About Me.

A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Summer Reading: Review

Since I posted about these two books I have read both, (now to add two new ones to the pile, lol).

Kathy Reichs didn't disappoint with four gripping stories. Short and full of detail, with serious discussions in the first three, they are fantastic. Dealing with puppy mills, raptors, pythons, The Everglades and climbing deaths on Mt Everest make for interesting reads.
The fourth story has me waiting for her next full novel to come out. While it is about how Tempe got into forensics, it is the ending that has the twist. Not telling, read the story.

Karly Lane, new to me, I loved it.  The blurb on the cover says A heartwarming novel about betrayal, ambition and the power of love. It is all that and more. I thought it was slow to start with and found her habit of slipping into the past strange BUT once I started I couldn't put it down. The trips into the past are as if the person was remembering and they added spice to the story. Again not telling, read it.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Trove Tuesday, Looking for a Holiday Spot.

Now is the time we are all looking forward to holidays, sun, surf and sand, so I thought why not look for a place to stay?

Port Stephen's is a lovely holiday spot on the north coast of New South Wales, not a place I've been to, yet. I found this article extoling the wonders of Port Stephen's, as a place to holiday at in 1920.

I love the comment about "another one or two million ants in the packed trams." What would the writer think of Sydney's trains, now? Not much has changed!
Bye for now,

1920 'Why Not a New Holiday Resort?', Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW : 1917 - 1920), 6 December, p. 2. , viewed 05 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article116937756

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Summer Reading Suggestions.

Summer Reading!

Do you have a favourite spot to read? On the beach? In a hammock, under shady trees? Somewhere cool?  Or are you like me and will read anywhere? I have been known to read, standing up on a train, when in a past life I worked in the city. Reading is the icing on my day!

Most of these ladies have Facebook pages and I will do * to indicate which ones do. These pages are worth looking at.

First up is Nicki Edwards*.

Nicki is a wife, mum of four and a critical care nurse, one busy lady. She writes medical rural romances, set in the fictional town of  Birrangulla. Each of the four books is centred around a main character and they all interconnect, throughout the books. I don't want to give to much away as they are fantastic reads.
My favourite has to be The Peppercorn Project and Isabelle Cassidy, a young widow. Set in Stony Creek, a town with empty houses and wanting families to fill them, this is a story of new beginnings and friendships.

Nicki also has two ebooks; Operation White Christmas: An Escape to the Country Novella  and Operation Mistletoe Magic. Both are set in Canada, with links to Birrangulla.

Rachael Johns*, is another great author, writing rural romances but different from Nicki's.

The Road to Hope is the sequel to Jilted, both set in Hope Junction a fictional town in Western Australia.  Small town, interconnecting lives and secrets make them both good reads. I have Jilted on my Kindle along with Rachael's Outback Series. Set in rural Western Australia and a group of friends. This series is one I have read twice, it is so good. Four books, four very different stories.
The Art of Keeping Secrets, I have in my 'to read' pile. The Patterson Girls, was the book that got me hooked on Rachael's books.

Meredith Appleyard*,  was born in Wales and now lives in the Clare Valley, South Australia. She is also a nurse and midwife.

The Country Practice and The Doctor Calling are her first and second novels.  Set in neighbouring towns of Magpie Creek and Potters Junction, these books touch on the difficulties of country health care.  Add a spark of romance and some quirky characters and you have two excellent reads.

Jennie Jones has a series set in the Snowy Mountains of NSW, in Swallow's Fall.
The House at Burra Burra Lane starts the series off and I do recommend that you try and read them in order. A complex cast of people and situations, that flow through the books has you eagerly waiting for the next book.  All are on Kindle.

My last review is Last Chance Country.  Jennie Jones, Lisa Ireland and Catherine Evans, have combined to write a story each, set in Dulili a town suffering with a people drought.  Each of these ladies have a main character, that is new to the town, each with their own reasons for wanting a fresh start and secrets that can't wait to leak out.  A really good collaboration and I couldn't put it down.

I hope you like my suggestions and please tell me of your favourite authors. I am always on the lookout for new authors.

Happy reading,

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

More books for the pile.

I have added two more books to my reading pile and think that I will make a start on one of them soon.
Kathy Reichs, The Bone Collector is a collection of four short stories. Included is the story of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist. Going to start this one, today.

Karly Lane is an Australian author, I've yet to read. The blur, for Third Time Lucky had me saying, 'yes'. Two different people, both from the same town and with pasts meet up, again but will things go smoothly for them. Read it and see.

Over the next week I'm going to indulge in my passion for reading and share some of my favourite authors. I am going to start with Australian ones, so watch this space...

Happy reading,

Monday, 28 November 2016


When I try and blog, from the iPad, something happens and I can't. This is a test to see if it works.
Random photo, morning tea, day one of the SAG Lost In weekend.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Summer reading, part 2!

While I was tiding my bookshelves, this morning I came across four more books for the summer reading pile. Three by Danielle Steel and the other by Jojo Moyes.

 Jojo Moyes, After You is the sequel to Me Before You. Set eighteen months, later, Lou Clark is trying to get on with her life. I have started this and am finding it slow. Will let you know how I go, with it.

Danielle Steel, is one author I enjoy reading and these three promise many long hours of reading pleasure.

Power Play; 'You love your family and your career. What will it cost you to have both.' This is on the cover and the blurb and the back is just as intriguing, with this, 'Both must face their own demons, and the lives they lead come at a high price. But how high a price are they willing to pay?'

Country; 'Life can take you anywhere if you seize they day...'  The story is about a widow and a country music megastar and if she is willing to take a risk.

Prodigal Son;  'When he comes home, what truths will be reviled?'  That had me reaching for it . Twins reunited after  20 years and the truth, that has been hidden.

All four books look great and I'm looking forward to reading them.

Any suggestions?


Monday, 21 November 2016

Blog 400!

Well I made it, my 400th post on my Blogiversary.

Starting this blog on 21 November 2010 I wrote;

I'm new to this but want to share family information and meet other family members.

 Looking for the names of Abberton, Magill, Sigrist.  These are just some of the names I'm researching. Will post more once I'm settled in.

Well I don't think I'm 'new' to this any more!

I'm still searching for the same surnames, with a few more thrown into the mix. I have caught up with some cousins, found new ones but the biggest thing has been meeting fellow Bloggers.

Jill Ball, has helped me re-design the blog and given encouragement. Thank you so much.

Friendships with Helen Smith, Alona Tester, Fran Kitto, Pauline Cass, to name just a few, inspire me to lift my blogging game.  Wearing Blogger beads, at various conferences, creates new opportunities to talk about blogging and meet new people.

I have learnt to do new things, too, adding my first photo on 22 September 2013. I have presented a talk on blogging and helped a friend set up her blog.

I don't always look at my stats but when I do, I'm surprised by the spread of readers in far flung places.  Thank you.

A big 'thank you' must go to Thomas MacEntee, for Geneanbloggers. This is a wonderful 'family' of fellow bloggers that I am thrilled to be a part of.

So, if you are reading this, please let me know where you are from, as I love to discover new places.

Writing the post.
Happy Blogging!