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Day 46: Herbie’s diary

The quest to spread Herbie’s magic of growing food means meeting people across many vocations: gardening, writing, education, food and journalism. And today, I met with Stonnington Library. I delivered copies of Herbie’s books to librarian, Ms P, this morning, and was ecstatic to learn she had already become acquainted with Herbie via his website. …

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Day 45: Sharing Herbie’s magic with children at Stories Up High

The great American comic, W.C. Fields, once said, “Never work with children or animals.” However, if he had been at the Stories Up High children’s writers festival this weekend at Cloudehill in Olinda, he may have thought otherwise. Reading chapter one of Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch, followed by painting pots and planting …

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Day 39: 8 days to go!

This time next week, it will be one sleep until Herbie’s Children’s Writer’s Festival debut! “Stories Up High” is a fabulous festival in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, just one hour from Melbourne. http://www.storiesuphigh.com.au/ I am thrilled to have been asked to attend thia festival. I will be reading and signing both of Herbie’s books, and involving …

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Day 17: World-class meeting

It is amazing to meet people who make a difference, and today I met two such people. Professor David Crawford and Cathy Cooper are part of a world-class team looking into the effect of physical activity and nutrition across different life stages. The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) is dedicated to improving health …

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Day 14: Herbie is on the road!

Herbie is super excited to be preparing for a very important appointment tomorrow – a reading at Brookeville Kindergarten in Toorak, Victoria. I was lucky to meet one of the Brookeville Kindy teachers at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show last month. She told me about their extraordinary vegetable patch, and I knew instantly …

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Day 9: From little things big things grow

To write a book is to go on a journey. There are many steps along the way – some obvious, some unseen – and all of them contribute to the finished product. If I have learned one thing from writing, it is to be disciplined. When I write, I wake at 5:30am and work until …

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Day 8: Writing for children

As a children’s author, I sincerely believe that I have the best job in the world! And it is a role which I only imagined I would ever have. I always loved being read to as a child. Bedtime stories were my favourite part of the day, and my most cherished books included many Dr …

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