The other gifts I love to give are books.
I've already started my Christmas book stash thanks to The Little Bookroom. I was there the other day, fortuitously, and they were, as always, stupendously helpful. I had a couple of kind of difficult requests to make, too - a 'summer' book full of happiness but still well-written & something gripping and adventurous, both for teenage girlies. I also wanted a picture book - the title of which I didn't exactly know. They come up trumps, every time. So, if you're looking for presents for the younger readers or young adults in your life, don't forget The Little Bookroom.
It's also in a great new location in Nicholson Street, Carlton - just a few doors north from a terrific cheese shop. I had marinated goats' cheese from there on my walnut bread this afternoon. I obviously had a good afternoon in Carlton!
I'm on a bit of a mission to give the boyman books to grow up with - books that I don't think he'd necessarily find for himself but which might resonate with him in the future. I've already given him Kerouac's On the Road, Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing. Also gave him Bukowski's autobiography as he likes Bukowski's poetry - any suggestions gratefully received. Fantasy and science fiction books are totally taken care of by his own interests - it's more that I'm also tempting him with a different literary world here.
On with the haiku...
I pick up winter knitting -
on newly planted basil
Japanese tourists photograph
at Puffing Billy