Alex and I were married on December 30 … a few years back now. It is a lovely time of the year to celebrate our anniversary as we are often with friends and, if we are extra lucky, in France. There, the seasonal festivities are layered with extra cosiness as we watch the snow fall, cradle beakers of hot wine with our gloved hands at the Christmas markets, rug up properly to go on cheek-reddening walks and indulge in our French mountain meals.
Making the trip from Australia, does; nonetheless, add a degree of difficulty to gift giving. But, my husband is ingenious and romantic – he always has been – and our last anniversary in France was no different to any other. His gift was a painting, or a little photo of the painting, that would hang on our wall when we returned to Australia after our Christmas holiday.
We had come across artist Robyn Rankin before heading to live in France and the first of her works that we purchased was the delightfully titled « To dither a daisy and lots of love too. » It featured our two girls. No, it wasn’t a commissioned piece but it could have been as it exuded joy and gave us happiness: just like our girls. Even the physical characteristics were not too dissimilar.
As for my new gift « She just knew her toes were magic, » it took me back to my childhood: that magical period where, if I had managed to kick my feet just a little bit harder and swing a fraction higher, I would have flown and joined all the other dreamers gambolling in the clouds.
Robyn thought it was a splendid idea and together (and once again with Alex’s design help), we have come up with a beautiful book cover … don’t you agree?
And, of course, if you would like to continue to journey with me as I revisit my early years, I would love to have you along for the ride.
Here again are my three books. Clicking on the links should take you to where you need to go wherever you are in the world to make a purchase.
Merci et bonne lecture