I believe in magic 7

March 31, 2015

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Over twenty years ago I met someone that changed my life. Her name was Sian. We were both starting at a new school. We were both the eldest kid in our family. We both had brown hair and brown-ish eyes.Neither of us were very cool or very extroverted. In fact, by all measures upon which teenage girls measure up other teenage girls in order to become friends we were pretty similar. Apart from one thing – Sian was sick and I was not.

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Sweet Little Something 0

March 28, 2015

For the next few Sweet Little Somethings we will be trialling a small change. One of us will post a picture from our week – a moment, something noticed, an image worth treasuring – and the other will leave a comment, haiku or link inspired by the photo. Please feel free to join in the game and leave your own thoughts, notes or poetry. We love to hear from you! H & R xo

 

From Ria:

 

E and cat

 

From Hannah:

 

You cannot expect

A fine round cat, like myself

To play jump rope.

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Old Things New 2

March 25, 2015

I love before-and-afters. There’s something so very satisfying about a transformation, especially when you get a glimpse of -pre and -post. (I’ll admit: I was one of those thirteen-year-olds who lived for makeover shows.) But I also love revisits for those times when the transformation is still ongoing but change is apparent, measurable. Like seasons. Like kids growing. Or an old house in the process of a makeover. Around here, we’ve got all of those–a new kitchen to cook in and love, and a revisit to a favourite haunt after a long winter.

 

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We’ve written a fair bit about animals and narrative here at Fork & Fiction. Just looking through the archives was a fun trip back in time:

Our favourite animal stories, going to the races, Eastery good fun, and forgotten childhood moments.

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Sweet Little Something 8

March 21, 2015

For the next few Sweet Little Somethings we will be trialling a small change. One of us will post a picture from our week – a moment, something noticed, an image worth treasuring – and the other will leave a comment, haiku or link inspired by the photo. Please feel free to join in the game and leave your own thoughts, notes or poetry. We love to hear from you! H & R xo

* Don’t forget to head over to our facebook and instagram pages to enter to win beautiful porcelain jewellery handmade by the inspirational Suzanne Cleary of Tess + Trix. Winner drawn Wednesday 25, March 2015. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…! *

From Hannah:

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From Ria:

What do you think, Ladies?

Does this one have grain

in a hidden pocket?

 

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How She Does it: Suzanne Cleary (+ Giveaway!) 4

March 17, 2015

I’ll confess: sometimes I use How She Does It posts to learn more about my own friends; incredible friends who have lived complex, interesting lives, overcome challenges, set forth on new paths. Because there are some questions that seem too probing, too nosy to casually ask on email or Facebook (curiosity is a writer’s curse and blessing) so I shamelessly use this forum to do just that. Besides, how selfish it would be to keep their incredible stories to myself when you too can be enthralled and inspired by them!

 

Suzanne Cleary and I met when we were both working at Medibank Private in Melbourne. We were both young New Zealanders keen for fun and adventure. We shared stories and drinks and become good friends. I have always been entranced by Suz’s energy, ambition, intelligence, thirst for knowledge and fearless, independent spirit. Suz and her husband, Dave, stayed with us when we lived in Macau and then again in Vancouver. Not long after her stay with us in Canada I learned she had suffered a terrible accident in Colombia. Only through this interview did I come to appreciate the full extent – “I was crossing the road and was hit by a large motorbike. The impact of the blow sent me flying 20 metres down the road and I landed instantly smashing my pelvis in several places. The impact with the motorbike broke my hip, and my left hand (my dominant one) was badly mangled in the bike’s headlight resulting in 3 severed tendons and several fractures in my hand and fingers. Amazingly my spine, neck and legs were all untouched, but I did have a haematoma in my brain (which meant operations to stabilize my pelvis had to be delayed several days).”

 

These days Suz has not only recovered from her major accident and trauma but is the artist + operator of her own ceramics business, Tess + Trix, works as a Senior Strategic Transport Planner (urban / town planner specialising in transport) and is Mama-bear to a darling 14-month old daughter I recently had the pleasure of meeting. This woman is, in short, an absolute inspiration! But how did she get from a debilitating accident to this happy, busy, creative, fulfilled life? My curiosity got the better of me and I had to find out every little detail.

 

Suz

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