Even in Australia

“It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.” Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  

Begin at the beginning

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland    

Love, Rose.

“Darling Daddy, This is Rose. The shed needs new wires now it has blown up. Caddy is bringing home rock-bottom boyfriends to see if they will do for Mummy. Instead of you. Love, Rose.” Hilary McKay, Indigo’s Star    


“There’s no earthly way of knowing Which direction they are going! There’s no knowing where they’re rowing, Or which way the river’s flowing! Is it raining, is it snowing Is a hurricane a-blowing…” Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory        

Happy New Year!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” Neil Gaiman


“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales


“I like airplanes. I like anywhere that isn’t a proper place. I like in betweens.” Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives

More of a person inside

“During the last six months the little girl Harriet, without her noticing it, had disappeared and a new Harriet had taken her place. A Harriet who looked much the same outside, but was more of a person inside.” Noel Streatfeild, Skating Shoes


“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit