The Week: 20th – 26th May

My book is up for preorder, complete with new title and blurb. See it on Kobo.

A note: I am spreading the posts I already have scheduled out over the coming months, rather than posting pretty much every day as I have been for ages. One of the main reasons for this is that this blog now feeds into my Goodreads author page, and it’s starting to seem like spam!

How is it only a few days until winter – we’re still having t-shirt weather! (It’s due to change in the coming week, however.)

R.I.P. to Niki Lauda. The Formula One paddock won’t be the same. I used to sit near pit lane at every Australian Grand Prix, and he was always, always there.

Here are some pictures from last weekend. The first is Victorian architecture in Goulburn, New South Wales, where we stopped for lunch on the way home from Sydney (Goulburn features in my books). The second is the approach to the Sydney Opera House the night before:

Happy 20th Birthday to Notting Hill!

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Book Feature: Leopard’s Blood (Leopard People #10) by Christine Feehan

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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Easter Long Weekend

We spent the Easter long weekend at Broulee on the New South Wales South Coast. The weather changes so fast at the beach – as you can see with the contrast in the sky from one day (and even hour!) to the next.

The best thing about the South Coast is how unpretentious and underdeveloped it is.

Here is Broulee:

A Victorian era cemetery on a cliff a short drive down the coast:

And Shelly Beach at Moruya Heads, where I used to go in the 80s and early 90s: 

Twenty Years…

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

Today is the twentieth anniversary of Stuart Diver’s rescue from the rubble of the Thredbo landslide. While people outside Australia probably know little or nothing about this event, it was a Big Deal in Australia at the time, and this image of the moment he was carried out became iconic.

The landslide happened at the New South Wales ski resort on the night of the 30th of July, 1997, killing eighteen people. Diver’s wife Sally drowned when the space she was trapped in filled with water, but he survived sixty-five hours in freezing conditions.

Afterwards, Diver became a national celebrity, wrote a book about his experience, and was even the subject of a movie.

Sadly, his second wife also died, in March 2015.