Updated: Jun 19, 2020
Here in New Zealand our lovely autumn has drawn to an end and the early winter rain is upon us. The house is dark and gloomy and so I look at the positive things around me that can lift my spirit.
There is always more to a woman than being a wife, mother and employee and you will come to know there is more to me than being an author as you read my blogs.
I am a passionate gardener. As I look out to my flower garden, I see the first blooms of the climbing roses I planted during the summer. These and the bush roses have new blooms and are such a delight to see in spite of the dreary rain. It is such a blessing to see and a big change from this property when we first purchased it three years ago when there was not one shrub or tree to be seen, completely barren. Now birds flock to our garden and more so when I feed them each day.
We needed the rain after months of drought. The farmers will be happy. Every cloud has a silver lining.
During lockdown I produced three books. First my Cozy Mystery, Missing On Lion Rock set on a remote beach in Piha, New Zealand, released in April. The next was a children's picture book for my almost 3yr old grandson called Louis's Garden Party. I await the proof copy of the print book to be shipped from Australia. That will be on sale in June.
My 3rd book called Murder In The Band Room, another Cozy Mystery is in the pipeline, awaiting a cover and final proof read. This should be ready for release by end of June early July.
My novels are New Zealand brand fiction all set in NZ in local spots and many who travel here will find them familiar.
This has been a huge challenge for us all —some more than others and my heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones during the horrific onslaught of this cursed virus.
Here in NZ we are in Level Two which means we can now join groups of 100 but still social distancing of two metres.
I work as a volunteer for Riding for the Disabled and that's one group who is compromised and at risk. Therefore the classes have not yet been able to start.
We can now meet up with friends for a coffee or get take-aways (fish n chips) from our local village which is great. But life will not be the same again for those who have lost someone or their business.
We need to live one day at a time and take care of each other as many are not out of the woods yet.
Several friends of mine are itching to travel but some who have booked trips in advance have lost a lot of money. In NZ there are fantastic deals now with campervan hire hugely discounted and so are flights and accommodation. We would love to get down to the South Island again and so may look at that. Nothing like seeing the snow on the mountains down south. The scenery is addictive and I can't wait to get down there again