Posts from — April 2015

Nostalgic Biscuitry. 1

April 29, 2015

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Saturday, April 25th, was ANZAC day here in New Zealand and Australia. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and this year marking one hundred years since the beginning of World War One made the commemorations particularly significant. The rituals on Anzac Day range from family to family but the Anzac biscuit (it is a cookie, but we also say “bikkie” for short) is ubiquitous. Anzac biscuits – made with oats, flour and golden syrup – were supposedly good for enduring distances so they were sent to soldiers at the front, packaged up in tins and accompanied by love letters, photos and knitted sox.

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In: Books & Reading, Food, From Hannah, Includes a recipe!, Kids and Parenting, Writing

Sweet-and-Salty Little Something 1

April 25, 2015

Hello! If you are new to Sweet Little Something, here’s how it works: one of us posts a picture from our week – a moment, something noticed, an image worth treasuring – and the other leaves 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 Hannah:

 

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* Three years ago today. Our headline news. Happy Birthday Bundle, we love you so.*

 

From Ria:

Speaking of…

MY three year old recently said, “Mummy, why do you have grey hairs on your head? Is it because you’ve had too many birthdays like Granny has?”

 

 

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Salty Dog Ice Cream 0

April 22, 2015

Is it ice cream weather with you?

Let me rephrase that: Isn’t it ice cream weather with you?

 

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As you probably know, this month is in celebration of Hannah’s wonderful new book, Season of Salt and Honey. We’ve given you honey pie, novel-themed music , a contest for fabulous books and now… ice cream to read by.

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In: Food, From Ria, Includes a recipe!, Writing

Sweet-and-Salty Little Something 0

April 18, 2015

Hello! If you are new to Sweet Little Something, here’s how it works: one of us posts a picture from our week – a moment, something noticed, an image worth treasuring – and the other leaves 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:

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From Hannah:

I’m told – it’s my year!

But from where I am standing

Prospects look static.

( More about the Chinese Year of the Goat / Ram )

In: From Hannah, From Ria, Sweet Little Something

Season of Salt and Honey : The Soundtrack! 4

April 15, 2015

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Like Ria I too have been living with children’s songs on repeat in my noggin for the last few years. In order to make them bearable I have a little secret : I make up rude or inappropriate alternative lyrics in my head. (No, I’m not going to share them with you; they’re naughty.) With that in mind I think it’s high time for a proper, grown-up musical playlist and what better playlist than… A SOUNDTRACK!

 

Love me a soundtrack. At school my friend Liz was so into soundtracks at least every second CD she owned was a soundtrack. We used to tease her about it. Our favourite was the Reality Bites soundtrack; we still jump out of our seats if My Sharona starts playing (I think I just gave away my age). I got the idea of pairing music with books or characters after I read Marissa Stapley‘s book Mating for Life and she wrote about listening to music while she writes as well as imagining the kind of music each of her characters likes best. Unlike Marissa I don’t listen to music when I write but I do listen to music when I run and running is one activity that helps me sort out plot tangles and character conundrums. I’m a huge fan of song lyrics too: the way they can capture an idea or mood so gracefully, in so few words, just like a poem. Somehow, among all that random music + book pondering I came up with the idea to match a chapter of Season of Salt and Honey to a song and create a playlist. Ta-da! As it turns out I’m not the only one with this genius idea. This business produces book soundtracks for real! (A bit more info here if you are curious)

 

The Season of Salt and Honey soundtrack is available here on Spotify for you to listen to, but if you want a bit more info about my song choices, read on to see the quotes I have selected from each chapter to match the chosen track. Have a listen and let me know what you think. Are they a good match? Love it or loathe it? Alternative suggestions? What do you think about soundtracks for books? Discuss!

 

* Warning: Great artists and snazzy tunes feature below. Also some sneaky quotes direct from the pages of Season of Salt and Honey. I have tried to ensure that the plot is not spoiled from the small extracts I’ve selected but if you have not finished the book and don’t want anything given away I suggest checking this post out once you’ve closed the last page! *

 

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In: Books & Reading, From Hannah, Writing