Louise Gluck


Is it winter again, is it cold again,
didn’t Frank just slip on the ice,
didn’t he heal, weren’t the spring seeds planted

didn’t the night end,
didn’t the melting ice
flood the narrow gutters

wasn’t my body
rescued, wasn’t it safe

didn’t the scar form, invisible
above the injury

terror and cold,
didn’t they just end, wasn’t the back garden
harrowed and planted-

I remember how the earth felt, red and dense,
in stiff rows, weren’t the seeds planted,
didn’t vines climb the south wall

I can’t hear your voice
for the wind’s cries, whistling over the bare ground

I no longer care
what sound it makes

when was I silenced, when did it first seem
pointless to describe that sound

what it sounds like can’t change what it is-

didn’t the night end, wasn’t the earth
safe when it was planted

didn’t we plant the seeds,
weren’t we necessary to the earth,

the vines, were they harvested?


World Book Day!! Book review


Did you know that it’s world book day today (UK)? Hooray!! Reading is awesome and I read a lot. (A lot lot lot lot lot lot lot, in fact) It’s so much better than watching TV and I often like to read to some music…often I listen to that music later and it reminds me of the book I had been reading! It’s epic.

Anyway, I wanted to celebrate the occasion with a book review on a fabulous book, The Fault In Our Stars.

The Fault In Our Stars. By John Green. #1 New York Times Bestseller.

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This book is one of my favourite books ever. It’s about a girl named Hazel Grace with a terminal lung cancer. She is a perfect character, both funny and extremely clever, her spare time devoted to a book she must have read over a hundred times. Until that is, she meets a handsome boy called Augustus Waters who turns her ‘depressed’ life at home into a completely heart-tangling new tale. The story is both funny and very sad (word of warning) yet touching and I loved it so much! It has a slight philosophical twist, playing around with the idea of life and the seemingly close death for our Hazel Grace.

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It’s an amazing story and I would not be surprised to find that you have already read it, but if you haven’t then, you must. 6 stars out of 5 ❤

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I am so GLAD. I had a really good day today. The sun is finally blinding me again. I like being blinded for the first time after winter (regrettably said, a snow-less winter). The flowers are coming out and I’m looking forward to a few less layers this season.

( PS. I couldn’t think of a title…this post is a bit self explanatory…don’t you think?)

(PPS. Drinks all round!!! This is my 111th post!! Hooray 😀 )

Dear February,


Dear February,

I know we are already 11 days in, but I want you to know that I like you. I like you because while you’re around, it snows, and snow drops come out and things start changing. I like you because it’s fresh and new but I get a week of holidays too!

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I like you because you are different and shorter than the other months, and sometimes (please don’t be angry) I want March to come quicker because it is closer to Spring. So quality not quantity my friend, is the key. I like you because birds start to come and I am not writing 2013 any more in the date because I am used to it now.

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So this year February, do not wait for some other month to come along and steal you. Do what you always do, be you, and be your own valentine. If it is up to you to snow, then snow now, fear of it being too late and for April to snow instead…

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Happy days, February! Love Maya X

DIY jumper refashion


Hi guys!! Have you missed me?? No?!?!?! You’re joking? Oh, good! I nearly fell for it that time!!

Anywaayz… I’m back and I’ve got a simplez DIY for you again!! (hooray!)

I had a massive old jumper lying around that my mom found horrible (mostly because it was so large!) and so I changed it a bit and…well…it’s SO much better!

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The jumper was so big before that it didn’t even fit in the photo without having my feet in it!!

You will need:

-a very large jumper



-a sewing machine (or needle and thread if you are brave enough!)

How to:

First, I cut off the sleeves of the jumper and also the sides to make it less baggy with my scissors…

I then turned it inside out and sewed up the sides–as you would expect. I also sewed up the sleeves (by accident)–as, knwoing me, you would expect…don’t do this!!! It’s a pain and very silly: make sure you have room for the arm holes!

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Then get pins and put them through a fold you will make in the sleeve to stop  the fabric threading. Sew it down.

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If you like, you can sew on a cute pattern or something to give it a je-ne-sait-quoi look. But obviously I didn’t because I am a bit lazy…aha…

But there we go!! A simply refashioned, easy sleeveless jumper!

Happy sewing 🙂

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