Category Archives: Australia

The Landowner’s Secret is Still $1.99!

If you’re in Australia or New Zealand you can still buy The Landowner’s Secret for $1.99! The sale ends at the end of the month.

The Landowner's Secret by Sonya Heaney blog-sized

New South Wales, 1885
When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush.
It is wealthy landowner Robert Farrer who finds her the next morning, dishevelled, injured, and utterly unwilling to share what she knows. With criminals on the loose and rumours that reckless bushrangers have returned to the area, Robert is determined to keep Alice out of danger, and insists on taking her into his home-despite the scandal it may cause. Convincing her to stay on with him for her own safety, however, is going to take some work.
What Robert doesn’t expect is his growing attraction to the forthright, unruly woman staying in his home. Before either of them can settle into their odd new situation, their home and wellbeing come under threat and they will need to trust each other to survive. But they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to ruin their burgeoning love, their livelihood … and their lives.

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Cheeky Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are too smart for their own good, and we have many of them here. This one likes to turn up a few times a day, do a balance beam routine on the railing, and then take off when it gets in trouble for nibbling on the wood!

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 4th February 2020

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Bushfire Moon in Canberra

Canberra Australia Bushfire Moon Sonya Heaney 3rd February 2020

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03/02/2020 · 11:34 pm

What a difference a few hours make.

Photographs from the same spot in Canberra – a few hours apart. The picture HERE is of a waterbomber trying to stop the fires before they hit us. About three hours later, and the fire is here …

Namadgi National Park Canberra Australia Bushfire Smoke Haze Canberra Australia Tuggeranong Sonya Oksana Heaney Afternoon 3rd February 2020 Smoke

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DC-10 Firefighting Plane in Canberra

One of the American DC-10 water tankers flying directly over my house to the fires near us in Canberra this afternoon. The aircraft activity over the south of Canberra has been running nonstop since before dawn.

It seems so strange to me that in other parts of Canberra nobody would even know any of this is happening …

The sky was crazily blue for the first time in weeks, but the smoke is back now.

DC-10 American Water Bombing Air Tanker Canberra Bushfires Gowrie Tuggeranong Australia Sonya Heaney 3rd February 2020

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DC-10 Water Tanker

The DC-10 – a firefighting water tanker from Alabama, USA – has been flying over my house, to and from the bushfires, for days. I finally got a shot of it just before three this afternoon.

The DC-10 Air Tanker was flown from Alabama in the United States Gowrie Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Bushfires Sonya Heaney 1st February 2020 (2)

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The Smoke is Back in Canberra

After the horror fires that hit the Canberra region a couple of days ago (and are still burning), the awful muddy yellow smoke has again taken over Australia’s capital city.

Here are some pictures from around 5pm today. The first is an aeroplane flying over our house – on its way back from the nearby fire front. The second is a currawong in a tree in our garden.

Water Bombing Aeroplane Surveillance Namadgi Bushfire Smoke Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 29th January 2020

Currawong Bushfire Smoke Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 29th January 2020

 

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