A Magpie Takes A Walk on the Shore

30 Oct

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It isn’t every day that I see a magpie on the shore of the local swimming baths.

These handsome birds are well known for their habit of swooping at humans during the bird’s breeding season, but I am yet to witness it. Fingers crossed that my run of luck continues!

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P.S. My new release, the Jane Austen fan fiction title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, is now available to read free for subscribers to Kindle Unlimited.


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NEW RELEASE – ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’ Available Now…

24 Oct

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At her parent’s request, Elizabeth brings both Darcy and Georgiana along to a family gathering at Longbourn. The eyes of the guest-of-honour, Hodges, are immediately and irresistibly drawn not to Catherine (who is smitten by him), but to Miss Darcy, whose sweetness and musical talent excite his sensibilities. What will be the outcome of this mutual attraction, which defies both the best-laid plans of Mrs Bennet and a social hierarchy in which Hodges, though a fine physician, is somehow viewed as wholly unworthy of Georgiana Darcy (except, it seems, by Georgiana herself)?


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Cockatoos Aplenty!

22 Oct

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These days, the Sulphur-crested cockatoos that inhabit the local park are making themselves more visible that ever. I’m not sure whether it’s simply because their numbers have increased, or whether the cockies are becoming bolder in their habits, but over the last few weeks there have been many, many of these amazing birds, searching for food around the local river banks, and even on the grassy footpaths outside the houses that are located in the more quiet areas of our suburb.2015_0531imagefacebook0073. Love their expressions!!

P.S. I’ve just released a little eBook of three short stories, two of which have won literary awards. The eBook is called ‘The One That Got Away (and other short stories)’. Here’s the link https://www.amazon.com/That-Away-other-short-stories-ebook/dp/B01M8HPHQB/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1476685169&sr=1-1&keywords=the+one+that+got+away+by+sharp

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Kookaburra Grabs a Treat

22 Oct

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It’s not uncommon to discover Australia’s Laughing Kookaburras looking for whatever they can find that picnickers have left behind – or even for these bold birds to snatch a piece of someone’s lunch.

But recently I saw one, that was about to fly off with a piece of orange rind in its beak. Maybe it was health-conscious… How much better was this than, say, half a burned sausage?

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It’s Wisteria Time!

18 Sep

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Here in Sydney, Australia, it’s wisteria time! Though it isn’t as easy to spot as it was years ago, there are still houses around that feature it in their gardens. Our home is old – being built almost one hundred years ago, and the wisteria in our yard might well have been planted way back then. It has definitely graced our springtime for over half a century. I remember it in flower as a small child.

While its flowers are delightful, the perfume that accompanies them is also worthwhile.


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Springtime: Blossom Time

11 Sep

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One of the loveliest aspects of springtime must surely be the flowering of exquisitely beautiful blossom, often complimented by its sweet perfume.2015_0922imagefacebook0078

Here is a photograph of one that is flowering in the street, just a few houses away from our home. I think it is a Crab-apple.

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And Now for the Big Announcement

6 Sep

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And now for the big announcement…

After writing and publishing for just on six years,  I’ve finally tasted success.

My twentieth title, the Jane Austen fan fiction work entitled ‘Longbourn Revisited’, has today been awarded an Amazon Best Seller flag.

Thank you to all my supporters and well-wishers who kept on visiting my blogs and dispensing encouragement!Screenshot_2016-09-05-23-19-44-0114060354_1776488029299331_1192375809_o (1)

Link to Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Longbourn-Revisited-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B01KUJ9B5U

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