Category My life

#Orkney holiday – back to Neolithic times – #Maeshowe chambered cairn #Scotland

I am happy to report that my creativity has returned following its 2019 enforced sojourn. I am currently writing the next in my Caledonian Sprite contemporary fantasy series, so I will be back to producing more writing-related posts soon. In the meantime, I still have a whole load to catch up on from my October […]

Farewell to the year from hell, looking forward to #livingthedream

Traditionally this is the time of year when bloggers do a round up of the previous year. I wasn’t going to join the masses, but I changed my mind, as this has been a momentous year in my life – awful, but life-changing as a result. Whilst 2019 began hopefully, with the successful release of […]

Merry Christmas everybody! #Funnies

I’m about to enjoy my first Christmas in my own home in the Highlands, so just a quick post today. Enjoy!  

Customer service rants!

A little departure today from the usual topics of either books or Scotland. Today, I am going to have a rant about the deplorable state of customer services – and I know it isn’t just in this country, because my friend Debby in Canada (yes, really – another Debby who spells her name this way) […]

#Orkney – The Italian Chapel – SO beautiful #Scotland

Tanked up on caffeine after our ferry trip, we set off from St. Margaret’s Hope on South Ronaldsay, first stop, the truly awesome (in so many ways) ITALIAN CHAPEL, on the tiny island of Lamb Holm. Like so many of the Hebridean islands, there are causeways linking islands together, but these on Orkney came about […]

Over the sea to #Orkney, #holiday

I’ve learned a bit from the past few island hopping holidays, where I used a holiday company to organise the ferries and accommodation. This holiday was to be rather different as a friend – a fellow dressage judge, the only dressage judge on Orkney – had invited us to stay with her. As a consequence, […]

John O’Groats – North coast of #Scotland – as far as you can go? #Holiday

STILL mired in the events of this horrendously challenging year, I am once again resorting to sharing my travels with you instead of anything writing related. Fortunately, it seems you love reading about the wonders of Scotland! In desperate need of some clear head space, I’d arranged to leave for Scotland the day after mum’s […]

Memories – Los Angeles, 1995

Going through everything in my parent’s house is turning into a real trip down memory lane. Almost every item has memories attached, and photos are, of course, one of those small things that steal oodles of time as soon as you take them out of the packet (good old-fashioned prints, of course). I’m going to […]

Rememberance

Remembrance Day this year, for me, is particularly poignant, bringing back memories of my parents, now both at rest. My father spent his youth in the army during WW2, largely as a motorcycle dispatch rider, who sometimes found himself behind enemy lines. I am so grateful he survived. He had good times as well, spending […]

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh offers the most amazing amount of things to do and see – this was my third visit and still so much more left for future visits. I was disappointed to have missed this one… Perhaps there will be a repeat one day. We were there during the start of the festival, and the town […]