One of the stories in The Coldest December is “Bluebirds and Daisies” by Bronwyn Piper. Bluebirds was the nickname given to the nurses of the time.
From Canadian War Museum
More than 2,800 nurses served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC), as fully-enlisted officers in the specially-created all female rank of Nursing Sister, with relative rank and equal pay to men – the first women among the Allied forces to do so. Nicknamed “bluebirds” because of their blue uniforms and white veils, Canada’s nursing sisters saved lives by caring for wounded and sick soldiers as well as convalescents, prisoners of war, and even civilians on occasion.
The main character, Lorena Brody, in “Bluebirds and Daisies” was training to be a nursing sister when the Halifax Explosion happened. Here’s how the story starts.
Bluebirds and Daisies
Lorena Brody adjusted her white veil, then fastened the top button on her overcoat. The brisk breeze blowing off the water sneaked beneath her long coat and skirt and brought a chill to her core. It brushed against her cheeks and cooled them in spite of her earlier thoughts of the handsome sailor who had caused them to warm. The crossing from Dartmouth to Halifax was almost completed, and soon she’d be in a warm building, listening to lectures on how to attend the sick and injured and then putting those lessons into practice in the afternoon as she worked alongside an experienced nurse.
This Saturday and Sunday (May 11th and 12th), the short story “Destiny Governed their Lives” will be free at Amazon. Download the eBook today; read it whenever.
Destiny Governed Their Lives: Tale 01
Staring Catriona Wheatcroft, age 17
When a young woman casts a Sight Visitation Spell, it changes her life forever.
Catriona Wheatcroft is an apprentice who aspires to be an impressive sorceress.
When she discovers a scroll for a powerful spell, she hopes to prove to her teacher she is ready to take advanced lessons.
The spell is cast, and the unexpected brings tragedy to her life.
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Quarter Castle Publishing will take part in the Lawrencetown Craft Fair today (Saturday November 28) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. It takes place at the Lawrencetown Community Center, 3657 Lawrencetown Road, Lawrencetown, Halifax County, NS. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, this is the place to find it.
Quarter Castle Publishing will attend the Crafter’s Train Vendors Market today, Saturday May 9, at the Hammonds Plains Community Centre, 2041 Hammonds Plain Road, Hammonds Plain, Nova Scotia.
The event runs form 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Please drop by our table if you attend the market.
Quarter Castle Publishing will attend the Artisan Spring Fair at Cole Harbour Place on Sunday March 29, 2015. The facility was upgraded in the late 1980s. Before then it was called Scotia Stadium, and many great skaters used the single ice surface, including NHL-star Sydney Crosby.
The event runs form 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Please drop by our table if you attend the show.