I am a crime writer, mostly 'cozy' crime but also some psychological thrillers. There are two sets - Cleo Marjoribanks Mysteries (set mostly in the New Forest) and The South Downs Murder Mysteries. There are also some stand alone novels. They are all on Kindle - if you don't have one, get the Kindle APP!
I am also an international travel writer so some of my blogs are about my travel.
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The advent of colouring books takes me back to my childhood.
I loved colouring books and in those days we could let our imaginations run
wild - we chose which colours we wanted to use.
Later came painting by numbers and now we have the less
messy pencils. I understand that fans of these new magazines find it soothing
to sit and colour a picture. Me? I wish I could paint as my late father did but
My artistic bent is more along the lines of embroidery.
Nowadays - and it has been for a very long time - counted cross stitch is the
'fashion'. More doing it by numbers!
The great pity for me is that I love doing 'proper'
embroidery using a host of varying stitches. Unfortunately it is very difficult
to find pre-printed fabric or even stencils and fabric. The last time I managed
to purchase pre-printed fabric - in the early 1990s - the material was
dreadful. I think is something that my mother's generation called crush. It was
difficult to get the needle through this cheap fabric.
My favourite type of embroidery
It was also some time in the 1990s that I managed to buy a
'repeater' stencil. (You damp ironed it onto the fabric as many times as you
need). Fabric? None to be found so I resorted to a white sheet and made a table
cloth and napkins.
I find doing embroidery both restful and a help when I am at
the creative stage of writing a novel. Doing two jobs at the same time!
Take up colouring books? No, not possible. I have repetitive
stress injuries in my right wrist, elbow and shoulder. Writing? I use a
fountain pen - in short spurts.
It is now nearly two months since I moved to this lovely new
flat in Bognor Regis - on England's south coast. It is known as the 'sunniest'
place in England. Not sure about that as we haven't had much of that since I've
been here but today it is glorious.
I should explain that we have two lifts (elevators) - one
for odd numbered floors and one for the even numbered ones. Mostly I have met
people in passing and we have exchanged the time of day or chatted about the
weather. The latter being a very popular English subject! So far I have
encountered mostly Brits and Poles but I did once see a Moslem couple. As we
were about to use different lifts there wasn't time to do more than smile at
them so I don't know where they are from.
This morning I was a little later than usual going out for
my walk (got it up to a mile a day along the promenade) and met two gentlemen
in the lift on the way down. One didn't break into a smile but the other -
yummy! Even ladies of my age can get turned on by a good looking man. We
chatted about the weather while I admired his physique, dark hair and eyes and
listened to his lightly accented English. Turns out he is from Poland and he
told me that this morning his family in Poland say that at the tops of the
mountains have a temperature of 0, yes, zero!
As he was wearing shorts (lovely legs) I assume that he was
also about to do a walk but I was too much of a coward to go in the same
direction. He was probably going to jog anyway and I am well past that
I am gradually getting to discover the delights of Bognor
and know that I am going to enjoy living here more than I did in my last
village/small town where the biggest problems were far too much traffic and far
too little neighbourly interaction. And, believe me, I tried to get to know