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Desmond Collins

Desmond Collins has lived most of his life in or near Wellington, New Zealand. He enjoys the steep bush clad hills and landlocked harbour that dominate the city. The air is fresh and the wind frequently gusts over fifty miles per hour. He currently lives in a Victorian cottage that was built in 1880. The garden is packed with fruit trees, flowering plants and vegetables in a scene reminiscent of a somewhat unkempt English cottage garden. While the house has been modified, many of its original features remain. Recent renovation of the house by the author and his wife revealed a hidden space big enough for a priest hole that is now used to store suitcases. The finding of this space provided the final impetus for writing this story.


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