15 January 2018

My book of the month: January

In October 2016, we went to a fabulous day in the Blue Mountains to hear crime writers talk about their books. I came home with the door prize, a package of five crime novels by Candice Fox, Jaye Ford and Chris Allen. That was the first time I had heard local author Candice Fox tell her story and what a great story it was.

Since then, we've been to two other sessions to see and hear Candice again. She's a fabulously approachable person and is always ready to have a chat. I guess you could call us Candice groupies (maybe that's why she's living overseas, now? 😃)

So why did it take me so long to read one of her books?


I honestly don't know. I guess that since I had a couple of my own copies of her books on my shelves, I knew I could pick them up at any time. Library books, which provide most of my reading matter, always seemed to force themselves ahead on my reading list.

Anyway, during my summer holidays I decided it was Candice's turn and I read Hades. Wow! No wonder this book won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut novel. It has complex characters, great storylines and fabulous writing. It held my attention for the whole time I was reading it. 

The second and third books in this series are also on my shelves. It's their turns next!

You can read more about Hades on Goodreads. 

08 January 2018

Nasturtiums - shades of yellow

I like nasturtiums. They have a scrambling habit and thrive in the heat, which is something I appreciate during these oppressively hot days of summer in my garden. I'm never been fond of the bright orange and yellow-red flowers, though, so it was with great excitement that I discovered these cream ones. 


My friend Lisa has them growing in her garden and, a few years ago, she kindly ripped out a piece for me to transplant at my place. I say "ripped out" because that shows how tough they are. I came home, stuck my piece of stem in a pot, and it started growing - and flowering! - within weeks. That's a photo of my first flower above.


Last week, I found a packet of Mr Fothergill's seeds for another creamy nasturtium at the local plant centre. Called "Peach Melba" they have peachy-coloured markings in the centre. I sowed all 25 seeds this morning in my nasturtium planter box.  Stand by to see how they grow!


Have you grown nasturtiums? In case you need another reason to plant some, look at those leaves! Gorgeous, flat, veined leaves that are a delightful feature by themselves. Lovely!

01 January 2018

Happy new year!


I enjoyed a great 2017 and am looking forward to an equally wonderful 2018; I hope you are, too! Thank you to everyone who visits my blog. It's always gratifying to read your comments, so thanks for taking the time to leave a note.