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Rose Book Trip to Invercargill

Last weekend I visited the deep south for an event put on bySouthland Branch  Heritage Roses New Zealand. Bitterly cold after a rather rugged flight down there - it turned out to be a sunny and pleasant stay. Heritage rose people were welcoming, interested and wanted more and more stories about the women in my book. Attached is a photo of the presentation to about 30 enchanted women. Help google and blind readers

news of the day!

A red letter day. I have been told that my book 'Women in my Rose garden' has sold nearly 21,000 copies in NZ, Australia, UK, France, Sweden and Germany. I find it so hard to believe but it is a beautifully produced book. Help google and blind readers

A quiet time

There has been a lull in my writing life. The editors at Steele Roberts have had a crack at my new book - Missionaries Wives and Roses : Marsden's Forgotten Women - and I have spent some time reviewing and answering questions. Learning the track changes editing programme has been a challenge. But I have whilled away the time by setting up a new facebook page -' Roses Ann Chapman' and it seems to be getting a wide international audience. That is good and to spread the word of the glory of old roses is great fun and my picture of the day often gets positive remarks.

Kaiserin Auguste Victoria

Have just posted the story of Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria on my web page under News and Events. She missed out in the book as the photographer could not get a photo of her. My one looks pretty good to me!Help google and blind readers

wellington heritage roses day

The Wellington branch of heritage Roses NZ met at Plimmerton today where i gave a talk about "Women in My Rose garden'. Where ever I go people marvel at the beauty of the book (not mt=y doing but the designers) and how cheap it is.


Sales going well and I sold a few today

Best News Yet

Yesterday i heard that my book - Women in My Rose garden - is to be republished! How good is that!

Face Book

Yesterday I created a new face book page: Roses - Ann Chapman. This is a page devoted to roses, with stories and photos of them in all their glory. A complete opposite to politics which is my other addiction.

Women in my Rose Garden

Women in my Rose Garden
The History, Romance, and Adventure of Old Roses
Ann Chapman
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176 pp  8 ½ x 11
40 color photographs by Paul Starosta
$40 from Amazon (imported)

‘A Brighter Future’ is Paid Parental Leave

This week saw a most remarkable occurrence in New Zealand politics. The draw of a private member’s Bill on paid parental leave saw an unprecedented number of supportive editorials, followed by an increasing number of negative comments, followed by even more positive comments and the implied veto from  a senior politician. All before it even had its first reading.

need to get back to work

Over the last couple of weeks I have been dilly daddling, cruising along, fiddling in the garden, doing nothing much in particular but now I must get back to work.

The continual editing of Missionaries, Wives and Roses, progressing on Fanciful Gardening, research on Emperors, Generals and Gentle Men - not to mention a submission on the re-development of Mahara Gallery so it can house the Field Collection.

Perhaps after Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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