November 2017

The picture above it from our model railway in our loft.  We are building a castle out of old boxes and a kit we bought from the internet for under five pounds. Bert’s Butties sits just behind where the castle is going to go.

This has been a busy month. After a month of not doing much writing in October, I’m back in the flow again. I have changed one of the characters in the book I have been working on forever because he didn’t quite work. So I have made him tougher at the beginning and softer at the end; and that seems to have worked.

I spoke at Child Bereavement UK’s schools conference  in Guildford a few weeks ago telling teachers about Helping Children Think About Bereavement, a book I wrote several years ago. The hotel where the conference was had an amazing bookcase in its foyer that went from floor to ceiling.

I also went to a wonderful afternoon tea with Mary Berry that the charity was running. The food was amazing – little sandwiches, scones, chocolate éclairs, strawberries, cakes, meringues, quiche; all served with loads of tea. Thank you Child Bereavement for a wonderful afternoon. I wish some of our American friends had been visiting us because they love afternoon tea almost as much as I do!

I’ve also been to see Paddington 2 which is brilliant. There’s not a shot wasted and the dialogue is wonderful. If you haven’t been to see it yet, I really recommend it!

October 2017

The photograph immediately above is of me on our granddaughter’s trampoline. I love visiting her and her family in Manchester.

This month felt very disrupted because we arrived home from America to find a flood in one of our downstairs rooms. We have had to dry the concrete floor and get rid of the carpet. We normally keep the wifi  router on top of the freezer but had to put it on a stool while we moved the freezer over the carpet. This being the first time we have been flooded, I never realised how long it takes to dry everywhere. Grrrr! Next time we go away, we will switch the water off. BUT… if I ever put a flood in a story, because I am writing about something I have experienced, I shall include loads more details about it.

 Then we had 2 of our grandchildren to stay and took them to the Science Museum in London which was great fun. Their favourite place was where concave and convex mirrors on the wall made them look slightly weird.  I look weird as well!

So I haven’t done much writing this month. Sometimes it’s good to have a break and return to the story with fresh eyes.