Sunday, January 19, 2014

An unscheduled week away...

I'm home again after a week down south helping my elderly and increasingly frail mum prepare for the difficult move from her beautiful acreage garden into a retirement home. I've had no internet access, which felt VERY strange. I've been so used to feeling connected... How are you all? I hope the heat and fires haven't been too terrible for you.
Here's a photo from the past... from one of the happiest days of Mum's long life...

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

A happy start for the new year....

Lovely news.

Miracle in Bellaroo Creek has been nominated for an Australian Romance Readers Award. I'm thrilled and so grateful to the wonderful readers who've bought my books and nominated Ed and Milla's story.
I'm also grateful to Michelle Douglas and Soraya Lane who were so great to work with when we were planning the Bellaroo Creek trilogy.

Meanwhile, I've started writing another M and B, my first for a while, because I was busy with the third Penguin for most of last year and then I took much needed time off over Christmas.

I love going back to my short romances in between the longer books. This is a boss, secretary, baby story. I know, I know, it's been done to death, but these are my characters and my unique situation and the story feels fresh and different to me, so while I've only just started, I love it. I'm having so much fun!!!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

A wrinkle in time...

My daughter unearthed this photo of DH when he first became editor of the Townsville Daily Bulletin. Still working on typewriters!! Computers and all the industrial hassles that came with their introduction were just around the corner.




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

May the new year bring you health, happiness and peaceful hearts... and why not a little wealth...? (which you can enjoy so much more if you have the others...)

We celebrated our wedding anniversary last night and this morning we went for a walk before breakfast and then talked book ideas over a cuppa on the verandah. For me, there's no better way to start a new year. I hope you've had a good start to yours...



Friday, October 04, 2013

Baby bird happenings...

You might remember that I reported a few weeks ago that our mother turkey had hatched a turkey chick. We ended up with two chicks and... a duckling! (Yes, hatched by the turkey!)
Unfortunately, she wasn't the best mother, so we kept the babies in a box in the house under a light for their first couple of weeks, and then they were transferred to a "nursery cage" where she resumed her "mother role."
Meanwhile the duckling's biological mother and aunt looked on, somewhat bemused.

Today, was the babies' release day, into the wild (well our yard, anyway). The ducks pecked and harassed the poor duckling at first, but then calmed down, but he stuck close to his turkey mother. So far he hasn't discovered the duck pond. I can't wait for that.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A visitor flew in...

I was home alone, sitting in the lounge room the other night when I saw, out of the corner of my eye, this giant moth fly into my study. It was so big I thought it was a bat. With some trepidation, I set off to find it, but it seemed to have disappeared. I assumed it had left, but later, when I was in bed with all the lights out, I heard mad flapping coming from my study. 
I took a torch and finally tracked it down, trapped behind a box of magazines. I have since discovered that they're called the Hercules moth and they're the biggest moths in the world and can grow to 27 cm. This is a male. the females are bigger.
Anyway, I used bubble wrap to lift my moth out, hoping I wouldn't hurt it, and then I took it outside and set it free. Or so I thought.
 Yesterday I found it lying dead outside my bedroom. Sad. Vale giant Hercules moth.

Monday, August 05, 2013

We're looking after baby birds again...

This time it's a baby turkey that seemed to hatch ahead of the others. Mum's not interested, so we set up an emergency beanie ward with a light to keep it warm. Actually, we put the beanie into a box because we didn't want the little guy to wriggle off the table. It survived overnight and is very chirpy this morning. :)