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Thank you to everyone who has supported Wedding Bells By The Creek and taken it to Number One. Almost as much cause for celebration as the wedding itself.

Janet

Squirrels have their special day

Not exactly a common site in outback Australia.

Did you know that January 21st was/is World Squirrel Appreciation Day? I certainly didn’t.

I grew up in a country that doesn’t have squirrels. When I say that, it startles many of my UK friends. Squirrels here are so commonplace. They have adapted well to an urban environment. And of course are all over the countryside.

When I first came to the UK, and met my first squirrel, I was delighted. I still smile every time I see one. Why? Continue reading

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The perfect man…

I have gone visiting this weekend over on the Take Five Authors blog – where I am talking about making a perfect man..

Do we really want a perfect hero – or are his imperfections what make us really love him?

Pop over to Take Five Authors for more…..

Here’s a hint at the type of imperfect hero I am talking about.

 

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Reading between the frames

If you haven’t seen this – it really is worth a look.

I read a film last night.

I know what you are thinking – and yes, I watched it too. In fact I did both. At the same time.  And it was quite an eye opener.

The film was A Few Good Men – which of course features an absolutely brilliant performance by Jack Nicholson. A fine Keifer Sutherland performance too. Not to mention Kevin Bacon. And a young Tom Cruise doesn’t do too badly either.

The reason I watched it was none of the above – it was all about the writing. Continue reading

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It’s that time again

It’s that time of year again – how did that happen? The year has passed so quickly.

I’d like to thank you all for your friendship and support during 2016. It’s been a tumultuous year in so many ways for so many people. I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks with family and friends, sharing and enjoying a few days rest and recuperation – before we all head into 2017 with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

I hope you enjoy the holiday season – however you choose to celebrate it. And I look forward to your company in the new year. Much Love….

 

 

 

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A special anthology

A lovely volume – beautifully produced.

I am becoming very fond of the postman – he (or more accurately, they) keep bringing me such lovely surprises.

This time it was an elegant volume called Notes On A Page, which combines creativity and talent with the desire to help others.

The book is a collection of short works from She Voices – a group of women writers based in Richmond. Back in May, I had the opportunity to meet them and spent a very pleasant evening in their company.

As a result of that meeting, they invited me to join this book. Continue reading

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My best reads of the year

It took me far too long to get around to reading this

It took me far too long to get around to reading this

As the end of the year approaches – there’s time for one more wafer-thin book blog… which includes what I have to say are my two standout books for the year.

Both are books that I’ve read in the last few weeks… and they could not be more different.

One is a mega best seller – the other isn’t – but it should be.

One has been made into a Hollywood movie – and oh how I wish the other would be.

Both are a little outside my normal reading zone – and have convinced me that I need to move the boundaries of my reading zone…

My pick for the year is… (drum roll please) Continue reading

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Ideas for pressies

Books generally are great - but I have a special love for old and antique books.

Books generally are great – but I have a special love for old and antique books.

It’s officially December and you know what that means… Christmas shopping.

Most of us spend at least some of this month scratching our heads as we try to come up with just the right gift.

So I thought I might put forward a few suggestions for the writer in your life—gifts for writers are just so easy.

Let’s start with the obvious. Continue reading

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Balloons, berths and butterflies

The cover of my antique Verne. That's a travel problem I've never had.

The cover of my antique Verne. That’s a travel problem I’ve never had.

This week, I travelled half way around the planet in 22 hours. Well – 22 hours in the air plus quite a few more hours hanging around airports. But when you say 22 hours, it seems so impressive. Move over Jules Verne and your 80 days. Verne wrote a lot about travel in exotic places, and I do like an adventure story.

Travel has always been tough – but there’s tough then and tough now…

Which brings me inexorably to butterflies. But first… Continue reading

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Driving in the Outback

You don't have a lot of options on outback roads.

You don’t have a lot of options on outback roads.

When I first came to live in England, one of the things that amazed me was all the conversation about roads – or more precisely routes.

I’d listen to people saying – ‘The M3 was jammed so I exited at the A30 and came via the B389…..’

This doesn’t happen in the outback of Australia.

We don’t give all our roads numbers in the same way. But more importantly, a lot of the time there is only one road that leads from A to B. In the towns, of course, there are options, but where I learned to drive there was only ever one road that went where I wanted to go, and it was flat and pretty much straight, owning to a lack of rivers and hills. And as often as not, it was a dirt road as well. Continue reading

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It’s knitting season

Roll on snow - I want to wear this lovely cowl.

Roll on snow – I want to wear this lovely cowl.

It’s a while since I’ve posted a knitting blog – and not for the reason you are thinking.

Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is gone and WINTER IS COMING – cue portentous music (thank you George R R Martin).

I didn’t stop knitting in summer. I knitted my heart out – and made not one but two projects which… I hated.

One of the great things about any creative project is … if it doesn’t work out you can have another go. Unravel the knitting, edit the story, paint over a canvas. And that’s what I did. Continue reading

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