8 September 2014

In and out

I love the change of seasons. It's still cool at night but the days are warm and sunny and it's making the garden spring into life. The wisteria is starting to flower, the roses are putting on growth and there are early gardenias forming. Such a wonderful time of year.

We had a full weekend with a visit from my Penguin editor, Jo Rosenberg and her husband, Eli and daughter Sophia. We walked around the garden, had morning tea and we talked and talked. Jo was the person who "discovered" my blog and contacted me, on behalf of Penguin, to ask if I was interested in writing a book for them. Well, you know the rest of that story.

Kerry, Sunny and Jamie were here too. I was so pleased to have them meet Jo and Eli. I thought Sunny would be working as she's training for the opening of her new sushi business. But after all those years of hearing about one another, they all met, there were easy conversations, tea and cake and too quickly, the morning moved into the afternoon. All in all it was a beautiful day and made that way by our family and friends.

Yesterday was father's day which brought a visit from Jens and Cathy, my step-son and DIL. We had a small piece of the whole orange cake left from the previous day so I sliced that up and made some crackers with cheese and tomato. It all went well with our coffee and tea. Cathy is hobbling around on crutches waiting for a knee operation. Hopefully that will come soon because she's in a lot of pain.

Setting up for the talk at the Caboolture Library.

There is one more talk coming up in Brisbane - at the Redcliffe Library on Wednesday morning. We've had a really good time at the libraries with so many people coming to meet us and to connect with others who live in a similar way. One of the people to come to the Caboolture talk was Doug from one of the local churches. He told us all that the Baptist church has land available for local people who want to grow fruit and vegetables but don't have a garden. If you live in or near Caboolture, you can be part of this. It's a parcel of land on which to grow food, water is provided, there is a small tractor available to break up the ground and prepare the beds, and experienced gardeners will be on hand to guide you if you're a beginner. The cost is $20 per year. Phone 5495 5654 to put your name down if you would like to be a part of this community garden. I think it's great that libraries and community organisations are involved in helping people regain lost skills.

Over the coming weeks I'll be concentrating on book writing again so please don't think I'm just slacking off. I'll be here as much as I can be. In fact, being at the talks last week has given me quite a few interesting topics to write about and I plan on doing that as soon as I can. I'm looking forward to the coming months. It looks like being a very productive time here. I hope you're feeling that way too.  What are your plans for this time before Christmas?
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