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Olympic Torch Disappointment

Yesterday my family went to watch the procession of the Olympic torch through Chester. As we didn’t have tickets to watch the celebrations at the racecoorse which was the main area of the celebrations, we decided to head to the Town Hall to watch the procession from there. We arrived in plenty of time but already the crowds were out in force. We found a spot in front of the Visitor Centre, which was slightly raised, and which, we hoped, would give our children a better view. A band played from the steps of the Town Hall and the atmosphere was expectant. This really was going to be a once in a lifetime experience. To the side of us giant dummies were receiving a lot of attention and they really looked the part.   There was also one of the Queen and one of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. I felt proud to be British. Then, just before the procession arrived, the dummies were moved to the top corner of the road opposite the C

Impersonating a Chipmunk

Fo r the last few days I have been doing a really good impersonation of a chipmunk - believe me it's not a good look. On Thursday I had to have some dental surgery on my gum to try and resolve a persistant problem I've been having with an abcess above one of my teeth. I've had two root canal treatments but they didn't work so they decided to tackle the problem through the gum. It's not a pleasant procedure because they have to cut the gum and then stitch it back up again, and now I have a mouth full of stitches.  I was warned that there would be some swelling and possible bruising.  Thankfully there hasn't been any bruising but I did wake up on Friday morning feeling like I'd been hit by a cricket bat - hence the chipmunk impression. The swelling has gone down now thankfully and I am being to look like me again.  Still a bit sore and tender but it's worth it if it's going to do the trick. I was warned that I would have to rest for a few days.

Reading, Reading, Reading

Although I didn ’ t manage to do much writing on holiday, I did do a fair bit of reading. My Kindle came into its element and I read books which I had had stored on there for a while. Before I review them though, I ’ ve still got some books I read earlier to tell you about. Hope I ’ m not boring you! The first one is: The Secret Shopper Affair I love this author and this series so when I found this book in the library, I couldn ’ t resist taking it home with me. As ever Kate kept my fingers turning page after page. I ’ ve enjoyed travelling with the lives of the three main characters, but I think that perhaps they have gone as far as they can go. I ’ d be happy for Kate to prove me wrong though A Room Swept White - Sophie Hannah I decided to take a small step away from my usual preferred reading genre and try something slightly more edgy. This book still has women at its centre though as it is the story of three women who have lost children through Su

It's My Birthday!

Another score on the calendar of life, but does this face look bovvered????  No, because age is just a state of mind - or so I keep telling myself.  Actually I've decided to count backwards from 40 so today am I 36 years young, and I got 36 kisses from my boys this morning to prove it. Actually, after the hectic partying a few weeks ago, I must admit that I'm happy to have a quiet one this year.  A glass of pretend fizz and sharing cripsy duck with my family tonight will be the pefect way to spend the day.  Besides which we're off to a dinner at a local hotel at the weekend with the footie crowd so that will be my celebration. Despite the fact that I have a few more wrinkles, and considerably more grey hairs, I feel I'm finally growing into my skin.  At the moment, I'm in a relatively happy place.  I could do with more time, but who couldn't.  Now, all I need is a book deal, or at least to sell a few short stories and life will be perfect. Whatever

I Want That House!

As mentioned in a previous blog I'm currently working on an old work in progress for the RNA's New Writer's Scheme.   It's a novel I started on a few years ago, and I have a rough first draft.   In fact, the beginning chapters are more or less right, because I wrote them while I was completing a Writer's News Home Study Course. My tutor was the lovely Sue Johnson who gave me no end of encouragement.   What I loved about this course was rather than writing random assignments, you were asked to send completed chapters to your tutor who gave you feedback.   It helped so much that after I finished the course, I paid for an extension so that I could continue.   After that I completed the draft, but somewhere along the way I lost the plot which is what I hope to rectify over the next few months as I work towards my submission. My first task was to read through what I had already written and figure out what works and what doesn't.   I had quite a lot of paper an

Busy, Busy, Busy

It's been another long and busy weekend and I am only just recovering. On Sunday my youngest took his first holy communion so the clan descended to celebrate with us, including some of our Irish cousins who stayed for the weekend and went home this morning. I was really proud of him dressed up in his suit - he looked so smart.     And we had a lovely celebration afterwards. On Monday, the boys had a football tournament first thing, which was a nice early start, and the weather was typical of a bank holiday - yes it was raining!  Last night we were out again for a meal with our guests and then this morning I woke up to two sick children, who have a bug which is doing the rounds. Looks like its just a 24 hour thing so fingers crossed. Hey ho - we'll all get back to normal soon!