WW – bathtub reading

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Permalink 0

People are often surprised to learn that I read IN the bath. Like it’s weird or something. ;-)

Probably far weirder than my bathtub reading is the fact that I now find it hard to read anywhere else.

The opposite to epicurean

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Permalink 0

Occasionally when dining out I’ll tweet or facebook pics of delightful and decadent meals. More often than not they’re not actually  mine; rather they’re the choices of my dining partners who have a far more discerning palate than I could ever hope to develop or adopt.

I’d like to blame my childhood and the fact that I grew up in regional Queensland with limited options, so - other than the local Pizza Hut – I only ever went to two restaurants before I actually left home for University.

Book review: Shirley – a novel

Saturday, August 30, 2014 Permalink 0

I have to confess I hadn’t heard of American author Shirley Jackson before I read this novel, which is loosely biographical, although had heard of the movie(s) – The Haunting - based on her novel The Haunting of Hill House.

Not a lot was revealed in the blurb about this book - so I’m not entirely sure why I requested it, other than the fact it sounded intriguing.

But I’m really glad I did.

Book review: Already Dead

Thursday, August 28, 2014 Permalink 0

I’ve traditionally been slack when it comes to reading Australian crime fiction, mysteries or thrillers. I am – however – trying to rectify that and thankfully we have authors like Jaye Ford who make that easier. Her latest release, Already Dead  is no exception.

The latest news in pics

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Permalink 0

I don’t watch the news. I don’t read newspapers. I do – however – scan a few different sites for online news each day. Unfortunately (or naturally?!) most of it just pisses me off (and I’m not even talking politics).

Here’s a sample.

A dose of normality

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Permalink 0

One of the reasons I left the Commonwealth Government after my posting to East Timor was because I craved normality.

Life in Dili was pretty stressful – busy work days and less of the usual home comforts. I know this is something people in developing nations deal with all of the time, and I know I shouldn’t be complaining about a few years here and there ‘without’. (#Ungratefulmuch?!)

The brown thumb legacy

Sunday, August 24, 2014 Permalink 1

So, I don’t want to insult all of my christian/religious readers out there but I do need to let you know… I’m thinkin’ I could give Jesus a run for his money.

Oh yeah!

You see, I come from generations of peeps with a brown thumb, or two. Well, neither of my parents could grow stuff, so… #closeenough.

Although I’ve actually had a ‘few’ plants which have survived my tender care over the past year, most haven’t. #RIPpalm #RIPfloweringplant #RIPfloweringplant2 #RIPfloweringplant3 #RIProsemary #RIPcactus (etc)