Hello all, well autumnal is well and truly here. This morning on my dog walk there were squirrels dashing here, there and everywhere in the branches overhanging the country lane where I live. We had a big delivery of logs at the weekend and spent Saturday morning stacking them all into the 200 year old bake house in our garden, and the wood burners in the house have now been lit and will stay in now until the warm weather arrives next year.
It’s been a busy time for me. As you might have seen on Facebook, I was invited onboard a river cruiser back in August, to be their writer in residence for the week. I had an absolute ball and river cruising has opened up a whole new way of travelling to me. It’s such a great way to see places, meet people and such fun! I wrote a short story inspired by the places I visited and the food I tasted along the way. That will be free for you to read on the Titan Travel UK website very soon, I hope!
The Honey Farm on the Hill came out in August and is still sitting on the bookshop shelves, bringing some summer sunshine to readers as the evenings draw in. I’ve finished next summer’s book, Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard; flamenco and fiestas set in amongst the cherry orchards of Southern Spain and I have to say, it’s my favourite so far!
And with the final full stop on my Spanish book in place, I’ve taken some time to visit my favourite writing retreats, Chez Castillon in South West France and my writing pad in West Wales, both glorious and reinvigorating.
But now, my suitcase is out again as I pack for my next exciting research trip with my lovely friend, author Katie Fforde as we head to Swedish Lapland. They’ll be photos and facebook lives to follow so keep an eye out.
In the meantime, light the fires, pour yourselves a glass of something lovely and curl up with a good book!