Lacking Confidence Is Okay

Lacking Confidence Shouldn’t Stop You From Writing That Book Within You So the thought of writing that book might be rolling around inside your head, but you’re lacking confidence to actually start? You have far too many doubts pushing aside any possibility you’ll actually produce something readable.  Well, I’m here to suggest now is the time to ignore those doubts.  Take a deep breath and launch yourself head first into a writing frenzy. Don’t wait. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t let that … Continue reading

Merville Loses Husband

Merville Loses Husband For Merville, losing Snow was something she hadn’t been prepared for. Who thinks they might lose their husband after only a few years of marriage? “As the time went by Snow’s health wasn’t so good. He had an enlarged heart and thought he may have to give up work. He talked of building at Colac Bay and living there. We had been to Colac Bay for the weekend and went down to the beach. He just sat … Continue reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year This is a short post to offer my best wishes to all my friends. What better way to start off the new year than with a little frivolity? What does a caterpillar do on New Years Day? Turns over a new leaf. Okay, so I found that in a kids joke book, but its the best I can do without giving it a lot more thought, lol. I refuse to do something lame like google “happy new … Continue reading

Life In The Forties

Life In The Forties Life in the forties in New Zealand was still governed by ration books and shortages in many areas even after the war ended.  The fifth series of ration books was issued 15th October 1945, just two weeks before my parents married. This exert is from an article entitled “Growing up in NZ” ( and fitted so well with some comments my mother had written. Each person was allowed 26 coupons for clothing every six months, with … Continue reading

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings As December 25 is just around the corner, I want to take the opportunity to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and offer my best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy, prosperous and healthy new year. I found a quote I’d like to share. Its from Longfellow’s Christmas Bells. “I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet, the words repeat Of peace on earth, … Continue reading

First Visit To Colac Bay

My First Visit To Colac Bay I was almost six when we shifted from Mataura to Colac Bay. It will always be “home”. I loved growing up in such a quiet, picturesque area. I explored and experienced a carefree childhood. I don’t remember visits to Colac Bay until our new house was being built during the summer of 1959/60. But Mum’s journal suggests we made numerous visits. “When Anne was ten months old I decided I would like a holiday … Continue reading

Christmas Preparations

Christmas Preparations Kiwi Style Christmas is fast approaching. Do you celebrate this day? What do you (and your family) do? This is how my family would typically celebrate Christmas. New Zealand Christmas preparations are likely to be a little different to those from the Northern Hemisphere. Our summer season is obviously the biggest variance. Our schools close down for much of December and all of January.  Many of our businesses also close down over Christmas and New Year. Many kiwis … Continue reading

Merville’s Life

Further Musings Of Merville’s Life It’s going to feel strange copying Mum’s writing now that she has left us, but I undertook to share her words way back when I asked her to write them. My intention was always to write a book about her. Whether I ever succeed in doing that or not, I feel I am honouring Merville’s life now by continuing her story here at least until the end of her musings. I’m hoping with the help … Continue reading

Hazards Of Scheduling Posts

There Are Hazards of Scheduling Posts While keeping up with posting on whichever social media or web sites you manage is deemed to be essential to maintain a base of clients, consumers or fans, it can be so time consuming. Enter the ability to schedule your posts. The designers of the sites have made life easy for us. Just start banking up your posts and hit ‘schedule’. Easy. But hey, hold on. There are definitely hazards of scheduling posts ahead … Continue reading

Farewell Merville

Farewell Merville, until we meet again. I’ve been avoiding my blog for some weeks now. Not a very sensible thing to do while I continue to gather readers of contemporary clean romance to my side. But I knew my next post would have to acknowledge the death of my wonderful mother, and I’m still not sure how I’m going to manage this in a way that would be of interest to anyone but those who knew her. To any new … Continue reading