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Gold Coast


Printed books v s E books – I know what I prefer.

According to The Huffington Post, (taken from The National Book Review, Oct, 2016) ebook sales are declining, while the printed book sales are steady.

In response to this, here’s 5 valid reasons why we should keep encouraging printed books and keeping this industry alive amongst so much technology.📚

1. Pages! Comforting, soft to touch, smelling lovely and new (or gorgeously old). To compare, ebooks are like reading an ATM machine.

2. You get to keep them! Printed books can add/enhance any collection, and look so cool on a book shelf (especially with an awesome book cover).

3. You can share them. How much bettet to make new friends than through exchanging books? They bring communities together, and can keep friendships thriving. Also, how much more social is a Book Club?

4. Printed books are a physical reminder of good times. How awesome is it to find a favorite book from your childhood amd delve back into those memories – just like a well liked song.

5. Lastly, and from a writer’s point of view, print book publishers are fairer to writers than the ebook version of their work. Publishers give less % royalties to ebooks which makes it that much harder to earn a living

Image: My favorite book store on the Gold Coast, BookFace.


Pacific Fair, Gold Coast

Coloured umbrellas

A shopping experience

Coffee and cheesecake

Suzanne Bowditch, 2016


Butcherbird, Gold Coast


He sits, and waits

A whisper in the wind

For something special

Suzanne Bowditch, 2016




Tiffany & Co.



The huge Pacific Fair shopping complex is, now, after masses of renovations, re open to the public. It now houses a mix of ‘normal’ stores, such as your Target and K Mart, plus another 50+ stores, including a very refined section where Tiffany & Co. rubs shoulders with Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin and Hermes.

We had to go there.

A friend of mine pointed out that the shoppers were thronging around K Mart and Big W, whereas there was barely a soul in the ‘posh’ part, just the odd ‘older woman dripping in jewels and Versace mini skirts, trying to look 18 again.’


But, hubby insisted that we at least look as if we shop there, hence the photo, taken just beyond the eagle eyes of the security guard at the Tiffany entrance..

Then we trotted over to Target……:)

June 12 Challenge

June 1-30 Challenge

Day 12 Twelve Things You Are Grateful For

June 12, 1942. Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday.

June 12, 2014. The last time I allowed the 12th to be a day of monthly mourning and depression for me. The next month, when the 12th rolled around, I chose to be grateful for the things and people I have rather than being depressed because of what I had lost.

12 Things I am grateful for:

  1. My family. We moved to the other side of the world exactly 10 years ago last weekend; me, my hubby and my two children. The move has made us stronger as a family unit and I’m forever grateful to have them.
  2. My dog. My little terrier Billy is a rascal, but he is also my writing companion and my support.
  3. My computer. Has enabled me to find my creativity.
  4. My creativity. This may sound quite narcissistic, but I love the fact that I can write. I love to create characters, places and settings and am grateful for that.
  5. My love of books. I have read since I was young, and feel privileged every time I find a new author or a gem of a book.I’m currently reading a Tracy Chevalier book, and am engrossed by it.
  6. Baking. I love to bake with my daughter. We set out most weekends to look through recipes and spend that precious family time together.
  7. The internet. I would be lost without my friend Google, as he is used so much in research. What was life like before the internet? I shudder to think.
  8. My car. Allows me to travel around the beautiful Gold Coast, and search for inspiration.
  9. Dining out. I love to discover new restaurants. As a family we eat out quite a bit; food helps us to connect and bond.
  10. The area I live in. Also, the world and all the gorgeous places in it. We should all be grateful to live on this glorious planet.
  11. My parents. For giving me life and good advice.
  12. Waking up each morning in a warm bed, content and looking forward to a new day.                                                              *

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