Book Release – The House in Wattle Lane

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The House in Wattle Lane (The Wattle Lane Novels Book 2) is now available as an ebook on Amazon. The paperback version will be available in the next couple of weeks.

The House in Wattle Lane

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When 29-year-old Neave Hamlin is made redundant from her job in the city, she decides to return to the small town of Kerrigan to consider her future and to reconnect with her estranged father and half-siblings. However, she soon learns that being part of a family is not always easy as she struggles to cope with the emotional dramas of her 14-year-old, half-sister, Lily, who insists that the old family home is haunted, and a less than welcoming stepmother.

After attending a heritage scrapbooking class, Neave is inspired to learn more about the lives of her ancestors. While searching for the truth behind a dark family secret, she discovers that sometimes unearthing the past can shine a light…

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Coconut Lemon Cupcakes

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This is another of Jodi’s cupcake recipes, from my novel Scrappy Cupcake Angels.

 Coconut Lemon Cupcakes

150g butter
150g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon milk
150g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup desiccated coconut
zest of 1 lemon
extra coconut for decorating

Lemon Frosting

60g butter, softened
250g icing sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line patty pans or muffin trays with paper cupcake cases.

Cream the butter and sugar. Mix in the eggs one at a time, then the milk. Add the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix to combine, then stir in the coconut and lemon zest.

Divide the mixture between the paper cases. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool, then ice with the lemon frosting and sprinkle with coconut.

Makes 12 large or 18 small cupcakes.

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Book Preview – The House in Wattle Lane

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As promised, I’d like to share with you a preview of my new novel, due for release at the end of January. The House in Wattle Lane is the second book in the Wattle Lane novels. Although it includes some of the characters from the first book, Scrappy Cupcake Angels, it can be read as a stand-alone story.

So, here it is, the first chapter.

Enjoy!

The House in Wattle Lane

Chapter One

As Neave walked for the last time from the high-rise building where she had spent her weekdays for more than a decade, she felt a surge of apprehension mixed with a strange feeling of anticipation—apprehension for what the future might hold, and anticipation of a new beginning. Still reeling from the rowdy farewell that her co-workers had thrown for her, she walked to the basement of the building, clutching her leaving gift—a fancy pedometer and an iTunes gift card—and climbed into…

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Our Summer Garden

Our summer, so far, has been very hot, with not very much rain. The flowers, veggies and weeds are all growing well! Some of my favourite flowers in our garden this year are the foxgloves, snapdragons, asters. . .

Foxglove

Foxglove

Foxglove

Foxglove

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

Aster

Aster

Osteospermum

Osteospermum

. . . and the good old-fashioned hydrangea, which is a beautiful blue colour with tiny flecks of red.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

I love the soft blue and lemon of the newly forming blooms.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

These pretty blue cornflowers self-seeded throughout the garden.

Cornflowers

Cornflowers

Here are a few pictures of our veggie garden. Although it is small, made up of raised beds tucked away in a corner, we manage to grow a lot in it.

Vegetable garden

Vegetable garden

I picked our first zucchinis last week.

Zucchinis

Zucchinis

The climbing beans have lots of flowers, so shouldn’t be too far away.

Beans, Basil & Marigolds

Beans, Basil & Marigolds

I have bottled several jars of beetroot and there are lots more coming on.

Beetroot

Beetroot

Bottled beetroot

Bottled beetroot

We are picking radishes and lettuces and spring onions, and we had a really good crop of strawberries this year.

Radishes

Radishes

Lettuces with blue and purple flowers for the bees

Lettuces with blue and purple flowers for the bees

Spring onions

Spring onions

Tomatoes, Anise Hyssop and Feverfew

Tomatoes, Anise Hyssop and Feverfew

Anise Hyssop and Oleander

 

I hung shiny things over the spinach and chard to keep the birds from eating it, and surrounded the small plants with grit to deter the snails and slugs.

Spinach and Chard

Spinach and Chard

Finn keeps me company in the garden while I plant, weed, and harvest.

 

Finn

Finn

Cover Reveal: The House in Wattle Lane

Kristah Price:

Visit my Wattle Lane blog to take a sneak peek at the cover for my new book.

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I am excited to show you the cover for my new book, The House in Wattle Lane, which is due out in January.

 The House in Wattle Lane

 This is the second book in my Wattle Lane series and will be available as a paperback and an ebook.

I have always loved old, Victorian houses, the sort with the bay windows, gingerbread trim and an attic tucked beneath a gabled roof. It is the house I dream of living in one day. For me, these charming old houses inspire stories of the generations of families who have lived in them, their hopes and dreams, loves and losses, and maybe a lingering spirit or two!

Chapter excerpt coming soon!

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Vintage Christmas Cards

I have been collecting vintage greeting cards for three or four years now, browsing antique shops, visiting stamp and postcard shows, and poring through boxes of old cards when the Cartophilic Society fair visits our local town. I love the vintage pictures of a bygone era, and the handwritten sentiments inside or on the back of the cards.

 

vintage Christmas cards

The oldest one I have, that is dated, is a Christmas postcard from 1907. Wonderful to see how the women are dressed!

vintage Christmas card

 

I have a collection of Easter, birthday, Christmas, and New Year cards sent from a father, stationed in Italy during the Second World War, to his daughter back home in New Zealand. I think it is so lovely that his daughter kept the cards all these years.

vintage greeting cards

 

Postcards were hugely popular in the early twentieth century, when improved printing technology meant that high-quality colour images could be mass-produced cheaply, and postcards were cheap to send. For a few years, postcards replaced the earlier, elaborate, Victorian-style Christmas cards. Sometimes the postcard would show a portrait of the sender, along with a festive greeting.

 

vintage Christmas cards

 

By the 1920s, the traditional folding Christmas card and envelope had returned.

vintage Christmas cardsI save a lot of my own cards that I receive and wonder if, one day, many years from now, future generations will look at them with fondness and feelings of nostalgia for a time gone by.