Down Under at Christmas

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While out on my usual morning constitutional, I came across this house adorned ready for Christmas. How crazy I thought, as our Pohutukawa blooms and locals are heading to the beaches, that so many of us ‘grownups’ in New Zealand still treasure this chubby fellow from the North Pole. Look at him, abseiling, climbing a ladder, and parachuting in. I only hoped his presents weren’t melting in the sack. I tucked my phone in my pocket and kept walking, on the hunt to see if there were more interlopers from the North Pole around. Continue reading

What should have been on my bookshelf.

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‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’¬† is not a title supported by my new bookends, sadly enough, but it was on loan from my book group. The author of this moving novel is Canadian¬†Madeleine Thien, and I am pleased that I was given the opportunity to read her work.

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