Thursday, 22 December 2011

Joyeux Noel!

Well, it's almost here,
so here's a quick tour of our Christmas decorations for 2011.
Amongst the many books...
the stairs,
the book corner,
the cats (Atticus and Millie)
the kitchen,
and the Tree.

Have a wonderful Christmas all, and a fantastic 2012!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Me & Tom Delonge

For those of you who don't know, I love Tom Delonge. He has been my unlikely hero for the past 10 years, so much so, I dedicated my latest book to him, not that he'll ever know that, but still...
Anyway, he and his other band (not Blink 182), 'Angels and Airwaves' are coming to the U.K. next April and I now possess tickets to gush over him in the brilliant city of Birmingham.
Another reason to welcome in 2012.

Monday, 12 December 2011

The Scarlet Hotel

For me and my hubby's 9th wedding anniversary, we decided we wanted a bit of time to ourselves this year, not too far from home, but far enough, and that came in the festive and cool shape of The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall.
After checking in, we had a stroll on the beach, then off to the fireside for a warm mug of mulled cider whilst watching the moody skies and ocean outside.
Followed by a few glasses of Camel Valley sparkling Brut, also known as Cornish Champagne in The Retreat area of the Hotel.
then more drinks,
Then to our room for a hour or so to relax,
and a bath,
and to kick back in The Pod - a brilliant area just off our "Unique" room with fabulous sea views.
a Hot Tub, (though we didn't this time - but definitely next)
(View from beach to Hotel - red bath is one of the hot tubs fuelled by logs)
and a drink before Dinner in the Hotel restaurant, with an amazing separate Vegetarian menu - impressive.
It's fair to say, we did not want to leave.
Such a wonderful time with plans to return in 2012.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Moorland View Cottage

I stumbled upon this awe inspiring cottage in the Christmas edition of Red magazine and instantly fell in love.
Welcome to Moorland View Cottage in Devon, United Kingdom.
With it's cosy open fires,
gorgeous views over North Bovey (snow not included),
a kitchen that combines the quintessential farmhouse with country contemporary, something that makes my heart skip and,
a chocolate box front to boot; amazing in all seasons I think.
Only problem is, I can't decide if I'd prefer to stay in the summer or winter, and the months are booking out fast.
Hum, open walks...local beer at the village pub...
Maybe I'll have to do both!
(Photos courtesy of website. Thank you.)

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Christmas and Dylan Thomas

I'm feeling a bit chilly.
What, with the snowy pictures in the papers, and the howling winds and rattling windows in this old house we live in, the rain pelting against the top room window, I started thinking about our Christmas plans, and about Dylan Thomas.
See, my other half is Welsh, and so every year we take the A30 up and then across the border and have a few days with the family.
What reminded me of Dylan Thomas was the book above; a book I've only recently bought during a trip to his Boathouse back in the summer. Of course it's not the first time I've been to Thomas' old house, after all, I lived in Wales for 7 years, shame on me if I hadn't been - Welsh by association AND with being a writer.
Anyway, today I was standing at the top room, hot mug of tea, watching the cars below.  The sky was darkening, and the street lamps twinkled in the rain on the roads when a poem ran through my head - a Dylanesque poem I may try and write down, and I thought, I must read this book to my kids.
It's definitely turning colder.

Geek Dress

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