I hadn't come across this Australian author before but will look out for some of her other 5 books listed in the front of this one.
It is a novel but based on historical fact and set in 2 times WW2 and the year 2000, both in Russia. It highlights what a madman Stalin was and how the Russian people suffered at the hands of their own let alone the enemy. I would recommend this book.
The one programme ( now finished ) that I have been following on TV over it's 6 episodes was ANZAC Girls. Really showed those women's heroism and the folly and waste of war.
Ironing the lawn!
This picture illustrates how hot it has been. One day we had some visitors call in and because there were vehicles everywhere I parked my tractor, with the metal bucket on the back, here on the front lawn. I left it there over lunch time and the heat of the mid day sun turned the bucket into a rectangular iron which scored the grass . OOps!
Despite the heat some flowers in the garden are still looking good. I now have yellow featuring in my wild flower patch. I think they are coreopsis.
In other parts of the garden I took these.
Echinacea Tomato Soup.
Dark purple almost black petunia.
One of several yellow gerbras.