Notes on a weekend

1. If you leave the road to find the signmarked lookout, that carpark just off the main road, is probably connected to the lookout. 

But look what you can find if you keep on driving. And driving.

2. Old trees can make the most law-abiding person ignore the fence. (It was down, the fence was down).
And the view from the top …

Valley of a thousand hills seems to have at least that many. They ripple the horizon like a barnacled beach rock.

Shot gun shot, up close. This sign would suggest recent seismic activity …

3. Kayaks sitting on the bank of a lake may have seat-wetting holes in them. But the water is warmish, until the sun starts dropping. By then, the lake has been circumnavigated a few times.
Further warmth can be assured by playing tennis.
Extra note: That small spider in the equipment box? Yup, it’s a redback.

Final Book Week school visit

My last Book Week school visit was today: two sessions each with Yr1&2 students. Both sessions were fabulous. A late minute change meant the regular teachers were at a planning meeting, but because they’d been reading my books to their classes and using me for their author study, the students were super-excited and super-prepared.

I didn’t have to ask if they’d read any of my books, but I was interested to learn what they knew about me! This chart is as yet incomplete, hope I get to see the finished product.

They had prepared questions for me.

And there were flowers and chocolate and a card full of lovely words.

Ah, the beach

Torquay’s White’s Beach and an odd cloud break

 Just back from a lovely 10 day break by the sea. Managed to read a book or three, walk along the beach in all weathers, and visit the odd bookshop. Actually, none of the bookshops were odd at all.
Torquay Books, Great Escape Books and Lorne Beach Books were all jam-packed full of wonderful books and great book champions.

Lovely Lorne

 Had my first sighting of my new picture book with Five Mile Press and Janine Dawson, ‘Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House in the window at Lorne Beach Books. Very exciting!


Enjoyed lunch next to the almost empty beach. The following day a big bike event was to begin in Lorne, and I expect there were more than a few extras in town.


Sleeping in a tree outside the Lorne information centre, Kenny was happy to pose for photos.

Back at Torquay, the sun was shining,

shining bright.

Okay so this wasn’t at the beach, it is the fire stairs for one of Melbourne’s iconic buildings. They don’t make them like this any more!

Just missed the bloom

All I needed was one more day and these Spanish bluebells would have been in full bloom. One more day …