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Dancing Words: The journey


The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations, though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
but little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Mary Oliver, Dream Work, Grove Atlantic Inc., 1986 & New and Selected Poems, Beacon Press, 1992.

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January 28, 2014 · 3:36 pm

Found: Bowerbirds

When the temperature drops, I throw on my long johns, knitwear, hat, scarf and mittens and look for some tunes to warm the cockles of my heart. Bowerbirds have been doing the trick these last few icy days. I can’t feel my nose but my ears are happy.


No surprise that I like this one. This southern girl, she knows the Northern Lights.

Bowerbirds casually making music in the canned goods section.

If it doesn’t warm you enough then maybe add some whiskey?



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A little Icelandic jaunt!

For the last little while I have had more than a little obsession with Scandinavia. In part to do with some particularly beautiful music (The Tallest Man on Earth, Mew, Olafur Arnalds), Nordic Noir and more than a healthy amount of Scandinavian chums.

All this to say, after being on my ‘wishful thinking’ list for last 5 years, I actually get to make a little trip to ‘the land of Ice that’s very nice’! (A little Mighty Ducks quote there for ya!)

One of my favourite regular coffee drinkers is a little bit of an expert on Iceland and when I asked him for tips this brilliant itinerary is what he came up with. This actually made my day! It’s too good not to share.

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And now to the Northern Lights, the elusive Celestial treat, I know I’m not meant to get my heart set on seeing them but I can’t help it. I’ve wanted to see the Northern Lights ever since Joey and Dawson watched them in Season 3. (Don’t judge me.)

Until after Iceland!



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Make Do Mend: Fatty Fatty Boom Boom Ballaty

Whenever I decide that I need to try and be skinny I inevitably find myself perusing numerous DELICIOUS food blogs. This time I think I have got myself in real trouble. Oh well, I am just gonna have to smash this stuff in my face. The two blogs that have been my food porn are, as always, Joy the Baker and Wit and Vinegar. I have also just started watching a scary program and the back door is open… crapping myself looking at yummy food. classy. If you don’t hear from me then it’s most likely that Axe man got me… or I have gorged myself on these tasty treats and am in a food coma. Tell my mum I love her.

From Joy the Baker

Corn Tacos ..  oh yes.


Watermelon Sangria… ohhhh yessss. 


Mexican Zuchini…. Homemade Hot Dogs …. Ultimate Club Sandwhich …. Touch me.



 And from Wit & Vinegar.

Check out his posts, pretty pictures and funny words. I like him.

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Eat, drink & be merry.



p.s. Now I’m starving.


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Days Like These: Melting …

The three of us at tracks of foxes aim to share with you some crafty projects we’ve been putting our hands to, some adventures we’ve been spending our time on, we also thought we’d share with you some of the stuff that fills our stereos, book shelves, screens and tummy’s on emotional days, hope you might identify with some days like these.

Here comes the sun.. doo doo doo doo! 

The weather has been utterly glorious of late, some might say even too glorious. I noticed an ‘It’s too hot’ swear jar somewhere.  It’s enough to make a little girl from Aus nostalgic and homesick.

Here are a few ways you could be spending your time while you navigate making the most of the beautiful sun and not melting!

To drink:


Tequila Sunrise

  • 50ml/2fl oz tequila
  • fresh orange juice, to top up
  • 1 tbsp grenadine (sometimes I leave this out)

 … maybe with some of these ice cubes Hanna made last summer, except with raspberries?

or else

A beautiful little virgin punch… mix up some orange juice with bits, tropical juice, any juice and add some ginger ale and some raspberries. YUM!

To eat:


VIETNAMESE! This weather makes me crave vietnamese bun noodles. Beautiful cold rice vermicelli noodles with pork, spring rolls and fish sauce.

If you want to make it yourself here is a little recipe.

Otherwise a little place that does good pan asian street food is ‘Kin’ found on Leather Lane in Farringdon.

Or else Kingsland Rd in Shorditch is chockas full of more Vietnamese restaurants than you can count.

To listen:

Getting ready for End of the Road this year…

Night Beds

Caitlin Rose

David Byrne and St Vincent

To do:

SWIM!!! Hampstead Heath Ponds or the Lido.. but if they’re a bit too packed for your liking last summer Hanna mentioned ‘Wild Swimming’, you can also get a nifty app for it if you have an android that tells you your nearest wild swimming hole! Wooo! But say, ‘No!‘ to skin cancer and ‘Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen and Slap on a hat’. Can you tell I grew up in Aus?

And probably when it is just a little too hot sit inside with a beer, an ice cream and a book… depending on how many hands you have?

Enjoy the gift of the sun while it lasts, stay hydrated, sun protected, drink lots of beer, eat ice cream and please, please wear deoderant! 



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Friday Finds

The Craft Beer Co


A beaut little group of pubs with butt loads of craft beer. Hello! Yep. Get involved. There also happens to be one up the road from Celeste’s new job in Farringdon.

Angus and Celeste


While perusing Australian flora illustrations for ideas for tattoos, I came across this beaut company. Love, love, love their vases. Hot dang! (The name isn’t half bad either.)

‘Letter’s to a young poet’ Rainer Maria Rilke


I read this when I was in my late teens, cause I was feeling so deep and like, perhaps, I was feeling things only a German poet could articulate. This has felt all a bit magic re-reading this. If you haven’t read it or at least not for a while then re-visit it. It’s a treat.

Arne Dahl 


To continue with the nordic noir obsession I have been spending more than an acceptable time watching this show …  and then rewinding it because I don’t speak swedish and wasn’t paying attention. It’s on BBC iplayer. Get involved. There’s a big man with a moustache and a lady with hectic eyeliner. It’s great.

Well just a few bits for your perusal, have fun!


Tracks of Foxes

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Penny for your thoughts: Centaurs, beautiful and mythical day brighteners.


Occasionally I find myself missing the simpler days of youth. There were boys, usually my friends older brothers, who I had massive crushes on but never said more than three words to. They were centaur-like. Beautiful, mythical creatures that would appear making those brief moments in your day all the more beautiful and mythical before disappearing off, mysteriously going about their lives. The lovely thing about knowing virtually nothing about someone is that they then can remain, in your eyes, perfect.

You know that when you don’t see them they are probably volunteering with excluded young people, expertly playing the harmonica, never having bad breath, cooking delicious and authentic mexican, getting up so an old person can have their seat on the tube … you get my drift. The problem is, the more interaction you have with these Centaurs the less beautiful and mythical they are and the fall from ‘Centaur’ to ‘just a guy’ is a bit of a shock.

As far as interaction goes I think first name basis is ok. However, surnames are a no go, then it means that facebook stalking can commence and that leaves you with no mystery.

Avoid talking about your ‘Centaur’. (This is a mistake that I commonly make.) The more you talk about them, the more information you accidentally stumble upon. It’s a sad day when you hear that your ‘Centaur’ is an arse or might actually be gay, rather than the harmonica playing philanthropist you thought about so fondly.

Anyway, here’s to centaurs, less complicated day brighteners.

Happy Hump Day.



p.s. the centaur illustration is by Arthur D Lemon. You can’t beat a centaur frollicking in a field eh?

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