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The Water Doctor’s Daughters – Book Launch March 23

Have just spent a wonderful  but busy few days in Great  Malvern and Worcester finalizing arrangements for the launch of the Water Doctor’s Daughters on March 23rd. It’s to be held at 2.00pm  in the spacious  Morgan Bar at Malvern’s  historic Foley Arms Hotel.  I will be

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A QUANDRY FOR QUEEN VICTORIA

A QUANDRY FOR  QUEEN VICTORIA

In my non-fiction  book, The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  Queen Victoria is a central figure. Early in  1842,  Victoria employed a well educated young Frenchwoman as one of her wardrobe mistresses.  Célestine Doudet  was  born in Rouen  on June  15 1817,  to a  highly regarded French army officer 

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FERRIES; THE OLD LADIES OF SYDNEY HARBOUR

FERRIES; THE OLD LADIES OF SYDNEY HARBOUR

  HELLO, EDITOR DES HERE. I HOPE YOU LIKE THIS STORY ABOUT THE DEAR OLD FERRIES THAT PLY SYDNEY HARBOUR. MY GUARDIAN PAULINE CONOLLY WROTE IT. I FIXED UP A FEW TYPOS. HAHAHA   Each Australia Day, Sydney’s commuter ferries  race down the harbour,  decorated  with bunting

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REEDY MARSH – A CHRISTMAS STORY

REEDY MARSH -  A CHRISTMAS STORY

  My maternal grandparents James and Nora Larcombe raised a large family on a sheep farm at Reedy Marsh, seven miles from the small town of Deloraine in northern Tasmania. The pair married just before WWI , when James was a crusty old bachelor.  Norah May Upston

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Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

Blackheath Rhododendron  Festival

Hello from  Editor Des Oh dear, I had to put on my little  rain hat and gumboots for the Rhodo Festival…and it was their big Diamond Jubilee one too, just like the Queen of England is celebrating.   I seem to remember it  has rained on most

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Tribute to the Twin Towers

Tribute to the Twin Towers

It’s amazing how many people  feel  an emotional  connection to  the terrible events of September 11, even though they were not  personally involved.  I am no exception, as the following story shows. In  mid January, 2001 my husband Rob and I flew to New York (one of

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Willow Court Morgue

Willow Court Morgue

In light of my  recent blog  about my work-in-progress, A Butterfly On His Shoulder, the timing of a media report from Tasmania  (October 22)  is truly bizarre.  It seems  the morgue, part of the historic Willow Court complex  at the New Norfolk  asylum where Arthur spent most

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The Next Big Thing!

 A WORK IN PROGRESS – GHOSTS OF GALLIPOLI A fellow author   invited me to share some information about my current work-in-progress in an author ‘interview’ called The Next Big Thing!  You may expect me to talk about The Water Doctor’s Daughters, or All Along the River; Tales

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The Joy of Reading

The Joy of Reading

  ” Hello from Editor Des. Well I’ve been allowed to introduce this little blog, even though I still struggle to read, which is a bit of  problem for an assistant editor.  BUT,  I can recite the alphabet backwards, so that’s something!” Thank you Desmond. I just

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The Water Doctor’s Daughters

The Water Doctor's Daughters

THE WATER DOCTOR’S DAUGHTERS IS COMPLETE! After all  my angst,  the index to The Water Doctor’s  Daughters was completed without  Rob  filing for  divorce on the grounds that I was too crabby  and unreasonable to live with.  Mind you, neither of us  will  be taking up indexing

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