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Dipping into the stream of knowledge…

I just returned from a one day conference, put on by our local Western Washington Chapter of SCBWI. I’m very glad I went, because it is a chance to learn what’s going on in the kid lit industry, see friends I rarely see (owing to the fact that it is really hard to get me off this island) but mostly, I went to see one person in particular, and hear whatever words of wisdom he had to impart.

That person is David Wiesner, whom I consider to be the modern master of the wordless picture book. If you don’t know his work, I suggest you run, not walk to your nearest bookseller, be it your favorite book shop down the street or Amazon. His book Tuesday was probably the single biggest influence on Pandamorphosis I could name.

I also picked up a few other of his books (and yes, I did pay for them!) at the conference, including the wonderful Mr. Wuffles, and if any of you are owned by a cat, you know that Mr. Wiesner knows cats very well indeed.

Of course, I had him sign them all!

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner. Just go buy this book and read it to your cat, okay?
Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner. Just go buy this book and read it to your cat, okay?
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The Battle Of The Cream Tea

There is nothing better than scones and clotted cream, unless it is scones, clotted cream, and cuppycakes.

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What goes on my scones first – the jam or the cream? That is a question many face when confronted by a cream tea. So when the CWA (Country Women’s Association) were offering Devonshire teas (the popular name for cream teas in Australia) I couldn’t resist asking them. Their answer –  in Australia – whatever way you like! Free from the burden of choice I decided to try both ways.

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My verdict is if you like the jam to be the dominant flavour then put the jam on last, if you like cream to be the dominant flavour then put the cream on last. Either way they are delicious and a great way to spend an afternoon. But how did this battle of the cream teas begin?

While the origins of the cream tea are in dispute, it is generally accepted that a cream tea is a light afternoon snack…

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Pass The Pumpkins Please

It may seem like an odd thing to do my first actual Catching Woozles post as a reblog, but Vicky and I are working on a cookbook project together (well, she’s doing the cookbook part and I’m providing the panda-comic-relief part) and so, what could be a better first post than a story with a recipe?
I want some pancakes now!

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Our local coffee shop makes the best coffee. I mean it’s really, really good. The only problem is everyone wants one! And they don’t take reservations on the weekends. So if you don’t get there early enough you go on a waiting list, or you order one to go. The coffee is so good that it has inspired me to roll out of bed early on the weekends and get there just after it opens – 8.00am!! And while I’m there, I sometimes have breakfast as well. My favourite breakfast? – pancakes 🙂

The walnut pancakes with side orders of bacon and hash browns were my favourite. Sadly they’ve changed the menu for summer and the latest pancake offering is okay, but not fantastic. This made me think – why don’t I make my own pancakes when I get home? I’ve made buttermilk pancakes before, which were delicious, but I…

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