Grevillea and the silver jug

This is an original watercolour painting on A4 300 gsm paper. Prince includes postage in Australia. Here is her story: The jug appeared from the basement of the hotel. A relic of another time when coffee was served in silver, not in sachets of freeze-dried dust vaguely reminiscent of ground beans earthy with hints of chocolate or caramel or… the beans grown with care in some exotic hilly country or part of Australia we can all dream of living. The jug was found behind some plastic props. The kinds for decorating buffets. Large faux shell shells for holding seafood. Ornate tongs with duck bill handles. Chunky earthenware serving plates with chips in them. No longer hygiene or practical if they ever were. All things which were now so far from fashion it was hard to believe they ever belonged anywhere! Behind these modern trappings were the old things. The solid things. Who wants this stuff they said. I saw the value in them and immediately gathered them like a bird to its bower. Making a home was high on my list of priorities. The silver jug would be essential! Wouldn’t it? Now more than 30 years later it is still in use. Most often as a vessel for windfalls and found flowers but another layer of my history. Far from its original home and purpose but isn’t that life?

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It is a story of justice, of loss and recovery, above all a story of hope and discovery.

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Twice in his life James asks the answerless question. Why? He has no choice but to change everything, and he and Lilly move to Aurora, an island in the tropics. There he resists the outside world, working to stay in his cocoon, but it’s not enough – he has to find a reason to go on – for Lilly.

Decades pass and he creates a world-standard resort, where vacancies are rare and his rules unapologetic. His manifesto is like him, simple and unusual in an industry given to excess and luxury. Guests must live by the rules of sustainability – bring no harm to the island. Agree, or don’t come. He sustains the island, and she sustains him.

Event number three sees James become a grandfather. It is unexpected as Lilly, unprepared for freedom off the island, falls pregnant with Marnie.

Then, on a normal day in paradise, the British Royal family reserves the entire island and James commits to complete secrecy. James has little choice but to agree, never imagining the outcome.

Self-serving Paddy hears of the visit, and sensing a payday telling his uncle, Kevin, a lifetime slave to the IRA. Kevin is in exile, and desperate to return home – he has one more hit in him. 

Desperate to get to Aurora to make the hit, Paddy ruthlessly targets and lures Jennifer, a naive travel agent to help them get to the island. Jennifer is conned by his attention. The die is cast and a bomb goes off marking a fourth devastating event for James.

As time goes by, an unlikely team on the island work to unravel the case. Jennifer, Steph—who comes to help with Marnie – become obsessed with the crime and taking justice for James— and Anna, manager of Aurora. The three women have a reason to fight for James. One, a woman spurned, one in love and one loyal friend. They are a forceful combination on the side of James.

The trio piece together the puzzle with the dilemma of justice, all consuming. When James realises what they are doing for him, he steps up and is the force everyone else knows he can be. He is humbled by the dedication of those around him, who give him strength to fight, for justice, for life and for himself. From the ashes comes life and hope.

It is a story of justice, of loss and recovery, above all a story of hope and discovery.