Top Left: Brazilian Red Cloak 

It’s a fast growing evergreen flowering shrub for tropical or sub-tropical gardens. Mine is flowering profusely at the moment. It flowers from December through until about June or July. It has gorgeous red flowers, big green leaves which are beautiful too. It grows to about 3 metre high.

Centre: Bromeliads

The first of the two is in flower. It’s such a bright, vibrant colour. Bromeliads are easy to grow. Many have patterned leaves, such as the second photo with pink flecks on the green and cream leaves.

Centre Right:

Impatiens. I grow most of mine in pots to cope with the heavy rain we get during summer in my sub-tropical garden, otherwise they could rot in the ground.


A Croton. Crotons do flower but the flowers are insignificant. The shrub is all about the coloured leaves. They develop their best colours in bright light.

The Amber Trap – Book 3 in The Thornton Mysteries

I’m happy to announce that the next book in The Thornton Mysteries series will be released on 21st March.

Murder on the High Seas. Thomas Thornton reads the newspaper article.

Can the murder of a young German man, fatally stabbed during a voyage out of London to Melbourne, have anything to do with the Thorntons? Alexandra’s curiosity is piqued when a Prussian Count, who travelled on the same ship, shows up at Thornton Antiques in search of a rare amber postage stamp.

Alexandra Thornton and Benedict Archer have been married for one year. Benedict is estranged from his family, who own a vineyard in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Alexandra urges him to try to heal the breach. 

Murder. A strange count searching for a rare stamp. A missing opal. A family in turmoil. How are they all connected? 

When a dark secret of betrayal and loss is exposed, Alexandra finds her world shattered.

I enjoyed writing this book. I visited the Barossa Valley in South Australia where the book is set to do research. An area of beautiful landscapes and delicious wines.

The story, in a way, is Benedict’s story. Alexandra persuades him, as only Alexandra could do, to visit his family who own a vineyard. Alexandra can’t believe how his mother has cast him aside. When she meets Joyce Archer, she begins to understand but there is still so much that is hidden.

Then there are murders, a strange count who seems to follow them, pieces of amber from the Baltic, and a missing opal.

While the Thorntons are coping with all of this, South Australia starts it bush fire season earlier than usual. Tragedy soon strikes.

When a dark secret of betrayal and loss is exposed, Alexandra finds her world shattered.


Photography is a great love of mine, when I’m not writing books or even when I am. I enjoy taking photos of flowers. I frequently turn them into photoart.

I also love my garden. Recently, I changed to more Australian native plants than I previously had but I like mixing in a few others. Mainly, I love flowers.

The top left are Grape Petunias that grow in clumps and are smaller than many other petunias. These are just as showy and the purple is stunning.

Top right is a Kangaroo Paw. Kangaroo paw is the common name for a number of species that are endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. However many are now cultivated and can be bought in plant nurseries. They have unique bird-attracting flowers. I also have a red flowered one that is equally as stunning.

The bottom left photo is Scaevola aemula, or the fan-flower, native to southern Australia. It grows very well in my sub-tropical climate. The flowers fan out and are beautiful.

The bottom centre photo is of a Double Impatien. I have a few colours and I also have a single flower. I love the doubles as they resemble little roses.

Bottom right is an Osteospermum, also known as African daisies. This is the only colour I have of this one and it’s a stunner.

I hope you enjoyed reading and seeing the photos. I hope to do a regular blog on my flowers and my garden.