Thursday 22 November 2012

link it

A few little links today, hope you enjoy.

  • My new beautiful friend Nikki, you might remember her gorgeous face from here, asked me a few questions for her blog Wholefood Mama. It was fun, I procrastinated, I took lots of not quite right photos and changed my mind about recipes a lot and then decided to just do it, so glad I did. Thanks Nikki. 
  • We received a special package in the mail from Cass, some belated birthday gifts. I unwrapped a deliciously colourful and wonderful piece of fabric and Poe was gifted this wonderful book;  Miss Rumphis (and a couple of packets of seeds). This book all had us smiling and delighting by the end of it, I highly recommend giving it to everyone, seriously. It has everything; exploring the world, retiring by the see, guerilla gardening and delight. Apparently it is a classic, unfortunately this is the first time I have come across it, our lives are so much richer now we have it in our lives, thanks Cass.
  • I have just finished reading Rad Dad, a wonderful, amusing and beautiful book by two fantastic humans who are passionate about their parenting journeys and hearing about others. They have been running this blog for a while now. The book looks at the newborn experience through to childhood and teenagers, there was lots of love, wisdom and humour. I especially loved a couple of stories about that boring and insidiously poisonous act of gender stereotyping, it was touching and beautiful hearing these fathers talk about how they act against it, for themselves and for their children, especially one transgender father who acknowledged how damaging stereotyping had been for him growing up and how determined he was to encourage equality and acceptance in his childs life. 
* Rad Dad also gave a little nod to an awesome blogger Blue Milk, who blogs about her experiences in Motherhood as a feminist. I particularly love how she writes about the gender stuff;  encouraging non-conformity (check out this post about s gender non conforming colouring in book), embracing children as individuals and educating others, she even created a workbook for her child's school and ran a workshop on gender stereotyping, yes she is that awesome. 


  1. i loved your interview at nikki's - i have book marked the aubergine pickle to make in a couple of months when aubergine is available. Thank you for these other links too! x

    1. so glad you liked the interview and pickles, we have just started getting organic eggplants in up here, so very exciting. best wishes jay. xx

  2. Beautiful post on Whole Food Mumma and I love the photo.

    I think I'm going to drop the book I'm on and read 'Rad Dad' instead - especially the bits challenging gender stereotyping - oh its everywhere in little (and big) ways. I think people don't even realise they are pigeon holing kids in gender roles and so they have not reflected on the impact of this. It stifles kids' ability to be their full, authentic self... oh don't get me started...



    1. oh yes the rants we can have (and do have). sexism is such a negative force in our society but unfortunately it is acted out on children everyday in the form of gender stereotyping. arghh.

  3. I have to say my two skills are making awesome sandwiches (even though I don't like them myself) and finding children's books. I just knew that book was for Poe when I found it. How cool is guerilla gardening in a children's book? :)

    I've heard of Rad Dad but never read it, will check it out.

  4. oooh a list you know how I love a list :) I'd like to see more linky lists if you are so inclined. Such a joy to have your story up on my blog and yes Jenny isn't that photo just beautiful?! I smile as I read about children and gender stereotyping. I spent three years of my life studying feminist theory to earn my BA in women's studies and yesterday at the op shop Sol came to me with two naked Barbie dolls in hand 'can we buy these mermaids mummy?' The mermaids came home with us and I thought about the essay I wrote about Barbie at uni and I wondered if I had daughters how would I feel about them playing with Barbies?...the truth is, sixteen years after my studies I've relaxed a lot in my feminist thinking and while I acknowledge sexism and stereotypes are alive and well, probably I'd be fine with daughters playing with Barbies as I know it would be within a balanced toy box of dolls of all shapes and sizes, teddies and trucks and so on. Happy weekend all x


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