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OUR KATE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL BY CATHERINE COOKSON (BOOK REVIEW)

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Today I have a book review and recommendation to share with you. Our Kate: Her Personal Story is a deeply touching work of literature. It is a literary autobiography of writer Catherine Cookson and her mother Kate. The relationships between mother and daughter is the focus of this novel. The stories of their lives are interwoven, their relationship close but strained. Our Kate is, in many way,  a story of a mother and  daughter relationship troubled by dire poverty and other problems. This was my first book by this author. Catherine Cookson, or to give you a full title and name: Dame Catherine Ann Cookson was a British author that somehow remains somewhat unknown, especially when compared to her other better known British colleagues. Dame Catherine Ann Cookson is one of twenty most widely read British novelists. Her sales top 100 million and yet many do not know of her. I must admit that until recently I was one of those 'many'. Fortunately, I came upon this second hand copy i…

A NEUTRAL GREY DRESS FOR A VISIT TO STARI GRAD

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Have I moved to Stari Grad? My recent posts seem to indicate so, but I'm still based in Jelsa. It is just that I love Stari Grad, so I visit it pretty often. It is only a five minute drive from Jelsa anyhow. I did consider renting here in Stari Grad when I initially arrived on island Hvar last year, but then I found something suitable in Jelsa. All for the best, because I still visit Stari Grad anytime. Anyway, let me show you what I wore for my latest visit to Stari Grad. You know this grey dress is the unsung hero of my wardrobe. I reach for it very often, especially when I can't figure out what to wear to work. A neutral dress like this one looks great paired with a blazer. It is easy to dress it up and down. The knee length makes it appropriate for a variety of situations and occasions. I have worn this grey dress for everything from hiking to conventions and fairs. It really is a magical neutral piece. That is why I decided to link up some of my older looks today. You kno…

TWO AUTUMN OUTFIT IDEAS WITH GRAPHIC T-SHIRTS

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Hello dear readers and fellow bloggers. How's life been treating you? My work life has been draining to say the least, I've been working long hours but I won't complain as in today's time we should only be grateful if we have a job. Moving onto the subject of today's post: I'll show you two outfits featuring graphic t-shirt.  In fact, this is the garment I've been relying on lately: a printed t-shirt. Ever since the start of Autumn, I've been wearing a couple of short sleeved t-shirts printed with my original art. Graphic t-shirts are practical for Mediterranean autumn because it can still be quite warm here and really you never know when you'll need to take your blazer or jacket. I find graphic tees a really easy way to jazz up a look. These two t-shirts have been ordered from a local printer (as opposed to my Redbubble shop). Identical prints are available on t-shirts here and hereTHE STORY OF AN OUTFIT: WEARING A FASHION ILLUSTRATION  THE YELLO…

VISIT STARI GRAD PLAIN, A FULLY PRESERVED ANCIENT GREEK AGRICULTURAL AREA

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My last post was from Stari Grad town but today I'm taking you to Stari Grad plain, a UNESCO protected area and a cultural good of Croatia. What is so amazing about Stari Grad plain? How about the fact that is a fully preserved ancient agricultural terrain. The agricultural activity in this field has been continuous for many centuries. When the Greek colonists came to Hvar island and settled in Stari Grad four centuries ago, they organized the plain according to their system. The land was divided into geometrical parches (chora) bounded by stone walls. The Greek system has been preserved through centuries by hard working families who respected the original stone walls and boundaries. The Stari Grad plain has not only remained fully preserved agricultural land four centuries later, the agriculture itself has remained the same. Grapes and olive trees are still main crops grown here. I wonder how those Greek colonizers would feel if they knew all their hard work would be preserved fo…