March

Crikey snow, cold, rain, sun then more snow… what’s going on 🙄

This month I was kindly invited to Wootton’s Creekside WI Isle of Wight to be their speaker for the evening. Such a lovely group of ladies, I so enjoyed myself 😊 Thank you to Antonia for organising. Thank you! 🙏🏼

I’m now also in ‘Everythings All Wight’ a lovely shop in Ventnor with other crafty people. Some amazing bits in here, great ideas for presents. I’m doing really well here too, so pleased 😁

To top it all I’m a Nanny again to another beautiful little girl… yes three granddaughters now

October Blog

Hi, Well hello everyone, hasn’t October flown by, feels like I’ve done so much yet not enough sometimes! Slowly getting organised me thinks… not wanting to wish away 2017 but 2018 is shaping up pretty well!! Anyway, firstly, this month Book One and Two went on Amazon so if you want to take a look and maybe purchase!!!!! please then can you leave a review?? I recently found out that you need 25 reviews before you start getting recognised on Amazon… so please give a review if you can.

*please note this price is with p&p 😀

Last month I told you excitedly that I had been invited to a Primary school so off I trotted, nervous and excited, I’m fine with children but felt a little apprehensive about lots of adults around but it was great, really great. We spoke about the book and they guessed from the front cover it was about a baby and a dog 😍I was so impressed too that the children knew that the words on the back, the synopsis, they called it the blurb! So I read the story and then we all found Uff Uff hiding in the pages… as an activity for the children to receive their Bella and Bentley sticker I had drawn a large tree with leaves on and next to each leaf was their name.

When they found their name, with autumnal colours in finger paints they made their mark!!! The children were so good, well behaved, responsive and a credit to Mrs Cowell and Miss Thompson of Hunnyhill Primary School. I left them with a colouring competition so one of them will win my ‘Book in a Bag’.

We had The Cowes Literacy Festival this month too, some well known speakers etc… but it was the Youth Zone I was interested in. Perfect weather made the weekend and I met some fellow children’s authors. The books were amazing and one of the ladies I went to school with!! I’ve put my name down to take part next year so look out for me!

Met all these lovely authors…
#Supporting each other 📚

Also this month the lovely Gregor Arthur from Beardsalls, Shanklin IOW made me this gorgeous banner for my book fairs… I am super pleased with this 😁

And finally Aaron Isted made me these delightful ‘Island Author’ stickers that went on my books that are now in the shop at The Old Smithy, Godshill IOW…

I think October looking at it was quite productive really… apart from all of the above, been on some lovely walks with my dogs and to finish off Robin Hill ‘Electricwoods’ Arreton, IOW all lit up, excellent food, lantern making, running trough the treetops, dancing shows and falconry. A celebration of India and Diwali 😍Wish I’d been years before, so worth it. If you come on holiday October half term make sure you make time for it!!

Bella, Mummy and Nanny loved it (me) xxx

September Blog

Wow September, been and gone, such a lovely summer but it’s gone so quickly. There was so much I didn’t get to do I think I’ll plan better next year, ha ha!

Anyway there’s a gorgeous shop in Cowes here on the island and they have my book one for sale, yay, excited. Thank you ‘Little Live Like This’ xxx

At the same time Aaron made me these child friendly badges for giveaways!!! Great quality very impressed…

My very creative Dad got more involved this time, although he did print the pictures for cards my Mum made. He’s made me some beautiful book marks, I love them. They will be giveaways for events etc…

September has been quite eventful, made good contacts this summer, about to meet some fellow authors at a literary festival here on the island and drum roll please… very nervous but excited, I’ve been invited to read to two reception classes at a Newport Primary School in October!!!!!

Good times ahead. To finish, thought I’d show you my granddaughter Bella, she was very quiet, I found her reading the book all about her… so sweet, she loves it xxx

August Blog

Beautiful summer here on the Isle of Wight… I’ve been lucky enough this year, first time ever mind, to be able to enjoy our garden. It’s looking quite good, small or should I say bijou!!!! I’ve read in the sun, eaten alfresco and listened to the radio, bliss.

The 1st of August saw ‘Bella and Bentley’s Day Out’ Book Two out!! I dedicated this book to my amazing Mum and Dad because of there continued love and support and to thank them for honestly the best childhood I and my sister and brother could’ve ask for! For this month I ran a competition to win the book and some products from The Dog and I company in Devon that produces shampoos etc… Wendy Nivison and her lovely Bob were the winners and she kindly sent me this picture with his prize… apparently here he’d already had a bath!

Bob
Bob

This month too I booked myself a place at the The UK Southern Book Show for next year too… exciting times planned for 2018.

Welcome Picture

Take a look at my new ‘Welcome Page’ picture. One lovely weekend everyone in my family helped create this. Age one to seventy-two! We all had a great time, glitter, glue and sticky cut up pieces of paper everywhere. Bella and I had the best time 😜

Bentley update!…and exciting times ahead!

imageJust a quick update, Bentley had his big op recently, nasal widening. He looks a little sad in this photo as he’s still sedated just back from the vets, but I assure you he is totally back to normal bouncing around and always after food!!! His breathing has improved especially the noise. He seems so much happier and we don’t have to have the television up as loud to hear ourselves. I’m sure the neighbours will be pleased too. As all owners of any pet you love you worry terribly when they are ill and you just want to sit and cuddle them. I do anyway! I’ve sat for many hours over many years with my sick pets from rabbits to horses in stables. You just have to don’t you they’re part of the family…but Bentley is doing so well. Can’t have the star of my Bella and Bentley series being ill.

Anyway keep an eye out on the website as I’ll be updating weekly, albeit a little slow, as I’m still learning each day new things, but Antonia my computer genius is always there to help, I hope. All the people I’ve worked with this year I’ve found to be real animal lovers so I’ve persuaded them to let me have a photo of them with their pets and then I can introduce you to them, my work family team!

I will also create a page on which I’d like to show a gallery of you all sending me pictures of you reading to your children or your dog or both, with my book. No faces of your children though please unless you are happy to of course but your dog can be the star if you like.