This is my favourite time of year as we enter into the dark cave, the belly of winter in Australia.

Garden Angel

 Except it’s never quite cold enough in Sydney. I’ve had a headache for two weeks now which I know is because I’m trying to juggle too many things alongside family illness.\

Smuchie outside the writing shedOur writing shed



My publishers and agent Selwa Anthony have started to discuss covers and author photos which is exciting, scary and very distracting!

I’m juggling two books and one short crime story. Yes, I’ve entered again for the annual Sisters In Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards. This is the shortest space of time in which I’ve written a story for and I feel it probably doesn’t stand a chance as it has a very nasty bite in it. Ever hopeful, I shall submit this dark little tale because you just never know where your luck will flow.

On Saturday I spent a ridiculous amount of money to have my hair dyed to its natural state and I bought a most beautiful vintage-style dress (black with floral print) from a retro shop in King Street, which I have christened my Poets Cottage frock. 

Vivien Leigh

At night all I want to do is retire to bed early with a hot water bottle and pile of books.

More Vivien

At day, I’m often in my writing shed which you can see above. We’ve just ordered some lovely bird wallpaper for the shed. I shall post photos when it’s up. And yes, we are going to take down the Hills Hoist in front of it. I do like a Hills Hoist but I’ve yearned for a Granny line for years. 

June is coming to an end which is sad. June to me is the month of roses and love. It’s the anniversary of when I first met my writer partner, David Levell. I’m in love with everything rosy, including Jurliques Rose handcream which I’ve been slathering on my dry crocodile hands. That’s my June beauty tip.

And this morning whilst the city was waking, Daisy and I on our way to her natural therapist, Dr Peter Bablis, were peering through the windows of Channel 7’s Sunrise show to see live television at Martin Place and Daisy received a lovely smile and wave from the presenter, Mel.

What a pretty and personable person she comes across as.

J’adore winter. I wish it lasted for longer. 

images of vivien leigh source 




3 Responses

  1. sleepydwarf June 29, 2011 / 11:59 am

    It’s very cold here in Tassie right now. Happy to swap you 🙂
    Sorry to hear you’re not feeling the best. I hope you lose the headache soon.

  2. Mademoiselle Poirot July 1, 2011 / 7:40 am

    Salut Josephine, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I really appreciate it and hope you will try the bread – sounds a bit naff saying it myself, but I love it 😉

    I hope your short story will be a hit, but looking through your blog, you’re already pretty successful with your writing – wow. This post is so positive, easy-going and fun, I really like it.

    AND: That wallpaper on your blog is stunning! How, where, what? If you don’t mind 😉

    Wishing you a great weekend, Love from London xo

    • josephinetalepeddler July 1, 2011 / 7:57 am

      Hello Mademoiselle Poirot, I love your blog so much so it’s a great pleasure to have you visit me. The wallpaper is lovely, isn’t it? It’s a real wallpaper that I have for my writing shed. You can purchase it on sale from Wallpaper Direct (in London). They are out of stock at the moment but should have more supplies soon. I’ll pop over to you as well and give you this information. xx

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