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The White Heron or Kotuku

While the white heron is common in Australia and parts of Asia, we’re lucky to see them. They are considered rare in New Zealand. The Maori called them kotuku and their white feathers were highly sought for decoration. It is known as a graceful and beautiful bird and is featured on the New Zealand two-dollar coin. We have a resident kotuku in our area. He or she hangs out at the local pond where...

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Character Traits of a Writer

Thirteen Writer Traits This week fellow author Christine d'Abo mentioned The Writer's Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein. It contains all sorts of neat information and inspired by Christine's post, I dragged it out of my bookcase. In her book the author...

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Building a Villain

Playing to Win, the very first book I wrote is a romantic suspense. I’ve written many different genres since then, but one thing remains true. I love to add a suspense element and if I can sprinkle the odd body or two between the pages, so much the better. Although a...

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2008: The Year of the Potato

Thirteen Things about Potatoes Last weekend when I visited the Botanic Gardens I discovered 2008 is the year of the potato. You learn something every day. :grin: So, in honor of the humble potato: 1. Potatoes were first "domesticated" or cultivated in the Andes...

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A Potager Garden

When we first moved to our current house the section was bare, and the soil consisted mostly of clay. After throwing around some ideas we decided to design a potager garden. A potager is French and it's a raised bed garden, normally for vegetables and herbs. Hubby...

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A Surplus of Bananas

There's a surplus of bananas in our house this week since Mr. Munro brought quite a few hands home last week. I love bananas but for me they have to be on the green side in order for maximum enjoyment. Once they ripen, in my opinion, the only thing they're good for is...

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A Military Man

Thirteen Military Reads I hadn't read a military romance for ages but the other day I just had the urge to pull one from my to-read pile. I'm also going through a Western themed splurge so I'm definitely thinking alpha male! Here are some of my favorite reads with...

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