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!