Back to normal?

So, the last 6+ weeks have been all about our trip to India and Malaysia. The planning, doing and the posting of photos and memories. But I’ve been back at work a week now and it’s time to take stock and think about the year ahead. At a glance it’s like most years: It all…

Another one bites the dust…book that is

So, in my last post I had a book in progress, A Cup of Light by Nicole Mones.  The same author wrote The Last Chinese Chef, which I read back in 2007 and found interesting on a few levels; plot, characters and the wonderful descriptions of the food and its preparation and place in Chinese culture and…

My book list – Three and a half so far

I’ve never counted how many books I read in a year. But the other day I realised that I’ve read three already and am on the way to a fourth. I don’t want the fact that I am making a list to influence how many I ultimately read. Not sure how I’m going to deal…

But wait, there’s more…(books on my night-stand)

Two more books to add to the night-stand reading list. I was waiting for Tim Winton’s Breath to come out in paperback and Roo has now bought it for me.  The shop assistant could not find the last copy in stock so Roo left  thinking he’d find it at another bookshop. The assistant found it…

Annual year-end review of books on the night stand

Another year is nearly over and the rotating door for books that is my night stand is sporting a lovely and mostly new crop.  A few of them are travel guides recently borrowed from the library and some of them were on the night stand last year, but are at least started. Some from last…

Food first

Well, it looks like I am doing a pretty miserable job this year in the blogging department. I might have overdone it last year and set expectations too high gentle readers! So I will just share with you one of the lovely vegetarian meals that we cooked and ate last weekend. The potato bake was…

Looks like a monthly update is all I can handle…

There seems to be a lot going on, and little time to blog about it.  I’m thinking that perhaps I am too connected and a bit disjointed in my approach to social networking and blogging.  I have been considering only updating my Tumblr blog MLTuckerAtLarge, which feeds to my Twitter and my Facebook and just…

Geez 2011 – you have some catching up to do

Other than a photo on my bike ride home, I haven’t posted a blog since the first of the year. Oh dear, what’s going on? Last year I was quite prolific, at least for me… It’s not that nothing is happening this year; maybe I am just adjusting to being back in Australia and back…

That was the year that was – 2010

How lucky am I that last year, 2010, was one of mostly ‘highs’ for me.  Even some of the lows brought unexpected moments of bitter-sweet melancholy. And that’s a good thing in my book.  The idea that we must always be happy is such a western concept. Times of sober pensiveness are important aspects of…

My boys: Andrew with Speedy and Jose

My boys, Andrew with Speedy and Jose Originally uploaded by lou_roo This photo was taken one winter afternoon in 2009. The sun streams into our bedroom on winter afternoons and all my men love an afternoon nap on the weekend. This is also a great place to park with the Weekend Australian newspaper or a…