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  1. Camille

    Thank you for being inspirational and goofy all at once!

  2. Louise

    But where pray tell are the pics of your mother getting over this impediment to life’s forward progress??? Or did she choose the path less travelled and go around?

    1. whisperinggums

      Nope, there was no going around it, but someone had to be first to show the way didn’t they – oh, and to take the photos of those that followed. It was I must say, a bit of a challenge – getting over it that is, not the taking of the photos!

  3. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    What a beuatiful post 🙂

  4. Jess: cheshirekitykat

    I thought of you when I read the following article. You might hate me after this comment, but LOOK—> AHHHHHHHH! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! 🙁

  5. Simply Life

    oh what a great post and message! 🙂

  6. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    As much as I’d like to believe that this post was somehow inspired or influenced by my weekend Facebook whining, I couldn’t really think that 🙂 Beautiful, beautiful post, Hannah – that part near the top about not being able to get out of bed? That hits home. I know the feeling precisely. I love your positivity – I hope you’re looking toward your own future with eyes this bright. 😀

  7. Jess

    Once, an enormous bowl of mushroom soup was placed in front of me. It was at a dinner party when I was 17, and my friend’s mum had put a huge amount of effort into cooking an amazing 3-course dinner. But my friend had forgotten to mention that I absolutely LOATHE mushrooms. It felt like the world’s largest bowl of soup. But I fought my way through it, and I finished it, and I didn’t offend my friend’s mum, and I was glad.

    And then another friend who was present and who knew about my hatred of mushrooms took me aside… and got angry at me for purposefully going out of my way to eat something I hated, which apparently was offensive behaviour because the mother would have been offended if she later found out that I hated mushrooms and would therefore think that I’d been sitting there eating mushroom soup and thinking “I hate this”, which is offensive.

    The moral of the story is: you can’t please everyone, and also, I like mushrooms now, but still not in soup format.

  8. My Restaurants Melbourne

    I loved reading this post! Such a great story, I was hoping to find a recipe for that gorgeous looking chocolate cake, hopefully next time

  9. Anna Johnston

    How lovely to get to read another side of Hannah, a lovely post and kinda inspirational too, thanks 🙂

  10. Fiona

    Thanks hun.

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    hehe Hannah you are cute and inspirational at the same time! 😀

  12. Kath Lockett

    The Gospel according to Hannah!

  13. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Awww, you! I was a little fearful that I would somehow fall for someone one day who preferred NFL to Wimbledon (surely that can’t happen can it?? Will I ever be that blinded by love?), then quite smug at the thought that a mere bowl of risotto would never stump me, then I went a little quiet… I know that feeling, I am sure we all do… and then I was thinking that someone needs to stump that tree with some risotto.

    I like your shirt.

  14. Monique

    That’s quite the tree stump! And I always feel like not getting out of bed… meh, I’m lazy.

  15. hungryandfrozen

    Aw. *HUG* The tree stump thing is an excellent metaphor (and, if you’re unfortunate while out hiking, an occasional reality)

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  17. Vaala ◪

    This was very beautiful and very cute and very funny all at the same time. Impressive! But the the photos of you climbing over the tree are the best. Okay, who am I kidding. The cake is the best bit. I like cake.

  18. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Warm & fuzzy feelings, Hannah. I especially love this bit (with the picture :P) “Sure, you might look terribly undignified whilst struggling to overcome that which was trying to force you back, but I promise, promise, promise you…The effort is worth it. Because afterwards, you’ll get to smell the flowers.” So nice, so true.
    Heidi xo

  19. Carrying On

    Also, I seem to note you are wearing boots. Actual boots. Surely this should also be considered somewhat an achievement?

  20. GirlonRaw

    Honey I loved this post and I loved the fact your mum commented even more! I promise you that email when I hit dry land and get back to Oz hope that’s ok? Xxx

  21. Johanna GGG

    my first reaction was – did your mum take the photos? I see in above comments that yes she took charge of the camera. Maybe she was remembering your childhood climbing if you were anything like Sylvia!

    As for marrying into a family not sharing beliefs – yes I confess to being from a dog family and marrying into a cat family – so I know how huge obstacles can be!

  22. Agnes

    Too bad you didn’t pack a chainsaw in your handbag. Who wants to climb when you can blaze your way through? :p

  23. Emma @CakeMistress

    Such beautiful words, thanks. Sometimes there are those days where everything just seems insurmountable and it’s easier to just burrow yourself in bed all day, but I guess there’s hope (and cake) on the other side of our obstacles.

  24. Sarah@Gluten-free tries Vegan

    Awesome. And perfect timing. xxx

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