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Bulls, Bears, Barefoot, and Backhands

Winding down another school term, one week until school holidays in WA. It’s been a landmark kind of term. I’ve been busy, and today I’m feeling lazy.

I’ve finished writing Book 2 of my Chalk Hill Series. This is The Cafe By The Bridge, following Water Under The Bridge (both working titles), with Water Under The Bridge (Book 1)  due out in September 2018. (I’m now under a year till release day and counting!)

Book 2 is currently with three fabulous readers and friends, which puts me in that nail-biting time of waiting to see what they think.

I’m feeling lazy because it’s the most stunning spring day and I’ve just been on a 2.5 hour walk on the Cape to Cape track on the beautiful South West coast. There are wildflowers out, glorious yellow coastal wattle everywhere… and I really do think yellow is my favourite colour in nature’s garden.

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Cape to Cape track, south of Ellensbrook.

Every few metres or so along the track we heard a skittle or scuttle of a gecko or skink (I refuse to think snake)… and we saw donkey, cowslip and pink lady orchids. Plus, my lovely friend Carrie got her arse wet posing for photographs… and that always makes me smile!

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Seconds after this… Carrie got her arse wet 🙂

Aside from working hard to finish The Cafe By The Bridge I’ve been reading, a few different books to my usual suspects, plus beta reading for Juanita Kees. I’ve also rediscovered two long-dormant hobbies.

The first of these is tennis. I’ve been talked into donning the tennis whites to play a Thursday game with some local girls. The last couple of Thursdays we’ve gone up the court for a hit. OMG!! Major fail! Two weeks ago I tried four serves, none of which got over the net!

I took the plunge and bought a new racquet and this week the ball seemed to come off a little better, and I got some serves over the net. Perhaps this will not be a complete disaster.

So tennis and Lily. It’s a thing. (I even found proof in the dusty trophy cabinet of the tennis club, dating back to 1992-1993! My name engraved on a plaque for ladies singles! OMG I feel old 😉 )

51FdXQ7p-OLOne of the books I read in August was The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape. The book was a Kindle Monthly Deal on Amazon which meant it cost me about $5. Really good book. If you’re interested in paying off your mortgage, saving money on things such as credit card and bank fees and private health insurance; if you’re keen to find out how much Life Insurance, TPD and Income Protection you might need, or want to know if the fees you’re paying in Superannuation are fair, middling, or over the top; or you want an intro to shares, or get a sense of how much you’ll need to fund wine purchases in your retirement… this is a great starting point. I’m convinced the Barefoot way makes good sense.

The interesting thing is, in the last week at my work (my admin work) I’ve seen two customers come in with debit cards that had ‘splurge’ written across one, and ‘direct expenses’ across another, and of course now that I’ve read the book I recognised these terms. I commented on the words on the cards, and then had a chat with these two ladies about The Barefoot Investor and the Barefoot methodology.

I like to think I’m reasonable with managing money, but it’s still good to get a practical sense that you’re doing the right thing, and you’re on the right path.

So… The Barefoot Investor brought me to my second long-ago passion, though this one isn’t really a ‘passion’ as such. Many many (many) moons ago… (although not quite so long ago as the tennis trophy), a much younger Lily dabbled in the sharemarket. She dabbled so-oooo much she got completely wrecked in the Tech Wreck… (those old enough will understand the exact Tech Wreck I mean!) I’ve never touched the sharemarket outside of super since, but now after my read of the Scott Pape book, I’m prepared to dabble again.

This will be a different sort of dabble because I’m at a different stage of life. This will be a bluechip dabble, not a speculative seat-of-my-pants dabble. This is supposed to be a middle-aged lady sort of dabble where I won’t stress myself out based on a 10 cent swing…

Tennis and the stockmarket, hey? Who knew it was a thing… hmmm… maybe I should just stick to the writing. Watching Amazon rankings is its own kind of sharemarket rollercoaster ride!

xx Lily

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So very lucky to live where I live… the ocean was stunning today 🙂

 

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Posted by on September 15, 2017 in Books I'm Reading, Uncategorized

 

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Easter, At Our Place

Either late last year, or possibly in one of my early ‘new year resolution’ posts, I know that I said two things I’d like to do more of in 2016 were camping, and walks on the Cape to Cape walk track.

My Easter has involved two of these things. Easter Sunday started with the Easter egg hunt for the kids, and then me baking ‘German Apple Pancakes‘ – a recipe I found on Facebook. I think this will start a tradition because believe me, this was YUMMY! Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 11.15.55 AM

Later, my gorgeous neighbour Carrie and I hiked a 9km section of the Cape To Cape track, from Prevelly (the communication tower at the top of Baudin Drive) to Redgate Beach. As always, it’s a gorgeous walk with views of Boodjidup Creek, a crossing at Frank Mouritz bridge, and views of the stunning coast, but what I find at Easter is that it’s even more special – because of the solitude.

To put that in perspective, Easter in Margaret River/Dunsborough/Busselton/Cowaramup is always a manic holiday time of year. There are people everywhere, and yet once we started this walk we didn’t see a soul all along the most fantastic stretches of beach. We were walking along and talking about the book The Martian, which Carrie is currently reading – and which is the subject of the new Matt Damon movie – and Carrie commented that “we could be on Mars” given the isolation. What is kind of surreal is that you know at the towns north and south and on Caves Rd that runs parallel to the coast only a few kilometres away, it’d be like rush-hour in Manhattan. (Well, almost).

The first half of this part of the walk is fairly easy, and very pretty, putting you at one stage right on top of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge with views left over forest and farmland and right to the coast and a blue horizon.

The second part of the walk is along this isolated stretch of beach, very heavy sand and harder going. As Carrie is younger than me I figured it was fair that I cheated and slip-streamed her most of the way 🙂

Along with countless chocolate eggs and two bottles of champagne (thanks Mum), the Easter Bunny bought us two extra special presents this year. The first was some lovely Cara Ratajczak prints (2 of the 3 I bought pictured above) at the Gracetown Easter Art Exhibition and the second was this Coromal camper/caravan. Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 10.28.41 AM

Add to the last few days a catch up Easter Saturday night with friends, some lovely baby news from neighbours and baby news for one of the card-girls, plus a win for the West Coast Eagles to get AFL season under way, and well, it’s been a darn fine Easter!

Hope yours was awesome too!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in News

 

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Cape to Cape Walk Track | Part 2

P1020515 P1020520 Here’s what I’ve been up to this morning. To celebrate a friend’s birthday, a group of us walked a part of the Cape to Cape walking trail in the Margaret River region. This is the second part of the Cape track that I’ve done, the earlier walk being in May from Ellensbrook Homestead to Prevelly.

Today we’ve walked from Gallows surfing spot, south to Gracetown past local surf and fishing spots such as Guillotines, Whalesback, and North Point at Gracetown.

Once again, the weather’s been stunning. The wildflowers are out and the bush and coast are superb.

One thing that wasn’t so much fun was spotting a Dugite on the track, about ten metres after we’d started the walk!

Other than that little bit of excitement… it was close to two hours of fresh air, sea breeze, and fun.

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in News

 

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Weekend of Words and Walks

It’s a long weekend in West Australia this weekend for Western Australia day – which apparently got its name changed from Foundation Day when I wasn’t looking 🙂

I’ve had a wonderful weekend. I’ve finished the first round of edits for my next book, So Far Into You, which is due for release in October this year with Escape Publishing. I’m working with Belinda Holmes on edits, and after a bit of a struggle with my own self-doubt late last week, I managed to get in the swing of the book and finish it Saturday afternoon. My additions (there are lots) are now back with Belinda for her input. I’ll probably see them once more before we count this book done.

In Margaret River it has been the annual Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. Lots of bookish friends have been staying in Margies and visiting the Festival each day. Carol Seeley who blogs at Reading, Writing and Riesling, has written great wrap-ups of each day of the Festival. She told me romance author Fiona Palmer’s talk was particularly inspirational, and I know Carol enjoyed meeting one of her favourite authors, Robert Gott.

Also visiting for the festival were three people who I have only previously cyber-met, but who have become friends, particularly the lovely and talented Louise Allan who had her novel, Ida’s Children, final in the 2014 City of Fremantle TAG Hungerford Award. Louise, Rae Hilhorst, and Swanbourne Bookcaffe manager and aspiring writer, Emily Paul, travelled from Perth together and had weekend passes to the Festival.

On Saturday night, Louise, Rae and Emily came to visit at my place. Hubby lit the firepit at the base of our block (I think this was so he could watch football uninterrupted by four women talking about books), and we sat watching the rising moon and the stars, sharing several glasses of wine, nibbles and a meal around the fire. I don’t think we stopped talking for about 3.5 hours, except to take another sip of wine. It was so cold away from the fire that our white wine didn’t need to be in an ice bucket, and our red wine ended up rather chilled (to say the least).

It was a great evening, and very inspiring, like I find most times I get the chance to talk books and writing with other authors, bloggers and writers, no matter what stage of their writing careers. (#DirtyDraft sessions, I’m thinking about you).

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Looking south from the carpark at Gnoocardup (pardon the spelling). Imagine an Irish woman trying to mangle this pronunciation… it’s said: Newkardup.

Topping off the weekend, things got physical today with a group of five ladies enjoying a walk along a 12.5km stretch of the Cape To Cape walking track. We dropped a car at Sea Gardens cafe in Prevelly this morning then drove back to Ellensbrook Homestead and walked from Ellensbrook to Prevelly, through Gnoocardup (which I shudder when I try to spell), Joey’s Nose, Kilcarnup and eventually to the Margaret River mouth.

Both Saturday and Sunday have been blessed days with the weather. Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of Winter and yet today, at the end of our walk, three of our party ended up jumping in the ocean for a swim? (Not me – I’m way too chicken! That water was cold!)

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The Cape to Cape walk trail, at Cape Mentelle.

So, a wonderful weekend, capped off with a footy win for the West Coast Eagles… and there’s still another day going free tomorrow. Rumour is if the weather holds, it will involve fishing at Augusta. Or at the very least, lunch at the Augusta pub.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2015 in News

 

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