Author Interview – Owen Baillie

As a follow up to my recent Book Review on the Invasion of the Dead series by Owen Baillie, I’ve decided to do an author interview! This is my first attempt at interviewing a writer and Owen has been gracious enough to play along. I’ve known Owen for a short while now and have had the pleasure of being a Beta Reader for him on both Escape (book
three of the I.O.T.D series) and his recent novel Murder Inc. Continue reading “Author Interview – Owen Baillie”


Book Review – I.O.T.D Series

I had always planned to do some book reviews as part of my blog. Actually, the original plan was to do one review each month, based on a book that I had just read in the preceding few weeks. With a goal of hitting at least 30 books in the year, that should be an easy feat. Those of you who have read my earlier posts are aware that 2016 starting badly and as a result my reading slipped a little. I was too busy being heartbroken and furious, Continue reading “Book Review – I.O.T.D Series”

Project Hammer – Cambodia

I thought I’d write about something a little different today. Something that is really important to me and one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Project Hammer – Cambodia: a community minded group that do volunteer trips to Cambodia each year and who support approximately six different charitable organisations in and around the capital city of Phnom Penh. This particular post will be about the trip I did with them in late 2012, accompanied by two good friends of mine from back home. I first visited Cambodia in Continue reading “Project Hammer – Cambodia”

Quote Challenge – #3

So, it’s my final day for the quote challenge I was nominated for by Niki over at The Richness of a Simple Life and my final quote is my favourite of all time:


This sums up the great adventure that is life. It is about having the courage to let go, to step outside our comfort zone and experience new things. To be fearless and live a full life Continue reading “Quote Challenge – #3”

Quote Challenge – #2

Following on from yesterdays post … it’s day two of the quote challenge that Niki at The Richness of a Simple Life nominated me for … and here’s my quote of the day:


This has long been a favourite of mine. I first came across it when I was at university and I had to complete a museum review for my studies. It was engraved on an exhibit that housed little, tiny children’s shoes. Shoes of children who had perished in German Continue reading “Quote Challenge – #2”

Quote Challenge – #1

I’ve been nominated by Niki over at The Richness of a Simple Life to participate in a challenge. I must say, I was super excited to receive the invite and love the idea of sharing some of my favourite quotes that will hopefully add a little something for people to reflect on.  The idea is to post a new quote every day for three consecutive days. Today being my first day I’ve select the below:


I love the simplicity of this. But the message it conveys is so much more important. To me Continue reading “Quote Challenge – #1”

The ME I carry inside

I just had to share this poetic piece from one of my favourite blogs … there’s so much beauty in its simplicity and honesty. Enjoy!


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The ME I carry inside is the result of years of life experience,

Of good days and bad, of decisions and the lack of,

Of events I didn’t choose, and plans I mapped out,

Of goals and dreams and hopes, some realised, some put aside,

some relegated to darkest corners of my memory;

Of people I have encountered along the way

Of joys and sorrows shared, connections made,

Of pain concealed and private reflection, veiled belief and unspoken debate,

Of contemplation, musings and silent brooding.

The ME I carry inside is the product of psychological carcinogens,

Of cerebral warfare, bayonets and subliminal Molotov cocktails

Of emotional barbed wire and incarceration

The target of soul destroying machine guns and flame throwers

Mere cannon fodder in someone else’s pitiful game.

A pawn, a pilgrim, journeyman, jester and vagrant.

A queen, a fool, artisan, washerwoman and dreamer.

The ME I carry inside is…

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On the subject of Selfies

So. I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while. The selfie craze. I had hoped it was a passing fad like the planking phase (I’m sure we all remember that one) but it appears the selfie is here to stay. Much to my chagrin. I’ll confess right now, I’m not a fan. They are a pet hate. I’d rather have root canal surgery, and the hefty bill that comes with it, than see my Instagram feed filled with selfies. Perhaps I’m missing something because I just don’t get the compulsion to take endless photos of myself. Continue reading “On the subject of Selfies”

Snapshot … Sossusvlei

It’s been a fortnight since my last travel snapshot, so it’s time for another one. The location was an easy choice. You can’t talk about Deadvlei without mentioning Sossusvlei. The two just go together like popcorn and m&m’s (seriously, try it … your tastebuds will thank you). If you are fortunate enough to travel to Namibia and see these two incredible places, you will travel through Sossusvlei to get to Deadvlei. Sossusvlei is located in the Continue reading “Snapshot … Sossusvlei”

Snapshot … Deadvlei

So if you’ve read “About me” you’ll have noticed that my insatiable need to travel is mentioned. “Insatiable” … what a lovely word. I love the way it just rolls off the tongue, filled with so much promise, stirring a hunger unlike any other. It encapsulates perfectly this deep felt need I have to explore the world. I really can’t get enough of it. Travel is my drug of choice. And what a drug it is. The allure of distant places, vast landscapes, incredible wildlife, foreign culture … how could anyone resist it? Why would anyone want Continue reading “Snapshot … Deadvlei”