My family live in several countries around the world, which I guess is quite normal for families these days. It doesn’t stop me loving them the same as I have always done.
One of my sisters celebrated her birthday recently. She lives in Cape Town and leads a crazy busy life, but I managed to get her on the other end of a phone over the weekend. It’s always wonderful to catch up with her and to hear news of the rest of the family. She told me all about how great her birthday was, the lovely gifts she’d received, the dinner, and she told me how she went up Table Mountain via cable car with her whole family. They stayed there until eight o’clock in the evening, taking pictures of the setting sun. She said that was the best gift of all – having all her family with her to enjoy the views with her. She promised to send me photos, and I fell in love with the one accompanying this blog, which shows part of the cable car and the views of Cape Town below, the sea and Robben Island in the distance.
At the end of our conversation, I told my sister that I loved her very much, not only as my sister but also as my friend. She said my words created a cozy warmth around her heart.
Her reaction reminded me once again how important it is that we tell the people in our lives that we love them. Often we assume they know how we feel about them, and I’m sure they do, but it’s so important to say it, especially when they’re still around to hear it. Life is so short.
In the end, isn’t it what we all want – to be accepted and loved unconditionally for who are, warts and all?
I was very excited to introduce George and his friends to the world on 10 July 2016! So happy birthday, George and the Gargoyle who lived in the Garden!
Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the online launch, and congratulations to the winners – you may already have received your signed copies of the novel!
Thank you to everyone else who bought the novel.
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A LITTLE FACT ABOUT GARGOYLES
Did you know that Gargoyles were viewed in two ways by the church throughout history? Often gargoyles were used to assist the Church in conveying messages to the common people. Since literacy was uncommon, images were the best way to constantly convey ideas. Gargoyles were used as a representation of evil. It is thought that they were used to scare people into going to church, reminding them that the end of days was near. It is also thought that their presence assured congregants that evil was kept outside of the church’s walls.
HERE IS THE FIRST CHAPTER
If you’ve missed the launch and would like to see it, these are the launch videos for George and the Gargoyle who lived in the Garden:
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I’m very grateful that the wonderful award winning YA author of The Du Lac Chronicles, Mary Anne Yarde, had this to say about George and the Gargoyle who lived in the Garden:
“It was the same dream, every single night…
First there was this horrid, ear-splitting, squawking sound. And then a dreadful sense of fear, followed by the largest and brightest purple eye that George had ever seen. And then, he would wake up!
George knew his parent were right. He was too old to be having such dreams and perhaps going to see a counsellor was the right thing to do. But how was a councillor going to help with the school bullies?
George longed for the school holidays, where he could escape the bullies and his unsympathetic father.He would be spending his summer with his believed Aunt Di and he could not wait.
George, however, had no idea, that his aunts garden was a magical place and that he was about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
What a fantastically gripping middle-grade story about a young boy and his exploits in a beautiful enchanted garden. The story was full of mystery and magic, with just enough suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat.
I could easily visualise George’s garden and his many friends he made there. I loved his relationship with Aunt Di and the evil witch certainly made me shiver!
A great story and an enjoyable read. I think this has the makings of an exciting series.”