Friday, 13 November 2009

The Forgotten Garden

Hi everyone
So for the first time I am trying the new version of Blogger, lets see how it goes - it certainly uploaded the photo quickly.

I was a bit too quick to write yesterday about feeling better. 
As I mentioned yesterday was another scorcher and although some of my readers would like to join me in the warmth, I don't think they realise how very hot it was!!!!  As per normal with down-under, a few hot steamy days is only the prelude for the HUGE electrical storm that follows - very heavy rain, great electrical displays (beats a lot of fireworks) and loud thunder.  And of course the temperature has dropped by about 10 degrees today.  So in sympathy my head decided to explode - well not really, but that is only cause I was holding it together with my hands  :-)  Thank goodness that is a rare occurance for me!!!

I put a weather gadget on my site yesterday to show those from elsewhere what it is like here, but on checking what it had I will delete it today - not even close to what it really was like.

Now back to the book I promised yesterday - here it is


I have wanted to read this book for a while and kept putting it off - choice between yarn or book, and yarn had been winning until recently.  The other reason I put it off was that for the last few years I had only read history non-fiction books and did not know if I was ready to go back to fantasy.  But I so was ready!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  It reminds me of when I was a child and use to become thoroughly absorbed into the story so I would forget everything else.  A bit fantasy and a bit fact.  A very easy read, which just teases you along with interest.  The Authoress is an Australian - you can find more about her here.  I will definitely be on the look-out for her earlier book "The Shifting Fog" or for Americans "The House at Riverton".
After reading about Kate on the website, I knew she would have a love of the old children's books - that is what I kept thinking about when I wasn't reading her book.

PS - I have always kept wondering what The Garden Bell was on about with no spell-checker.  Well now I know - the new version does not have one!!!  Someone tell Blogger we need it!!!

PSS - A big thank you for everyone that left the lovely comments on AB Ripple Pillow both here and at Flickr - THANK YOU!!!

Have a great weekend


  1. Thank goodness. I thought I was losing my mind about there once being a spell checker and now not. The pic loader does work better as you load them all at once, walk away and then come back and add the words... at least that's what i do.

    Nice to see you are adding some widgets. Mrs. Twins and I started at the same time and remember back to those first days. I promise it will be better and easier, hang in there. You are doing great.

  2. Hi Maria,
    Just checking in to your blog. I'm off to bed I've put the electric blanket on already! Sorry to hear you have been suffering in that heat. We just can't imagine what it must be like. I think I am a winter person though even though I am cold. I just love to snuggle up to the fire. Just as well I'm making a Fireside ripple! I know I cant stop now.
    Nice to read now and then and have a change, do a bit of this, do a bit of that, it's all good.
    Check into you tomorrow,
    take care of yourself,
    I'm off to bed.
    Hugs and Love Suex

  3. Glad you are feeling better Maria. It must be miserable to be sooo hot! I do sympathise. I have read The Forgotten Garden - it is brilliant isn't it! I love the Australian/English connection in it. I have also read The House at Riverton which was the first book of hers I read and that is a fantastic story too - you should put it on your Christmas list - you wont be able to put it down! x

  4. I know just hownyou feel Maria as I am up here in Brisbane. Looks like we're in for the same type of weather tomorrow. Pooh!! Makes you wish for cosy fire places and cups of cocoa doesn't it?
    I loved The Forgotten Garden . i think it would make a wonderful movie.