Chamber Music – James Joyce

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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce an Irish novelist and poet (1882-1941). What an incredibly romantic poem. Joyce’s use of simple yet poignant words, leaves an everlasting image of what he was feeling. He was compelled to stop reading his novel when … Continue reading

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The Full Moon at Golden Beach

full moon.jpgThe Full Moon at Golden Beach, Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. Photography Heather Haines.

The Moon poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Moon

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;

She shines on thieves on the garden wall,

On streets and fields and harbour quays,

And birdies sleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,

The howling dog by the door of the house,

The bat that lies in bed at noon,

All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day

Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;

And flowers and children close their eyes

Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.


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Life is a Chocolate mini-cupcake

Life is a Chocolate mini-cupcake – Photography Lynda Gray.

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“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz


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Merry Festive Season

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I want to wish all my followers and readers a fabulous, fun and frivolous
festive shindig. Thank you for supporting me. For anyone who has had their heart hurt this year. I leave you with this quote.
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Apricot Marshmallow Christmas Log – No baking

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Apricot Marshmallow Christmas Log

We all like Christmas fare that requires no baking.  Here is a tasty log that is sweet requires just a few ingredients and can be made rather quickly.


200 grams dried apricots (chopped into small pieces)

100 grams white marshmallows (chopped into small pieces)

250 g plain sweet biscuits (marie, nice or similar) and crush these with mortar board and pestle, or the side of a rather large kitchen knife or place in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling-pin or some other firm object you have in the kitchen.  I tried a hammer once wasn’t such a good idea the bag broke open :)

150 grams walnuts (chopped into small pieces you could substitute with brazil nuts, walnuts are easier to chop up)

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

400 grams sweetened condensed milk

1 cup toasted dessicated coconut (Lightly toast coconut in a moderate oven -148 degrees celsius or 300 degrees Fahrenheit or in a pie dish until golden approximately 6 minutes)

Method:  Take out your baking bowl, mix together the apricots, marshmallows, biscuits, walnuts, vanilla essence and the sweetened condensed milk.  Combine until smooth.  Divide the mixture into quarters 4 pieces, shape each piece into a log shape or tree trunk shape or cylinder (each log will be about 3 centimetres in diameter approximately the length of your thumb).  Once combined roll each one in the toasted coconut.  Wrap each log in aluminium foil or tin foil.  Place in the refrigerator until firm.

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A note from a New York Kindergarten

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A note from a New York Kindergarten. I received this beautiful note about my children’s story, Wombat Dreaming from a New York Kindergarten teacher, who read the story to her class. Wombat Dreaming is now a part of their classroom … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Christmas Tree – very easy, no baking – Christmas Recipes

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White Chocolate Christmas Trees – very easy, no baking – Christmas Recipes

2 large bars of white chocolate – melt on medium heat in a saucepan

1 packet of shelled and raw pistachios nuts

1 packet of craisins (a mixture of cranberries and raisins)

Once the chocolate is melted carefully pour into a small baking tray (use a wooden spoon to even out the mixture, so it covers the whole tray).  Put some craisins all around dropping them into the mixture. Roughly chop the pistachio nuts and drop them around as well. Put in the fridge. Once hardened cut with a biscuit/cookie Christmas shaper (Do not separate them until after they are completely hardened from freezing).  Then place in the freezer, once hardened take the shapes out.

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Chocolate Christmas Balls (instead of Rum)

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Chocolate Christmas Balls (we love these)

Making them together is such fun.


1 tin condensed milk

1 packet quality chocolate biscuits (or make your own)

3 tablespoons of cocoa

1 bar organic cooking chocolate about 60% + cocoa

1 cup of rice bubbles

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

dessicated coconut to roll the balls in

Method:  Take out blender or other device to crush up the chocolate biscuits once completed do the same with the rice bubbles.  Mix them together, then add the vanilla essence and condensed milk.  Grate up one half to three-quarters of the cooking chocolate and add to the mixture along with the cocoa.  Mix thoroughly.  Once combined the mixture needs to be slightly firm.  Roll into golf size balls with your hands and roll in the coconut mixture.  Refrigerate if using within a few days or freeze if you want to keep them for longer.

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Wombat Dreaming by Lynda Gray

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Did you hear? My second children’s picture book is now available on amazon in paperback and as an ebook. Wombat Dreaming by Lynda Gray Come fly with Henry and Max in this delightful children’s story, Wombat Dreaming, which captivates all … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Christmas Turkey Fruit Platter and Thanksgiving Vegetarian Turkey

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Vegetarian Christmas Turkey Fruit Platter and Thanksgiving Vegetarian Turkey This is a quick easy platter to make to keep Christmas festive and healthy.  Mandarins, Kiwi Fruit, Strawberries, Boysenberries, Cheddar Cheese or Hard cheese and Black Grapes. For the turkey itself:  Cut … Continue reading

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