Life is Beautiful – Sunset – Glasshouse Mountains Australia

Sunset – Glasshouse Mountains – Australia.

Life is Beautiful.

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HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY exert from My Country poem by Dorothea MacKellar

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Exert from

MY COUNTRY   – Dorothea MacKellar

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

Koala – Lazing on Sunday Afternoon.


What a sweet slumbering mammal…..

On Writing the first draft – Terry Pratchett

The First Draft

The way I was taught to write in school and university/college is a process I have had to unlearn in order to start writing novels. Novel writing is like everything else in life, something one needs to take an apprenticeship in.





Happy New Year 2015

In the words of Neil Gaiman:

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Easy Trifle – Christmas Recipes

Easy Trifle – Christmas Recipes

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Jelly – Raspberry or Strawberry flavoured

Sponge Cake (bought or home-made) (or you can use mini raspberry swiss rolls or a pavlova base)

Vanilla Custard

Whipping Cream

Dark Chocolate (grate into flakes)

White Marshmallows (1 or 2 packets)

4 Flake Chocolate Bars

2 punnets of Strawberries

Method: Take out the bowl you are using to make the trifle in. Spoon the jelly into the bowl. Cut up the sponge cake into large chunks place them into the bowl. Pour the Vanilla custard over the mixture and then the cream. Next place the marshmallows into the mixture, then grate the dark chocolate flakes all over it. For the topping wash and cut the green off the strawberries – cut half the strawberries in half and leave the rest whole. Place on top. Then cut the flake chocolate bars into different lengths and place on top off the strawberries.




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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