Category My life

#Wildlife trip – the Isle of May, to see Puffins! #Scotland #holiday

I’ve had a lovely break away on Orkney following mum’s funeral, and my head is a little clearer. I’m experiencing a very strange mixture of emotions, the most unexpected being startling sensations of freedom, and I’m starting to realise that when you are caring for someone long-term, you don’t realise how much continual, low-level stress […]

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Sunday Interview – Deborah Jay with an extract from The Prince’s Man – Book One of The Five Kingdoms Series

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Please welcome my guest today, author Deborah Jay who will also be sharing an excerpt from The Prince’s Man which is Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series which is also on offer at 99p/99c this weekend. Firstly a brief introduction to Deborah… Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures…

How early did you begin #storytelling?

I’m leaving for holiday tomorrow, so I thought before I go that I’d share one more memory with you. While going through my Mum’s papers, I came across an old school exercise book of mine that she’d kept – I was astounded to find some early indications of where I would be going, decades later. […]

Celebrating the life of an amazing woman – my Mum

My beloved Mum passed away last week at the amazing age of 99 – what a life she had, and what changes she witnessed over the best part of a century. Going through all the old photographs, I’ve found it fascinating to trace the influences on my character and life choices, so for any who […]

#Holiday time – visit to DEEP SEA WORLD, Edinburgh, #Scotland

After the awesomeness of the 20BooksEdinburgh conference, I’d planned a mini-break, which began with the weather breaking (summer had been in incredibly full swing throughout the conference, with temperatures in the high 20s – very rare for Scotland!), so I chose my planned indoor option – a visit to Deep Sea World. It’s been a […]

#20BooksEdinburgh – the social side

Along with learning lots of stuff and making connections with other authors, 20Books also has a more relaxed side to it, and being located in Edinburgh, there was plenty to see and do. The conference, and the room I stayed in, were in the University grounds, which is truly beautiful – here’s a taster This […]

Nymans Gardens – another gorgeous #garden wander

Nymans is another National Trust property, a fabulous garden with an impressive semi-ruined house, in Sussex UK. I’ve lived nearby for most of my life, but this was the first time I’d visited, which was at the end of May. Most spectacular (aside from the house) is the wisteria walkway, thought there is a lot […]

#Holiday, Touring the Inner Hebrides – Isle of Skye #Scotland

We reach our final destination on our recent grand tour of the Inner Hebrides – the Isle of Skye. I cannot deny it, the weather on our first day there was appalling! So much so, it was a challenge to get places, and stand upright long enough to film and photograph. On the other hand, […]

Finding solace in beauty – Leanordslea #Gardens, Sussex, England

A couple of days after losing my beloved Merlin, Easter Monday offered a warm and peaceful balm to my aching soul, though I wasn’t ready to share it until now. Leanordslea Gardens is a place we used to visit regularly, but which shut to the public when purchased by a new owner. Now, the place […]

#Holiday – Touring the Inner Hebrides – Mull to Skye #Scotland

Drawing near to the end of this grand tour of the Inner Hebrides, we travelled on from Mull, over the mainland to Mallaig, where we took the ferry ‘over the sea to Skye’. Unfortunately, we left in a downpour, which made it hard to take a good photo of Tobermore. You might recognise this one […]