Friday, March 27, 2020

Two Free Books

I have a couple of books that are going for free on Amazon over the next few days, until the end of March, I think.

The link is HERE.

One of those books is The Return of Gabe Mcleod.
I mention this because my next published book will be the second book in this Frazier Bay series, The Heart of Matthew McLeod. Set in the fictional small South Island town of Frazier Bay, it involves a family history mystery element, two people, Matthew and Anna, bruised from their previous relationships, and many of the characters from Frazier Bay.
If you feel like some reading material, in these troubled and troubling times, then please follow that link to get them.
~ Joanne.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Lock down

Kia ora world,
Well, it's just over 24 hours until we go into a four-week Lockdown. I just heard on the news that 20% of the world's population is in lockdown.

Last night I got an exercise book and began writing daily posts, backdated from when it started to get real, this whole thing. The earliest reference I had to Covid-19 was noting the signs in the doctor's surgery when I went in on Monday March 9th to get my asthma prescription, which I did to make sure I had the inhalers if I succumbed to the virus. That was all. Preparation in the event of...
I started thinking about keeping a day-to-day detailed diary, not because I EVER ever ever thought we'd go into a lockdown, or that jobs would be lost, and the world tossed into disarray, and death tolls would rocket, but just because, why not.   

When it was announced here on Saturday 14th, that anyone coming into New Zealand, even from Australia, would have to go into a two week self isolation, it became serious. My brother was coming over for five days (next week, actually) so it all came closer to home,  and he cancelled his flight. Not the end of the world at all, at that stage. Just an inconvenience. The next day I went to visit my mother at her rest home and when they asked if I'd had any contact with anyone who'd been overseas and had gotten back in the past two weeks, I mentioned one of my workmates, so I couldn't see mum for a week. And I thought that was bad.

Now, we're on  the cusp of going into the lockdown, and I will be working from home. (I still have a job, phew!) I thought it might be sensible to have a non-laptop based project I can dabble at each day that doesn't involve making cakes or biscuits, and then eating them. I am thinking about fashioning something like this rustic-looking compost heap.  I saw it at an historic museum last year, and was quite taken with it, and think its very do-able; Scope the backyard tree for similar sized branches, cut them down, strip the leaves, and assemble it and see if it works out, and how long it takes until it ends up a mess of twigs on the ground because I am no builder/engineer.
I guess I'll see how it goes.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Dating Daisy and Charlotte's Wish are free

I currently have a few books for free for just a few days.
These are:
Charlotte's Wish, and Dating Daisy.
Head to my Amazon page for more info and for links to download.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Peaches and the cherry guava

It is Autumn, officially,  here in NZ, and there's plenty of heat although not a lot of rain. Much of the country is in drought, although rain is, yet again forecast this week. Here's hoping.
I don't have a big garden at all, but I do have a few trees.
My peach tree was a bit of a failure in its output. That's not new, but I found some small peaches today and here they are. They are the size of apricots but pretty nice to eat.

In more exciting news, though, there are heaps of green fruit on the red cherry guava tree and today I noticed they are starting to ripen. Yay!! Last year I made my first ever lot of cherry guava jelly and it was a massive success. This is  a tree that must have grown from a seed dropped by a bird (possibly my neighbours had a tree years ago and the seed came from there, who knows) but because the tree grew next to a huge camelia tree, I never knew it was growing until it became obvious there were two trees there, and one of them was not like the other. Then, a few years ago, it started fruiting and when I consulted a tree-loving friend on whether these red berry things were edible, he said they were. I got the camelia tree cut out a couple of years ago in favour of the cherry guava, and the first few years I just eat them off the tree when I went by.

But last year, there was a bumper crop and so I looked up recipes and made the guava jelly. This year its looking the same, so I will do it again. Good job I saved the jars.
The downside, like with any jam or jelly, I guess, is that they are loaded with sugar, but so yummy spread on toast, and pretty darned nice just to pull off and eat!

Two Free Books

I have a couple of books that are going for free on Amazon over the next few days, until the end of March, I think. The link is HERE . ...