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Canberra: Before and After the Smoke Disaster

Canberra now officially has the worst air quality in the world – thanks to the bushfires surrounding us. It’s by far the worst in the south of the city, and that’s where I am.

Here are before and after photos, and then proof of how bad it is here:

Walk to the shops Tuggernanong Valley Brindabella Range Canberra Australia Winter Sunshine Blue Sky Sonya Heaney 21st July 2019 Sunny Warm Afternoon

Severe world-record bushfire smoke Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Tuggeranong 2nd January 2020

1st January 2020 Canberra Worst Air Quality in the world Bushfires.

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Mount Buffalo

I’ve been in rural Victoria for the past week, and we managed to visit Mount Buffalo in the Great Dividing Range only an hour or so before the bushfire smoke from interstate rolled into the region.

Here’s a shot of the view – with the last blue sky of the year – though it’s already hazy in the background …

Mount Buffalo Great Dividing Range Victoria Australia Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney December 2019


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Today in Georgia

The mountains and river (our lunch table view!) around Vardzia, Georgia, with its cave city built into the cliff face, and nearby Khertvisi Fortress.





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Book Inspiration

The Landowner's Secret by Sonya Heaney blog-sized

One thing that thrilled me about the cover for The Landowner’s Secret, my upcoming book, was that the designer really took the setting into consideration.

Yes, the story is set in colonial Australia, and yes, I know many people think of Australia in terms of either beaches or deserts. However, *my* Australia is about the mountains and the bush, and my book is set in the shadow of the Brindabella Range.

I look at these mountains every day. I can see them from the backyard, the front yard, from half the windows of the house (which proved pretty scary when fire came rolling down the hills during the devastating Canberra firestorm!).

Here is an image from of the mountains from Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons. I think the view is reflected so well on the book cover:

Mount_Ginini_-_Namadgi_National_Park_-_2 ACT NSW Canberra Region Australia October 2006

Here are a couple of random shots of I’ve taken while in the car (not driving!). The farmland in the second one is where I’ve set my hero’s homestead.



I know a lot of book covers in this world don’t have a lot to do with what’s actually written on the pages, and I consider myself very lucky that mine does!

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Canberra Mountains

The Brindabellas (the mountain range that surrounds Canberra) seen from the back seat of the car this afternoon. Canberra is gorgeous, and all the Australians who constantly insult us for no reason are missing out on so much.

Tuggeranong Valley Brindabella Range Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Mountains Nature 30th June 2019


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Bush Sunset

The sunset from our balcony in Thredbo just now.

Kosciuszko National Park Sunset New South Wales Australia Sonya Heaney Trees Eucalyptus Trees Gum Trees Summer Nature Forest Mountains 30gth December 2017Thredbo

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Wednesday evening in Thredbo

The view from our apartment this evening. It’s still really warm here.


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