This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

Walt Whitman

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I’ll be messaging the winner in a few minutes :)!

Anonymous asked: Can two gerbils live in one cage together?

Yes, in fact they should always be kept in pairs (or a group of 3) if possible as they’re very social animals. As long as they get along of course :)


Not had much time to pick this up lately but we’re getting there!

Look at the thing I’m sewing at the moment everyone

nineteenoone asked: Thanks a lot :P I just blew my book budget to get the Book of English Magic (only by a little bit) and I hold you entirely responsible. In all seriousness though, how did you enjoy the Tenant of Wildfell Hall? It was one of my favorite books this year by far.

Oops! So far there’s been some interesting stuff in it but it has got a bit too new age-y for me in some places too. I like the map at the front of places of interest in Britain, I’ve been working out where I can visit once the terrible weather here has subsided.

I really enjoyed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, definitely more so than Agnes Grey. I can’t help but wonder if Gilbert is the best choice of a husband though, he was a very strange fellow. Who goes around whacking people on the head with whips?!

not-a-cookie asked: Hi! Thank you for the wonderful blog! You are adorable! And I've got a question: where do you get these mugs? "Listen to the world" one and the one with animals (on the picture with "The Luminaries") Thanks!

Thank you :)! I got them both from Waterstones, if you’re not in the UK there’s a few places you can order the animal one from, like here. And if you google ‘Rob Ryan enamel mug’ a few options come up for the ‘Listen to the world’ mug too.

raquellereyes asked: You have such a beautiful blog, forgive me if I just inundated you with tons of 'like' notifications! I was wondering where you got the votive lamp with the tiny star cut outs? xx

Thanks :) It’s from Ikea, much like nearly everything else I own.


Indeed! To treat chronic TMJ pain I had it injected into the masseter muscles over my jaw on either side of my face. Shut them right up.

Just started The Book of English Magic!

My jaw feels great after the Botox but I had a new splint fitted that morning too and it’s made my teeth really painful and sensitive (on the bright side, that will last about a week, the Botox will last 3 months). I could stop drinking tea but instead I’ve bought a box of straws and am soldiering on as before.



'Write me ever so few lines and tell me you will never for ever be less kind to me than yesterday.- You dazzled me. There is nothing in the world so bright and delicate.'

This is a little older than this week, but optimistsdaughter posts such lovely Classics photos all the time that we wanted to feature one of our favorites! A perfect pairing…

Classics Photo of the Week | Tumblr is full of amazing images of Penguin Classics and each Thursday we select one of our favorites from the past week. Tag your photos as “Penguin Classics” so we don’t miss any!