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January 2015

New Year, new beginnings, new life, new grandchild arriving soon!  The knitting is well underway, I've been scouring the internet for interesting modern patterns and ended up knitting a version of the same hat I knitted all the kids when they were young.  It's from "The Complete Book of Chilldren's clothes" 1979.  Does that count as vintage yet?

I've just heard I have a new granddaughter!  At only 6lbs 1oz her parents and big brother can't get over what a tiny little person she is!  She's been born into an Australian summer so I turned my excitement into little dresses and a pile of Mary Janes!  Welcome to the world little one.

 

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December 2014

Sometimes its hard to know what effect your books are having out there so I was delighted when a friend sent Karen Dixon’s article to me from May’s Woman Alive magazine.  As someone who has also gained so much from Joyce Meyer’s writings it was a delight to be mentioned in the same sentence. Thanks Karen!

September 2014

Look what arrived in the post this morning! I didn't even know there was a Dutch version in the pipeline!

I have been having great fun today trying to read my own book! I especially like their translation of the names into Dutch.  Pia, Frank, Mirjam and Zelf are telling their stories in this book  (I think Zelf is a name but it could just be the beginning of a sentence.)  Apparently I have advised people to “Probeer zo gewoon mogelijk te doen’ and to “tid met ze doorbrengt”. I hope it was good advice!

The funniest bit was coming across the boy teenager's monosyllabic speech in the "Listening" chapter:  “Stijn.  Vanavond uit?  Ja.  De Walrus?  Oke.  Zeven uur.  Goed.  Later.”  which works in any language I think (although I’m not sure what the walrus has got to do with it).

On the serious side I am absolutely delighted that the book is now accessible to a wider audience.

Many thanks to the people at Forte Uitgevers. I think you have done a wonderful job with the production and I especially like the artwork.