Winter in the Hunter is normally the time of year that I’m happy to stay inside by the fire with a good book, but these stunning winter days have been calling me outside. While I love every opportunity to ride, or potter in the vegetable garden it means that I’m not reading as many books as I normally would. That said here are a few new ones that I’ve read, plus an old favourite that I think needs a shout out.



Remarkability-By Lorraine Murphy

Well worth a read!!! I don’t think there is anything new or ground-breaking in what Lorraine has to say in the book, but it’s the “real time” application that gets you in. Her energy and passion practically jumps off the pages. The fact that she only started her (extremely successful ) business in 2012 means that it’s still growing and expanding and she’s literally running to keep up with it. Lorraine outlines the mistakes & wins she’s had along the way, and the importance of developing her own management style. I guess it reiterated to me that being entrepreneurial isn’t so much a “thing”, it’s more a constant learning curve. I have long been aware of The Remarkables Group through my professional life (not farm life!). As a large player in the beauty industry we recognized very early just how influential bloggers can be and the connection they build with their readers. As someone who blogs outside of my professional life I was interested to know just what it would take to be one of Lorraine’s Bloggers, or  “influencers” as she calls them. Let’s just say that I’m not there yet, but I’m putting it out the universe (and Lorraine) that one day she will be seeking me out as one of her influencers!! Watch this space.


The Course of Love-Alain de Botton

Loved this book.  It follows the relationship between Rabih and Kirsten from when they first meet, through their courtship and then into marriage. Many of the world’s great love stories are centered on the passion and intensity of the courtship… but what happens after marriage? What is the secret of a long marriage? As the story moves along the author interjects at key times giving psychological analysis on Rabih & Kirsten’s relationship. Obviously the idea is that we, the reader, then reflect on our own experiences. It’s interesting how these observations give a bird’s eye perspective of two relationships. The fictional one, and your own. I thought the authors “observations” would get annoying but them I found myself looking forward to them. Defiantly recommend this book.

The Belgariad

The Belgariad– By David Eddings.

I must confess I have read these books at least 200 times. There are 5 in the series and I first read them when I was in year 7 at high school. Yes!!! That long ago. If you have kids who are keen readers then I’d encourage you to get them into these books. Why do I still read them? Probably the very same reason adults read Harry Potter or The Hobbit. Its pure escapism. The series centres around Garion a perfectly ordinary young boy growing up on a farm. His parents are dead so he is being raised by his Aunt Pol. The most exciting thing that ever happens in Garions world is a visit from the old story teller who drops by the farm from time to time. As with all good stories it turns out that Garions Aunt Pol, is really the revered sorceress Polgara and the mysterious old story teller…..well naturally that’s her Father the mighty Sorcerer Belgarath. Evil forces are gathering so they leave the farm and set out to save the world.  There are a number of characters that they gather along the way to help them save the world. I adore these characters. Along with the storyline they are what keep me coming back to these books. It doesn’t matter what page I open up at, I’m instantly drawn into the story and the characters re-appear like old friends. I recommended these books to both my Stepchildren when they were young. I was so thrilled when I visited Jesse’s house a few months ago and saw that she still had the complete series of books on her bookshelf!!!

Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love -By Agapi Stassinopulos

I started this book but it didn’t hold my attention. To be fair I think I’ve ready so many similar books of late that my brain is in a bit of “self -help” overload. I’ve put it aside for now but I’m sure I’ll go back to it. This is what has to say about it:

Unbinding the Heart invites us on an inspiring journey of inner exploration to reconnect with our true selves. Born in Greece, a country that celebrates life, Agapi Stassinopoulos learned the essential truths of happiness through the examples of wisdom, caring, playfulness, and generosity she saw all around her, starting with her own mother. She came to realize that we are all born with open hearts, but that we quickly learn to put conditions on our happiness—comparing ourselves to others, casting judgment, doubting ourselves, allowing fear or entitlement or self-righteousness to take hold—and slowly our hearts begin to close. We isolate ourselves, feeling alone, disconnected, and unheard; and in doing so, we immobilize our spirit, stifle our authentic expression, and cut off our joy. As she went on, Agapi, like so many of us, came under the soul-constricting influences of the larger world. In her struggle to find her place and her voice, trying to balance the acting career she dreamed of with the spiritual life she longed for, she discovered a path that was uniquely hers. Unbinding the Heart shows how she found her way home to herself.



Netflix-Its a game changer! I know I’m slow to get on the band wagon with this one but I actually don’t watch much TV. The TV goes on when I get home and I’ll watch ABC news while I cook dinner but after that I’m not sure what I actually watch. I think it just drones away as background noise while Im on the internet or talking with Trent. Maybe I should just turn it off and play some music….Anyway I’m absolutely loving Netflix. The ability to binge watch TV whenever I want is amazing and of course I take this opportunity to educate & feed my brain with quality programs …. NOT!

I love Suits and  House of Cards but what are some others I should get into?

Any other recommendations?



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  • August 3, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Netflix favs (and I’m only just getting into it too):
    – The Secret River (Aussie miniseries was on ABC)
    – The Blacklist (who doesn’t love James Spader?)
    – Homeland (brilliant)
    – Wallander (Swedish noir in English)
    – The Tunnel (French/British crime based on Swedish ‘The Bridge’)
    – Downton Abbey (don’t have the last season yet )
    – Luther (British crime)
    – Peaky Blinders (British period drama)
    – The Bletchley Circle (Jace loved this too)
    – Broadchurch (more Brit crime, With David Tennant)
    That probably enough for now!
    As you can tell, I like crime shows, especially British ones.

    • August 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Wow! Thanks Alix. Agree I love a good British crime show.

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