When I think about websites I like, what comes to mind are the ones that let visitors into the authorís world in a richer way than just a description of publications. One Harlequin author has a bookshelves section where she discusses the books she loves. Several others talk about places theyíve been or people or events they find inspiring. Other writers speak about music or films or their research.
Shamelessly, Iím stealing all these ideas and wrapping them up into a monthly column called My Favorite Things. This gives me leeway to talk about anything that takes my fancy. I know itís self-indulgent, but hope you wonít mind.
May 2013 - The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring, Tra La... (Part 1)
I can remember many years ago in my arrogant youth sending my godfather a birthday card featuring a pretty rose on the front and the rude comment inside that "Old people like pictures of flowers."
Sadly I've since become old and discovered that I love pictures of flowers too. I'm hoping you do too. If any of you hang around my Facebook page, you'll know that I often go quite mad with my camera taking photos of local flora.
I thought seeing we've hit spring in the Northern Hemisphere that I'd share some of my favorite flower photos with you today - and next month. I've got a bloomin' LOT of flower photos to share! This month, I thought I'd share what to me are exotics. Next month, it's the Aussie natives.
And you may just notice a few photos familiar from the website - I thought you might be interested to know where they came from.
Cherry Blossom in Kew Gardens, London
Roses in the Lady Norwood Garden, Wellington, New Zealand
Peonies at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Roses climbing around the doorway at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire
Japonica camellia in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Victoria
Poppies in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Victoria
Mr. Lincoln roses in my garden, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Crabapple blossom at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Victoria
Blossom in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Victoria