Category My life

#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 […]

#Holiday – Touring the Inner Hebrides – Mull day 3 #Scotland

While my creativity is still on hiatus, I’m going to finish up the rest of our tour of the Inner Hebrides. I opted for 3 days on Mull, and I’m SO pleased I did – we would never have crammed it all into 2 days, and there are still things left over we didn’t get […]

Farewell to a huge chunk of my life – and my heart #DressageHorse

You may have noticed a couple weeks ago when I released my latest novel, that I mentioned turmoil in my life at the time. A large piece of that was that my beloved Merlin, my horse of a lifetime, my International partner, my superstar best friend for over 22 years, was gravely ill with a […]

#Holiday – Touring the Inner Hebrides – Mull day 2 #Scotland

I didn’t quite finish recounting our very long, thrilling first day on Mull/Iona, because there was so much to share. At the end of the last post, I said I had an agenda for leaving Iona before too late in the day, and now I’ll reveal all. One of my bucket list items for the […]

#Holiday – touring the Inner Hebrides – Iona #Scotland

I still have several days of our autumn holiday to recount, and before it slips my mind too far, I’m going to get these posts done! After our scary boat ride out to awesome Staffa Island and Fingal’s Cave, we didn’t return immediately to Mull, but instead landed on Iona – a tiny island with […]