And here it is! The cover for Amethyst Pledge!
I've now received official news that my next book will be published early next year! It's currently in editing, and there's a pile of stuff to be done in the lead up to publication. As many readers and writers know, getting the word out about a new book is a time consuming process, with much … Continue reading New Book News!
We went to the beach today. It was boiling hot here, and there's no end to the heat in sight. Anyway, I've always been a bit of a swimwear conservative. You see, as a child/teenager, I swam competitively, which meant that most of my young swimming years were swum in one piece racing style swimwear. … Continue reading Swimwear Mysteries
On Friday night, we were waiting for our Uber, when we noticed the police helicopter circling above the centre of Melbourne, only two hundred or so metres away. The television in the hotel lobby showed aerial shots of a crashed car, multiple police vehicles, and patches of blood on the ground. Clearly something dreadful had … Continue reading Don’t Live in Fear
This week, Médecins Sans Frontiers, or Doctors Without Borders, was ordered to remove their mental health team from Nauru, where about 800 refugees, including 90 or so children, are being kept in offshore detention, at the behest of the Australian Government. There have been repeated, independent reports of the appalling conditions that these, already traumatised, … Continue reading A Message to Scott Morrison
I think a lot. In fact, there are people who'd say that it's possible I think too much. The thing is, there are so many things to think about, and so many things to discover and learn about. I hear something, so I look it up, and then I look up a bit more, and … Continue reading Contemplations
About six weeks ago, I wrote about the huntsman spider guarding her egg sack in our rain gauge. Since then, we've been away, it's rained a little bit (not enough to endanger the egg sack), and every day I've been out to check if the babies had arrived. I'd actually come to the conclusion that it … Continue reading They’re Here!
We've just arrived home from a two week holiday in New Zealand. It's been a few years since we've been there, and this time we went back for a family wedding, and then took off in a camper van (Wilderness Motorhomes are the best!) for nine days. We headed off to Hanmer Springs, and then … Continue reading The Resilience of People
Yesterday morning I got up and went outside to check the rain gauge. We'd had some rain forecast, and there had been a light sprinkle when we went to bed. It's been dry - really dry here. Total rain for 2018 - 120.8mm, compared to an average at this time of year of 395.6mm. Even … Continue reading Drought and Spiders