Freshly Seen

Freshly Seen at Jill’s Scene is back

By Andr.V.S. [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Woman Reading, Andrew Stevovich

I’ve been away from home for seven of the last nine weeks. What a time I’ve had. Now that I’m back, for a while, it’s time to reintroduce Freshly Seen. Once  a month I share the best of the best of my reading from the blogosphere.  They’re the posts I read aloud to John and tell the kids about. They’re the posts that make me laugh or cry or think – sometimes all three at once.

I make it hard on myself – I only feature three posts a month.

So, in no particular order,  Freshly Seen at Jill’s Scene in December were:

Travel to be Alive

Jessica and Marco love life and they love to travel. They also happen to be talented photographers. I’ve been to some of the same places and I know how difficult it can be to get the kind of shots they achieve. Theirs are photos that make you want to grab your camera and jump on the next flight.

What’s more, I’ve actually met Jessica and Marco. It was at a meet-up  Nomadic Matt organised in Bangkok earlier this month. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to catch-up with them again in 2016. They love New Zealand and they’re coming back!

Check-out their website.Not only are the photos brilliant, but it’s filled with interesting and helpful information for travellers. My favourite at the moment is their Chinese Phrasebook.

Two Scots Abroad

I’ve been following Gemma and Craig for a while as they travel through the Americas and Europe  on an 18month career break.

Their blog is packed with travel tips and information for travel bloggers. This month I was hooked by their 2016 itinerary. They’re going places I’d like to visit and might during 2016. I’ll be eagerly waiting for their posts, as they update us all on their adventures.

Word by Word

Claire loves to read and she reads a lot. And then she tells us what she thinks about the books. This month Claire has reviewed :

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks – a book I’m not planning to read although I did love Caleb’s Crossing.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta – a review that has piqued my interest and may well expand my reading horizons

Foster by Claire Keegan

I’ve read this short story several times, myself. Claire’s review captures it beautifully.

On those days when you are looking  for a good book, Word by Word is a blog well worth checking out.

So there you have, it my favourite reads from the blogosphere for December. Check them out and come back and tell me what you think.








7 replies »

  1. Thanks for the mention Jill, I have been reading even more since my computer packed it in, Jan will see a few more reviews to make up for it. Recently finished and loved Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack, a compelling work of non fiction about a woman whose cells were used to advance medical science in unprecedented ways. Highly recommend!


  2. Thank you so much Jill for including Travel to be Alive to your list, I’m so glad you like it!
    Checking out the others now 😉

    The meet-up in Bangkok was so cool and I’m really happy I met you. I’m pretty sure we will have a chance to see each other again in 2016 🙂

    Happy New Year guys, see you in New Zealand!


    Liked by 1 person

Nau mai, Haere mai. Come on in and join the korero (conversation)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s