Category: my journal

The fury of fire dampens New Year mood

Happy New Year to everyone. That said, I can’t remember a more sombre start to a new decade than the communal mood of sadness over the devastating bushfires across Australia. Our historic Adelaide Hills villages and its wonderful wine region have suffered enormous loss of property, hectares of vineyards, almost 100 houses, and equipment and […]

Sunday January 5th, 2020 in my journal | No Comments »

Two decades wring change

Merry Christmas to you all. And a Happy New Year in a few weeks when we herald 2020.  How time flies, and how it sweeps in profound change, whether we like it or not. It is hard to look so far back to the beginning of the decade, let alone the turn of the 21st […]

Thursday December 19th, 2019 in my journal | No Comments »

Entertaining friends – a creative act of love

For the past 16 years, I have kept a Hostess Book which capture the many dinner parties and celebrations held in my various homes, both as a divorcee, a married  woman and, finally, as a widow. When I was married to my lovely Frenchman,  Olivier, dinner parties were grand occasions and the order of les rapas […]

Saturday February 24th, 2018 in my journal | No Comments »

Late-summer garden brings joy and pride

It’s best to be honest about my garden which spreads around my newish home in Belair. Probably, it’s about 600 square metres in size and gives me immense joy. However, I must quote words from Charles Barr published in a little anthology Up The Garden Path by Laura Stoddart where he is quoted as saying:  […]

Tuesday February 20th, 2018 in my journal | No Comments »

Bastille Day brings valuable radio talk

Bastille Day was a great chance to promote my new memoir Farewell My French Love, when I wrote and did a media distribution on a funny take on the French people and their idiosyncrasies.  And how lucky was I when the popular Sydney radio station, 2UE, picked up my release and telephoned for a chat […]

Tuesday July 25th, 2017 in absolutely french, my journal | No Comments »