Visting Shoreham Beach for lunch and a quick play. The rainy squalls wet us through and so arrived home thinking it was about 5pm finding it was only 2pm! Hot showers and a hot chocolate revived everyone.IMG_2925IMG_2923

Audio book:

Daily Post:

Your book is about to be recorded into an audio book.                                                                    If you could choose anyone to narrate your posts, who would it be?

Dame Judi Dench would be my choice as she has such a warm voice and her humour shines through. I related so well to her in ‘ As Time Goes By’, a BBC TV series.


Spring in Pearcedale:


Picked a bunch of these delectable smelling violets yesterday

Grevillea, a plant the birds adore

Grevillea, a plant the birds adore

Another Grevillea, bird's paradise

Another Grevillea, bird’s paradise

Banksia tree

Banksia tree planted on our nature strip.

As I shall be having the grandchildren to stay my posts will be more spasmodic, as by night time I’m depleted!

Shall return….


Another Banksia

Another juvenile Banksia, also on our nature strip.

An inspiring story found on Facebook: Thank you to A Mighty Girl.

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Happy 60th birthday to Ruby Bridges! As a six-year-old, Ruby Bridges famously became the first African American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the South. When the 1st grader walked to William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960 surrounded by a team of U.S. Marshals, she was met by a vicious mob shouting and throwing objects at her.

One of the federal marshals, Charles Burks, who served on her escort team, recalls Bridges’ courage in the face of such hatred: “For a little girl six years old going into a strange school with four strange deputy marshals, a place she had never been before, she showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier. We were all very proud of her.”

Once Ruby entered the school, she discovered that it was devoid of children because they had all been removed by their parents due to her presence. The only teacher willing to have Ruby as a student was Barbara Henry, who had recently moved from Boston. Ruby was taught by herself for her first year at the school due to the white parents’ refusal to have their children share a classroom with a black child.

Despite daily harassment, which required the federal marshals to continue escorting her to school for months; threats towards her family; and her father’s job loss due to his family’s role in school integration, Ruby persisted in attending school. The following year, when she returned for second grade, the mobs were gone and more African American students joined her at the school. The pioneering school integration effort was a success due to Ruby Bridges’ inspiring courage, perseverance, and resilience.

If you’d like to share Ruby Bridge’s inspiring story with the children in your life, there are several excellent books about her story including the wonderful picture book “The Story Of Ruby Bridges” for ages 4 to 8 (, the early chapter book “Ruby Bridges Goes to Story” for ages 5 to 8 (, and the highly recommended memoir that Ruby Bridges wrote for young readers 6 to 12 entitled “Through My Eyes” (

There is also an inspiring film about her story called “Ruby Bridges” for viewers 7 and up (

To give young readers more insight into the school integration struggle, Nobel Prize-winning author, Toni Morrison, has written an outstanding book, that’s filled with photos capturing the major desegregation events of the period, entitled “Remember: The Journey to School Integration” — for ages 9 and up — at

For more stories about the courageous girls and women of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on “Top Mighty Girl Books on Civil Rights History” at

For Mighty Girl stories for children and teens that explore racial discrimination and prejudice, visit


Review: ‘Six Weeks In Summer’ Helen Meikle

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‘Six Weeks in Summer’, written by Helen Meikle has a strong voice. The protagonist, Meg Cornwell, a freshly widowed, isolated woman, pulled at my heart- strings. A woman who had been overshadowed by her husband and his family, gradually begins to find herself and blossoms, as she discovers her strengths and shakes off the past.

Meikle captivates her audience, drawing them into a group of disparate characters. These lives very soon become entangled and, I too, felt part of this coterie, not wanting the story to finish.

The bullying antagonists are duly dealt with in an inventive way, bringing joy and warmth to the fragility of those other broken lives.

For those of you who have enjoyed Alexander McCall Smith’s tales of Scotland, here is an Australian story that is equally charming.

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Learning to fly is not always easy:


This is a photo of a baby Noisy Miner bird. (Manorina melanocephala ) It is a common bird here, in Victoria, Australia and not a welcome one as it scares little birds away. This fluffy baby bird looks adorable. The voice of the adult is complaining ‘pwee pwee pwee’, chuckling ‘weedidit'; liquid notes.  Alarm call strident ‘pee pee pee’.  Another related bird is the Bell Miner, which we seldom see, but we hear the ‘tink’ echoing in this area, especially when the weather warms.

Baby bird clinging to rose bush with pink Rosemary flowering behind.


parents making a lot of noise

Short flight and falling to the ground.

Short flight and falling to the ground.


Baby bird hiding