Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Swimming in the Dark giveaway winners

Congratulations to E. EtiƩ of NSW and K. McMullan of Victoria - you have both won a copy of the book Swimming in the Dark

Monday, July 7, 2014

Winterfest Medieval Faire

I went to my first medieval faire today and I loved it. It was at Parramatta (in Sydney, Australia) on such a beautiful winters day.

My knowledge of medieval times is quite limited but I did learn many things today. One thing I learned was some images that depict those times may show people eating turkey meat. However, turkeys were not introduced to Europe until a later stage, when they were brought back from the Americas.

The birds of prey show was really interesting and was a highlight.

The photo above is of a masked owl. They used a remote control car covered in fur to show how the owl hunts its prey.

Lots of great medieval costumes could be found everywhere you looked.

I witnessed my first knight fight

and I saw jousting for the first time

Watching people make things using the methods used in medieval times was intriguing.

I caught this person having a nap. After all the walking we did today, that's what I need - a big nap!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GIVEAWAY - Swimming in the Dark books to giveaway

Swimming in the Dark follows the story of high school student Serena who disappears in her small home town of Alexandra in New Zealand. Her sister Lynnie is forced to return to Alexandra to search for her sister, a place she has tried to leave behind. A link to the girl's disappearance comes in the form of local German residents Ilse and Gerda Klein, whose memories of their home country under Stasi rule give them a unique understanding of the reasons for her disappearance. The novel explores how past experiences affect how we see the present and the awful power of silence about those experiences.

The novel is compellingly written, leaving the reader with their heart in their mouth and gripping the pages at the end of each chapter. It’s the kind of book that is full of unexpected twists and turns, jolting the reader into a suspense-filled world of dark secrets.

Paddy Richardson, award winning and best-selling author of 2013's Cross Fingers was one of the only international authors invited to attend the prestigious Leipzig and Frankfurt Book fairs in 2012, and it was this trip that inspired the German characters in Swimming in the Dark.

With thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia, I have two copies of this intriguing book to giveaway.

For your chance to win, simply send an email with your name and address to with Swimming in the Dark giveaway in the subject line. 

***Unfortunately, this giveaway is for Australian residents only***

Entries close Tuesday July 15 at 12pm

Monday, June 2, 2014

Alice from The Brady Bunch has passed away

Ann B. Davis who played Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch has passed away in San Antonio, aged 88 years.

According to reports, Davis fell in her bathroom early this morning hitting her head and suffered a subdural hematoma and didn't regain consciousness. 
Very sad news.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Vintage shopping like a pro!

Some great tips for buying vintage at markets and garage sales Going to the markets or gar...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dr Maya Angelou 1928-2014

Maya Angelou, poet, teacher, civil rights activist, actor and writer has passed away at her home today. She was 86 years old.

I'd like to share her poem 'Phenomenal Woman'

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 
- Maya Angelou

Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.
Guy B. Johnson