Pausing….Lake Navarino Western Australia

Taking a small pause at Lake Navarino, Waroona, Western Australia.

 

Lake Navarino Nov 2017 008

 

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Tell Me How You Pause…

It is Freebie Friday! To win a copy of the outstanding book Pause: How to press pause before life does it for you by Danielle Marchant ($19.99), published by Hachette Australia, in the comments tell me how you pause.

How to press pause

 

** This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday the 1st of November 2017. Thanks Hachette Australia for the opportunity to host this great giveaway.

 

 

****The winner is Brett. Thanks to all who entered.

A Lightening Tour of Boranup Forest, Hamlin Bay and Augusta WA

A quick trip today to some of the south west’s best tourist spots.

Hamlin Bay

                                                           Hamlin Bay

 

 

 

Boranup

                                                                                Boranup

 

Augusta

                                                                          Augusta

 

 

Hamlin Bay

                                                                               Hamlin Bay

Post Script: The Museum of Words – Georgia Blain

The Museum of Words

The Museum of Words

Georgia Blain

Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781925322255

 

Description:

In late 2015, Georgia Blain was diagnosed with a tumour sitting right in the language centre of her brain. Prior to this, Georgia’s only warning had been a niggling sense that her speech was slightly awry. She ignored it, and on a bright spring day, as she was mowing the lawn, she collapsed on a bed of blossoms, blood frothing at her mouth.

 

Waking up to find herself in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital, she tries to answer questions, but is unable to speak. After the shock of a bleak prognosis and a long, gruelling treatment schedule, she immediately turns to writing to rebuild her language and herself.

 

At the same time, her mother, Anne Deveson, moves into a nursing home with Alzheimer’s; weeks earlier, her best friend and mentor had been diagnosed with the same brain tumour. All three of them are writers, with language at the core of their being.

 

The Museum of Words is a meditation on writing, reading, first words and last words, picking up thread after thread as it builds on each story to become a much larger narrative. This idiosyncratic and deeply personal memoir is a writer’s take on how language shapes us, and how often we take it for granted — until we are in danger of losing it.

 

 

My View:

The Museum of Words is gently and wisely written; it speaks of truths, of family history, of love and of course, of dying. It was deeply moving yet not depressing or self-indulgent.  Georgia Blain was a wordsmith extraordinaire, her love of words enriched the page. I wish there were more pages to turn, more books to read by this amazing writer.

 

A lyrical, moving read.