About The Author

A warm welcome to those that have opened my Author Page.

I am a 57..58…oops now 59…60…61…62…63…64…65 an almost 66 year old mum who resides in the leafy suburb of Mill Park in Melbourne, Australia.

I have two stunning, intelligent daughters, the youngest 29, the eldest 32 and I have a gorgeous man by my side, who lets me  –  be me.

I love to write & so I ventured forth into the previously unheard (of by me) realm of ‘blog-land’.

 As my ‘title’ suggests, I write about my thoughts (with and without wine), my age, being a mum, relationships, prose, poetry &  my lust for writing (in fact pretty much anything that pops into my head).

Shall this blog site enter into politics? Not if I can help it.

Will it contain pages of beautiful photos or youtube clips? Perhaps the odd one or two.

Will it be honest & straight from my heart and soul? Yes.

Will my topics bore you? Possibly.

Enlighten you? Maybe.

Be relatable to you? Hopefully. 

Optimistically you may find some of what I write interesting – for me it’s cathartic.

I hope you enjoy what you read and please feel free to share my blogs or make a comment (good or bad).

Thank you for taking the time to read my About Page and may you find your journey with me interesting enough to stay along for the ride.

and just because….

**Below are the links to my recently published EPUB ( my memoir) available through Lulu and Amazon.



276 thoughts on “About The Author

  1. I know what you mean about needing warmth. I’m counting down to Spring. Have a fantastic time, don’t forget the sunscreen and enjoy the warm weather. And congrats on reaching 550. I’m officially jealous 😉

    • Yes Jude, I am over it well and truly – then we return and another couple of weeks to bare 😦 Thank you – I shall remember and thank you re the 550th -(I’m just a babble bum) don’t be jealous 😉 xx

  2. Had a huge smile from this 😀
    Will my topics bore you? Possibly.

    Enlighten you? Maybe.

    Be relatable to you? Hopefully.

    Waiting to get all those and more

  3. Hello Jen,

    I enjoy your blog and I would like to nominate you for the Sunshine Award, a blogger-to-blogger award given to writers who inspire and add a little sunshine to people’s lives. I hope you will accept.

    For more information please visit http://exploring-life.ca/about/sunshine-award/. If you do accept please note the four “rules” of acceptance. I hope you enjoy working with the award.

    Thanks for your great work.

    Kind regards,

    • Brian – thank you so very much. I don’t accept Awards anymore – the fact that people read my post and enjoy is an Award in itself. However, as gratitude, I do a post – which hopefully by tomorrow I shall have up. I appreciated your kindness saying that I add a little sunshine and for my great work. It really is humbling.

  4. Hi, and thank you for visiting my poetry blog recently…. looking forward to reading some more of your own work as well… I learned that you are from Melbourne, my own mother’s hometown… Though I was born in the U.S. she was a war bride of WWII… From the Jolly family but raised by her aunt, Steinwart. Dad was stationed in Melbourne during the war and the two young idiots decided to get married….. and to start smoking Chesterfield cigarrettes which killed her 34 years ago.. You’ll have to forgive me occasionally for getting a little choked up when replying to “Ramblings of a (Melbourne) Mum…..” Poem on!

    • Thank you John. What a beautiful story… I chuckled at the 2 young idiots, my condolences with your mum’s passing John. You don’t need to be forgiven for getting choked up, if I am able to raise any emotions – my job has been done. You are most welcome for the visit and I shall pop in again soon and have a wonder around….my only warning to you is I inundate my poor readers 🙂

    • Thaynara – firstly welcome and thank you for reading my Bio. I hope you find some of my life interesting. Some times I am serious or poetic, have a rant or a cry, so I can be varied in what I write. Many have now started calling me Mum or Mumsy – so Australian Mum is just fine too.

      Regards and thank you~

  5. Being a mum myself, of a talented and very bright son, and “Ma” (grandma) to a ten year old grandson. While, alas, I do not have an empty nest, I wish for it (my son and grandson live with us). I believe a lot of what you write will relatable to me.

  6. I’m pretty sure I had already pressed ‘follow’ but your last comment showed showed the little + sign! WordPress does my head in sometimes with its strange little quirks. ;)x

    Love your About page. I’m afraid I sometimes ‘do’ politics. 😉 Can’t help it. They get on my nerves big time and I have to vent. 🙂

    Anyway, following now. :)x

    • Oh my darling, I am sorry I don’t accept Awards anymore either (they take up so much time, do they not?) Thank you for being so precious and thinking of me though, so very sweet of you. Reminds me I haven’t gone in to read those pieces you sent me the links too, I shall today – promise and thank you once again. 🙂 xxx (hugs)

  7. Hi! Great to meet you, Shaun has told me about you and I would enjoy following your blog and getting to know you. I love your intro and am always keen to meet fellow authors. Looking forward to following along on your journey. 🙂

  8. Dr. Rex- I must apologise ~ as I don’t accept Awards anymore. I hope you don’t find me rude by not doing so ~ when I finish the Service tomorrow I shall do a thank you post in appreciation. Thank you for thinking of me, very sweet of you 🙂 x

    • Thank you so much Anne, very kind of you to nominate me, I unfortunately don’t accept Award any more, but I have commented on your post and also written a thank you post with the other nominees. I hope you find this acceptable as gratitude 🙂 x

    • Thank you P.A for popping over and reading and for your kindness- very much appreciated – it’s actually quite liberating to put your personal characteristics out there – for good or bad – love back to you x

  9. Jen, Thank you so much for telling me the news. I never knew Katie personally, but I felt a she and I were friends in this odd blogging world. I am truly saddened to hear the news and I will keep her daughter in my prayers.

    • Hi Cheryl, you are welcome. I did not have the opportunity of meeting Katie personally either, mores the pity, as she truly touched so many people’s lives. I am sure Rach will be happy to hear that – thank you.

  10. I’ve only read your About page and already I’ve drawn in. I look forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing your little slice of life with us.

  11. #YayBananas Another Aussie!!

    Wonderful to meet you!, I’m Lou.

    I keep on getting a DeJaVu like we have encountered before, but my own blogging journey is so spariodic that I just really can’t grasp the moment!

    I’m a mother too, with 2 beautiful children (7 and 9) who are still very much at home (I’m really feeling it during the school holidays) lol

    Look forward to reading through the words you have shared and learning.. 🙂

    Miss Lou

    • Amazeballs 🙂 don’t get too many Aussies on here 🙂 I love greys anatomy too btw. Hmm can’t recall us meeting before but that’s ok, g’day to you. I wish mine were that young again … Sadly no. Thanks for popping over, I write anything that pops in my head. Poetry, being a mum, looking after my penguins ( my mum and pop). Which State are you in Lou? Hope you enjoy my ‘stuff’ I shall pop over and look more at yours shortly. 🙂 xx

      • The NT 🙂 Where it is raining right now.. and has been raining and will no doubt continue to rain for the next 3 months.. *groans*….

        Another Greys Anatomy Loving Aussie!!

        Today has been a great day (except the rain)… lol


  12. I came across your blog on The Mirror Obscura blog site, and decided to visit. I am on the other side of the world from you. I do follow another blog from Australia, but can’t remember the name at the moment.
    I love your poetry. I prefer to write novels, but I’m learning about poetry for 3 reasons; first, my writers’ guild is composed of more poets than novelists, it seems; second, we work with the artists’ guild and have to do some poetry for our joint projects. Lastly, one of my characters is a singer/songwriter. She trusts me to write her lyrics. She also writes poems for fun, and often doesn’t remember writing them because she has Complex-Partial seizure disorder (which means you can do things while having a seizure).
    Like you, I am also retired with grown children. I have always loved to write, but never found time to do it until now. I’m going to have to learn to write really fast to get all the books done that I have planned, or live to 132.

    • Hello Quirky 🙂
      Thank you so much for popping over and reading me. Thank you so much for loving how I write, very sweet of you to say. I can be a bit of a chameleon, changing moods within minutes, so it’s a bit of a task to keep up at times 🙂 I have a grown child..adult still at home she is 27 and the other daughter is out and married. Now I have taken on the role of Funeral Celebrant and about to study to be a Marriage Celebrant. I fell into poetry, I started the blog about ‘mum things’, then I became attracted to poets, now I do chat posts, or the occasional ramble, but mainly poetry as I can’t stop doing it..it’s addictive! I wish you well in your writing, even with spare time we seem to not have enough of it, don’t we 🙂 I have an EPub out too – my only book at present, a Memoir of when both my girls left the nest, writers will always be writers, it’s in our blood – which is a good thing. Thank you once again for being curious 🙂

  13. A very comprehensive introduction about you here…makes me want to expand mine a bit more. Nice to meet you and many thanks for paying a visit to my blog. I have two grown daughters too, one of whom is married and produced my first grandchild 1 1/2 years ago…a girl, Mira. Yay, I’m a grandma! The younger daughter and I live together and are close by the other sister and the grandbaby who I babysit for three days a week. I write on Bodhirose’s Blog.


    • Hello Gayle, thank you, I actually didn’t know what to write when I set up my blog site. I envy you being a grandma ..my turn will hopefully come, for both my girls. Mira is a pretty name and I’m sure you have so much fun with her. I shall pop over again and visit soon ~ thank you for reading and your comments ~ appreciated 🙂

  14. I definitely ramble on too much with my posts, I am trying to use words to paint pictures, first about dating after 50 and finally, to showcase relationships. I have a byline, relationships reveal our hearts. I am in awe of your writing skills and will enjoy following you! Smiles, Robin

    • Robin,
      Welcome and thank you for popping over, reading and following. It always amazes me when I am followed out of the thousands of blog sites on WP. I appreciate your kind words, thank you so very much and I don’t think we can do enough rambling 😉 I look forward to popping over and checking your writing and site out. 🙂

    • Hello, welcome and thank you for the follow and your nice comment. I hope you enjoy my ‘ramblings’ and poetry, 3 must keep you very busy, nice gap between the ages though, just enough time to gain some sanity back before the next one 🙂

  15. Read your “It is what it is” reblogged by Mr. Brace and this About section… As far as I figured out you have a great blog ma’am… +1 for your follower count… 😀
    And I’d appreciate if you checked mine in your free time… 🙂


    • Hello BS, thank you for visiting, your kind words and the follow. My blog runs from the sublime to the ridiculous in many aspects, writing about my day to poetry, as my moods change like the seasonal winds. Appreciate you reading.

    • I thank you so very much, but I don’t accept Awards any longer…too much hard work and I have enough in my life right now to try and concentrate 😦 but I thank you for considering me GC.. oh and you weren’t rambling ~ smiles

    • Hello Vick. I haven’t been writing much of late, as have been going through a few family issues and life as it does has been topsy turvey. Hopefully, I will return soon and thank you for caring enough to ask how I am. x

    • Rachael, your mum is one lady who I will never forget.
      Like the song by Nat King Cole ‘Unforgettable’.
      She brought laughter into people hearts and every conversation with her was funny and so so likeable. We all miss her too greatly, as you do, but we know she is watching you and making you strong. Thank you for your lovely comment, I shall never forget her. x

    • Hello sweetheart, unfortunately I am not on my computer at night only my IPad and it’s tricky to do the DVerse link ups, otherwise I would. Thank you, yes staying away from politics is the best option 😉

  16. Your blog is very good; I am following it now. You might check out mine; it has some quick and to the point posts that are new. Please have a blessed day.

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