Archive | January, 2015

I’ve Got It: A Cockatoo Hangs On…

12 Jan
Cockatoo, eating

Cockatoo, eating

 

This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo  seems to be hanging on tightly to a tasty morsel.

I took this photo in the local park in suburban Sydney, Australia, and to me it typifies the delights of the Australian bush.

Enjoy!

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Still in Bloom: Western Australian Red-flowering Gums

11 Jan
Western Australian Red-flowering Gum

Western Australian Red-flowering Gum

I really love these trees! They’re becoming more common in Sydney as more and more people are captivated by their beautiful colours and form. They’re often grown in front gardens, and sometimes as street trees. The owner of a most magnificent specimen told me of the difficulty he had in persuading the local authorities to give him permission to plant one in the nature strip. Thanks goodness he won the battle!

Enjoy!

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Australian Bushland Scene

10 Jan

Here’s an Australian scene.

Australian bush

Australian bush

This shot was taken in the local bushland park in suburban Sydney, and shows plenty of Flannel Flowers in bloom.

They’re still out, months after they started. Simply beautiful!

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Protecting Their Family: Ducks and Ducklings

9 Jan
Protecting their young: parent ducks.

Protecting their young: parent ducks.

There’s something special about the sight of parents with their offspring: particularly with something as sweet as ducks and ducklings.

This photo of  a family of Australian Wood Ducks was taken in the local swimming baths. It’s quite uncommon to see little ones, though their elders are a common sight.

Enjoy!

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Wow! Brand New Release ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is on Special!

8 Jan

I’m pleased to announce that my brand new release, ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is on special now at Amazon Kindle!

At US99 cents, this represents a 75% reduction!

This offer is strictly limited to THREE DAYS ONLY!!

If you like romance ‘with soul’, as one reviewer put it, this may be just what you’re looking for!.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Secrets-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00RURJWFU

Iconic Kookaburra

8 Jan
Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Kookaburras are amazing! Unique in so many ways —  voice, character and appearance to name but a few — they surely are hard to beat as representatives of Australia’s wonderful bird-life.

Enjoy!

What a Silhouette…

7 Jan
Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

What a silhouette!

Although it doesn’t show the wonderful colours of the Rainbow Lorikeet to their best advantage,

I still like this shot. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Guest Author Margaret Lynette Sharp

6 Jan

Thanks so much, Jade!

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Margaret Lynette Sharp is joining us at Scatterbooker today. Margaret is the author of Love, Desire and Betrayal and Of Love and Secrets as well as over 150 short stories. She lives in Sydney with her husband, Ronald Sharp, who is the very highly regarded creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Of Love and Secrets and Love, Desire and Betrayal are both on my current reading list and I will be reviewing both novels in the next few weeks.

Margaret Lynette Sharp image Margaret and her Maltese Cross, Chicki

Where do you find inspiration for your novels?

My new release, ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is my longest work. I really don’t know where the inspiration for it, or any of my stories, comes from. It’s a matter of making the decision to start a new project, and then tossing around ideas in my head, jotting…

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It’s Live! ‘Of Love and Secrets’

6 Jan

OLAS coverIt is with great pleasure that I announce that my twelfth title, ‘Of Love and Secrets’ is now live and available for purchase on Amazon.

Here is the link to its  Amazon  US site.  It’s available in other countries, too.

If you like stories of love and romance, with a strong input of family life, this may be one that you’d enjoy!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RURJWFU

 

Watching the World Go By

4 Jan

Chicki is now four years old, and she is becoming more and more patient. Today she sat quietly while the swimming races were on, even though she was left by herself for a little while.

Here’s a photo of her, patiently watching from one of the swimming club chairs. 🙂

Patient Chicki

Patient Chicki