The Week: 31st July – 6th August

Winter morning…

Wednesday Sunset

Well, another crazy week in this crazy world. I can’t even be bothered getting into it! We’ve all gone insane.

However, everyone should watch Opera Versus Trump.

I am off to Spain in exactly one week, and will be gone a month. Am I packed? No. Have I wrapped everything up? No. I planned to be ready ages ago, and of course that never happened! 🙂 It didn’t help I’ve had a bad cold all week (or maybe that’s just a very convenient excuse!).

Because we’ve had some major terrorism threats in Australia in the past couple of weeks they’ve upped all our airport security to a point it’s going to be a nightmare next weekend. Our trip will involve flying Canberra to Sydney, to Thailand, to Dubai, to Spain. The stop in Thailand is just half an hour or so, but they make you get off the plane and go through two security checks – just to get back on the same plane again!

My brother is in Croatia, heading to Italy soon. He has to fly home through Doha, which has just been made a lot more interesting with the Gulf blockade on Qatar!

As I said: the world has gone insane. 🙂

RITA Winners

My review of Wedded for the Baby (Stand-In Brides #2) by Dorothy Clark

On My Radar

Resistance is Futile

 The Twentieth Anniversary of Stuart Diver’s Rescue

Thredbo Landslide. 2nd August 1997. This photograph was taken moments after Stuart Diver was freed from the rubble after spending 65 hours buried in the rubble. Mr Diver lost his first w

The Week: 24th – 30th July

Monday sunshine in Canberra

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Thredbo landslide. I remember the aftermath of the disaster very clearly, and all the media attention surrounding it. Because people tend to pass through Canberra to get to the Snowy Mountains, it had quite an impact around here.

My review of A Ring for the Pregnant Debutante by Laura Martin

A Repost

This Book!

Cover Love

The Week: 17th – 23rd July

Gorgeous Sunny Winter Afternoon Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 17th July 2017 Garden Nature Gum Tree

Gorgeous Sunny Winter Afternoon Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 17th July 2017 Garden Nature

Winter sunshine in Canberra on Monday afternoon.

This week marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Three years since MH17 was shot down.

There was another major service at the Ukrainian Orthodox church in Canberra on Saturday, with more ambassadors attending than three years ago (now more countries are worried about the threat from Moscow).

Canberra MH17 Service 26th July 2014

Congratulations to Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews for continuing to win stages in the Tour de France. He is not only from this city, but also from my high school, as was Michael Rogers, former Tour star of my generation, as well as a world champion in the sport. Despite almost zero funding for our public high school from the Federal Government, Melrose High kids achieve things! I doubt there’s any other school in the world that has produced TWO Tour stars. Forgive me for my pride. 🙂 🙂

Devastating news about John McCain’s cancer diagnosis this week. US politics has become so polarised that both the far-left and the far-right are losing their minds, and in the midst of it all you had a decent man who stood up for a lot of things I believe in, even though I’m not on his side of politics. He is one of the ONLY Republicans to have ever stood up against Russian aggression and meddling, and for this alone he’d have had my respect. He stood up for Ukraine from the beginning of this horrific, current war the rest of his party no longer cares about, and has even gone to the frontlines to visit the troops. However, even before then he had my respect on most things, and had a decency to his politics that is sorely missing in the 2010s.

My review of The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean

Jane Austen around the world.

TV Adaptation for Sylvia Day

Beverly Jenkins Launches GoFundMe to Bring Novel to the Big Screen

The Week: 10th – 16th July

Sunny Winter Afternoon Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Garden Nature Blue Sky Sunshine 11th July 2017

Winter sunshine in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon.

Winter Sunset

Two members of my family headed off to Europe this week, and two more are going next week. Then I’ll be off in August. I need to start thinking about that!

Some of the places I’m going next month are currently around 47 degrees every day (116.6 Fahrenheit)… I guess I’ll pack light this time.

Another week, another seven days of Trump scandals and sexism, Russia scandals, Putin’s troops continuing their slow invasions of Ukraine and Georgia, terror attacks, anniversaries of terror attacks, an Englishman being jailed for going to fight as a terrorist in Ukraine (and then arguing that you’re only a terrorist if you’re a Muslim in Syria).

What a wonderful world we currently live in.

I propose mandatory IQ and general knowledge tests before anyone is allowed to leave their house!

R.I.P. Bryan Lawrence

On this day: Bastille Day during a war

Bastille Day

Coming Up for Joanna Shupe

Visit Scotland Book Sculpture

My review of How To Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days (Ladies of Passion #2) by Harmony Williams

 

The Week: 3rd – 9th July

Crazy cockatoos hanging out here on Friday afternoon. They’re so smug – even when destroying everything in sight! Their feathers look so nice. 🙂

I read a couple of good books this week, but one doesn’t have a release date for months, so I don’t think there’s much point reviewing it yet!

Over-Reading a Genre?

JRR Tolkien family settle $80m merchandise row

My review of Afraid to Lose Her by Syndi Powell

My review of The Engagement Charade (Smoky Mountain Matches #11) by Karen Kirst

My review of Convenient Proposal To The Lady (Hadley’s Hellions #3) by Julia Justiss

Happy Belated Birthday, Canada!

The Week: 26th June – 2nd July

Saturday evening in Canberra. We had literally just sat down at the new Hawaiian restaurant when we were evacuated because of a smoke alarm! I think there were four fire engines that came.

Walt and Burley Sunday Afternoon 25th June 2017 Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Oksana SUnset

Poachers Pantry Hall near Canberra Australia Sheep Farm Nature Sonya Heaney 25th June 2017

The end of last week: lunch in the country (weird sheep!), and after that drinks next to the lake in Canberra.

We have something of a sulphur-crested cockatoo plague here!

Happy 101st birthday to Olivia de Havilland for yesterday. Perhaps best known for Gone With the Wind, she did a lot more than that over her long career.

Fascinating story about the discovery and restoration of Australia’s first flag.

This week, charges were FINALLY brought against Cardinal George Pell. An Australian, and one of the most powerful men in the Vatican, he has been making news headlines here for years. The levels of victim-blaming have been staggering, and some of the conservative media spokespeople ought to be ashamed of themselves.

And – the less said about Trump’s latest Twitter attacks (the lowest he’s ever sunk?), the better.

Speaking of Christmas books already appearing for review, I read my first of the year this week.

New Cover for Anne Gracie

R.I.P. Michael Bond

Twenty Years of Harry Potter