Thanks for your birthday wishes and cards – I received some lovely homemade ones so thank you!
I had a lovely time with several get-togethers over the weekend and on Monday 10th May itself, including lots of lunches, coffees and dinners with friends and family. Best pressie has to a voucher for five hours of 'Bradley time'! If you knew how many jobs I've got stacked up at home, you'd know how much this means to me. He's a lovely lad, my son!
I also had a super relaxing holiday at Center Parcs the week before – even stayed up for the first time to watch the election results come in. I managed to stay awake until the sounds of birdsong heralded the dawn. It wasn't pheasant song, although it could have been – ever seen a fatter one than this?
One of the most charming things about Centre Parcs is the friendly wildlife. Even sitting quietly reading and having a coffee at Starbucks can be marked by unusual visitors!
Quite a surprise to be this up close and personal especially when they want to share your crisps with you. And of course, there are no-end of furry residents and I don't mean Bradley. I had a Close Encounter of the furry kind!
Time to relax and get writing
My son Brad joined me for a couple of days with his lovely girlfriend Kari – the villa was lovely, newly done-out and perfect for peace and quiet to continue my writing.
I've now done a revamped synopsis of my 'Mills and Boon' novel and one and a half chapters! The hero and heroine have already had their 'meet cute' and they're about to have their first date. Even I don't know what they'll say next!
Thanks to those of you who offered to be on my 'SFD Sanity List' (if you write yourself, you'll know about SFDs!). When I've done three chapters, I'll email those people so they can kindly read it through for me – just in case I've missed anything or something's drastically awry.
Actually I'd particularly like to hear from you if you know all about yachts and cruisers, as I've got a couple of scenes on a dock and I want to get the terminology right! Or if you know about St Tropez and I don’t mean the tan lotion! Anyway I got a lot done during my break – it was great fun! Aiming to submit by end of May…
In between writing and reading sessions, we walked a lot, swam a lot and played lots of badminton, including with my brother Glenn and his family. Baby Izzy is coming along strong, not quite crawling yet but almost. Mind you, she was more interested in her orange than in our badminton match.
I received some lovely cards and wishes from you guys too, thanks so much. So all in all I had a great birthday and a fab week!
This weekend we've got an hour on Sunday afternoon (16th May) called 'Beyond the Gnome'. You can expect lots of fab garden ornaments and lighting. But, we were toying with ideas for what songs to play on the show. Here are some of our ideas, what can you think of?
- Gnomatter What They Tell Us….
- Gnome Woman Gnome Cry
- Gnome What a Night…
- Gnoming Me Gnoming You – Haha!
Join us if you can.