Hidden Treasures in the Nest!

A picaflor’s nest. Above is a photo of the original oil painting by the wonderful and very talented Fern Petrie. I wanted the nest to represent the journey as an image and to express the idea that we can make a home wherever we find ourselves. I wove in…

Book Presentation!

A combination of perseverance and incredible good luck gave me the opportunity to present Picaflor in a truly beautiful Salón on the 23rd of September. I’m massively thankful to the New Zealand Embassy and the Cámara de Diputados de la Nacion for the chance to launch Picaflor in style….

Hummingbird Symbolism

I have always had an intimate love for these wonderful, tiny birds. They are so vibrant and beautiful and intensely alive. It’s no wonder that the hummingbird has special symbolic and spiritual meanings in many cultures from the Americas, their natural homeland. Across the centuries they have been thought…

Argy

Argy In the final months of my pregnancy I start to dream in Spanish. It’s as if my unconscious world is finally catching up with my conscious one. I ask myself, does this mean I truly feel at home here? The answer is: yes, for now. Something about my…

Extract from Chapter 1 – first words

Bright red droplets form, break and then weep into each other. A tissue wipes them away. There’s a buzzing, rattling sound as the machine’s needle digs into flesh, ploughing in the ink. It’s muggy in the small room above a busy restaurant. I smell garlic mingling with the metallic…