PLEASE DON’T DISMISS MY SENSE OF SMELL!

PLEASE DON'T DISMISS MY SENSE OF SMELL!

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.    Oliver Wendell  Holmes How true that quote is.  After my mother died I treasured a cardigan she had worn that retained her special fragrance. It was a

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LOST FOR WORDS, THEN IT ALL GOT CHEESY!

LOST FOR WORDS, THEN IT ALL GOT CHEESY!

HERE IS A GUEST POST FROM MY TALENTED FRIEND JACKIE SAYLE;  ARTIST, WRITER, GARDENER…. AND FABULOUS COOK.   When Pauline first invited me to write a guest post about cookery you could have knocked me down with a feather ‘500 – 800 words should do,’ she said,

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Lilies of the Field

Lilies of the Field

   Behold the lilies of the field, how they grow…. This is a little tribute to  my mother, and to the lilies that grow in my garden, as they once did in hers..   When we moved to our property in the Blue Mountains of New South

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LACHLAN MACQUARIE; FATHER OF THE ANZACS?

LACHLAN MACQUARIE; FATHER OF THE ANZACS?

 VISION FOR A NATION By 1815 Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s extensive building programme and his efforts to raise the moral standards of the colony of New South Wales were bearing fruit. Sydney, which had been little more than a squalid penal camp when he arrived, was becoming a

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THE EASTER EGG HUNT

THE  EASTER EGG HUNT

Well I’d been  looking  forward to the  Easter Bunny visiting for weeks, but  on Saturday everything started to go wrong.  See, we were in Sydney visiting my Granny Jean when  it started  raining  so hard that  Dr Bob decided we shouldn’t drive home because it was a

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THE NOT SO SECRET LITERARY AGENT

THE NOT SO SECRET LITERARY AGENT

LITERARY AGENT ANGST In 2011 I completed  a narrative non-fiction book on a controversial, 19th century criminal case. The events in The Water Doctor’s Daughters take place in France and England, and as an opening gambit I aim high and email a query letter to one of

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Mr Eternity – Arthur Stace

Mr Eternity - Arthur Stace

*THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED, IN A SLIGHTLY SHORTER VERSION, IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. FROM THE BATTLEFIELD TO SAVING SOULS. Much has been written about the mysterious ‘Mr Eternity’, Arthur Stace, who chalked his famous one word sermon throughout the streets of Sydney. Less well known

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CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME

CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME

 A  RARE AND BAFFLING ILLNESS – CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME! This is the first time I have written about the very rare auto-immune condition I was diagnosed  with  in  February 2012.  I had been rushed to hospital a couple of weeks earlier after collapsing with a suspected heart

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ROYAL BATHURST SHOW IS A WINNER!

ROYAL BATHURST SHOW IS A WINNER!

BIG DAY OUT! The month of May can be a bit nippy in the central west of New South Wales. However, for the organizers of the Royal Bathurst Show there is a bonus.  Inside the showground are giant elms, in full autumn glory. Having attended Sydney’s Royal

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ROYAL EASTER SHOW!

ROYAL EASTER SHOW!

 IN THE BEGINNING – Tasmania, 1950s One of the first articles I  sold, many years ago, was about the Ulverstone Agricultural Show. It was the annual  highlight of my childhood. My father was on the show committee, so thankfully we attended  rain, hail or shine. In good

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