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On the way home afer a great conference where i launched my book 'Missionaries, Wives and Roses'.Help google and blind readers

The presentation on the research which led to the book was well received as was the book. I had managed to get 90 copies air freighted from China ion time for conference and over 70 sold leaving very few for the Kapiti launch next Monday. The remaineder of the books are still some way away on the high seas.


Spring – the time of home and renewal, of promise for warmer brighter summer days ahead. But alas, spring is like a teenager. One day sunny and warm – the next day bleak and morose with howling gales.
Spring – the time for the equinox, when the winds howl and swirl to warn us that winter is not quite over and that warmth is still weeks away. Equinox warns us there is still a sting in the tail of winter. Those gales dash hope and lash the fresh young sappy growth, the buds which dare to suggest their time has come and those lambs valiantly frolicking in a wan sunlight.

Cairns adventures

just back from a wonderful week ion Queensland Australia. We took the train from Brisbane to Cairns, one of Australia's many great train journeys. Onece there we travelled on the Kuranda train up to the rain forst - another signature and impressive journey, we sailed to and snorkled at the Great barrier Reef which was just amazing. Met up with an old nursing flat mate who I have't seen for over 25 years, now living in Cairns and able to show us the many sights that lonely travellors might miss. great time and now back to 97 emails.

Front Cover of Missionaries, Wives and Roses.

Yesterday I received the final design for the cover of 'Missionaries, Wives and Roses'. The book tells the stories of missionary wives who have had roses named after them. Bred by New Zealander Ken Nobbs he named aftem after the women as they were often forgotten in our history. The book will be released at an international Old Rose Conference in Dunedin on Dec 1st this year. Help google and blind readers

Missionaries, Wives and Roses

My book 'Missionaries, Wives and Roses is nearly at the printer. A last minute rush last week and over the weekend saw it tidied up with a little editorial work left to do. This has been a mammouth task by Sarah at Steele Roberts who has done an excellent job on editing and design. Looking forward to seeing the final product - meanwhile work starts on the next one.

Poppies in Feilding

On Wednesday I spent a very happy time in Poppies Book Store in Feilding. They hosted an event where I talked about 'Women in My Rose Garden' for an hour or so after we had some wine and cheese. Poppies is such a delighful book store - a real treasure - fill to the brim with shelves and piles of books, chairs, and knowledgeable staff. The 30 women who came enjoyed themselves, brought books including mine and went home renewed. Now if only they had a coffee section it would be sublime - all that you could wish for - good books, comfy chairs and good coffee - bliss!

first review

I have just seen the first review of 'Women in my Rose Garden' - here it is. I am feeling very happy about it.

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Weekend in the Wairarapa

Just back from a successful weekend in the Wairarapa when at the invitation of the local heritage Rose group I talked about 'Women in my Rose Garden'.  They all semmed to love the presentation enough to buy the book. So thanks to those 13 listeners who went home with a copy. And also thans to Heritage Roses Wairarapa for putting on the event and further rewarding me with a bottle of great Martinborough Pinot Noir.

Conversations with my Roses.

The evolution of my love affair with roses is an interesting one. It speaks of childhood indifference in a rose-less family home  to growing obsession.

From the  reluctant grunt of the teenager, to the understanding of the feel of soil in your hands as an adult and a dawning knowledge of plants, my feelings for the rose has evolved from a sense of fear to a sense of mystery.

Lady Curzon

Have just loaded the story of Lady Curzon, the rose and the woman onto my News and Events page. Help google and blind readers

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