Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Truth Remains The Same Feat. Robbie Madsen (DJ Kwe – Search N Rescue Trevor Mix)


The Truth Remains The Same Feat. Robbie Madsen (DJ Kwe – Search N Rescue Trevor Mix).

 

Here’s one more tragic story that could have been so happy,  if someone with authority had been wiser. I hope Trevor is found and the three brothers have a reunion very soon.

 

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Getting a Kick out of Reading


Getting a Kick out of Reading.

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Getting a Kick out of Reading


It’s so much fun reading from my latest Magda book at the Mayne Island LIbrary. I ended up saying a lot more to my audience than I’d planned to about why I write and what inspires me. Without their questions I might not have opened up as much. For me it’s all about the joy of being able to tell a story, invent characters, and bring themes I care about out into the open. The adults and children present, with their smiles, laughter and general warmth, gave me the feeling of security a shy person like me needed to speak from my heart.

Another bonus on this occasion, (Festival Active Pass on Mayne Island, )was having my husband, son, a granddaughter and a grandson in the library audience. So much of the time as I write my books I think about how these and other very special people will enjoy it. I guess I’ll always write for an audience I keep in my mind. Guess that’s why I get such a kick out of reading to them!reading at the library Apr 2015

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Mounties on Mayne


Mounties on Mayne.

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Mounties on Mayne


Today I was in the RCMP Station on Mayne Island. Don’t worry. It was a friendly visit. I had an important question for the constable. Let’s call him Constable Troy Silver, not his real name. He was very welcoming, and as soon as he heard why I was there, he invited me in. Simply, I wanted him to read my book, or at least the parts where the RCMP are mentioned. Happily for me, he agreed at once.

A few years ago, when I was writing my first book, Magda’s Mayne Island Mystery, I went to see the constable who was then living on Mayne Island, let’s call him Mick Lodge. He, too, was very supportive, read my book, and told me where I had made procedural errors. His children were the models for the book cover. I tried to simulate moonlight of their silhouettes by putting a light behind them. Self-publishing takes you in many exciting directions, like photography.

I think a mystery writer should be on good terms with the local constabulary. I’m glad to say that I am.

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Definitely Not Pysanka


Each year I used Ukrainian egg dyes and traditional patterns to make lovely dyed eggs to share with my friends and family. I was proud of the way they looked. I even taught other people to dye eggs. But this year I thought I’d try something new. I wanted to try dying eggs using natural dyes.

This morning I went shopping for ingredients. I bought two kinds of onions, beets, purple cabbage, cranberries, carrots with tops, and turmeric. I had already cooked four little eggs last night, one for each grandchild.

eggs easter start 2015

I boiled up the ingredients, each dye lot in its own pot, then transferred the dye to a stainless steel bowl when enough time had passed for them to have a good colour.

I drew the first initial of each grandchild’s name on the eggs, then, when the dye was dry, I covered the letter with wax from a birthday candle. (This was something my older sister and I had done as kids – written our names in invisible wax before we dyed our eggs). So after that I dipped the eggs in the appropriate dye bath and presto! Easter eggs.

The biggest surprise was the red cabbage, which gave me a lovely blue colour (T) but turned sort of violet (J) when I added vinegar. The pink egg (S) was made with two dyes, cranberries and beets. And the one I thought worked best (B) is yellow from turmeric. The onion skins and carrot tops dye didn’t look festive to me so I didn’t use it. I shone the eggs up with olive oil and here they are.

eggs Easter 2015

They certainly aren’t Pysanky eggs. They aren’t even anything special, really. But they are made with love and it was fun trying something new.

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