Hi, I’m Chrissy. I’m a wife, a mother of two and a grandmother of five.
For as long as I can remember I have always loved writing. I write mostly poetry and teen fiction and sometimes dabble in other genres just for fun. I also like photography so I often use my own photos when presenting poems.
My garden is my little sanctuary of peace and relaxation. My husband of forty one years is my constant companion and our five grandchildren keep us young.
With a limited education but a lot of determination, hard work and encouragement from my husband, I entered university to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in 2004 at the age of forty-seven. This experience then propelled me into doing something more with my hobby of writing and ventured into publishing short stories and poems in local and online magazines and newspapers. This I continued to do for about five years.
A passion to help teenagers with eating disorders began when I worked as a volunteer in a local hospital. I decided it was time to write my first novel Out of the Shadows – Jenna’s Secret. (Link temporarily unavailable) There’s so much more to share; so, check the link for more information.
During the editing and preparation of the teen novel my health deteriorated and I spent much of my time in bed and housebound. Being a Christian doesn’t make me perfect and I wasn’t coping at all with pain and the many other symptoms I was experiencing at that time. A good friend suggested I wrote down my thoughts in a journal. Writing again became my daily motivation but this time I recorded my feelings and thoughts poetically. That journal was the inspiration I needed to write another book. A few months after a post illness trip to America, my poetry and words of encouragement book Glimpses of His Glory (Link temporarily unavailable) was published.
Poems from the Heart of Our Mum (Link temporarily unavailable) was the inspiration of my father, Bert, who was saddened that his wife’s poems had never been published before she passed away in 2011. I published this book on her behalf – the author of those poems, Ruth Barrington (nee Lawson). My siblings David, Philip, Joy and myself also contributed a poem, letter or article to reflect our impressions of Mum’s poetry in our lives. Ray Law, mum’s church pastor, wrote a poem for her funeral and this too has been included at the end of the book.
My husband and I cared for my father after my mother’s death until December 2016 when my health again crashed. Dad entered a nursing home nearby so I could concentrate on my diagnosis, treatment and recovery. After two major surgeries in August 2017, I have recovered amazingly quickly but my lifestyle has changed a little and I’m less active.
In December 2019, my husband retired from full time work. We sold up and moved up the coast where the weather has always been more suitable for my health issues. The day after our furniture and belongings arrived I started volunteer work at the Koala Hospital as a tour guide. During 2020 Covid-19 lock-downs and the knockdowns of life we never new before, I expanded my volunteer work training as a koala rescuer and yard worker but the days and hours are only minimal on an on-call basis.
Coping with arthritis and the many symptoms of the Fibromyalgia can be quite a challenge and often a balancing act with what I can and cannot do. My allergies over the years have also caused havoc especially now with anaphylactic issues.
So, here I am and I continue with what I love to do most but at a much slow pace. I hope you will stop by from time to time to read my latest poems, stories, photos and updates as well as to wander through our garden or visit places we visit.