The Week: 7th – 13th January

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The end of lunch overlooking the lake on the terrace of the National Library of Australia on Wednesday afternoon.

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Christmas/Koliada parade in Lviv, Ukraine.

Another week, another Christmas! Now, another New Year.

Article: How I fell in love with romance novels

Category Romance. No more home renovation. No more ageing parents going into homes. No more bakers. No more etc. etc. etc.

Book Feature: Trouble Next Door by Stefanie London

Trouble Next Door by Stefanie London

RWA and Cockygate

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Cover Love

Cover Love

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The Week: 31st December 2018 – 6th January 2019

Sunset on Friday – the hottest day this week.

Happy New Year. But – just as important – Merry Christmas again!

Making varenyky yesterday afternoon. We made ninety-five in the end (not all in this picture).

Today is Ukrainian Christmas Eve, which is The Big Day for Christmas in Eastern Slavic cultures. This evening is the time for kutyaborschtveranyky, and more presents.

Our resident baby magpie is having trouble with the heat

This time of year is always so hectic for me. Apart from anything else, it has been Really Hot in Canberra for weeks, with a “cold” day being about 35 Celsius. We’re constantly sweaty – and getting some absolutely massive spiders in the house!

Wish List for 2019

Book Feature: Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul

End-of-Year Escape

Public Service Announcement!

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If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll know it is summer now. In Canberra it has been in the mid to high thirties every day for weeks, and will be into the forseeable future.

Please – if you can – put some water outside your home. You never know what animals will use it, but I guarantee it will be appreciated.

I started putting water out when I got home from Europe in early October – front and back garden – and I’ve had to top it up most days since then (twice a day at the moment).

Animals I know for certain use that water: about seventeen types of bird, a possum and her baby, multiple cats (some owned, some possibly stray), and the odd dog that escapes its backyard and comes visiting.

So: any tray or bowl will do! If you’re hot and thirsty, so are the animals. And we have no rain in inland Australia, so it’s extra important!

End-of-Year Escape

What happened to me after Christmas?

We left the Canberra heatwave two days after the holiday, and spent several days on the New South Wales South Coast (the *northern* part of the coast). However, we weren’t staying near the beach, but up here, high up in the escarpment, on an incredible property with acres of rainforest, wallabies, birds galore – all for us.

It was an isolated, amazing place to unwind at the end of the year.

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The Week: 3rd – 9th December

Bright blue summer skies in Canberra.

How is it the ninth of December already?! It’s been a crazy-hot weekend in Canberra; inland it’s a good ten degrees warmer than in the cities on the coast.

I went to the sale at the National Library yesterday. If I have time I’ll write a post about it!

Twentieth Anniversary of Shakespeare in Love

Bad Sex Writing Awards 2018

Recommended Christmas Read

Out Now: The Story of Us by Lana Kortchik

Book Adaptation for Christmas

Helene Young: ‘I chose a career as a pilot over motherhood. I don’t regret a thing’

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There’s a great article over at ABC featuring Australian author Helene Young. It focuses on her career as a pilot:

‘I chose a career as a pilot over motherhood. I don’t regret a thing’

There were early warning signs that I wasn’t destined to be a mum. Growing up, babies were more likely to cry than settle contentedly into the crook of my arm…