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DRINK ME and DIE! – ABC LINIMENT

 THE  SOOTHING  LINIMENT THAT COULD LEAD TO DEATH There is a chapter in  my true crime book The Water Doctor’s Daughters titled;  AS EASY AS ABC.      The letters are a reference to a popular 19th century rubbing liniment made from three powerful, but potentially fatal compounds;   

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SCONES RHYMING WITH DONS

SCONES RHYMING WITH DONS

WHAT IS A SCONE? According to the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, the word scone derives from the Dutch  schoonbrood –  schoon  meaning  bright, white or beautiful and brood meaning bread, hence; ‘fine white bread’ .    It made its way into Scottish English and did not become

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A HIVE OF ACTIVITY; Promoting The Water Doctor’s Daughters

A HIVE OF ACTIVITY; Promoting The Water Doctor's Daughters

In The Beginning..The Water Doctor’s Daughter’s When I was writing my true crime book, The Water Doctor’s Daughters, I had a moment of panic and said to my husband Rob, ‘Oh dear, what if someone publishes this one day and I have to give talks about it?’ 

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MALVERN LAUNCH OF THE WATER DOCTOR’S DAUGHTERS

I thought I’d write a  brief report on the official launch of The Water Doctor’s Daughters in Great Malvern.  Editor Des was supposed to do it, but he was still in recovery from an unfortunate incident in London [see end of article]. WELL, THE BIG DAY DAWNED

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More Along the River Thames

MORE  RIVER THAMES TALES! It is such a joy to be back in England and living by the Thames again. Not at  dear old Harleyford by Temple Lock, but at Maidenhead, by Boulter’s Lock. The trouble is, I keep finding things I should have included in my

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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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