Thursday, October 30, 2014

Great Reading: "A Pony Called Handy" by Cindy Schulz. A Childrens Short Story for horse loving kids!

Currently at my publishers is my very FIRST book titled A PONY CALLED HANDY.  It will be on Amazon shortly and available as an ebook, and softcover or hardcover.

This book which is the first in a series about Handy is designed for young people (or the young at heart) who love horses and stories about horses.

Here's a brief overview.


On her eighth birthday Anna gets the surprise of her life.  All her dreams come true as a pony steps from the horse float into her yard.  She instantly  falls in love with him and can't wait for school the next day to tell her friends.  She and her friends have been riding borrowed ponies for some time and all dream of one day owning their very own ponies.  Now Anna's dreams have come true.

Will her friends be so lucky? Will they be jealous of Anna?  What will they say when she tells them of her wonderful birthday news?  Will they like the little pony that Anna has named Handy?

Anna's mother is not so sure that buying a young pony is the right choice. She would have preferred if they had purchased an older, more stable pony for her first one. But Gary, her dad felt that a young pony would be perfect, as Anna and the pony could learn and grow together.

But, Anna has a serious accident with Handy, and her distraught mother is determined that he will be sold! Anna is determined to keep Handy.  Will she be able to change her mother's mind?  What will happen to the little pony?


Well that's the brief overview of the book. Below is the cover design I have chosen.  The sketch was done by my good friend Paul Tobias, who's sketches will feature throughout the book.  Also this is Book One of a series, so there's more horse stories to come for all the young (or young at heart) horse lovers out there.

So keep your eyes on this page, it won't be long now until "A Pony Called Handy", is available through Amazon.

Gary Dickinson (my publisher) is working like crazy on it as we speak!

As soon as it is published, I'll put another post up.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Great Places To Visit - Tocumwal N.S.W. - Australia.

The sweet little town of Tocumwal is nestled on the Murray River on the N.S.W. border, with Victoria on the other side of the river. A quaint little border town, with great little Cafes to eat at, a lovely foreshoe with "Big Murray" the fibreglass murraycod lazing by the water and wonderful Farmers Markets full of beautiful fresh, locally grown produce.  This weekend when we visited (which we do as often as we can, as we have a holiday home there) we attended the small but well stocked Farmers Market.  As the weather warms up, so will the number of stalls at this market. It was small this weekend, but the produce was amazing.
If you are looking for a relaxing few days away from "the big smoke" Toc (as it is know by the locals) is a place well worth your consideration. If you are a keen fisherman or golfer, than you should most certainly consider it. Toc has a very good golf course and is only a 15minute drive to the Cobram/Barooga Golf Club which is highly regarded and has a good "Sportsman" Club with meals etc.  Toc also has a Golf Club which serves good meals.
If you don't want to go to the Golf Club to eat there are a number of pubs to pick from in the town as well as 2 bakeries and an assortment of Cafes.  You won't go hungry!

A little history for you.  I grew up in Tocumwal and my father was a keen fisherman when he was younger. He's now 83. I do have a couple of his fishing photos from when he was in his 40's that I thought I would share with you.  It would be very rare these days to catch a Murray Cod this size anywhere! You'll have to forgive the quality of the photo, it's very old.

I think this Cod weighed in around 75Lbs.

Being a keen fisherman, dad also had a great sense of humor as this Fisherman's Crying Towel shows. The fish on it are red fin, which I don't think you will see anywhere in the Murray now.

Dad always had a great wood heap as all our heating and cooking was done on combustion stoves, and wood heaters. This is a photo of his wood heap taken about 20 years ago with his grandson (our son) posing with him as a small child.

Then there is the beauty and tranquility of the Murray River itself. I never get tired of spending time on it's banks listening to the birds, and watching the ever changing beauty in front of me as the day progresses. Love it.

And last, but not least.  "Big Murray", the fibreglass murray cod who lazes on the foreshore.  This photo was taken about 10  or so years ago.  If you go and visit "Big Murray" now, you will find he looks vastly different!  Check him out for yourself and compare his "make-over".  It certainly put some life back in the "old boy". Oh and he doesn't bite!

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