Archive for September, 2021

“Santa’s Swim”

One of the best things about being the featured writer at the inaugural 2012 AVON VALLEY WRITERS FESTIVAL, was having my son there. Held in Northam & Toodyay over two days, James McCallum was wonderful company. I was very proud of him and loved sharing the experience.

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Last year I was a guest of the Avon Valley Writers Festival held over two days in Northam and Toodyay.  What a wonderful experience, the staff from both libraries made us very welcome.


My handsome son drove me way out in the country and made me feel safe – wish we could do that sort of thing more often.

One of the books I took with me for sale was my Christmas story ‘Santa’s Swim’ – if you’d like a copy, I still have them for sale here.

13SantasSwimHBCoverWEB ‘Santa’s Swim’ hardcover version (not available)

I also ran a coloring competition which was very popular – both winners loved their prizes of a copy of the book ‘Santa’s Swim’, a little Santa statue of their very own and a certificate to frame.

Zoe Driffill – winner in Northam
(thanks to library staff for the wonderful photo)
Aimee Greenhill, winner in Toodyay

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I completed the Christmas Village just in time for last Christmas, now I have an order for a new project for my grandson, who still plays with his mountain every day!

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Sharon Ojala of ‘Where the Gnomes Live’ is my crafting idol. She inspires me and thousands of others everyday – for free! Her simple construction method is cardboard boxes, Al-foil, paper kitchen towels and PVA glue, paint etc. Her tutorials are so easy to follow too.

The first project I tried was a gnome home which my little granddaughter absolutely loved.

On her birthday I was inspired by Sharon again for her Halloween party.

And yesterday I delivered my latest effort – a tunnel which grew into a mountain complete with cave and waterfall for my 5 year old grandson.

Now the oldest grandchild has ordered a Christmas Village… So thank you Sharon, from the bottom of my heart. My grandchildren are all very happy because of you.

#SharonOjala #WhereTheGnomesLive #MyCraftingIdol #Halloween

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“Belfast” wins TIFF

This is a follow-up from my posting on the 8th September 2021.

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ wins TIFF People’s Choice Award

Via AP news wireSun, 19 September 2021, 8:36 am


Kenneth Branagh s semi-autobiographical “Belfast ” a black-and-white family drama about the Northern Ireland city during the tumult of the late 1960s, on Saturday won the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, a telling indicator of Academy Awards chances.


#TIFFWinnerBELFAST #KennethBranagh #NorthernIreland #IrishFilms #BELFASTwinsTIFF

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In my African Childhood

After watching the BBC documentary series on Africa, memories of my childhood swirled…

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Today, Rick shared a poem on Write Out Loud called ‘Old Time Religion’ and I was totally inspired.  His words took me straight back to growing up in what was then, Northern Rhodesia.

1960MumQuickiWebMum with Quinten Quinebelle III or Quicksie for short, in the early 1960’s.

In my African childhood.

We lived next door to a ‘church’,

could hear their fervent chest-beating,

shouting at all times of the day and night.

So could our prize-winning show-dog.

A Beagle barking continuously

can be annoying… but not enough

to warrant throwing an axe

hitting and chopping off her leg.

Her Agricultural show career ended

although she enjoyed the breeding…

We moved away to safer neighbours,

our dog limping through her dreams.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2019

#POEM:InMyAfricanChildhood  #FrancesMacaulayForde  #WriteOutLoud  #Poetry  #Beagles  #Neighbours  #Church

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Having lived in Africa for 20 years, I’m sure I’ll enjoy this series. Thanks for sharing.

The Inquiring Mind

Twenty part series from BBC Africa, uploaded in 2020

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# BetterReading #Top50KidsBooks #AussieTop50 #ChildrensBooks

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Arpi Alto Petrosyan sings…

I have discovered The Music Man who finds amazing talent and shares it. No, it’s not Julia Roberts’ daughter but I love her style and unique voice singing favourite songs.

#TheMusicMan #ArpiAltoPetrosyan #ArmenianSinger #ContraltoVoice #UniqueSounds #FavouriteSongs

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How clever are these? Oh, to have such talent, patience and application. I feel a couple of Ekphrastic poems coming on… watch this space.

#ArtIsTheSpark #JapaneseArtist #TatsuyaTanaka #MiniatureArt #Dioramas #EkphrasicPoetry

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OMG I can’t wait to see this one – the latest from Kenneth Branagh.

#MOVIE:Belfast #KennethBranagh #IrishStory #IrishMovie #Black&White #JudyDench #JamieDornan

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