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  1. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Such a poignant poem. 🙁
    On a brighter side, your hair looks pretty and I also like those nut bars. 🙂

  2. Amanda Barron

    Hannah! Found your blog link on Facebook, and I’ve bookmarked it now 🙂 visited a few times but too infrequently, anyway. I loved the poem you posted and thought I’d share a couple of my favourites by Omar Khayyam.

    Oh threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise!
    One thing at least is certain – This Life flies;
    One thing is certain and the rest is Lies –
    The Flower that once has blown forever dies

    And another..

    Book of Verse underneath the Bough,
    A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, — and Thou
    Beside me singing in the Wilderness —
    Oh, Wilderness were Paradise now

    I haven’t read much poetry, but your post reminded me I want to. Also your hair (and of course your recipes) look lovely 🙂 xx

  3. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    That poem sent shivers down my spine. I have never read Pabo Neruda (please let this not be a terribly, terribly embarrassing thing to admit to) but am seeing some more reading of such poems in the not-too-distant future. Thank you, ever so much.

    I do the hair thing too 😛 But normally just my own backwards photos and then I never know what to do with them. Your hair looks beautiful, and ever so sleek!

  4. whisperinggums

    My long standing favourite poet is Gerard Manley Hopkins. He’s the one who pops into my head most often … but I also love TS Eliot, Dorothy Porter, and too many more to list here.

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Wolf whistles! Looking fine mama! 🙂 And ok you do realise your next recipe has to be for a vegan raw dragon’s head cake? 😛

  6. Johanna GGG

    I wanted to know more about the dragon cake – it looks yummy! And did you like it – I guessed not by your lack of commentary

    Great poem – it does seem unncanny. I wish I could recommend lots of poetry but about the only poetry I read right now is by A A Milne. And a little Leunig.

  7. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    love the hair!

    and that cake DOES look like a dragon’s head. Weird.

  8. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    That dragon’s head cake looks really good. Your head also looks really good, which is my incredibly awkward way of saying that I like your haircut.

    I don’t really have a favorite poet, but I like to memorize poems and recite them to myself whenever I’m bored or otherwise need to distract myself from something.

  9. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I <3 Pablo, though admittedly I prefer to read him in Spanish rather than English. (I suppose I'm not quite so tempted to giggle at lines like “the doubled purple of your nipples” when they’re written in Spanish. 😉

    However, my very favorite poet is, of course, e. e. cummings. #1 favorite poem? somewhere i have never travelled.

    Cute hair!

  10. Lou

    Cute hair, very cute…. but I love your curls, maybe because I have dead straight hair – the grass is always greener, no?

    I like the Highwayman…. great rhythm, and reminds me of becoming fascinated with poetry as a child after reading this 🙂

  11. veganlisa

    I love you, Pablo and your hair cut.


  12. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Lookin’ gorgey (although I do love the curls too…probably since my own hair is woefully flat)! Haha, dragon’s head cake. It’d be funny if there was a flame-shaped pool of sauce coming out of its mouth!

    That’s a beautiful poem…I don’t read much poetry unless I’m studying it for school, but in the past I had much love for certain French Romantic/Symbolist poems, particularly those by Larmartine and Mallarmé.

  13. Ellie@Fit for the Soul

    Oh goshhh I have to say that your hair looks so pretty on you! And I’m not just flattering you, but did you know that you’re getting beautiful-er and beautiful-er each day?! 😀 It’s true~And such deep and beautiful words from Mr. Neruda. Hmmm….let’s just…be still…..

  14. Sig

    Ha! It DOES look a dragon’s head – clever cake.

    I squealed in delight too when I saw Almond Breeze on the shelves of Coles (or was it Woolies? agh…supermarkets are blending into one….) – I started drinking this in HK when it was super cheap and loved it. But yes – boo in the lack of protein, but yay for expanding your horizons Aussie supermarkets (which I also btw finally bought plain Chobani!!! So yum…and surprisingly thick (TWSS??))

    I LOVE the hair – I almost solely go for the head massages and have on occasion accidentally slipped out an inappropriate noise while their fingers have done their magic. It is also the reason I own an Orgasmatron (which is NOT as dirty as it sounds – it’s a metal head massager thing that looks like a claw. Very aptly named though). I got my hair cut too!!! And came away with a fringe which is getting some used to.

    Did I ever tell you how much I love your taste in poetry….that was beautiful.

  15. Dienna

    What kind of cake is the “dragon’s head” cake?

  16. Carla

    love the hair hannah!

    I love those nut bars.. I eat one a day.. its about the only thing my work sells that I can eat…

  17. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Aww you look so different with straight hair, but I still reckon you rock curls like noone else 🙂 I the meantime, I finally worked out how to curl my hair using a hair straightener a couple of weeks ago – grass is always greener, huh? 😛

  18. Libby


    Haha I, too, like the shampoo/massage bit more than the actual hair-cutting itself – it’s always a LOT more enjoyable when someone else washes your hair 😀

    I don’t have a favourite poem/poet (yep, I’m totes uncultured!) 🙁

  19. Hotly Spiced

    That poem is so sad! But your hair looks great. I’ve never had to spend the money having my hair straightened – I have to spend a fortune getting it curly (back in the day when perms were the big thing; thank goodness we’ve moved on from there!) I like the look of the nut bar! xx

  20. Hannah

    I’ve just started to drink some almond milk instead of soy (just to mix it up!) & like the look of the almond breeze one! I think I have an Australian one.. not sure what it’s called, it tastes pretty good! But yeah they don’t tend to have much protein! Oh & how cool you go to the folk festival too, I always look forward to the pofferjies there 🙂 So yummm! x

  21. Vaala ◪

    I have a little bit of a love affair with Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. Possibly, embarrassingly enough, goes back to my days of being hopelessly obsessed by that TV show Roswell. Sad but true.

    Once I had my hair straightened (well, more than once in actuality but not much more) and I went to a wedding where no one recognised me from behind…and my hair isn’t even super curly or anything. Was weird. I don’t like it. You always look pretty though so it looks cool on you! But I prefer the curls…

    The poster is awesome by the way.

    Does One Direction have any other song besides What Makes You Beautiful? If I hear that song one more time I think I might scream (oh dear, that will mean I will have to scream at work tomorrow since they play it on the radio at least once a day…sigh).

  22. Ashley

    Your hair looks amazing straightened! Hottie 😀

    I’m also smitten with that gorgeous art nouveau poster you have on your wall. So colourful and sensual!


  23. Louise

    Why is it that people with perfectly delicious curly hair always want to have straight hair, and those of us with straight hair desperately want curls? Cruel fate, damn you. The Bulgarian Rock does look rather frightening. Perhaps it’s just me, but I initially thought the Almond Breeze was fabric softener. Maybe I just did too many loads of washing today?

  24. Hannah

    Wow, you look so different with straight hair! I do like it, but now we’re not as eerily similar any more. 🙁 We’re still twins for life, right?!

  25. Ricki

    The only reason I ever liked any poetry at all was because of my university mentor, John Ditsky (himself a poet). I do recall enjoying pulling apart Wallace Stevens’s poems, though. And your hair looks amazing! SO different, yet also very nice! (must admit I love the curls, though). 😀

  26. Emma

    Bulgarian ROCK! Sounds like some kind of wrestling magazine. Looks…. untasty.

    I have a book of John Donne poetry, and – I should have put this in your last post – I like to read his Holy Sonnets as they calm me down nicely when I’m feeling unsettled. In a bit of a sad way, but I do love them.

  27. Alisa

    So cute! But I have to admit, with my pin-straight hair, I’m insanely jealous of your natural curls!

  28. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Ohhhh you’re hair looks wonderful Hannah! I’ve never had bulgarian rocks before ~ what do they taste like? I’m interesting in trying hehe ~

  29. Catherine

    That poem really hit me. Must have a look in Spanish.

    And how chic is that look? Come to London next week and show off at my book bash!

  30. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    I think I like you in your natural curls.

    Far across the horizon
    I seek for a reason
    And there you are
    My shining star

  31. CheezyK

    Perhaps not as poignant as others but I do love “The Road Goes Ever On” by JRR Tolkien.
    P.S. Was the Bulgarian Rock really ‘ChewiLea tasty!’ as promised (I swear a little piece of me died when I read that …).

  32. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I’m going to totally brag, my favourite poet is my Dad. He really is wonderful and every year my best birthday present is always a poem from him. Last year he reworked “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle” for me, but the year before was completely original I blogged it here:

    I should add that he isn’t actually a poet by profession. He runs companies, but he has this amazing poetic side to him that surprises a lot of people. I’m trying to get him to write a poetry blog when he retires.

    P.S. Hair looks great, but I want a curly photo too, I’m imagining it really is going to be very short!

  33. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    We visited Pablo Neruda’s house in Santiago, Chile recently. He’s SUCH a cool dude. Love the haircut, but let’s have some curls as well, huh?

  34. Gmasydney

    Oh Hannah – you know my thoughts on your lovely naturally curly hair. In this photo you look like all the other girls you see – uniform (except for that cheeky little smile of yours). My only consolation is that nature won’t be denied and you will very quickly look your usual pretty, distinguishable, outstanding self.

    Love your poetry quote, too – especially the lines about keeping our lives in motion (remember to have those mini-holidays). Do you remember the time in Reston that we started reading a Shakespeare play together when you were about five or six – was it Midsummer Night’s Dream? We never did get to finish it – pity.

  35. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Gah! That dragon head cake looks amazing. & yay for calcium fortified almond milk, I’d LOVE to try it. LOVE to. LOVE to. I’m tired, sorry. Your hair is puuuuuuurtty.
    Heidi xo

  36. Vien @ We Dare Food

    SQUEALLLLLLLLLLLLLL 😀 I found the Almond Breeze too!!! Oh gosh! I was in the Coles with my brother and he couldn’t understand why I got so excited when I found it!!!! :)))))))))))) I’ve tried the So Good almond milk and can’t stand the taste! So glad some people realized that we’re lacking good almond milk here in aus! btw, your hair is gorgeous!!! 😀 hehe I take pictures of myself too after I cut my hair.. it’s only natural to do so….

  37. Tracy

    Never too old to scream to One Direction songs (and if you are THIS twenty something you are never too old to buy the whole CD……….).

    1. Tracy

      P.S. I love your hair cut!!!

  38. April

    You look so grown up with your hair straightened! 🙂

    The cake looks more alligatory to me! 🙂

  39. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    i love pablo neruda’s poems :). usually when they are translated, the beauty of the poem is lost, but this translation turned out pretty well. and i love the hair straighten! i’ve been thinking about perming my hair on the contrary haha!

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  41. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I must admit I read very little poetry. Boo. But I love this verse by Nietzsche:

    “One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.”


    I also like Goethe’s Faust a lot and okay, that’s rather a novel, but it’s rhymed and really cool.

  42. hungryandfrozen

    That poem is, as I would say (yes, quoting myself here) so important. I’ve been meaning to read back through some of your posts that I’ve missed, but perhaps I was just not meant to read this poem till right now when I needed it.
    Also: I’m always pro-curls, but slammin’ hair do there! The head massage and scented shampoo is about 70% of my motivation for haircuts, nothing compares to it.

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  44. Camille

    I got my hair did on the very same day you posted this! Cosmic. Favorite poet? Probably someone French, though I am also a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe. Nd yet, if you asked me right now to quote a poem from memory, this is what I’d say:
    I’m hungry!
    So I think I’ll take
    A bite or two of lunch.
    A pizza and some chocolate cake,
    Some peanut butter crunch.
    A healthy slice of apple pie,
    A pound or so of ham,
    A stack of waffles two feet high
    With boysenberry jam.

    I’ll follow with a dozen eggs
    (I’ll scramble them I guess)
    And six or seven turkey legs
    (I could not do with less)
    A rhino roast and hippo stew
    And fresh fillet of horse,
    Then rest a minute, maybe two,
    And start the second course.

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