Hello again dear readers, it’s Fiona McArthur here from Oz, I hope this finds you safe and well and smiling. I do believe that Love Is The Best Medicine, and books that celebrate love are a joy to read.
This month I visit with a story about two surgeon’s both passionately committed to improving quality of life for those with kidney disease. In fact, Dr Ailee Green is donating her own kidney to her brother, as a live donor. But she hasn’t told renal surgeon, and widower, Fergus McVicker, that tiny fact.
Starting in an aircraft from London to Sydney, with a heart-warming stop in Singapore, THE DOCTOR’S GIFT, is a story of two heroic people who put the needs of others first, and almost lose their chance of finding their own elixir of love.
Does this sound like something you’d like to read? If so, you can find the ebook here.
As a midwife, I used to work next door to a country renal ward, where dialysis went on seven days a week, helping to maintain health for people with kidney failure in the hope, if possible, that a transplant organ would be found and transplant would free that patient from a machine.
This difference between midwifery and renal medicine I found intriguing – as are the stories of the patients. There’s lots of cameo visits of patients in this book, fictious ones but still fascinating, and I found it such a fun aspect to share the different stories and questions we all have about this challenging medical reality.
Two strangers save a life on a plane and then share one tender Singapore night en route from London to Sydney. Dr Ailee Green knows a relationship is not an option before she gives the gift that will save her brother’s life.
But surgeon, Fergus McVicker has other plans, plans that don’t include Ailee walking out of his and his daughter’s world and he offers her something she’s always wanted. Can these two special surgeons find a life together?
Hello dear “Love Is The Best Medicine” Readers. Waving again from Australia. Wishing you light at the end of challenging times with hope for a new-normal returning to make us all smile. Very soon!
I’m Fi McArthur dropping in with the news of my last Lyrebird Lake series book – EMMA. So, if you’d like to join me for a medical romance set in a small, semi-outback town in Queensland, in Australia, then this is for you.
That’s four Lyrebird Lake books in four months so if you like series, too, they are all out about from today. More coming later in the year. What fun.
But first…a photo towards the mountains from my loungeroom window at the farm. The water from the recent flood rains is still in and it looks so golden in the afternoons. Thought I’d share.
I am here to talk about EMMA. It’s so lovely to revisit favourite characters again, expand their stories, and bring the technology and sensitivity up to date when you republish a book many years later. Emma and Gianni are two of my faves, first published in 2010. The background? Well, when I was still a practising midwife, I used to share antenatal classes with young mums. We had wonderful mornings together. One of the young mums went on to study her degree in welfare and psychology and later joined me as a presenter at the classes. Michelle’s mum had been diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and like Emma in my story she waited until she was thirty before she found out if she had the gene and since then, has lectured around the world on the impact of HD. So, this story resonated with my absolute admiration of families who deal with debilitating diseases and the heartbreak of HD. I do hope you enjoy Emma and Gianni’s story.
And again, a reminder my latest Medical Romance from Mills and Boon, is out and available, offering you a chance to travel to beautiful Barcelona with me. Or with Cleo and Felipe, really. I’d love a Second Chance In Barcelona. Have you been to Spain?
And that’s me for a while, my love and blessings to you and yours and huge thanks to all the fab authors on the LITBM blog xx Fi
…could be their greatest adventure! A humanitarian mission in stunning rural El Salvador will give obstetrician Cassie Andover the chance to focus on the medicine that she loves. But the one piece of her past she never expected to find there was the handsome Dr. Bryce Hamlin! And while this bold motorcycle-riding version of Bryce is nothing like Cassie remembers, he’s certainly one she’s compelled to know…
…leads to a chance at forever! After exchanging messages for months via a dating app, surgeon Ivy Ross is finally ready to meet up with “Mr. Right.” But when work calls her away the chance is lost…until fate intervenes and Ivy’s blind date—Travis King—arrives as her new senior medical officer…aka her boss! Travis and Ivy know mixing business and pleasure is a bad idea, but sometimes bad ideas feel so good…
…that just isn’t enough! A Mediterranean cruise is exactly what nurse Sophie Blythe needs. It’s the perfect opportunity to rediscover the free-spirited woman she once was, before she met her cheating ex. And ship doctor Luciano Montavano could be the perfect fling… Gorgeous yet guarded, the irresistible Italian isn’t interested in settling down any more than she is. Until one night of passionate abandon forces them to acknowledge that they both might want more…
…heal each other? Dr. Jess Young plans to use her time on the small Scottish island of Thorney to figure out how she can rebuild her shattered life after a recent blow that has stolen the future she dreamed of. Only Dr. Adam Campbell is a complication she didn’t expect! He’s handsome but hurting, too, and Jess sees a kindred spirit in Adam. Will he heal her already-fragile heart?
…she’s the midwife he still wants! Midwife Cleo Wren is horrified to discover the gorgeous Spaniard she spent an impulsive night of passion with is Dr. Felipe Gonzales, an eminent oncologist with VIP connections! She’s tempted to turn down the job of accompanying his young cousin back to his home in Barcelona. But she accepts…on the understanding that they never revisit what happened. Now Cleo just has to stick to her own rules!
…just a dream? Four years ago, GP Lily Scott walked away from Dr. Max Bryant and their sizzling fling. Why? Well, if the past had taught Lily anything, it was to be cautious with her heart. But Lily’s rule book is about to go out the window, because Max is her new colleague! She can’t ignore their powerful connection—or the family she pictures—every time she’s with him. Can that family become a reality?
Not sure if you know all of my big Penguin Random House books are on audiobook with the wonderful Caroline Lee (who narrates Liane Moriaty’s books here in Oz).
Well, big news, Montana, the first of my re-written LYREBIRD LAKE SERIES will be available in March with Caroline Lee narrating again. I’m so thrilled. So, if you love audio, like me, the Lake is coming for you to listen to. xx
And lastly, and most exciting, a brand-new Medical Romance from Mills and Boon, out today, offering you a chance to travel to beautiful Barcelona with me. Or with Cleo and Felipe, really.
Have you been to Spain?
Such a fun place when I was there two years ago, and in this book my Aussie midwife, Cleo, is a fish out of water. And like me, Cleo was fascinated with the amazing Sagrada Familia Church and all that Barcelona has to offer. Including, the dark and dangerous, Dr Felipe.
Enjoy a virtual visit to Oz. South West Rocks is a small seaside town on the north coast of New South Wales. There’s a wonderful white and blue-edged lighthouse where you can stay in the lighthouse keeper’s cottages. From there you can watch and savour the ocean up and down the coast. It’s great to climb the hill up to the beam of light at night, preferably with bubbles in a wine glass with one or two buddies – so everyone gets their own room to write. I’ve been there with authors Amy Andrews, Kelly Hunter, Bronwyn Jameson, Trish Morey, Jaye Ford and Elle Finlay, so you can see I’m a regular and not loath to enticing friends to share the fun. It gets windy up there sometimes as you can tell from the photos.
Below the lighthouse, a long beach allows four-wheel drive vehicles to navigate along the sand to Hat Head about fourteen kilometres away. Hat Head is another amazing beach haven that’s even smaller than the Rocks and I used to stay there just after Christmas in a tiny caravan with my youngest son for a week. My darling husband much prefers his own bed on the farm.
I’ve driven along the beach with my sons, quite a few times and with them we didn’t get bogged – when I drove, well… I still blush. The beach is incredible with white sand and aqua waves where you often see the fish swimming through the clear walls of water before the wave crashes. You can be on the beach with nobody in sight or there could be other vehicles every five hundred metres. Either way all you can hear is the ocean and the waves. There are rocky islets out to sea, one, Fish Rock, a famous Australian scuba diving point where Chris Hemsworth dropped out to recently. As I said, the view is amazing.
Anyway, back to books, and the beach below the lighthouse. This is where Misty saw the future and an unknown man drowning. Or he very soon would be…
Lyrebird Lake is not near South West Rocks, but my midwives originally came from Coffs Harbour and moved away to Queensland to Lyrebird Lake Maternity. Misty was down at the beach to say goodbye to one of her favourite places before she moved north when “it” happened.
I hope you enjoy the second book in the Lyrebird Lake Series, MISTY. She comes out 30th November and there’s still two more books to come in this session. More later in the year.
Happy November to you all and waving from a beautiful morning in Australia. I took this photo just a few minutes ago from the veranda at home and would love to share it with you. No colour added except by Mother nature. It’s going to be a beautiful day.
Today I’d like to talk about series books.
What do you love about series books? I’m a fan, and I think one of my favourite aspects, apart from the main romance, are the secondary characters we re-meet each time. Quirky fun people and places that we settle back into each new book in the series. Lyrebird Lake is like that. Perhaps you’ve read a Lyrebird Lake book many years ago. Well we are starting from there, rewritten, expanded, and updated to really allow you to jump into the town and immerse in the people right from the beginning.
Welcome to Lyrebird lake 2020 and onwards. It’s going to be a fun ride and I hope you can join the party. One book a month for the next four months and more to come after that. Montana, Misty, Mia and Emma begin.
So many scenes have given me smiles, tears and laugh out loud moments. I do hope you get the chance to cherish the amazing community of Lyrebird Lake like I do, as well as the journeys my caring midwives take to find the happiness they deserve.
The Midwives of LYREBIRD LAKE
Every day brings a miracle…
It’s time for these midwives to become mothers themselves!
In the first book we meet widowed mum Montana Browne… I’ve loved Montana’s story from the first moment I pictured the sunrise on the mountain
For midwife Montana, finding out she was pregnant was the best moment of her life. But days later she was widowed.
Nine months have passed, her daughter is born, and Montana knows she needs a fresh start.
Dr Andy Buchanan is building services at Lyrebird Lake Hospital and he wants Montana for the new maternity unit. He can’t get the beautiful new mum out of his mind.
Lyrebird Lake is the perfect place for Montana to build a new life – with Andy?
Aren’t the covers gorgeous? I love all the different Lyrebirds. And the river behind in that meme is our local Macleay River at sunrise. I was driving to mind the grandkids. Had to stop and take a photo. I hope your day is filled with beautiful snapshots and smiles, too. Thank for having me drop in. Xx Love Fi
Hello again and welcome to the Love Is The Best Medicine Blog. Fiona McArthur here.
Today, I’d like to chat about The Bush Telegraph, my latest Penguin contemporary romance fiction. I loved the setting and the people in this book so much it was hard to let them go. If you haven’t been to outback Australia, and I’m talking past Longreach, which is twelve hundred kilometres from Brisbane, across to Winton, and further to Boulia and down the back way to Windorah (a loooong way) then there’s some amazing Australia you still need to see. If you possibly can, then I sincerely hope you manage to do so. If you have or can’t, enjoy the visions though my eyes and meet some amazing people in the book and I wish you an experience you will never forget. I thought I’d share an excerpt from Chapter 2, because it talks about the distances from the point of view of eleven-year-old Bridget, and I loved being eleven again. Love Fi.
The Bush Telegraph
‘Welcome to Middleton. Population one?’ Bridget’s mother slowed the car as she read the sign out loud. ‘Gotta love outback Queens- land.’
Her mum smiled, but at eleven years old, Bridget felt more horrified than amused. As she stared at the poo-brown emptiness, she couldn’t believe she’d been born out here somewhere.
Soon they drove past the roadhouse/pub, the only remotely house-like building in the sad excuse for a town. The wide gravel drive held two dark cars out front like two black teeth in a yawn of boredom.
‘There’ll be more people at Spinifex, Bee. And it’s only for twelve months. Don’t worry.’
Bridget looked at the tin roof radiating heat and couldn’t help imagining an egg sizzling sunny-side up. It was so hot!
Her mother said, ‘A hundred and fifty years ago, this was a changing station for Cobb & Co horses between Winton and Boulia.’
Bridget sat straighter at the mention of horses. One of the possible upsides of her mother’s nursing contract in western Queensland was the chance that she could have a horse – her mum had said she’d think about it. She couldn’t have her best friend, Millie, or any of the friends she had on the island, but maybe a horse . . .
Bridget pressed her face to the window again and stared at the single-building village. ‘That has to be the smallest town ever.’
Her mum laughed again as she sped up out of the ‘built-up- area’ speed zone. It wasn’t funny, but at least one of them was in a good mood. Bridget couldn’t even begin to compare the last town they’d passed through after driving for hours, Winton, with Lord Howe Island.
She wanted her old world with people she knew. Not this empty world. She’d seen Darling Harbour, the zoo, lots of places really, when she’d spent holidays on the mainland while her mum had been nursing there. Bridget was still in shock that they’d left the island where she’d grown up.
She couldn’t believe she wouldn’t be going back to the Island Central School, where you didn’t have to wear shoes if you didn’t want to. Out here, she’d bet her feet would burn right off if she went barefoot. And they’d be here for twelve months! Year Six had been the year she’d been looking forward to. She puffed out a worried sigh. Finally, she’d be a senior girl, but now she’d be in a new school, with people she didn’t know. What if they’d all learned stuff she hadn’t?
This place out here in the centre of Queensland would be horrid. These huge distances you had to sit in the car for. Long, straight roads that went over the horizon and then over the next and the next. Her gaze tried to stop the shimmery mountains wiggling like mirages in front of her. This just felt all wrong.
‘Look at the baby emus!’
Her mum’s words shifted Bridget’s dark thoughts and her eyes widened. Wow. ‘The mother emu’s so tall.’ The flightless bird’s long neck turned to look at them with suspicion as the car slowed again and her spotty followers quickened their pace.
Bridget laughed out loud at the three speckled emu chicks as they trotted beside their mother parallel to the road.
‘The landscape’s changed a lot since yesterday, hasn’t it, Bee?’ Mum offered the obvious statement.
Bridget’s brief excitement died. Der.
They’d flown into Brisbane, a city like Sydney, where they picked up her mum’s almost-new car and their sent-ahead belongings. That had been exciting.
Last night they’d stayed in a long, skinny cabin at a place called Longreach. She knew why they called it that – it had taken ages to get there. But they’d had pizza delivered to their little house at the end of a row of tiny overnight houses, and that had been fun.
But that was last night. Now they were approaching their destination from an angle Mum said even she hadn’t seen. Bridget hoped they were on the right road. Granny usually gave the direc- tions if they drove anywhere.
A pang of too-recent loss tightened her throat. How odd it felt, to have just Mum and her on the road, and it would be even stranger to be in a house on their own.
Their home on the island with Granny had always been full of friends. Bee loved impromptu parties, and when Mum flew out to work for the week Bridget had always had Granny and company.
Bridget remembered the funeral, the day they’d poured Granny’s ashes and special tree oil into the hole under the fig. What had they called it? A Living Legacy Planting Day. Something about converting ashes into living molecules that would help the tree grow, like the circle of life. Weird. But it was what Granny wanted.
There was something comforting about how Granny could be a part of the magnificent tree she’d always loved outside her beach house on the island. Bridget could see in her mind the little plaque staked in next to it with Alma Toms written on it.
Granny was still on Lord Howe. Bridget wasn’t. Bridget sucked air through her teeth and turned to face her mother, trying to get the message across. ‘It’s different from the island.’
There’d be no dashing off to follow a lizard into the bush. No sitting on a high rock watching the waves. She spread her hands. ‘It’s so empty. So far between places. We can’t tramp around the place, like we’d normally do on the island.’ Tramp. She sighed – that was what Granny used to say.
The words made her remember everything she’d be missing all over again. There would be no Granny. No beach. No ocean. This was the never-never, like in the books she’d read at school. With the heat and dry, where Mum said people died in the desert.
‘There are other things to do.’ Her mum waved at the window. ‘Though exploring out here in the hot sun isn’t safe. Promise me you’ll remember that. And if you ever decide to take off without telling me’—she gave her a stern look—‘you have to also remember that without water or shade, your life will be in danger.’
‘I’ve got it, I promise, Mum.’ Like she hadn’t said that before. ‘Don’t go anywhere without telling you. Shade. Water. But what will we do when you’re not working?’ Bridget’s worry made her voice crack.
The silence stretched. Even her mum couldn’t think of anything at the moment. ‘We’ll have an adventure,’ she finally said.
‘Small towns and gossip go together like trees and birds.’
It’s been more than ten years since Maddy Locke left Spinifex, the small outback town where she gave birth to her daughter, Bridget. Now she’s back to prove she’s got what it takes to run the medical centre and face the memories of that challenging time in her life. But everything’s changed – the old pub is gone, her new colleagues aren’t pleased to see her, and it’s drier and hotter than ever.
Station owner, Connor Fairhall, thought he’d left the drama behind in Sydney, but moving back to Spinifex with his rebellious son, Jayden, hasn’t been the fresh start he’d envisioned. His brother, Kyle, is drinking too much and the only bright spot on the horizon is meeting Nurse Maddy, who’s breathing new life into the weary town up the road, little by little.
Can Maddy ignore the rumours about Connor and risk her heart again? Or will the bush telegraph spread along the wire fences and stand in the way of trust?
From Australia’s renowned midwife and bestselling author of The Desert Midwife, The Bush Telegraph is a romantic drama about love, friendship, community and the joys and challenges of life in the outback.
Waving from Australia, and hope this finds you all well and safe. Thank you for having me on Love Is The Best Medicine. Especially on the FIRST SATURDAY blog. I’m honoured.
Just for fun – I have a ten minute you-tube video talking about this book which you can click on if you’d like to hear it. Or you could skip and read on.
The book I’d like to introduce you to today, isn’t one of my Harlequin Medical Romance, but it is a Medical Romance Western and just as much fun. It’s from an American publisher called Tule Publishing.
I actually think Maeve and Jace are two of the most enjoyable characters I’ve written. They jumped off the page, never stopped talking, each amusingly original, dedicated, but hurt from the past in their own way. Of course, there are babies born, like all of my books.
I know my love of this book has a lot to do with my love of all the characters in Wirralong, our fictitious Australian town, and the smile I get when I think of the other Australian authors in now, our third series. How wonderful is that!
BTW My Holly’s Heart from Series 1 won the NZ Koru Romance Book of the Year 2019 and now Lacey from Series 2 is a finalist for 2020 in the Koru. Both are available in print and ebook. Please wish Lacey luck.
As I said, my joy comes from the fact our little bride’s town is a place I feel comforted to visit, with strong, wonderful people. To be able to return, and in my case meet old friends like Holly and Ben and how they’re going, catch up on Lacey and Cameron and cheer the progress of their children, it really is like visiting family on holidays. I think that’s the best part about series romances. Do you enjoy a series? I’m addicted to them.
Just saying, all the Wirralong Brides makes me smile. The town makes me feel warm.
I hope Wirralong makes you feel warm, comforted, safe and surrounded by friends. Wishing you quiet happiness and contentment in your life, and joy in your books. I thought I’d share a fun part that I always think about when I think of my latest Wirralong Bride, Maeve’s Baby…
Excerpt from the book
By eight twenty his daughter was asleep. He agonised over the late hour and decided any time before nine was acceptable. And he’d said he’d ring.
He took himself into his bedroom and dragged the pillows into a tall pile and leaned back against them.
Okay. Crikey, he felt like a teenager asking a girl for a first date. He’d already kissed Maeve. And she wasn’t scary.
Except today, maybe. The thought of her standing on two steps glaring down at him made him smile.
He pressed the call button.
The phone rang six times before she answered. He knew. Because he counted the rings.
‘Lucky this isn’t a video call,’ she said.
Jace felt the relief bubble up as laughter. He leaned back more loosely into the pillows with a stupid grin on his face. He loved she just launched straight in without salutations. ‘Why’s that?’
‘Guess where I am.’
‘I hope not,’ he said.
‘No. Not the ladies. I don’t take the phone to the ladies.’
He hooted. ‘Good to know. Where are you?’
‘I have no clothes on.’
He stilled and somewhere a hot flame licked between his legs. Just like that. With five words. ‘Is this one of those phone-sex calls?’
He heard her snort down the line. ‘I’m in the bath. There’re bubbles. So, you can’t see anything. And it’s certainly not phone sex.’
‘The horse book I read took ages. Jemima is now asleep.’
‘So, what is this call about, anyway?’
‘I was thinking …’
‘So much better than just reacting,’ she agreed piously, and he wondered if she was talking about today. He would not get side-tracked.
‘At work, we are Dr Jace Bronson and midwife Maeve McGill.’
‘Observant, aren’t you.’
He refused to be derailed. He’d been working this out. ‘Then there’s me and you, Jace and Maeve.’
‘Hmm.’ She was listening. After a short pause she said, ‘And?’
‘I was thinking Jace and Maeve could talk at night before we go to sleep. Thought we could try tonight, and see how we go.’
There was the sound of bubbles and splashing.
‘Are you okay?’
‘I was just thinking underwater.’
He had to smile at that. Picturing that. Nice picture.
She splashed then said, ‘It’s lucky I bought one of those waterproof phone cases, then.’
‘Did you know …’ he paused, his face cracking into a smile as the idea expanded, ‘…there’s a bath here in this place for me, too?’
He heard a soft laugh. Sounded breathy to him. He shifted on the bed enjoying this way more than he’d thought he would. Finally, she said, ‘You’re saying we could both lie in the bath and chat? At night? In the dark?’
‘I hadn’t thought of the dark, but that’s a nice idea.’
‘Um. Then I’d have a full picture of you in my head, naked in your bath, with bubbles.’ A long silence, but he had the feeling she wasn’t finished. Eventually she said, ‘That’s pretty darn hot, regardless of the temperature of the water.’
‘Tell me about it.’
Maeve’s Baby came out 5th August. Grab your copy today from:
Personally signed print copies can be purchased from Fiona’s bookstore here.
I do have a free ebook copy of Maeve’s Baby to send to someone – so do leave a comment and be in the draw. The draw question – Do you love Series romances? Why or what is your favourite part or series – Or even why not? I’d love to know.
Thank you as always, dear Love Is The Best Medicine community, and I will see you next month, for The Bush Telegraph, when my big book for Penguin Australia comes out.Xx Fi
News in this week that two medical romance authors are finalists in the contemporary romance section of Australia’s prestigious Ruby award!
Fiona MacArthur scored for The Desert Midwife
What if the love of your life forgot who you were?
When outback midwife Ava May meets Zac on a flight to Alice Springs, they tumble into a whirlwind affair. But an exciting adventure leads to a terrible accident, with shattering consequences. The couple who had so much going for them now find themselves with everything to lose.
Devastated, Ava retreats to her family cattle station to help salvage what she can of the critical situation. But at home on the drought-ridden farm, her brother is being pushed to his limits, and as his depression intensifies, Ava must step in to prevent another family tragedy.
Against the majestic backdrop of Australia’s Red Centre, old dreams are shattered, new babies are born and true love takes flight.
By Australia’s renowned midwife and bestselling author of Mothers’ Day, The Desert Midwife is a romantic drama about strong families, medical miracles and new beginnings.
And Amy Andrews finaled with her romcom (non medical) Nothing But Trouble
For five years, Cecilia Morgan’s entire existence has revolved around playing personal assistant to self-centered former NFL quarterback Wade Carter. But just when she finally gives her notice, his father’s health fails, and Wade whisks her back to his hometown. CC will stay for his dad—for now—even if that means ignoring how sexy her boss is starting to look in his Wranglers.
To say CC’s notice is a bombshell is an insult to bombs. Wade can’t imagine his life without his “left tackle.” She’s the only person who can tell him “no” and strangely, it’s his favorite quality. He’ll do anything to keep her from leaving, even if it means playing dirty and dragging her back to Credence, Colorado, with him.
But now they’re living under the same roof, getting involved in small-town politics, and bickering like an old married couple. Suddenly, five years of fighting is starting to feel a whole lot like foreplay. What’s a quarterback to do when he realizes he might be falling for his “left tackle”? Throw a Hail Mary she’ll never see coming, of course.
A few months ago we collected some ‘extra’ blogs from our authors, to make sure that we could keep our schedule full during lockdown. It’s way past time to acknowledge all their work and say thank you to everyone who’s kept our blog flourishing over these last difficult months, both readers and writers. Whatever happens next, we’ll still be here!
We are also keen to acknowledge a more important debt. Some of our Medical Romance writers have been away working in various medical roles – risking so much to help keep their communities safe and well. Thank you isn’t enough, but it’s all we have. We love you.
Today we have a blog from Fiona McArthur – who wrote some months ago about ten jobs to do in lockdown. But her suggestions are so good, that as some of us take our first tentative steps towards a new normal, they’re as much fun to do now as they were then. Over to Fiona!
Waving again to lovers of Medical Romance.
Thank you so much to the hardworking organisers who keep this blog going. I may not post much but I really enjoy reading your blogs.
Blog wise – A little while ago I was asked to submit a short, fun, column for The Sunday Telegraph, an Australian newspaper, and I came up with this. ST did take some of the article but only about a third of it was published, apologies to those who have seen this, but I’m hoping most of you haven’t. I thought Love Is The Best Medicine might enjoy the whole article- even if it gives you just a tiny smile- I’m happy xx Fi
Ten jobs you never thought you’d achieve
As a recently retired midwife – pre Covid-19 – normally I would be away gallivanting in some far town, far city or far country for a week or two most months, because travel and travelling gives me inspiration for my writing. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Now, like you, I’m home to stay. Here’s a quick play with ideas as I settle in for the duration. I hope to spark some of your own clever tasks, make you smile, and leave you with the satisfaction of success at a fun task. Happy achieving.
Washing the collection of seashells in the bathroom that have sat on the window-sill for years – don’t forget to take the time to listen to the sound of the sea inside them.
Culling books you know you will never read. Someone else will love them. Reassure yourself that if you want to read the book you donated then you can probably get it in e-book or from the library. I know this WILL NOT find favour with stalwarts of ARRA who have book children they would never part with xx But I need to cull.
Sorting the old boxes (and boxes) of photographs of your children – what do you do with fifteen copies of solo year four pics of each son? Then give the new boxes to each son. Heh Heh.
Makinga space for you. A meditation room to sit and chill and not think. Needs a comfy cushion and a curtain for privacy.
Or, could also be a medication room if you take a glass of wine, with a makeshift day bed to lie on in a tiny space. I’ve seen fab ones on the corner of a verandah inside a kids tent.
Best as separate from the house where you can listen to your meditation, music or read a book. Can be a tent with cushions or your car in the garage with a sheet over it if needed. Company is lovely but we all need our own space to chill.
Rewrite your address book. Write a letter, send a postcard – that would be fun – to every person’s name you come across who makes you smile and you haven’t connected with in a while. Those who don’t make you feel good – wish them well out loud and remove from the list.
Grow something – Shallots are satisfying. Nothing more fun than buying a bunch of shallots from the supermarket to use – then planting the ends after you’ve garnished with the tops. They grow so quickly and look so green. They make me smile and taste amazing.
Experiment – with hair colour. Try a new one every week. 🙂 Use food colouring and mix it with white conditioner until you get the colour you want. Natural ones wash out. Look it up on google for instructions. How funny. Nobody is going to see you. Though if you have black hair nobody will be able to tell.
Cook. Something old-fashioned you’ve never tried before. Like toad in the hole? Or Turkish delight? Or damper.
Marathon watch that box set you never opened. I can’t believe I have McCloud’s Daughters and Downtown Abbey to watch.
Write ten fabulous things about your significant other or best friend, despite it not being their birthday, Give it to them.
11/ Or you could read a fabulous medical romance.
Loving all the discussion on-line. Thanks so much for being there everyone and for your support of authors and readers. xx Fi
Author of more than forty books, Fiona’s latest fiction novel is MIDWIFE IN THE JUNGLE mostly set in Papua New Guinea. Available now. Her audiobook out this month is MOTHERS DAY. The Bush Telegraph, set in far western Queensland, is out 1st September 2020. Pre-order here. Or order any of her signed print books from Fiona at www.FionaMcArthurAuthor.com/bookstore.