holiday magazines

I replenished my magazine collection and caught up with a good portion of the 2015 editions of Better Homes and Gardens, Country Style and a British magazine I’d never read before, called Ideal Home.

15 magazine for $3.  Or 20 cents each.  From the op shop. Excellent value when I’d just purchased the latest issue of Home Beautiful for $7.99.

And look, if you ignore the blue carpet squares, the dining table/chair combo at our holiday house is exactly the same as the one in the February 2015 edition of Ideal Home.


Now we are just waiting for puffy green reclining microfibre lounge suites to become fashionable …

my first book of 2016

My New Year’s Eve peaked at 8pm after 3 or 4 champagnes accompanied by great cheese, then by scallops, then king prawns and flathead, interspersed with being intermittently sprayed by the blow up palm tree sprinkler (hard to imagine if you weren’t there, it is a very wonky and random sprinkler) …

And some dancing to Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra … and Taylor Swift.  And party poppers.

About 8pm we left Nick and Rachel’s house for dinner with family (and goodbye to family heading back overseas – they left at 10.45pm to catch the plane at 3am).

And that was it.  I perked up again briefly watching Ash play with Paul Kelly at the Falls Festival – at Mt Duneed – on telly, and kept my eyes open (just) for the fireworks at midnight.  Then headed home to bed.  Nice but pretty low key.

New Year’s Day I read a book.  Another holiday house book.  Disobedience by Naomi Alderman.  I really liked it.  About a gay orthodox Jewish girl from the UK who moved to New York, and returned home when her father died.

Great holiday reading.  I finished it at 2pm and then we went for a big walk and a swim at the mermaid rock pool.  We took books there too.  I am moving on to The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon next (loving the holiday house books!).

Happy New Year!

holiday house reading

I packed in a hurry and forgot books!  But I borrowed this from the holiday house book shelf and I liked it a lot.  Have you read it?