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Capital Country = Gorgeous!

A visit to Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery, just over the border from Canberra, on this beautiful and warm winter afternoon.

Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery New South Wales Australia near Canberra Australian Capital Territory Sonya Heaney 2nd August 2019 2

Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery New South Wales Australia near Canberra Australian Capital Territory Sonya Heaney 2nd August 2019 1

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Friday Lunchtime!

Friday lunch in the backyard of my aunt’s house in Queanbeyan, NSW, just over the border from Canberra.

Flock of Galahs Australian Birds Queanbeyan near Canberra Australia 2nd August 2019 Sonya Heaney Grey Pink

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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.

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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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In Goulburn

We stopped in Goulburn on the way from Sydney to Canberra today. The Victorian architecture there is so well-preserved.

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Random Cemetery Ibis

An Australian ibis wandering around the graves in Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery, just before the border with Canberra, this afternoon.

Ibis Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery New South Wales NSW near Canberra ACT Australia Autumn Heatwave Bird Sonya Heaney 17th April 2019

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On the road…

Big skies on the drive between Queanbeyan, New South Wales and Canberra, Australia’s capital city on this very hot, sunny afternoon.

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New Year’s Day

We had New Year’s Day lunch at The Royal Hotel in Queanbeyan (just over the New South Wales border from Canberra) this afternoon. It’s so hot and dry around here – as you can probably tell from the pictures!

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