I’m on sale for 99c

I love a good sale, who doesn’t. My book  is now only 99c  for a short while. Best of all, my sale is just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Reading, eating, family and friends and most importantly, time off work – could it get any better?

The Outcasts by Elizabeth Preston

The Outcasts by Elizabeth Preston

 

Happy Thanksgiving All.

Purple Snow In Sydney

Okay, maybe it isn’t snow, but the jacaranda flowers really are blanketing everything. Each morning I wake up and look out and my back garden has a fresh coating of purple. It’s enchanting in a Disney movie kind of way.

There’s a local legend about Sydney’s prolific jacaranda trees. Apparently many years ago, hospitals on the north shore of Sydney used to hand out jacaranda saplings to new mothers. The mothers would plant the baby trees in their backyards and watch their trees and children grow up together. And, according to this legend, that’s why Sydney’s north shore is coated in purple right now.

 

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My back garden

 

Jacaranda

 ‘Jacaranda’ wikimedia.

Snippets of Australia

I’ve rounded up a few Aussie facts and photographs to show my American friends.  Because I come from little old New Zealand, I still find these monster things amazing.

 

Australia is a vast country, and has larger-than-life things like giant road trains.  These trucks travel around The Outback shrinking the distance. The bull bars are a protection against Kangaroos.

Photo - Kevin Trotman

Photo – Kevin Trotman

 

Australia is home to the largest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep the dingoes away from sheep and fertile land.

World's largest fence. Photo - Kevin Trotman

World’s largest fence. Photo – Kevin Trotman

 

Anna Creek Station in South Australia is the world’s largest cattle station. It’s even larger than Belgium.

Waterhole. Photo - Don Shearman

Waterhole. Photo – Don Shearman

 

Kookaburras aren’t giants, but I love these iconic laughing birds anyway. They’re a reasonably common sight around Sydney. They become quite tame and will allow you to hand feed them scraps of meat. They always whack the strip of beef or chicken against something before eating it.

Kookaburra - photo by Richard Taylor

Kookaburra – photo by Richard Taylor

Kookaburra. Photo by Richard Taylor

Kookaburra. Photo by Richard Taylor

 

 

 

 

All About Australia

As most of my readers come from America, I’ve decided to post some fun facts about Oz.

Did you know that:

The first police force in Australia was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.

Australian Pioneer Village, courtesy of Nina Matthews, Flickr

Australian Pioneer Village, courtesy of Nina Matthews, Flickr

 

If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take you over 27 years to see them all.

Redhead Beach, NSW. Photo by Sacha Fernandez, Flickr

Redhead Beach, NSW. Photo by Sacha Fernandez, Flickr

 

Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia. Up until recently, we had over a million feral camels in the Outback.

Cable Beach Camels, photo courtesy of Yaruman 5, Flickr

Cable Beach Camels, photo courtesy of Yaruman 5, Flickr

 

The male lyrebird which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. It can also imitate the sound of a camera, a chainsaw and a car alarm.

Lyrebird, photo by Kim Waring, Flickr

Lyrebird, photo by Kim Waring, Flickr

In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. The emu won.

Emu, photo by Rex Boggs, Flickr

Emu, photo by Rex Boggs, Flickr

More fun facts next time:)

 

Running Away

I’ve just got back to Sydney after a lovely little break away. We spent a few days in Berry – a country town just two hours south of Sydney. See how beautiful it is there:

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Here I am. I love my nipped-in waist, not too sure about my husband’s shorts though.

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Berry countryside. It’s not all hot and barren and dry in Australia.

 

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This is my pretend back garden, the one I’m getting when I move to the country. Still dreaming.

Gerroa Beach, only 5 minutes from Berry. When I go to the country, I like a bit of surf with my turf.

Gerroa Beach, only 5 minutes from Berry. When I go to the country, I like a bit of surf with my turf.

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A snap shot of some of the Berry locals.

I’ve just come home and already I want to go back again. That’s a good sign.

 

Father’s Day Fun

 Happy Fathers Day

The Sheep Family by Chalkie, via Flickr

The Sheep Family by Chalkie, via Flickr

It’s Fathers Day in Australia  so today’s blog had to be about Dad.

Courtesy of Chris Nystrom, Flickr

Courtesy of Chris Nystrom, Flickr

We let hubby sleep in while we made a special breakfast (actually, it wasn’t that special).

 

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I bought hubby something from his new favourite shop,  West Elm.  He loves it (he’s had many years practice at pretending to love my presents so he’s pretty convincing these days).

 

courtesy of Susana, via Flickr creative commons

courtesy of Susana, via Flickr creative commons

Then, we all came from far and wide and shared a Father’s Day lunch together. 

 

Picture courtesy of  Nao-cha, via Flickr creative commons

Picture courtesy of Nao-cha, via Flickr creative commons

Scout got hubby something yummy to eat . Scout  always gives food  because it’s so close to her heart.

photo (5)Here’s a photo of my mum. It makes me laugh because I know what is really happening here. This was taken recently when she visited a monkey reserve in Bali. She thought she was about to pat a baby monkey and instead this hunky fully grown male jumped onto her lap and stayed there. That tight smile of hers says, “Get the baboon off me, quick.’ The old male took quite a shine to Mum and pee’d down her leg, claiming her before any of the other males had a chance.  I can’t take her anywhere!