I went to Bekonscot Model Village recently. The little boy I took was fascinated by the constant buzz of trains; but I loved the idea of so many buildings, each with the potential of interesting things happening inside them.
Visiting schools is always interesting because I meet so many fascinating people. SilverDell Bookshop in Kirkham, then Urmston Bookshop were brilliant hosts who took me to wonderful schools in the Blackpool, Preston and Manchester. I spent my lunch times in their bookshops surrounded by an amazing array of books. I was treated to a banana and chocolate milkshake at SilverDell and had my photograph taken with publicist Caitlin who joined us.
In the same week I was a guest at Northampton University with students, librarians and schools as part of their Carnegie shadowing event. While I was there I met a man whose knees clicked. I think he (or at least, his knees) might turn up in a book sometime soon!)
And the photograph at the top of this entry is of my two great nieces who visited us and we went to Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe for the day. Apart from the picnic (our family does good picnics), there was the opportunity to dress up – so Lydia and Isabelle did and I promised them they could be on my May diary.
I must do some writing this month and not put off creating a final scene that needs to be intricately worked. I’ve done all the ground work for it – just need to disappear for a few days and do it!