Rainy days and Upside Down Moments

A rainy day movie where I snuggled up with my daughter. It made me  long for moors, forgotten gardens and my own New Guinean childhood. I love rainy days at home with my family.

This was the most recent photo taken of our family when we were on our last wrting retreat in the mountains. We all look so happy but just as the colours lie in it it also didn’t truly capture the moment. Just before the photo was taken we were having one of those family bickering sessions: my husband turned my daughter upside down and the world became so amusing. Memories, dreams, time all can lie and quietly deceive with diluted colours. Far better to stay totally still and quiet as a mouse in the present than look too far behind and forward.

Josephine Pennicott, David Levell and Daisy


And here is a preview of my German cover for Poet’s Cottage which is being published in September by the wonderful Ullstein publshing house. There is no way I would not have liked this cover as it’s the  wallpaper in my own writing shed which Ullstein cleverly tracked down for me. It is very exciting to see my Tasmanian murder mystery being published in another country. There are also audio books available as well. I’m so thrilled and happy with the German edition.


Thank you for visiting me Wishing you a thousand upside down moments. xx

4 Responses

  1. Wendy June 15, 2012 / 1:32 pm

    I love the British version of The Secret Garden! The actors were perfectly chosen. And the German version of your book is delightful, with your favourite wallpaper! How heartwarming. xx

  2. josephinetalepeddler June 18, 2012 / 9:41 am

    Thank you, Wendy. I’m trying to convince my daughter that it’s a better deal than some of the rubbish on the Disney Channel. I don’t think she’s convinced yet, alas.She’s not too fond of my ‘olden day; stories. xx

  3. pinry June 19, 2012 / 2:20 am

    i read to secret garden to rex, and he actually liked it, though i was worried he might find it too old fashioned – it was a little slow for him. i first thought that pic was of daisy! what a lovely photo of you all! it’s great to hear the reality behind the image too. life can never be perfect, but there are perfect moments among the mundane and downright imperfect. upside down is a great concept (and parenting tip! sometimes the tickle monster doesn’t cut it!). your german edition is so different but also very lovely. jxx

  4. IntrovertedSarah June 20, 2012 / 12:51 am

    Congratulations on the German run. Your daughter is adorable, and clearly benefited from her upside down moment.
    I am loving Poet’s btw. Only a few chapters in, but on this very cold Canberra morning, It’s looking like it will drawn me in, in just a few moments.

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