some goodies first…
Posted in artists, books, food October 1st, 2008 by piablog


Just a few inspiring things I’ve been wanting to share with you before we go for our little amsterdam wander…


First up is this book that I have begun reading. It is called The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society and is written by the unfortunately recently deceased Mary Ann Shaffer. I had no prior knowledge of this book or the author as it was given to me as a gift, and this offering is testament that books are the best gifts of all. So I am not going to tell you anything about it in the hope that you might just buy it blindly and enjoy it as I am. I will just tell you this: it is, without a doubt, the most inspiring piece of literature I have read this year.

It is published in Australia by Allen & Unwin, and available to purchase here and here.



Sofia has come up with a rather lovely autumn inspired idea – it’s called The Autumn Swap. What is it? Its a means for us to send each other some special treats to ring in the change of season! And is just what I need, I can’t wait to put together my goodies for whoever I get to swap with. All the details for the swap are here. Please join us, it will be alot of fun!

The sweet image above is from Sofia’s personal poetry blog called Aller-Retour.


This guy is wonderfully entertaining and is my new inspirational TV chef. His recipes are easy, enticing, and fuss-free. His personality is easy, enticing, and fuss-free. And he’s kooky. Just what I like in a man chef! Monday nights are dedicated to him.


And if you need a good belly laugh, this video on Liberty Post Editor might just do the trick!


Enjoy the links. I’ll be back soon to take you on our little excursion as promised. x

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  1. cindy k says

    valentine warner (love that name) looks to be so much fun. hope we get the show here in the states. thanks for all the great links.

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  2. nadia says

    i am excited as well. it is a lovely way to share!

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  3. trupeach says

    i know it’s improper, but i do often judge an actual book by its cover. and, this one makes me want to read it. thank you for the recommendation!

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  4. sofia says

    thank you so much Pia ­čÖé it is going to be so much fun !!!
    This book looks amazing and the cover is also so beautiful, it is now on my “to read list”.

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  5. My Castle in Spain says

    It’s such a wonderful idea…i’ve just left a message on Sofia’s blog

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  6. Tartelette says

    Just the cover makes me want to dive in!

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  7. josephine says

    this book looks fantastic! i’ll be on the lookout for it here in the states. i’m so glad you’re doing book reviews again. believe it or not, i was thinking of submitting a reader request about them when i saw “The Recycled Home” in a store last week.

    October 2nd, 2008 | #

  8. Trina says

    I had heard of this book and always wondered about it… I’m in need of a good book so this is just a perfect find!! Thanks!

    October 2nd, 2008 | #

  9. Jen says

    Because I am impulsive, love you blog and foten get a bit bored at work when I’d rathe rbe at home writing and blogging…I just bought the book! Can’t wait for it to come.

    October 4th, 2008 | #

  10. Maureen says

    Oh Pia…I had no idea the author of that book was deceased. It is such a lovely book. Glad you liked it as well. But now I’m a bit sad about it.

    October 7th, 2008 | #

  11. Room Service Blog » book love: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society says

    […] One day last week, while doing my daily blog reading, ┬áPia Jane Bijkerk’s blog┬átalked about a great book that she had just begun reading…this is what she […]

    October 9th, 2008 | #

  12. diane says

    I just ordered it ..I can’t wait to read this one.

    October 23rd, 2008 | #

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