movie starring Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans. It's on my to watch list. More here.

4/ During the week I re-watched Julie & Julia and I am so glad I did. Maybe you want to do that too? (It's on Amazon Prime).

"I've put on a stone and my kids smell like oregano"

Readers of The Guardian share their strangest pandemic meals. I love the JAFFLE one. And the SAD SPAGHETTI. Highly, highly recommended. Please write to me and tell me what weird stuff you have been eating, too? Please?

You can read the full story here.

The madcap delight of Pippi and the Moomins

A brilliant essay on the work of Tove Janssen and Astrid Lindgren.  "Pippi represents my own childish longing to meet a person who has power but does not abuse it."

Read more here.

Barefoot in quarantine

I love Ina Garten and this is very much worth reading, especially for the reminder about Ina's hilarious cocktail video.

Read on here.

Why 'awe walks' improve mental health

If you know me, you know that I am all about the 'awe walk'. I just didn't know they were called that. Did you? Thanks to Amy for the tip re this brilliant piece.

Read on here.

Reading outside your comfort zone

My mum recommended this segment, so be sure to listen now! Mum wants you to. Listen here.

BATH THINGS: I'm always looking for nice things to put in the bath. What kinds of bath products do you use? Perhaps you could share them over here and we can all benefit?


Leigh on Twitter recommended Laura Waters' book Bewildered. I am about to start reading it in a warm bath with a hot cup of tea. I think it'll be JUST my cup of tea. Nature and walking and thinking.

Find out more +

What's The Most Beautiful Thing You Have Ever Read?

"Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.

Just keep going. No feeling is final."

Find out more +

Okay yum. This could be the perfect dish for this weekend, I am thinking. Perhaps in burritos? Or with some crusty bread? Later on ... in jaffles, even?

Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chilli

Cinnamon and cardamom knots

A wee bit of Swedish inspired deliciousness. Make these and your house will smell magnificent, champs. Grab the recipe here.

Homemade soft pretzels

I'm into knotty things this week, it would seem. Knotty but nice, even?! Recipe here.


How gorgeous is the colour-filled home of Sophie Robinson. Those striped curtains are the best! More here.

My Tiny Estate

A cute couple are renovating a (not that tiny) estate and they're sharing it all on a blog! More here..

Good Mourning

This podcast about loss and grief is a must-listen for anyone who is going through big things. More here.

Trace: The Informer

I caught The Making of Trace on iView this week and now I am going to catch up on the whole podcast season. Listen here.

DIY Pup Cosy!

Perhaps you'd like to knit your favourite pup their own pup cosy?!  Pattern here.

Crochet your own slippers

These slippers only take a couple of hours to hook up!  How-to here.

A new playlist for you

Listen now

Drew Barrymore has her own talk show now, did you know?! She has very good guests and very fun segments. The highlights are on YouTube, in case you want to watch.

Some reminders that it's okay to feel wonky (and ideas on what to do about it, if it's worrying you.)

Jason Garner

Beyond working ourselves to death.

Cathy Rentzenbrink

When comfort reading won't cut it.

Alyx Gorman

Free the leaves with Costa Georgiadis.

Sophie Hardach

Why you should be reading out loud.

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