Monday, 26 June 2017

Au revoir...

For the time being, I'm going to take a break from this blog. I've enjoyed doing it, and I'd like to thank those who've read, followed and commented - but at the moment I think I need to concentrate more on writing books.

I shall continue to blog with The History Girls, a group of historical fiction writers, on the 16th of each month, and I've just started to blog again with An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, which is a group of children's writers. I'll be posting there on the 25th of each month, and it would be lovely to see you in either of those places. And of course you're very welcome to visit my website for news - it has a contact form too, in case you want to get in touch.

Like Arnie, I may be back. But for now, I'll leave you with some pictures of the lovely hill - and do feel free to roam about among the reviews!

Looking from Roundhouse across Cheddar Reservoir.

Spring cowslips

A fiddled-with view!

And off into the sunset...


  1. I've followed The History Girls for a long time but I'm delighted to learn about An Awfully Big Blog Adventure which I have immediately followed. Thank you and enjoy the break from your blog!

  2. Thanks, Sarah - and I hope you enjoy ABBA!

  3. Bye. I sometimes enjoy this blog, and sometimes not so much. Particularly when my comments are deleted. To be fair, though, having my civil, polite, disagreeing comments deleted is relatively common.

    At various times over the last year, you mentioned Brexit, the vote, how awful it all was. At no point did you say why you considered it awful. I voted to remain as I felt that a divided Europe would one day eat itself in war. Seems to me that a lot of those who voted remain thought little further than that their lifestyle might be intruded on, and had little interest in the underlying reasons why others voted for exit. How about you ?

    I enjoyed your description of your visit to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's cottage in Nether Stowey. As a student teen, I did a lot of cycling in that area, Stogursey, Kilve going to and from the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. ( Summer job, washing dishes. Good pay, much better than being a dustman at Butlins in Minehead, and getting sacked for having the effrontery to catch food poisoning from one of their culinary delights ( no, not out of the bins )).

    I've made a mental post-it to visit Nether Stowey, and the cottage, with life there presented by the actors. I did note your comments about his unappreciated wife. Without going into the scenario of whether her pouring boiling water all over his leg may have given him some pause to consider whether he would be safe in going to sleep at night....., I looked further, found a recipe for toffee that she is apparently quite famous for, and made some.


    1. Brexit... it's difficult to know where to start. I think it was a terrible decision because: like you, I think a united Europe has been a great force for peace, and I think it's a sad thing that we are going to walk away from that; the amount of time, brainpower and money it will take to extricate ourselves is enormous, and for what gain?; to me (not that I'm an economist) it seems crazy to cut ourselves off from a favourable trading agreement with our biggest and nearest trading partner; we shall lose a great deal by making it more difficult for people from the rest of Europe to come and work here freely; I actually liked to see us as being part of Europe; and - well, I don't see what the advantages of leaving will be, whereas the disadvantages seem huge.

      I hope you like Nether Stowey. I think it was particularly nice going to the Christmas event. I also really like wandering along the beach nearby - amazing rock formations, as you'll know.

      I think I could say the same as you, really - I've very much enjoyed most of your comments, which have been thoughtful and interesting. If I haven't published a comment, it's been because sometimes you are just a little bit more combative than I feel comfortable with. Take care, and have a good summer!