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Seagulls on the Ganges

Seagulls on the Ganges is the fictionalized story of Julie and Bruce Stafford.

Ellie and Michael (Julie and Bruce) are living a very happy life together. Ellie is a well known cookery writer and Michael is a survivor of cancer. In fact, Ellie starts her health food journey by trying to help cure Michael of cancer. This becomes the Taste of Life series and they are both blissful happy until a second, unrelated cancer comes into their lives. This time there is no cure and Michael passes away in 2006.

Then into Ellie’s life comes a seagull.

This is a book written very much from the heart. The author has been so honest with her emotions as she deals with overwhelming grief. Meaningful coincidences, solo travel and bravery all lead Ellie (Julie) to a place where she can mend her broken spirit. It is, quite simply, a beautifully written book about love and life; and how does the Ganges tie into the story, you’ll have to read the book.

These days Julie Stafford is known for being a fearless solo traveller who spends every Summer in Dubrovnik. She has known a lot of love and loss in her life and l thank her for sharing her story with us.

** If you would like to read more about Julie Stafford she can be reached at

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Van Cat Meow

This is the story of a lost man and the rescue cat who saved him.

In 2014 Richard East thought he had everything that mattered. He had a well paid job in IT and a house in the suburbs of Hobart. He was also desperately unhappy and going through a crises.

Into his life came a rescue cat called Willow. Richard was struggling with a stressful job and had locked himself into a mortgage for many years into his future. He hit rock bottom before getting treatment and working out who he was and what he wanted to be. He sold everything, re-kitted a van, grabbed the cat and set off to see Australia. Somewhere along the way his soul healed and, to this day, he and Willow are still nomads travelling the country.

I love reading about people who are travelling. This is a well written book and keeps the reader interested in where they have gone and how he supports himself and Willow. Richard also writes about simple living, what’s important in life and the lessons he has learned from his cat.

A book l would recommend to any armchair traveller. You can follow Rich and Willow on their own blog and also on Instagram.

**Normally when l buy a book l leave in public somewhere to, hopefully, continue its journey. This time, however, l will be donating it to the RSPCA as they care for rescue animals like Willow.

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Sue Grafton

Many of you will be familiar with the Sue Grafton alphabet mysteries. I’ve read several over the years, and a few weeks ago saw Y for Yellow at my local library. I borrowed it, read it and enjoyed it.

Thinking that it must be time for Z to appear l googled Sue Grafton to see when it would be published. That’s when l found out that she had passed away at the end of 2017. It left me feeling sad. I liked her as a writer and l liked her female detective Kinsey Millhone.

So, to honour Sue Grafton l am going to go back and read all the books from A to Y.

I’ve just finished A and have read a few pages of B. This is my way of paying respect to a writer l enjoyed reading.

Vale Sue Grafton; you are missed.

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What’s not to love

You may notice the change in title for this blog. That’s because l’ve done a lot of thinking about what my bliss is.

Joseph Campbell said “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

My bliss is sitting and reading a book waiting for a musical to start. I love to read and love to watch musicals and it is these two things that l will write about.

One book, one song at a time.

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Still here

Hi, l have posts written in my mind, but, not on the page. This summer is doing my head in.

My thoughts are also going out to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere battling with that intense cold.

Let’s all get through this and then start talking again. Keep safe😊

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The Typist

I have watched another fantastic series, this time from Germany.

Iris Becker is superb as the secluded Freya. She works for the Berlin Police Department as a typist; sitting in on interviews. A girl goes missing which brings up memories of the tragic disappearance of Freya’s own daughter.

The production is top class as is the acting from the whole cast.

Well worth watching.

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The travelling book

It was originally bought at Melbourne International Airport. Travelling to New York. It looked brand new then.

Then it travelled down to the south of America, being taken in and out of bags. Then, back to New York before flying home to Australia again; and then it was given to me.

It looked a little beat up;

the spine is very creased, but, the book is still readable.

I love J.D Robb books and had converted this person into the fold. That’s why she gave it to me, and l was very happy to take it. So, l read it and loved it like all her books.

Now when l buy a book, or are given a book by someone who doesn’t want it back, l do something different. First off, let me say that l don’t like owning books. This book was not going to stay with me. I read it, wrote a note,

and left it, with the book, at a bus stop.

I went back 2 days later and it was gone. I hope someone picked it up and is now reading it. I hope it hasn’t been thrown away because there is something in me that loves the thought of a book being read and then left for the next person, and the next and the next.

This book was bought for travelling and l’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s still travelling.