Ninety nine!

I know some folk have hundreds of followers but I have just reached ninety nine. You are still mainly abroad but I’ve got used to that. If I don’t follow you it is probably because I am trying to reduce the time I spend on line in order to finish my novel. It is fascinating to see which blogs attract the most readers. If I could put a poem on every week that would seem to be the most popular.

There are so many activities going on this summer, book launches, the Southern Book Show and an event the Sea Scribes are planning to bring together music and words.

Add to that the fact that my next novel is almost all on computer( in draft form) and I have been scrolling through images to find a cover picture, life is getting hectic.

My other task is to advertise the Worthing Friendship Centre, a social group for over 50’s and there are so many outlets on line , now, that we have to use to complement the local newspaper. I don’t know how many pensioners use the computer but if money is anything to go by, they’ll be left behind if they don’t! We are looked at in amazement when we try to pay in cash in loads of placesĀ  and I’ve even heard of a local bar that won’t take cash!

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Birthday

It is Diesel’s birthday today. He is thirteen years old. I don’t think he’s really 92-he acts much younger than that, although he doesn’t always hear when we call him. Hubby says that’s ‘selective hearing.’

I keep thinking of improvements to the last page of my novel. I want the reader to feel satisfied. I know I hate rushed endings or those when one has to go back and check that you haven’t missed anything.

Our writing group is going from strength to strength. Wendy Hughes has local launches of her book all this month and I am planning a ‘Music and Words,’ event in May. Most of us will be at the Southern Book Show on 4th March.

I’ll add a picture of Diesel as it’s his special day.

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Review comment and event.

At last somebody has thanked us for the pantomime. I was hoping for some feedback and when they said it was’just brilliant’ and’made them chuckle’ I was so grateful. I’m not sure I’ll do another one, especially as I am focused on the next novel at present but it makes me feel it wasn’t a waste of time. I was really proud of the cast and they deserve to know their efforts were appreciated.

Sorry I can’t tell you about the book. I know some folk put excerpts on line as tasters but I like to feel the reader can identify with the characters and that’s impossible in a short piece.

I am looking forward to the book launch on 17th February when Elaine Hankin will have ‘Footprints on my Doorstep,’ Anne Saker will have ‘Matilda and the Waltz of Life’ and Wendy Hughes will have ‘ The A to Z of Curious Sussex;’ three very different books by excellent local authors. The venue is Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing, time- 10am to 1pm.

Garden Birdwatch

Sunday morning, time to look for garden birds as in the book.

It’s Garden Birdwatch Day today, so hope they haven’t flown away.

We’ve put out sprinkles, balls and seeds and porage, on which pigeon feeds.

We wait to see the sparrows flock-we have an hour on the clock.

Five sparrows and two blackbirds- now, please, something special take a bow!

We know that magpies will appear, but, oh, for something new this year.

At last we see a flash of pink – is it a robin? No, IĀ  think

It is a long tailed tit and we will list it for RSPB!

( sorry can’t find a picture – have my favourite pigeon one instead)

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Even more research

Now my characters want to move house so what did I do? I looked on line to see what is available in this district, where it is, how much it would cost, whether they should purchase or rent. I hope the sites don’t think I’m looking for myself or I’ll get lots of extra information that I don’t need. It will be interesting to find out.

So sad that some shops that have been here for years are closing down, mainly because the owners are retiring.

I bought a haggis yesterday for 25th.I looked for a vegetarian haggis as I prefer the taste to the original one. Not only did the supermarket not have one but they had sold out of swedes as well. We are celebrating Burns night a day early, anyway as it is a busy day tomorrow and I might not have time to do a special tea! So tonight it is haggis and sweet potato. It is one of our slimming days (we are on the 5/2 diet) but we’ll probably cheat and have a whisky later on!

Poem.Furry acrobat

I’ve seen you, squirrel, when you’ve found the nuts you’ve buried underground.

There’s sparrow, pigeon, tit and crow, some on the holders, some below.

The choice is there of feeders three, each on the branch of the fir tree.

The first, a treat of suet fat. The blue tits like to hang on that.

The next a cage with seed inside, ‘It’s squirrel proof’ declared the guide.

Another suet treat hangs there, three balls, to get them you must dare

To leave the fence, a gymnast be-your tail curled round the leafy tree.

You hang suspended upside down, alone, now that the birds have flown

And now your efforts bring reward-you can add suet to your hoard.

squirrel acrobat

Sussex Coast Talking News

Voice of Progress, the website I asked people to visit to hear the Christmas Pantomime ‘The Wizard of Was’ is changing its name to Sussex Coast Talking News in an effort to give folk a better idea of who we are and what we do.

Every two weeks three volunteers record items of news from the local papers and send them out on CDs for those people who are registered blind or sight limited who have asked for this free service. The area covered stretches from Bognor to Shoreham and encompasses Worthing and Littlehampton.

Extra volunteers for reading or editing are always welcome. The recordings take place in Rustington and the contact number is 01903 776569.