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December 13, 2018

You know it's that time of year when things start to appear in dozens, but this is actually something I started in January. I wanted to read more books by Australian authors, and I wanted to read more middle-grade and YA, and nothing provides more of a kick-up-the-bum than a real, official 'challenge'.

So I was happy to find that Booklovers Book Review had just that ... a Kangaroo reader if I manage 12 Aussie authors this year....

June 4, 2018

          What does a coffee-lover do in the month of Ramadan when the sips of that yummy brew are not allowed to pass your lips before sunset?

          Paint with it, I guess.

          I've often admired the richly roasted tones and sepia hues, and decided this was a good a time as any to experiment with coffee painting. I happened to be working o...

April 10, 2018

Some time ago, when I was newly acquainted with the garden, I met a young katydid.

Sure, she had eaten chunks out of my rosebuds and discs out of my leaves, but she was just so intriguing and delicious that I started following her around.

She looked innocent enough with her leaf-green body, tiny wings, slender legs and pink blush as she gingerly stepped from flower to flower.

 But I was convinced that when I wasn't looking, she...

March 13, 2018


          The best treasures of spring are borne from winter’s keepsakes.  At the end of October, I saw you swell, your red breasts growing round and full, whereas before you were as lean as a hieroglyph.  I watched you often in the tree tops, where the red berries grew.  I marked the changes you bore in my book without understanding what you were carrying inside.  I wanted to ask, but when you saw me, you always told me the...

March 13, 2018

by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

          I love this book for as many reasons are there are birds that roost.

          A journey through the curious habitats of birds starts at bedtime as a mother is tucking her little nestling under the sheets. The ensuing list takes us across the wide reaches of fields, forests and shores, illustrated in a vibrant co...

March 6, 2018

In Queensland, the four seasons is a loose concept. Autumn is nigh, but the days are still summer-scorching and the nights are still humid. However, little buds of change are starting to show...

The poinciana tree is growing so fervently that its branches are lowering even closer to the ground.  The flaming flowers have multiplied, proud fire sprockets from lollipop buds.

The magnificent orchids float from their sphagnum sphere...

February 25, 2018

February has been incredibly warm. Hot, scorching, sizzling.

The Persian shield plant has taken a hit. In the constant heat and lack of water, it drooped, then wilted, then burned black on its stalk.

          The rains eventually came, usually in short storms after a day of stifling heat.

          The Lady Doorly morning glories have started to pop out in triplets, quadruplet and quintupl...

February 1, 2018

          My first foray into the world of Kid Lit as an aspiring author was at the Sunshine Writers Retreat where I got to meet real live authors with many years of experiences and many titles under their belt.  The excitement was indescribable.  But I dare say that it was just as exciting to meet, in our midst, emerging authors - hard-working dreamers who had finally, and just recently, landed that golden publishing contract...

January 16, 2018

We escaped to the seaside during 'heatwave horror' fortnight.

How did our garden fare?

When we arrived home from our holiday, Ro-Ro tugged me to the back garden as soon as we got through the gate. 

Our tall mint variety has been macerated by a very hungry grasshopper (and his gazillion cousins).  Time to try some flour and garlic spray.

In other critter news, the spiders have taken liberties with scaffolding.

There is a fresh crop...

January 15, 2018

As I mentioned previously, I'm substituting the garden watch for a nature log because we went on holidays!

Beautiful Sunshine Coast in a scorching heat wave.

Here are some of the gems of nature...


I always love meeting new flowers.

Vovo once described the most stunning flower he had ever seen.  Blue, indigo, white, radiating patterns.  We performed a search and found out it was from a passionfruit tree.  How amazing to s...

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