My dream reader

Do you sit down with a friend to have a cuppa or a drink somewhere? Do you talk, share ideas, have a laugh and even the occasional cry? If you share the things you are both interested in and the ideas you’ve been thinking about since last you met up, then that’s the kind of post I hope you’ll find here (until I change my mind).

My interests at the moment just so you know where I’m coming from: camping, bushwalking, gentle sea kayaking, geocaching, photography (DSLR + phoneography), spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, gardening, music and writing.

I plan to share some short stories here from time to time. I do write fiction, – currently fantasy, so you might even like that.

I’ve found some fascinating blogs because of this assignment for Blogging101 – I’m so glad I’m handing this in late. My best wishes to everyone doing this programme. I’ll leave you with some photos from our Christmas holiday.

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Hello, how are you?

Today’s plan was to publish my first post on this brand new blog. Serendipity lead me to WordPress Blogging 101 last night. So here we are doing this challenge together. It’s not what I’d planned to write, but that’s OK, all that can wait.

I’ve been dithering with fear for over a month now so joining the January cohort sounds just fine. Just what I need – a little hand holding.

Why am I here when my earlier attempts at blogging were sporadic and without a heart? The easy answer to that is because all the gurus say we should be. But there’s got to be something more.

I’m a fantasy fiction writer and blogging is my way to say “hello” to my readers.

A book (even an ebook) is such a formal distant thing. We no longer live in a world where authors are mysterious people, unknowable. Now we can reach out both ways – author to reader, and reader to author, share thoughts and ideas.

As for topics they’ll grow out of the activities I’m interested in: spinning, weaving, bushwalking, photography, geocaching, kayaking, reading, music, and all the thoughts that happen along the way.

Twelve months from now? I certainly hope to have blogged consistently. And developed a voice which will appeal to readers. And be over my fear of all this.

Wishing you all well on your blogging journeys.


Old books, warm memories

wpid-wp-1402208378072.jpegI’m standing here cooking a recipe from this book and just realised that this was probably one of the first books I bought that hadn’t been published for the Australian market.
While the book was published in 1975 I wouldn’t have bought it until some time after 1981 – my first year away from home and in need of some good recipes.
I’m not going to photograph the pages that I’ve obviously used a lot, I’ll leave you to imagine what they look like. But clearly back-in-the-day I made lots of Fresh Pea Soup, Potato Soup, Pumpkin Soup, Tomato Soup, and today’s late lunch French Onion Soup.
Clearly I’m feeling the arrival of winter way down here in Tasmania.

So, tell me, what are you cooking tonight?

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014


I love this challenge – it makes me read new stuff. I’m still pretty slack at reviewing though, so this year I’ve upped the anti in the reading department, but opted out of reviewing.  It doesn’t mean I won’t review, just that I’m not committing to reviewing. I guess you might have to be me to understand.


I feel no inclination to preselect the books, I always liked wandering into a library to wait for a book to jump out at me so that’s what I’m going to do here – read other people’s selections, reviews, do my own research and see what comes up.

The main focus will be fantasy but that’s not to say I’m wedded to that genre (not really).

So, off the shelf in January,

  1. Trudi Canavan – The Traitor Queeen
  2. Katie W. Stewart – Treespeaker
  3. Heather Rose – The River Wife

Sisterhood of the World – A Blogging Award

Thank you Margaret Lynette Sharpe for nominating me for this award before the Christmas break.


The rules for receiving the Sisterhood of the World bloggers award are as follows.

  1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer 8-10 questions.
  3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
  4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
  5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

I’m delighted to be considered worthy of this award.

The Questions:

  1. Your favorite color – oh Indigo without a doubt – not only do I wear it the history of the colour is fascinating
  2. Your favorite animal – I can barely remember a time in my life spent without a cat nearby
  3.  Facebook or Twitter – Google+
  4. Your favorite pattern – twill
  5. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? – I enjoy both – especially when it is a surprise
  6.  Your favorite number? – I don’t know but “7” is insisting I write it down
  7. Your favorite day of the week? – Saturday – so much potential in a weekend
  8. Your favorite flower? – Roses or boronia or stackhousia – all with exquisite perfumes
  9. What is your passion? – Spinning, weaving, phoneography, writing, living quietly

And to continue Margaret’s trend I will pass these same questions on to the following bloggers and say thanks for sharing your worlds with me:

  1. Tazzieval – life in the Huon Valley sounds wonderful
  2. Nancy Merrill – whose photos I enjoy
  3. Ellen Gregory – who always has something interesting to say
  4. Cathelina di Alessandri – the alter ego of a Queensland Living Historian
  5. Mary/Mazz –  who shares her experiments with natural dyes
  6. Sally Donnatello –  writes and takes pictures with her phone
  7. Jill Sanders –  whose Saori weaving was the first I encountered
  8. Kaz Madigan –  a wonderful Australian weaver
  9. Nancy Munroe –  handspinner, knitter, designer
  10. Janice Heck – a writer who also like cats

Thanks again Margaret Lynette for the opportunity to explore all your wonderful nominees, I had fun. I hope my nominees find something of interest, too.

I realize not everyone is interested in awards, that’s fine. I find passing on these awards is a way to recognize the bloggers we like, and to share your sites with others bloggers.  So, feel free to accept it or not, there’s no hard feelings either way 🙂