Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tomorrow we are off on a short trip to Madeira in search a of some winter sunshine - and perhaps inspiration for a new story. It is nineteen years since our last visit there and are told that we will notice quite a few changes. My garden still bears memories of that last visit - some agapanthus plants which I grew from seed and which have flourished ever since. I wonder what memories we will bring home this time?
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The history of Ashe House continues slowly to reveal itself, from its origins back in the late fifteenth century, when it was built as part of the ancient Manor of Marston, itself now just a moated ruin in the field opposite. It was once part of a considerable estate dating back almost a thousand years. In the light of this it is intriguing to imagine the lives that have been woven into such a long history. But sadly little evidence of any has come to light - not so much as the shadow a ghost. So far that is. Maybe these investigations will have stirred one or two ghosts from the past - and then perhaps I shall be obliged to turn supposition and hypothesis into fiction - or the other way about! Watch this space…
Sunday, January 26, 2014
We have just had a series of visits from a local Society which studies Historical Vernacular Buildings, wishing to examine our old cottage. We have lived here for over thirty years and have always loved it for its rustic (ie rather shabby) charm, but have never fully appreciated just how historic it is. The Middle Ages! Possibly fifteenth century! It is extraordinary - and does explain the hitherto only half-understood significance of its almost petrified timbers and smoke-blackened thatch. We now await a full report from the Society and are looking into the nooks and crannies of our Medieval cottage with fresh insight. Ghosts? I don’t think so - but undoubtedly there is material lurking here for a novelist! So watch this space!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
So 2014 is here - Christmas almost forgotten - and a new page open and ready to be written on. So far water flowing past our house has been the big news, as it has for many people. But we have been luckier than some - and if Marston Magna did briefly bear a superficial resemblance to Venice then there it ended! The Venice high in my thoughts is quite a different place of course. And I think that as an author nothing gives more joy than feedback from satisfied readers - and recently my postbag has been a pleasure. Win or lose in the marketplace, I am simply delighted that I’ve been able to take readers to that most magical of cities and that apparently they’ve enjoyed the trip! Do keep writing. It is so good to hear from you.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The Cilento Dove has now been published and my talk at the Sherborne Literary Festival seemed to go well, although atrocious weather kept a lot of people away, which was a pity. We returned to Digby Hall later on to listen to Kate Adie which was thoroughly enjoyable. Oh, to be able to speak for an hour with such ease and be so entertaining!
Next came my talk last Tuesday at the Stalbridge Library - which turned out to be a delightful event. The members had brought delicious canapés and go with the generous provision of wine and there were flowers on my table which they insisted I should take home. I was very touched by all their kindness - and I think - hope - that it all went well.
The event at Winstone’s Book Shop in Sherborne was excellent too - wine and canapés (by Raymond) - and a real party atmosphere. I had thought I was meant to be playing the leading roll of the evening, but Raymond’s cheese straws definitely won the day! Huge thanks to everyone. It was a great evening.
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