Henning Mankell, novelist extraordinaire I first found Henning Mankell through his crime fiction featuring the melancholy Swedish sleuth Kurt Wallander. That's understandable, those novels have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. I was … [Read more...] about Wallander, which one is your favourite?
Golly if you remember pounds, shillings and pence you're as old as I am! The decimal currency is definitely an improvement over the old system but I still know my 12 times table. A bit hard to forget, the 12 times table, it was one of those things drummed into our heads like the ABC song and the … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Dollar Bill
It was one of those mornings when I hadn't tried very hard with myself. I only wanted to pop up to the local shop to pick up some fresh bread, so I didn't obsess over my wardrobe. There's nothing wrong with old track suit pants and running shoes although the antiques I was wearing had originally … [Read more...] about Be Prepared to Meet your Past
By pure luck I found this incredible stall in Queens Parade, Clifton Hill. It was late in the evening and the last bus home was due, so I couldn't hang around long. Apparently, the Jam Lady from Healesville, sells her produce from a little homewares shop in the Parade and was out the front … [Read more...] about There’s Nothing Better than Real Homemade Jam
My mother had a great display of hibiscus along a wall of her house. She took great care in the feeding and watering of her plants, as much care as she took in the feeding and watering of me. I never liked for her hibiscus. They were always full of ants. Which brings me to my point. Where have … [Read more...] about Where are the ants of yesteryear?
Yesterday I touched on a subject which remains vividly in the memory of many readers. The Free Milk for Schools scheme. I'm not the only one who suffers recurring nightmares of forgetting to shake the bottle before opening and copping a mouthful of warm, lumpy cream. Even when the magpies had … [Read more...] about Free Milk for Schools