Good bye???? Its up to you!

Joan and Maureen visited the ladies from the Jessie Street Library on Thursday 21st July 2016. The ladies were very welcoming and seemed to enjoy our presentation. However Joan and Maureen have come to the conclusion that taking a whole day to do a presentation (this includes travelling) takes it toll both physically, mentally and gobbles up so much of our time. So … we have decided that unless a group PLEADS with us to come and speak with them we will not be doing any more author talks. We have enjoyed them in the past but now its all a bit much. Our books are still for sale, for how long we are not sure, so if you are interested in buying any one of them, we suggest you get in quick as we may even disappear from the web page.
If you do enjoy our posts the please say so, as we feel we are talking to the air and no one is listening. If we get some feedback then all will continue, if not, then bye bye.
Regretfully Joan and Maureen xx

Getting old is not for sissies.

As the weather is changing so are we. We are getting older, wiser and more positive. Or are we? Getting old is not for sissies as was quoted in the fab film The Quartet. As the cold is finally starting to arrive, our joints are feeling it. Knees, shoulders, fingers all getting a bit stiff? Remember the old adage, use it or lose it? Well its true. But before we complain too much girls, remember period pain, every month? Remember the pain of childbirth, every few years? Then of course there was the menopause. Remember? Well I don’t think a bit of arthritis in the winter comes close to those other inconveniences, do you?  Each time of our life brings its own joys and pain. Let’s rejoice about how good we feel on the good days and count ourselves blessed that are so lucky to be alive and living in our beautiful country.

Lovely ladies at Kurri in Feb and Marvellous March

Last month, on 12th February, Joan and Maureen visited Kurri Kurri to speak to the lovely ladies at the The Cottage. We all enjoyed ourselves and there is photo of the a few of us in the pictures section. Have a look.
Its now March and autumn is supposed to be here, but no, its late and we are still enjoying summer weather. Women everywhere are out getting their dose of Vitamin D. Maureen has made hay while the sun shines as well, she has been paddling on Lake Macquarie and on the Wyong River and getting plenty of fresh-air and sunshine.
Joan has been travelling to sunny Queensland to visit her grand daughter (and of course her gorgeous great grand daughter) and doing a few author talks while she is there.
We would love to come and visit YOU in your home town. Just give us a call. Oh by the way we will be in Morisset Tuesday 8th March, if you are near, catch us at the Library at 10am. Cheers for now. xx

Bring Back the Gold Mum

While on holidays in NZ I read about the Triwoman Series that runs a Triathlon for women and as I read on I became convinced that the 300m swim,10km bike and the 3km walk were all doable. I returned home, bit the bullet and paid my $60 rego fee.
What was I thinking?!
Family and friends were sceptical to say the least and not without good cause. Not only was I unfit, I am also not an outdoorsy person at all. Well I was committed so I set the alarm for 5.00am and wondered how I would drag myself out of bed – did I mention I’m not a morning person?
Surprise! Surprise! I jumped happily out of bed and was off to the ocean baths for a swim in the dark dawn. There I was putting my toe in the water as half a dozen blokes in their ‘budgie smugglers’ were doing serious laps. Where are all the old women like me I thought? Well if they’ve any sense they are all still in bed!
I struggled along, only touching bottom a few times, and I had competed 50m.
After a two weeks of this I was able to do 300m without stopping. Great. Now I added the walk – half a kilometre a day to start with then up to 1 km – then finally up to 3km
My daughter reminded me ‘if you’re going through hell, keep going’. Good idea!

Only the bike to go. So I got myself a gorgeous purple bike, purple crash hat, and purple shoes. I looked fabulous. Only one teeny, tiny problem – every time I tried to ride, I fell off the silly thing. Still I was committed and I had the swim and the walk under my belt so off I went on my own to Christchurch (This just before the earthquake).

I checked into the local friendly backpackers and arrived at the Event Centre and was instantly overwhelmed by the size of the place it had ben built for the Olympic Games and was complete with ornamental lakes, gym, polo pool, diving pool, lap pool, athletics field, child care and wonderful change rooms. After the Manager gave me a tour of the place and found out why I was there and my age, he then gave me two free passes so I could have a couple of orienting swims  before the event – you beauty!

At last the Big Day was dawning!                                                                                    Did I have butterflies? Yes!         Did they fly in formation? No!

I arrived at the grounds at 7.30am for an 8.30am start. It was a brisk, cool 10 degrees as hundreds of women and their supporters arrived. I explained that I was a danger on the road on a bike and they quickly adjusted my registration and with my number (205)pinned proudly on my chest  I proceeded to the area assigned for our bags and stuff.

It was a colourful scene as nearly 300 women in pearly pink caps wound their way around the pool to the stands. While climbing the stairs I moved to my seat and without my glasses I was unable to see that the floor changed levels, and down I went – no worries – nothing broken I was shaken but not stirred!

How slow I was became embarrassingly clear when everyone behind me had finished and I still had two laps to go and the officials were taking down the ropes around me .. I just remembered ‘if you’re going through’ …yes you got it. Finally the finishing steps were in sight and I pulled myself out to the cheers of the two remaining officials! now to dry off and head for the walk, the bike had already finished by now. The track took me through magical woodland and the women were so encouraging that it seemed to go very quickly.

By some miracle I found myself walking amid cheers, down the finishing line to be greeted by an official presenting me with an unexpected gold medal WOW!                   (I have to say that we all got one just for finishing)

I sent a text to my daughters “Got the Gold, home tomorrow!”



Check out Joan’s new book!

Yes another book for Marjobooks, this time something very special. A small and beautiful book that will inspire you, bring tears to your eyes, a smile to your lips and joy to your heart. Its called THE CRONE’S CHRYSALIS and its only $20, check it out on our books page. Be quick though its selling fast.

Wishing you a very happy Christmas

Yes its that time of year again! We’re all getting ready for the big day. Grandmothers are busy too, going to their grandkids end of year activities, buying pressies and having lunch with old friends. Therefore not much activity on the author talk scene as everyone is just too busy, including us! So catch you next year and oh yes, have a very happy Christmas with your family and especially with the ankle biters. If you have no grand ankle biters, seek some out; maybe you could gate crash a friend’s Christmas day celebrations and have fun with their family, I’m sure you’d be welcome. Or maybe just phone an old friend who is also on their own, they would welcome the call. However you celebrate this festive season, enjoy!

We are so lucky!

I’ve just returned from a holiday in French Polynesia, yes I know lucky me, and was enchanted with the place. Bora Bora especially as the water was an artists palate of blues, greys and turquoise. The women were stunning! Coffee coloured skin, long brown shinny black hair, full figures and the way they moved their hips was very sensual. No wonder sailors of yesterday went bonkers! The men were rather pleasant to look at as well, especially when we checked into the hotel in Papeete, they wore only a lap lap and their tattoos, and of course their friendly smiles. . Seriously though, beauty is everywhere, and when I returned home the beauty of my own country and the friendliness of our fellow Australians once again enchanted me. We are so lucky to live here in Australia, the countryside is fab. the people friendly and we still believe in a fair go for all. Well let’s hope so! What do you think? Cheers Maureen

Terrific time at Tuggerah

Another fun time at Tuggerah Library on Thursday. The ladies were happy to interact and tell us what they think and we shared lots of ideas about being older and living life to the max. We’d love to return next year and present a whole day on wellness, called at this stage, The Wellness Celebration. Keep an eye out for it and follow us on the blog for more info.
Lucky Maureen is off on hols next week so maybe no blog until November. Enjoy your days in the sunshine this spring.

The lovely ladies at Cessnock

We visited the Cessnock women’s shed this week, what a great bunch they are. We had a great time and the morning tea was super, it was mainly fruit, what a lovely change.
Yes we spoke about our books and sold a few as well. Good job someone is buying them, or we’d starve!