Roller-coaster

Just a few days before my Dad died in March, one of my closest friends was diagnosed with cancer. Not long after I returned from Canberra, we learned that her cancer was an aggressive one, with a tumour pressing against her windpipe. She wasn’t well enough to come for the book launch, but the last…

My first hero

In my first book, As Darkness Falls, the dedication reads: For my parents: My father, who demonstrated every day of his life what true courage and heroism really are; My mother, who has a beautiful, giving spirit, and the grace to look beyond the surface of people to their hearts. My dear Dad passed away…

Juggling

Two computers, a sewing machine, some knitting… this is the current state of my desk, as I juggle numerous tasks. (Actually, there’s another laptop – my new one – just behind the old one.) Now that the uni marking is all done, I’m doing some Christmas sewing and knitting, finalising the sampler for the Australian…

A little visitor

We hadn’t planned to get another dog so soon. Tansy is lonely without her sister, but we were going to wait a little, see how we all settle. But you know how it goes…. the father of a colleague of Gordon’s breeds Border Collies. We’d resisted getting one of his puppies a month or two…

Jaffam the princess Dog, snoozling

One last day…

(Warning – you may need tissues for this post.) Our beloved Jaffa, The Princess Dog, has advanced bladder cancer, and in the past week or so her quality of life has diminished. Tomorrow morning, our vet will come to visit, and assist her to the place where food o’clock comes lots of times a day…