My photos for this week’s challenge come from

the gatherings, over fifty years, of my in-laws.

Mother-in-law passed away suddenly

(maybe as a result of a hot spell of weather)

in January and a few months ago

father-in-law decided to sell up and

downsize to a retirement village. 

At the commencement of the cleanup

many things were going to be ‘thrown out’. 

I volunteered to photograph and list them

for sale on local Facebook pages. 

So here is a few of the treasures which came to  light…

most of which I had never seen since

meeting MGW’s family in the mid 80s.

Remington Typewriter.

Sunbeam Mixmaster

Silverware I never knew existed.

 Those who are enlightened will reccognise this

as a cigarette lighter.

I saw it only as a front door stopper.

People were jumping out of trees,

so to speak, to buy this.


A Pentax SLR.  Fantastic.

Eldest granddaughter decided she

might take up film photography.

She may have a free camera however,

I don’t think she is aware of costs

involved in development of prints.


Another treasure.  A cow bell.

Sold in minutes because there is

a bell collector in the area.

Pity a collection of china bells was

thrown out prior to selling phase.


No idea who painted this, however,

if I had a wall AND was single…..

It did find a good home though.

One of my favourite pieces was

this hand painted vase.

It was dated 1978 inside the lid.


Finally, my favourite….

a very good condition Box Brownie,

complete with leather case.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Hidden-Treasures


Book Review-Manhattan-is-My-Beat

Manhattan is My Beat


Jeffery Deaver

 Manhattan is My Beat is the first of the Rune trilogy.  Rune is a five foot two, twenty year old seems to be able to solve many crimes the police cannot.  This inevitably has her running foul of employers and authorities alike.  Does she mind?   Not the slightest.

 In this novel, the first of the trilogy series, Rune works in a video store where she befriends an elderly customer who happened to have a role in the movie Manhattan is My Beat and which he rents regularly

The Manhattan is My Beat movie is allegedly based on a 1940s, real life bank robbery in which one million dollars was stolen and never recovered.

Rune believes she knows where the money is hidden and sets out to recover it which leads to inevitable problems.

Manhattan is My Beat is the first of the rune trilogy, however, there is no necessity to read Manhattan is My Beat first.  Rune is the lead character in all three novels with a few other characters playing supporting roles.  In other words each book can be read as a standalone novel.  I have enjoyed Jeffery Deaver’s entire Rune trilogy which was written in the late eighties early nineties. 

 Lack of mobile/cell phones and pay phones being the only means of communication with others combined with video tape stores, all date these books.   Overlook lack of modern technology and you have a good well-paced read.

The end caught me off guard this time also.

 Probably a three and a half star read

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