One Minute Book Review – Miss Nobody by Ethel Carnie

The 19th century produced a great many female novelists from Jane Austen at the beginning of the century through the Brontes and Elizabeth Gaskell to Ellen Woods to name some of the most famous. Writing at the same time as Ethel Carnie at the start of the 20th century were, among others, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Miss Nobody by Ethel Carnie

Go Tiges! A villanelle

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxakg-EgCkk O come and hear the mighty Tigers roar. This is our year – a finals’ spot we seek. See Dusty, Riewoldt, Cotch and Rioli soar. Our breathing stops, we see our winning score, We show them all that Richmond is not meek. O come and hear the mighty Tigers roar, For Hardwick … Continue reading Go Tiges! A villanelle

One Minute Book Review- Fair Helen by Andrew Greig

In Fair Helen Andrew Greig takes the Border ballad 'Fair Helen of Kirkconnel Lea' and weaves a story of intrigue and doomed love in the Scottish border lands of the late 16th century. The not quite reliable narrator is Harry Langton cousin of Helen Irvine and best friend of Adam Fleming, the Scottish Romeo and … Continue reading One Minute Book Review- Fair Helen by Andrew Greig

One Minute Book Review – Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Nutshell by Ian McEwan is a tale of murder and deceit told by an unborn child near to term. This is no ordinary child - he is well read and erudite with a strong grasp of world politics, his understanding drawn, no doubt, from his mother’s avid podcast listening. He has an understanding of familial … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Nutshell by Ian McEwan

One Minute Book Review – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I have resisted reading this book for a very long time. Workmates have raved about it, swooning over Jamie Fraser, but those who know me best warned me away from it – ‘You won’t like it – too many things for you to criticize’. Although I do have a nose for historical inaccuracy, I don’t … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

In My Garden – The Apricot Tree

The apricot tree is a deciduous fruit bearing tree of the genus Prunus. It is grown in all parts of the world and is thought to have originated in Armenia; however, it may also to have been grown in ancient India. A medium sized multi-branched tree, it has a dense spreading canopy. It grows well … Continue reading In My Garden – The Apricot Tree