The new book, "Rosa", published in 2017.

Good Things and Bad

Let's get the bad things out of the way first. In the Autumn of 2016 I fractured my spine, just when things were looking good for me. No, I didn't fall, though I think the fall I had when I fractured my wrist 18 months ago could have something to do with it as I, at that time, landed on my rump and this probably weakened the two vertebrae, helped along by the osteoporosis. I didn't fall on this occasion. I spent a day lifting and carrying heavy boxes and it wasn't until the following morning that I realized something was wrong. The bread was indescribable for a long time and until recently, after about nine months, I am finally starting to live a reasonably normal life again. My husband has been a great support through both 'accidents'. But I think he's had enough [he's 82 after all] and we are praying that his long stints at cooking and even the minimal household tasks are now over. Especially since he's not the most 'domestic' husband in the world.

The good thing that happened late in 2016 was the acquisition of a new publisher, Jude Pittman of Books We Love Limited in Canada. Jude, if you read this, I want you to know that you gave me a new lease of life, as well as my previously published books now in paperback and e-book. And now a totally new book - "Rosa" - has been launched, with many ideas for others itching to get out. "Rosa" is a traditional saga full of suspense and laced with unrequited love as the young Rosa rises from poverty and reaches for the stars.

I have to admit, however, that I am not applying myself to my writing as I would normally, mainly because of the silly health issues and looking after my frail old miniature Yorkshire Terrier, Candy, making sure that her last days on this earth are happy and comfortable before she heads off to that rainbow in the sky. Selfishly, I hope that she makes it to her 17th birthday next month, but I won't see her suffer. Losing her will be devastating as she has been the most perfect little dog.

 

Well, it's been a long time since I added to this website of mine, mainly due to health reasons. My back still gives me bread and I now look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame - unfortunately like my mother and her mother before her.

My darling little Candy didn't make it to her 17th birthday. I could have been selfish and waited, but I couldn't put her through any more suffering just so our favorite vet could put her down. She went over the rainbow two weeks before her 17th birthday, deaf, blind and with a possible stroke on her last day. Despite her condition she still followed me around and Toby accompanied her when she wanted to go pi-pi, even though they had a love-hate relationship. We had her cremated and scattered her ashes in our garden. I made a slate memorial plaque and hung it on the wall of my studio so I can see her every time I go in there, but even now I still get a lump in my throat when I think of her and tears spring to my eyes. Toby's lovely [he's now 11], but he's not Candy, bless them both.

I'm still suffering with my back and can't walk very far and sitting at the computer is also very painful after a short while but I'm all set to get back into my writing and get my novel 'Forbidden' finished, even if I only spend half an hour a time at it. I'm also having a go at getting back to painting , but I have a feeling that will be more difficult unless I have a go at doing miniatures, which I was pretty good at [sold them all] years agp.