Why Don’t You…?

Go on an excursion? Go to a museum? An art gallery? An historic monument? Visit the gift shop and buy a tacky souvenir?

Buy  yourself a beautiful bottle of wine? For a treat?

Have an old fashioned rubber stamp made of your name and address? Stamp your return address on parcels instead of writing it?

Re-read your favourite childhood books? Little Women? Trixie Belden? The Fabulous Five?

Keep a travel sized bottle of your signature scent in your handbag? Re-apply during the day? Leave wafts of beautiful fragrance every where you go?

Make a habit of taking a hostess gift when you’re invited for dinner in someones home? A block of boutique soap? A bottle of fancy room spray? A set of thank you notelets?

Make old fashioned hamburgers for dinner? Mince patties? Beetroot? A fried egg?

Make a nest of pillows and blankets in your lounge room? Spend the evening watching films? With cups of tea? Fruit? Chocolate? Wear your smartest PJs?

Doodle the name of your lover or crush? Betty Gosling… Mrs Betty Gosling… Mrs B. Gosling…?

Get away from your computer right now? Go for a walk? Get a coffee? Window shop? Be outside? Just be?

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Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Jessica Citizen 4 years ago

    “Re-read your favourite childhood books”
    …something I do all the time. Last long-haul flight back from LA was made so much more enjoyable by a middle-of-the-night reading of Julie of the Wolves. Woke up mid-flight, couldn’t get back to sleep, wanted something comforting and familiar and not-too-challenging in case I did drift off mid-paragraph… never been so grateful for the stash of young adult literature on my phone. (I have a bucketload of Famous Five on there too, heh.)

  2. eternalvoyageur 4 years ago

    Isn’t it the Famous Five?

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