Suspend Your Disbelief

Suspend Your Disbelief

Whenever my husband and I watch movies with a plot relating to a commercial airplane – Sully and Air Force One are favourites – he can’t help whispering in my ear during the movie: “They can’t do that in real life.” Commercial pilots will be the first to tell you...
Perfect Winter Reads

Perfect Winter Reads

I swapped my sandals for fur-lined boots when I moved with my family from Australia to Europe in 2008 and we began celebrating Christmas in wintertime. During the coldest, darkest days of the year, our home is filled with cosy tea lights, we snuggle under blankets...
The Scattergun Approach

The Scattergun Approach

I’ve been jumping around like a jackrabbit when it comes to reading during the past year. One week I’m delving into The Europeans by Henry James then I’m switching centuries to read about modern-day émigrés in Janice Lee’s The Expatriates. I burrow into Renaissance...
Classics

Classics

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice. I discover something new on each reading: a witticism from Elizabeth or a snipe from Mrs Bennett that I hadn’t fully appreciated during an earlier reading. Classic novels never lose their appeal,...
Fiction to Devour

Fiction to Devour

Summer is my season for idleness. I relish the peaceful days and slower pace that summer brings. With regular activities on hiatus, I have time for relaxing in the shade of an umbrella, enjoying informal gatherings with friends, experimenting with new recipes, taking...
Architectural Gems: Past and Present

Architectural Gems: Past and Present

…the tarnished nameplate fixed to the wall: Begijnhof Sint-Catharine. Passing a gatehouse, they emerge into a large courtyard. Brick buildings on all sides rise three-storeys high, each façade decorated with crow-stepped gables, typical of sixteenth-century houses of...

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