Sensual Liaisons: The Sword and the Rose Collection


Cover Design by Dusktildawn Designs and Luminosity Publishing

All original artwork by Dawné Dominique and copyright remains with her.


Sensual Liaisons: The Sword and the Rose Collection by Louise Roberts is a paperback that is to comprise of books 2, 3, and 4 of The Sword and the Rose Series.

So that these three great e-books can be available in print, Luminosity Publishing has incorporated them into a paperback.

The book is due for release on 15th April 2017 and can be purchased through the usual distributor channels such as Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Luminosity Publishing’s own website.

Although there had been plans for three more books in the series it was decided that it was time to end the Spanish 17th century saga after book 4.


Louise Roberts will now concentrate on her “Romance in War” series comprising of different stories set during World War II.

Book 1 – Letter from a Stranger is set in London during the Blitz was published by Luminosity Publishing in June 2015 and is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble.

Book 2 – Dragoon Serenade is set in the south of France during the three weeks leading up to the Allied invasion of Operation Dragoon on 15th August 1944. Although this book is completed it is currently awaiting publication.

Book 3 – Balor’s Landing is set on the tiny island of Toraigh [Tory] off the Irish coast of county Donegal starting in September 1944. This book is Louise’s current work in progress, with four more books planned after this one.

In addition Louise is considering starting other adventures with new characters set during the 18th century but at this stage she won’t give anything away as to where and when those characters will emerge.


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London Revisited – Travel Log 29

I was just checking through my travel blogs as I was sure I had already covered London, and I was right. Travel Log 26 when I visited the UK in 2014

However, as I was in London yet again only the other week [5th – 13th November 2016], I thought I would add to the previous adventure.

I arrived on Guy Fawkes Night and was pleased to learn from my younger sister that I had been invited to join them at a Fireworks’ Party that night. My sister, Terry and brother-in-law, Rudy met me at Heathrow and drove me back to their home in Totteridge, where I would be staying during my time in London.

Having unpacked [not much as only brought cabin luggage] and had a cup of tea we set off for Beckenham in Kent. The traffic through London was unbelievable and it took over an hour to cover the 30 miles or so from Totteridge. It was a bitterly cold night but the company of friends and the food and drink provided certainly made up for it.

The fireworks were fantastic.

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Sunday was to be a quiet day with our cousins coming over for lunch. Terry prepared a wonderful meal and I did my bit by setting the table:


The reason for my visit to London was to get my British passport renewed, but also because it was my brother-in-law’s birthday on the 9th; so I thought I would ‘kill two birds with one stone’. It also gave me the opportunity to catch up with friends.

Now that I am residing in the south of France, the trip to England is a lot easier than from Australia; and being so close [2 hours flying time] I’ll be able to do it more regularly. All the same; as it had been two years since my previous visit I had a list of ‘things to do and buy’ whilst in London.

First on the list was to visit Brent Cross Shopping Centre, which was our local haunt when my family lived near there which was before I moved to Australia, and they moved to Golfe Juan. So Monday morning Terry drove us to the shops and I went spending….

Amongst my purchases was a present for Rudy. Rather than buy yet another predictable bottle of wine, I spotted a stall named the Amazing Chocolate Workshop – it was utterly brilliant. Everything from nuts and bolts, spanners, pliers, tools of all sorts, to a deli section displaying cheeses, sausages, ravioli, graters, knives, wooden spoons; and a cosmetics counter with lipsticks, compacts, tubs of makeup… but ALL made of chocolate:

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I ended up buying Rudy a set of pliers and pincers:


The problem is he said they were too fantastic to eat!! Oh well… one tries :o)

Loaded up with a pair of jeans, Christmas cards, a nativity set, 2017 wall calendar, 2017 refill for my Filofax, crossword puzzles for my sister, Lesley [at Golfe Juan], and a few other odds and ends we returned home for a well-deserved rest.

Tuesday was the day I had booked to have my passport renewed. Having pre-arranged and pre-paid for it prior to leaving France, the appointment was booked for 10.45am. Terry came with me to Victoria – we took the underground train from Totteridge – even with such a brilliant service the journey still took an hour due to the peak time rush. I had forgotten how crowded the trains get in London at that time of the day.

After a small hiccup I was told to return at 3.40pm to collect my new passport. We took the tube to Oxford Circus and walked down Regent Street to a Pret-a-Manger Café for lunch. From there Terry went off to her office – not all of us have retired from work yet – whilst I decided to walk back to Victoria at a leisurely pace as I needed to kill time.

Fortunately although overcast it remained dry. It was all the same quite cold, so the walk was welcome just to get the blood pumping.

Unlike the last time I was in London I saw sights that, although were very familiar, it was nice to see again, and some I had not ever noticed before.

Setting off then from Regent Street I walked its length south to Piccadilly Circus to say ‘hello’ to our old friend “Eros”, and was pleasantly treated to another sculpture I had never seen before – the Horses of Helios [created by London artist Rudy Weller].

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From Piccadilly I walked down Haymarket and came out at Trafalgar Square making sure to acknowledge our famous Sea Lord, Admiral Horatio Nelson atop of his column:


For those who follow my blogs and/or my writings in general they would know my love of anything historical. Europe, in deed, London in particular is steeped in history, and I could, time permitting, spend endless hours trying to capture all statues and monuments that record those events of the past.

Last week included a day that is held dear to the majority of the world’s population – or at least to those who lived through the two World Wars and survived them, or who had friends and relatives who perished in them; whether, either as civilians, or as combatants. It is also a day remembered by those generations that grew up following those conflicts; and it is hoped that future generations will continue the tradition of observing the 2 minutes silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

It was my original intention to attend the Cenotaph at Whitehall on Friday 11th November to be there at the appropriate hour to pay my respects. Unfortunately my schedule of planned events meant that this would not be possible.

However, as I was at Whitehall on the Tuesday [8th] I took a moment to stand in front of the War Memorial and offer a silent prayer.


I continued along Whitehall reaching Parliament Square where Big Ben loomed above me, Westminster Abbey before me being prepared for the Armistice Day commemorations, and sighting a statue I certainly wasn’t expecting to see in London… Abraham Lincoln:

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By the time I arrived at Victoria my feet were killing me. I should have known better and worn trainers not boots!!

At least my passport was ready and I was able to return to Totteridge to enjoy a relaxing evening.

I had a day at home on Wednesday, but met up with old friends in the evening – it was great to see them again, even though two of them had come out to Golfe Juan with their respective partners to pay me a visit the previous month. Still – it’s always nice to be with friends!

Thursday was another full day. Terry and I went out shopping yet again, and then made a special visit to pay our respects to our dad who had passed away in June 1989 having lost his battle to cancer; and from there we went to say ‘hello’ to our cousin Ron, who also left us in September 1987 due to a massive heart attack – he was 36. I always make a point of visiting my departed relatives every time I am in London. Both men were a great influence on my life, so it is only fitting that I shall never forget them.

On a lighter note, that afternoon Terry and I headed back into the West End as she was in search of a restaurant for an event she wanted to book up. As it turned out the café at St. James’ Park no longer took bookings so another venue had to be found. We walked across Horse Guards Parade narrowly avoiding a group of mounted soldiers, smiled at the guards on horseback at the gates on Whitehall and headed northwards in search of a suitable venue or two.

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From Whitehall we proceeded onto Covent Garden where we were to meet up with Rudy. Terry had bought tickets for the Musical “Half a Sixpence” being performed at the Noel Coward Theatre in St. Martin’s Lane; but first we were due to meet up with some friends for dinner.


It was only just after 5pm and we needed to kill some time. Rudy was keen to find some ski gloves so we visited a couple of shops and he was happy to find a pair he liked, and even happier when Terry bought them for him… well it was his birthday after all :o)

Although the Christmas lights have been erected around town it is a shame that, apart from a few shops, they have not been illuminated as yet – I expect it’s too early in the season. The ones in Covent Garden represent giant mistletoes… I reckon they will be wonderful when they are lit.

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Dinner was at an Italian restaurant named “Sartori” is located at 15-18 Great Newport Street. The food was first class and reasonably priced. If you’re ever near there it certainly worth a visit:

On to the show… and what a brilliant performance it was by all the actors – it was a highly enjoyable and entertaining musical. Thanks Terry for such a perfect treat :o)


There was more shopping to do on Friday, taking 2 minutes out at 11am as a mark of respect, and Saturday it was time to pack. We had another dinner with family on Saturday night, and then a drive to Heathrow on Sunday morning.

The week was over and before I knew it I was back in Golfe Juan.

It certainly was a well-packed, well-planned and entertaining sojourn in London, and perhaps a nice way to end a year that had such a traumatic start for me. Christmas is yet to come, and I shall no doubt enjoy it with my immediate family. If any friends are nearby I’m sure a drink or two will be shared to see the New Year in.

2017 is only six weeks away; what it will bring is anyone’s guess, but we can only hope that it will bring us all peace, well-being, and happiness.

RLB – Tomewriter

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Master Story Teller – Justin Sheedy


I first learned of Justin Sheedy via my wife who had heard the name mentioned on her favorite radio show with Alan Jones on 2GB three years ago. Knowing my passion for anything relating to history and in particular World War II since the publication of my own non-fiction book “Smithy’s War” in 2005 and then as an e-book in 2012, she suggested I obtain a copy of “Ghosts of the Empire”.

I must admit that when I read this I was blown away by not only the story, but in the way Justin Sheedy related the tale. His vivid descriptions of the aerial sequences as put in the thoughts and words of the pilots transported the reader [me] in the cockpit with them.

I loved the book so much I had to get the prequel.

I was honored to meet Justin at Dymocks Bookstore in George Street, Sydney where he graciously signed a copy of “Nor the Years Condemn”. [I also bought that day his book “Goodbye Crackernight” which was a lovely insight to times in Australia now long gone].

Anyway as it turned out “Nor the Years Condemn” was as good as “Ghosts of the Empire”, so when I heard that Justin was releasing the third book in his trilogy “No Greater Love” I knew this too had to be bought.

As much as I would have loved to have purchased a copy from him in Sydney in order to get it signed, it was not to be as since March 2016 I have been residing in the south of France. Fortunately I was able to obtain it on Amazon.

The moment I started reading it I knew I was going to be unable to put it down; and so it was just as I thought.  I found myself in the kitchen that first night of reading it with the book in one hand, and a wooden spoon in the other stirring my dinner.

My family is of Maltese origin and since an early age we were always taken to the island on summer holidays to visit family and friends. The thing one noticed the most during the 1950’s and 1960’s was how much evidence there still was of the bomb damage that had occurred on the island during World War II.

Malta is a very small island. At 260 square kilometers it is smaller than London that covers an area of 1,572 square kilometers. Yet as much as people remember the Blitz that devastated London, it was nothing compared to the pounding that the people of Malta received from June 1940 to November 1942 by Italian and German aircraft flying out from their bases in Sicily only 60 miles away.

“No Greater Love” takes you on a journey back in time to the small island of Malta beginning in April 1942. From the moment you turn the first few pages you are drawn into a story that so absorbs your very being that you can immediately feel an empathy with the pilots, ground crew, and the very populace who were being tormented by the continuous bombing raids by enemy aircraft. Germany’s goal was to destroy the populations resolve and forcing them to surrender or by letting them starve to death by ensuring all convoys transporting fuel and food were sunk before they reached the island.

Justin Sheedy’s thorough research is transposed onto the novel’s pages as he carefully exposes the hardship the people of Malta went through. It is also astounding to read that with so little food available how the pilots and ground personnel were able to continue the fight against the Axis forces.

“No Greater Love” is a testament to those few pilots who risked their lives to ensure that the generations to follow them into the future would not have to live under the rule of tyranny.

From Malta our hero, Colin Stone is transferred to North Africa and finally to England. Although his journey is fraught with danger, he still manages to put a smile on your face with his good humor.

As for the end, it caught me by surprise, and it left me feeling content, despite the small tear in my eye.

I’m sure Justin won’t mind me attaching the link to his website here,

If you haven’t read any of his books, then start with “Nor the Years Condemn” before reading “Ghosts of the Empire” and “No Greater Love”. I assure you it will be an experience worth having.

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Well Done Louise Roberts

Not only has “Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms” been released today 19th October 2016 by Luminosity Publishing, LLP, the book has also managed to score the Highest Historical Romance Rating and # 1 Best Seller on the ARe Distributor website.


Keep up the good work Louise… may there be many sales along the way.

RLB – Tomewriter

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Showcasing “NO GREATER LOVE” by Justin Sheedy

No Greater Love by Justin Sheedy

To abandoned child, Colin Stone, World War Two grants an escape from the mean streets of St. Kilda. A natural warrior, his talents qualify him to join an elite group of young men. The shining ones. Who fly Spitfires against Nazi tyranny. Rising with them, from the top Colin Stone looks down on a world that has doomed his first true friends.

Bringing to vivid life true Australian war history and events, No Greater Love is a saga in the classic mold, featuring the drama, beauty, heroism and horror of one young man’s war journey through stunning Malta, Egypt and North Africa, Sicily, England and Europe. It is a portrait of the once-in-a-lifetime characters the war places on his path, of the tragic, wholesale waste of war, on occasion even the profound humanity of his enemy, and of his evolving perception of his world for what it is.

Though standing on its own as a ripping and also highly emotional read, No Greater Love is the third and final chapter of Justin Sheedy’s now widely and warmly cherished World War Two novel trilogy begun with Nor the Years Condemn and Ghosts of the Empire. Continuing and now concluding their portrait of shining young men destined never to grow old, No Greater Love is the full and rich story of Part 1’s reader-favourite character, Aussie rough diamond Colin Stone (‘Stoney’). It is the story of his war, of his loyalty and devotion to his friends, of his enduring love for the mother who abandoned him, and his dreams of being held by her once again.

BOOK LAUNCH! “No Greater Love” by Justin Sheedy – Sat 3 Sept 2016 at Dymocks Sydney

About the Author:


Justin Sheedy was born in 1968 and grew up in North Epping in Sydney’s north-west suburbs. He was educated by the Little Sisters of No Mercy, then by the Jesuits, and obtained a degree in fine arts, qualifying him to drive a cab.

He has worked in radio, for a while as a go-go dancer as well as for the Australian Public Service though has since made a full recovery. If you have ever worked in the public service, you will understand. If you still do work in the public service, Justin remembers you, so you better have been nice to him as he’s writing books now.

His efforts have seen him invited to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2010 and to the Gloucester Writers’ Festival 2012.

His books “Goodbye Crackernight” and “Nor the Years Condemn”, “Ghosts of the Empire” plus now his latest book “Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer” are available at AMAZON in paperback and Kindle formats, in Australia at Dymocks Books nation-wide. Also at GLEEBOOKS, ABBEY’S BOOKSHOP, BERKELOUW BOOKS & THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, in the UK via WATERSTONES, WH SMITH and orderable at YOUR local bookstore.


On a personal note, I have read all of Justin’s books and have enjoyed each one thoroughly. As recommendations go I have no difficulty in promoting Justin Sheedy’s books. I wish him every success with his latest offering “No Greater Love”.

RLB – Tomewriter

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BOOK LAUNCH! “No Greater Love” by Justin Sheedy – Sat 3 Sept 2016 at Dymocks Sydney

Wishing Justin every success with this book. If it’s as good as the two previous novels then it’s going to be a pleasure. I can’t wait to get my copy :o)

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Justin-Sheedy-Dymocks-8On the eve of Fathers’ Day 2016, Justin Sheedy will be launching his latest historical novel, No Greater Love. Bringing to vivid life true Australian war history and events, it is a saga of the drama, beauty, heroism and horror of a young Australian Spitfire pilot’s war journey through stunning Malta, Egypt and North Africa, Sicily, England and Europe. It is a portrait of the once-in-a-lifetime characters the war places on his path, of the tragic, wholesale waste of war, on occasion even the profound humanity of his enemy.

Though concluding Sheedy’s now highly acclaimed World War Two trilogy (all titles available on the day), No Greater Love is the stand-alone full story of Book 1’s reader-favourite character, Aussie rough diamond Colin Stone. It is the story of his loyalty and devotion to his friends, of his enduring love for the mother who abandoned him, and his dreams of…

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Third Time Lucky

A Tangled Web by Viviane Elisabeth Borg gets another lease of life when it is released on Friday 12th August 2016 by Luminosity Publishing, UK.

This will be third time in four years that A Tangled Web which is a mystery/suspense novel with romantic elements is published.

It was first published independently by Robert L J Borg as an e-book on Smashwords in 2012:

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In 2014, Sweet Cravings Publishing, USA (SCP) made an offer to publish the novel as an e-book and in print. Sales of the book did reasonably well under their banner, a lot to do perhaps with the flattering review by Nightowl:


Regrettably in September 2015 SCP went out of business and publishing rights were restored to the author.

Since then the book was submitted to several publishers and in May 2016 a three-year worldwide publishing contract was offered and accepted.

Viviane Elisabeth Borg is now eagerly looking forward to seeing her novel “live” again for all those millions of potential readers who enjoy a good mystery with romantic elements and, of course, a happy ending…

Serena Burton is a shy and disillusioned young English woman holidaying on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Malta. Although she finds romance with the hotel manager, Luigi Coletti she finds it hard to commit herself completely to their relationship. This is mostly due to her deep involvement in the life of her employer, an elderly writer named Louisa Weston.

As Serena gradually discovers Louisa’s strange past she is drawn into a tangled web of hidden mysteries. As these are slowly uncovered her fledging romance struggles to develop into something more meaningful. Regardless Luigi persists and though he perceives a future, it comes at a high price…

You will be able to find Viviane’s book initially on Luminosity’s website at and then on the usual popular book distributors. Buy links will be added to the blog page of A Tangled Web as they become available.


To those people who have not yet read it, please do, as I am sure you would enjoy it. I for one who has reviewed it countless times when working alongside the Sweet Cravings and Luminosity editors will never tire of it.

RLB – Tomewriter



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Menton – Travel Log 28

Menton is reachable by car along the A8 motorway, or if time isn’t pressing you could take the coast road. We however went by train. An adult return fare from Vallauris-Golfe Juan to Menton is €14.66 for a journey that takes just over the hour.

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Menton Railway Station

The area itself has been inhabited since pre-historic times but only gained some importance when under Roman influence. However it was in the 11th century that an initial permanent settlement was created. Since then control of the town passed from one noble to another until after the French Revolution when it was annexed to France.

From around the late-1800’s tourism became a major factor in the town’s growth. This was mainly due to Doctor James Henry Bennett who encouraged tuberculosis sufferers to visit the area as a way to improve their health.

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Doctor James Henry Bennett

The town was popularised by English and Russian aristocrats who constructed luxurious villas, hotels and palaces. A frequent visitor was the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Queen Victoria also visited Menton.

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The Winter Palace                   The Orient                               Le Balmoral

We stayed at Le Balmoral – a quaint hotel. Certainly not to the standards of hotels that I have been used to in Australia: for one thing there were no beverage making facilities in the room nor a fridge, but classed as a 3 star hotel so perhaps being France it doesn’t qualify for those facilities. The staff, on the other hand were friendly, helpful and efficient. We had dinner at the hotel on the first night of arrival [Monday 18th] and the food was superb. Breakfast the following morning was another story and was most disappointing. The single room I occupied was another let down. Although the room in itself was adequate the bed was possibly intended for a child. It was extremely low and narrower than one would expect a normal single bed. The rate for the night was €87 which I thought was high for a 3 star hotel and for the “lack” of facilities in the room. Oh! They did have a TV – at least that was something.

However I didn’t go to Menton for the hotel. I spent most of the time walking around the town sight-seeing; and there was so much to see.

Although Menton is nice to visit in summer, I am told the best time is February for their Lemon Festival. I guess I will be heading off again then to witness this event, although I shall not be staying at Le Balmoral.

As pictures speak louder than words here are a just a few snaps of the place for your pleasure:

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A word about the beaches they are consisted of a conglomerate of stones rather than sand – so a bit tough on the feet. If you are after sandy beaches then you won’t find any until you reach Golfe-Juan.

If the beaches aren’t for you then there is a vast array of boutiques, shoe shops, museums, galleries, cafés, restaurants, and gardens, as well as a casino to keep you more than occupied.

Menton is a beautiful town, one worth a visit, and even worth returning to.

For more information check out the Menton Visitors’ Guide at:

Until the next time – Happy Travelling!!


RLB – Tomewriter




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Baking Day

Anyone following my blog will know that as of the 2nd March this year [2016] I have been living in the south of France.

I retired from my 45 year career in the field of commercial credit management at the end of January and decided it was time for a sea change. As my personal circumstances changed at the same time it seemed logical to leave Australia that has been my home for the past 28 years and return to Europe.

Although I have been writing on a part-time basis, mostly as a hobby on an as and when I have time basis I have now decided to turn my hand to writing full-time. However with my move to Europe has also come a period of adjustment. For a start I am temporarily living with my mum and elder sister in their flat at Golfe Juan located close to Cannes on the Cote d’Azur. It’s a wonderful part of the world and the view from their apartment is spectacular. The view across the Mediterranean Sea is breath-taking. There is always so much to see – huge cruise ships on the horizon, exotic yachts of every size entering and exiting the port of Camille Rayon, sailing boats filling their sails as they skim across the bay of Le Golfe Juan, and occasionally, as moments ago, a show of fire fighting seaplanes practicing their skills in the event of the return of the bush fire season.

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Apart from carrying out a bit of research for my next book and a short blog from time to time I haven’t done much writing. My excuse is that I am unable to concentrate. I have bought a flat but I don’t finalise exchange until 7th June 2016, and I am waiting until I move in before I dedicate the lion’s share of my time to writing.

Until then I am killing time playing scrabble with my mother [a note on this: mum is 91 years old, has limited vision due to macular degeneration, but when it comes to playing Bridge and Scrabble she is champion]. I do manage to win sometimes though.

I have also spent time reading – never have I read so many books in such a short time – I have been averaging two to three a month depending on the book. In addition I have completed a hundred or so crosswords and I have been watching endless TV quiz shows… in French: It is a great way to improve my language skills. French isn’t my first language although I have known it since my youth – I am more comfortable with Italian and English [obviously], but since I have chosen to live in France it only seems sensible to improve my mastery of French.

So onto Baking Day…. As another diversion to keep me occupied I have offered on a few occasions to offer to cook for my family. I have prepared omelette; meatballs in a tomato sauce served with pasta; Ivory Coast Beef with rice; a salad or two, and today I experimented in preparing a fruit tart: a first for me. There were some cherries, grapes, a few prunes, and a couple of nectarines looking sad in the fridge. My sister suggested we have a fruit salad, but I said I would do something better. So this morning I nipped down the road to a local Spar supermarket and bought some short crust pastry then returned home to attack the fruit.

The photos speak for themselves [yes that’s me, Koala apron included]:

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Ready for the oven:                                        Baked:

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Presentation:            And of course, ready for eating:

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Served with custard it was quite good – not bad for a first attempt.

I expect the next time I cook anything will be at my new flat.

It’s an exciting prospect.

RLB – Tomewriter

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Easter 2016

If someone had told me that I would be spending Easter in France in 2016 I would have contradicted them, but here we are on Sunday, or should I say Dimanche, 27th March 2016 typing this blog at Golfe Juan-Vallauris on the Cote d’Azur.

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Accompanied with my family I attended church and tried to follow the Mass in French. Not an easy task. I would have done better had it been in Latin. Anyway, duty done we proceeded to the Hotel de Provence located at the Avenue de la Gare for a coffee – typically French tradition.

Hotel La Provence

Before heading home we stopped by the Patisserie to purchase a freshly baked fruit tart for our dessert at lunchtime which is to be with friends.

Home now, whilst typing this, Lesley is in kitchen creating a gastronomic masterpiece, and mum is relaxing in an armchair. This is living.

So as my first Easter gets underway I will wish you all peace and happiness for the future.

As for me I am looking forward to a new beginning in this beautiful corner of the world.

RLB – Tomewriter

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