Many years ago, as I was nearing the end of sixth form and thinking about university, I acquired a penpal from France.
Claire lived in Brittany with her mother, father and sister. As teenage girls do, we chatted mainly about our respective school lives and our hopes and dreams for the future.
Fast forward twenty-odd years. The magic of Facebook has kept our friendship alive, although the tone has changed somewhat. Nowadays we discuss the impact of Brexit and whether or not I should move to France!
Claire is now married with two children, living near Paris and teaching English at this school. She also adores chocolate. Or, more appropriately, her students do.
It was this love of chocolate which fuelled Claire’s imagination to undertake an unusual school project – to create a recipe book, in English, written entirely by her students.
Ah…. Chocolate! One of my favourite topics, as my ample hips will testify.
Imagine, then, if you will, what a delight it was when Claire asked me to help with the translation of her students’ recipes into English.
And what a wonderful surprise when, some months later, I received a copy of a book containing said recipes in the post. It even has my name in the back. (Sadly, this book is not available on Amazon. Boo hiss!)
On that note, I’m off to make some brownies. Bon appetit!
There are strange goings-on in living rooms all over the world. Colouring books are being completed. Under normal circumstances, this might not sound so unusual. But these books don’t belong to the pre-schoolers. It’s their parents who are picking up the crayons.
Forget yoga and meditation (although they do have their place). The new way to relax from your working week is to grab some pencils, pens or crayons, and get colouring.
It’s even thought to help counter mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
The pictures in this book are all completed by my own fair hands, and from one such book: Being in the Now by Luscious Books.
I love this book because rather than just the pictures, there are wise words of wisdom, giving us handy life tips at the same time. Zen therapy, you might say.
It’s become the perfect way for me to wind down after work and get into the right frame of mind for accessing my creative brain and writing.
The paper isn’t very thick with these books, unlike those of Johanna Basford, so there is only one image per sheet. However, this allows you to carefully cut out each page and hang it on a wall, if you’d like to. Neat, huh?
I believe I may well do that. Just as soon as I’ve finished this little blue bit…
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