Thursday, September 29, 2011

Now, who's hungry for a Q&A? I've got one for you!

The lovely Ute Wegmann, the fantastical photographer from Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales, the fantastic wildlife conservation and rescue book that i recently reviewed and gaveaway a copy of,  has answered a few questions for me!
Thank you ever so much Ute and I hope you all love this fantastic Q&A! (It's got some awesome wildlife pictures to go along with it, too!)

*What made you want to help animals?
I grew up in a culture (Germany) where animal liberation was a lot more powerful than it was here in Australia at the time. My wish to help animals developed naturally. In addition, I have a caring nature, so of course that makes me want to help not just animals but humans, too. I think that was also the case for Dr Tony Helman, who wrote the text for Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales.

*What is one of the founding reasons you decided to compile the book, Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales? 

I nursed a rainbow lorikeet back to health (with the help of a bird specialist), which was injured by a car and released it where I had found it. Since (most) parrots pair up for life, I was really hoping it would find its partner again. It felt good to know that I had saved its life and I realised that this must be one of the main reasons why other people rescue wildlife. No one really gives these wonderful people much recognition, so I thought here is an opportunity to do just that and at the same time draw attention to the whole issue of wildlife rescue and conservation.

*What is your deepest wish it (Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales) will do to the world?

Encourage other people to support and help wildlife and animals in general.

*Why do you love the world's animals?

We evolved from animals - I feel connected to them. Just look into the eyes of a orangutan (not that I do that very often!) or a dog and I am sure that you know what I mean.

*Do you have a favourite creature?

Yep - it's a pig(let)! They make me smile. Don't you think Babe is a lot cuter and smarter than Lassie or Skippy???

*Is there a most inspiring story of wildlife carer and animal you heard?

Yes, I was most impressed by the whole aboriginal community in Mapoon (not just one particular carer) in Far North Queensland which decided to rescue sea turtles instead of eating them! They support a turtle conservation centre and train their own rangers to help them. If you want to know more about it, read my book!

*Were there times you believed Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales would be pointless, futile?


*Overall, what do you think it has accomplished as a point of getting people to understand their actions and work on helping animals and living more wisely?
Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales has just been released, so I don't know yet. I hope it will make people think more about these issues.

*For aspiring nature workers, carers, what ideas can you give to getting a job working with animals in need of care?

I think being a volunteer in a wildlife centre is a good start since it's not just about caring for cute animals. It can be challenging having to deal with injured animals and it's heartbreaking when one of them dies. You have to find out first if you are able to deal with that. If so - the better educated you are in this field, the more effectively you can help wildlife. Do a proper course and/or degree, and think of your own future, too.

Thank you again Ute!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Winner Announced...

Dun di dun dun dun....
The winner of the amazing book, Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales is... Bree! Congratulations! Your entry was wonderful! Thank you to Imogen also for entering; it's such fun holding competitions and I look forward to holding many more in the future!
Thank you again for entering both of you!


Veggie Burgers Every Which Way by Lukas Volger review... (day 5 in cooking days!)

What I thought:
I would definitely try most of these veggie burgers, they all sound fantastic and are, of course, the kind of thing that'd I'd love to eat and do love eating! The author, Mr Volger, is very passionate about his veggie burgers, and it does at times feel as if it were a bit of a battle between him and the reader, trying to show them that homemade is best made, which was odd, but it doesn't make the recipes any less amazing! I shall absolutely try them very soon!

Thank you exuberently to Wakefield Press fo this review copy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

One Bowl- Allergy Free baking by Linda Bosnic review... (Day 4 of five in cooking days)

What I thought:
I'm really in love with the thoughts behind this cookbook, I think it's always sad when those with food intolerances can't join in at a birthday party or when going out to dinner, as you'll hardly ever see them being catered for, and that, I think, will be hard for them particularly, being that littel bit seperate.
So this book is wonderful for fixing those situations, so there don't need to be any! And it's not like you have to ook these things all the time, you can still make the origonal version, but when  someone with a food intolerance is coming over, this book will be a wizz! It's fantastic!

Thank you to Wakefield Press for this review copy!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hungry by Guy Mirabella review....(day 3 of 5 in the days of cooking!)

What I thought:
I lilked the sound of the sweeter items in this cookbook, but didn't find myself drawn to many of the others- it is still a very interesting book, filled with inspiration and interesting recipes, but many of them did not draw me towards them- I found that, though that's what it is supposed to be, it was too muh a resteraunt cookbook, and I didn't feel that many of the things would be things I'd cook on a regular basis.
It is a good book though, very interesting, especially, I am sure, for fans of Mr. Mirabella, but it wasn't a wholly winner for me.
That won't stop me from making a few of the sweeter options though.
Oh no!

Thank you to Macmillan for this review copy!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Good Life by Adrian Richardson review... (day 2 of five in the cooking days)

Thank you to Macmillan for this fantastic review copy!

What I thought:
I was in love with this book as soon as I saw it, felt it, smelt it (I've got a kind of obsession over smelling books...not a bad thing- any of you do it? Weird question, but interesting... okay, back to the review) and then looked through it.
The pictures are just amazing, they're fabulous and I can't honestly get enough of them, it could just be a photography book and that in itself would be enough and the recipes! Oh my! I am totally in love with some of them, and have already made a Raspberry Lemonaid twice from this, and some honey cookies- the lemonade is a favourite, the cookies, well, I think something major went wrong there.
The recipes are so easy to follow, and it's not (as the appauling McDonalds add says) "Smanchy" whatever that it, this is filled with the kind of food that you'd want to make and eat regularly, and will, of that I am sure!
This is probably one of my all time favourite cookbooks... I love it!


Friday, September 23, 2011

The Blue Ribbon Cookbook by Liz Harfull review... (Day 1 of Five in Cookers Days)

What I thought:
I really enjoyed this cookbook, and though, as I've stated above, I wouldn't find myself cooking for a show or anything of the kind, I was intreigued by the recipes and ideas in it- I found some of the judges comments a bit funny (saying things like "Make sure the lables are straight" and slightly over the top particular things like that... including mentions of warnings against re-spreading your quince jelly ect.) but for anyone who wants the kind of yummy food that you can see winning show prizes, this is the perfect book! And I was most impressed to see a few male entrants, especially the orange cake maker.
This will be very useful!

Lots of Love and more in the cooking days tomorrow.

Thank you immensely to Wakefield Press for this review copy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Marion by Marion Grasby review... (a cookbook!)

What I thought:
I wasn't capured by the recipes overall, but that's totally alrigjt, because of this- the story was brillant! I love the sort of cookbook that has a story behind it, I've only recently come into contact with cookbooks that do have that, and that's always thrilling and brilliant! I loved reading of Marion's growing up and what she did with her cooking, and the photography, wow! Some of those pictures are just truly awesomely overwhelmingly teriffical! I'd buy them and frame them! Yes I would! And it smelt so noce, so so nice- I love nice smelling books!
So though the sound of "Deep Fried eggs with Smoked Eel Mash" and "Piggy Patties with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Apple Salad" don't exactly say "Romi, eeeat me", they in fact make me feel a tad queasy (Vegetarian to the core!) it doesn't mean that I in any way didn't love this book, I adored it! It is a fairly meat based cookbook, but you can always alternate meat for something vegetarian, can't you? I adored it!

Thank you to Macmillan for this review copy!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bag in the Wind by Ted Kooser review...

A bag, perfectly good for use, got thrown out and has ended up in the dumpster, where is is unearthed by a woman driving her bulldozer about, and that's the beginning.
Throughout the day, wind tugs and pulls at it until finally it get's out of it's spot and slies through the sky, meeting new people who do and don't notice it, who can and can't find a new use for it- this is an amazing story about keeping things that ought to be kept.

Thank you to Walker Books for this review copy!

What I thought:
Such an amazing story as this ought to be given out to everybody, I think, there is almost a duty like feeling of other people HAVING to read it, because it's inspiring, sad and wholly truthful.
The story clicked within me and made me remember and repent, it could well be about every person in the world, this story, only not everyone will find a use for a bag flying about on the street, no matter how good it is.
I loved how there was the bag's story, and all the people it saw's as well, a giant thing for you, the reader, to think over and over, during the tale and afterwards; the pictures only complimented this amazing book, a book for everyone!

Recycle lots today and everyday,
P.S. Remember to enter a booky competition here! It ends on the 21st, so hurry!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tin Toys by Bruce Whatley review...

What I thought:
Neither the story or the pictures in Tin Toys captivated me, not truly- it was an interesting book, but no more than that to me, sadly.
For all the posibilitys that it held and can/does hold for others, I was sadly (I always am sad when I don't fall for a book that I wanted to) disappointed.
I didn't find the magic that I could've, the pictures were unusual but just that, not captivating; and I didn't feel at all for the characters or storyline.... it just wasn't me.

Have you/are you planning to get/read this? What did you think?

Thank you to Random House for this review copy!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Keepers: City of Lies by Lian Tanner review...

Thank you to Lian Tanner and Allen & Unwin for this review copy!

What I thought:
I have been egarly anticipating this, book 2 in one of my favourite trilogy's- The Keepers, since I finished the first book, just over a year ago, and when I got it in the post, I was over the stars and sky in joyous joy! And after thrilling over the amazing cover, awesome hardback copy that I got and the throught of once again delving into the land of Jewl and Goldie's life, I just got more excited!
I loved every moment of this book, I finished it in 2 days flat and was exhilarated, thrilled, scared and filled with many more emotions throughout the story, haterid came for some of the very evilist characters and I am already very ready for book 3, especially because of such a cliffhanger ending as it was! Everyone who's read book 1 in this series will know just how amazing an author Lian Tanner (I did a Q&A with her a little while ago here!) is and the way she can so easily wisk a reader away to another land, and anyone who hasn't read this series is very much missing out.
The City of lies is one of my most favourite books of this year, and now I've only got 1 more to read on my booklist, if it'll ever come from the library!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Can We Save The Tiger? By Martin Jenkins review...

Thank you to Walker Books for this review copy!

What I thought:
Oh I knew this would be a brilliant book, but never did I imagine just how thrilling, devistating and overall "We need you" it would be.
The details, the intrivcate and beautiful pictures, the story and just everything about this story leaves me wanting more, it leaves me wanting to go out and move to Vietnam to help this kind of animal, Tigers, Elephnats... now.
It's the kind of book that could start a revolution, and I wish it would; a revolution of helping creatures great and small, from the Tigers to the Kakapo's and to the very small and endangered Partula Snail.
It is a once in a lifetime book about the important things.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales by Ute Wigmann review...

Thank you to Wakefield Press for this review copy!

What I thought:
I was amazed by this book, it's inpsired me and I loved every single story, every single animal (though the snakes were a tad scary) and I want to help more than ever now.
I need to help.
We all do.
This is a one of a kind book, your never going to read one quite like this... It's going to be a short review, but all I can say is that I'm speechless... it's so heartrendering and powerful... please get a copy...


Saturday, September 3, 2011

I'm off to the land of Islands...

I'm off to Bruney Island, a four hour car trip away, for a week and have set a few posts for you, but won't be back and properly blogging for a while, as there is no internet connection where we'll be going.
And if there is, I don't mind, because I'm having a break! YAY!
So, my book list is as follows (and also over there--->)
Fantastic Mr Fox. (If I ahven't already finished it)
The Thief Lord.
Mao's Last dancer.
And maybe the Strangers Child if I have room.

I can't wait! And I'm really excited about coming back too, for numerous, and secret at the moment, reasons! Yippie! You can also go t TheDreanyTree, my other blog, if you feel like reading something from me, I'll have some posts over there too!

Have a lovely week and think of me in a treehouse!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (period setting! YES!) review...

Thank you to Macmillan for this review copy!

What I thought:
I'm pretty much in love with period novels, and I think of the 1920's as a period setting, so I am and was in love with this book before I even started reading it.
Buut that's not to say that I couldn't have been disappointed, if it wasn't my sort of book I wouldn't have made myself enjoy it just because of the era, but as you can probably tell from the look on my face in the above picture, I enjoyed it.
A lot.
I adored the witty anddescriptive way that it was written, making it seem as if I lived in that time too, was a kitchen maid beside Margaret, it was amazing!
I was shocked at the awful people, servents and employers alike, and amazed by the way that the staff all drooled over anyone of the male circula, and it was always funny when she said "But now they'd just say shove off, we'd never have risked that back then, men being in short supply" ect.
And on the front of the book is a quote by Eileen Atkins and it says "Anyone who enjoyed Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs will relish this feisty memoir" and I'm watching DA at the moment, and it's just simply and brilliantly, True.

Keep reading those period Drama's,