A good title for a post about anything, but will it be interesting? I can write what I think you might like to read, that will only be correct for a small percentage of readers. Do you think about how to reach out to more bloggers or are we just satisfied with the readers we have? I am amazed at the varied posts that I read and find so many interesting, funny and well written, I guess we all have our own little percentage of readers and I am truly grateful for everyone of them for reading this blog. I can be having a very bad day but if I see I have another follower it lifts me up instantly. I do sometimes feel that my post’s are not interesting or catchy so will spend hours thinking of something else but seem to always come back to my original post.

Peaches is still following me about in case I disappear again and seems to want to sit on the very bit of paper I want to read and then sulks when I turf her off.

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My eldest granddaughter will be 16 in December and today she has gone for her first interview for an after school, weekend job at Sports Direct. She told me that she will be at her school Academy till she is about 20 and she does not have to wear a uniform when she goes back in September but it does have to be black with a jacket so very workplace orientated. If she then goes to university she could be in education till about 25, will all these qualifications guarantee a job, no but she will at least stand a better chance than if she had none.

My daughter goes back to work in September after taking 16 years off to raise 4 children, the youngest being 5 but at least Mum will be working in the same school he goes too, so not too much of a change for him. I will then be on sick days duty so I hope they are all healthy during term time!

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I feel the next few months are going to be a challenge for all of us, I want to get my book written but seem to have many stumbling blocks with health and family. I am not going to put myself under pressure though, if it is not completed then I will just carry on next year. I never feel it is good enough so keep writing the same bits over again, are you ever satisfied that it is correct? I am having a holiday the end of September to Greece with my friend her husband and family so I am very geared up to write lots out there in the sun with maybe a Mojhito or two.

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I will be a grandmother again in December and then January, taking the total to 8. I do feel that is enough lol considering I was an only child they do not take after me but their Dad was one of 7. It is lovely being part of a big family and all living in the same town and what with all their cousins too there is always someone to see or things to go and do. All made even better by the wonderful weather we are having here in the south coast, my eldest grandson appears to always be down the beach in the sea with all his friends. Last week he did not want to go camping with the family, that’s when you realise they are growing up and getting minds of their own. He stayed with his cousin and had a lovely long weekend.

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I saw my consultant about my shoulder this week and had another steroid injection, the last one did give me a bit more movement but not less pain so we are trying once again. I cannot have anymore so then it will be surgery if I go down that route, or do you just accept and live with it. I have found my body has adjusted to not using my left arm for lifting or anything, it is hard sometimes for things though.

I was amazed after coming back from the writers holiday in Wales that I had actually lost 4lb, not sure how that happened as it felt like we were always eating as it was all inclusive. Why is it so much harder to lose weight the older you get?

I am enjoying reading Penny’s book The Doll Makers and got so engrossed in it last night that I stayed reading till one o clock! No wonder I feel so tired and useless today. Have a lovely Wednesday what ever you are doing x


After having such a wonderful journey up to Wales, I did the wrong thing expecting it to be the same coming home. It did give me more time to sit and reflect on what I have learnt and all the knowledge that the wonderful people from the Writers Holiday have given me. A combination of accidents and coaches in wrong places because of traffic it caused made the wait at Victoria an hour longer. I felt so much empathy towards the coach driver that eventually came to drive us to all our destinations, it was not his fault, some people just do not think it through before they go charging in with their complaints, anger, frustration and general moaning! When everyone was on the coach he very politely informed everyone that he had given up his break and was doing overtime to take this coach out. National Express coach drivers, cool as cucumbers, well done.

Peaches the cat normally ignores me when I come home but she is full of joy to see me and staying very close so I do not disappear again.

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These are Penny Grubb’s books and I am reading The Doll Makers at the moment, very good story as I don’t want to put it down.

Even though I had only known these people at the writers holiday a week it was still a bit emotional saying good bye, such strong friendships are formed when you all have one common desire….To see your book in print. They were all full of advice and sharing their knowledge, I wish I lived closer to some of them so stronger friendships could be formed. It really was the best week away I have had for a very long time. I have come home exhausted, like most of them but it was worth it.

I will do blog spots about some of them and their books over the next couple of weeks so you too can share their wonderful writing.

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It is now time for me to catch up with all the grandchildren and have some relaxed fun over the weekend. x


Today is the last full day in Wales, it has gone extremely quick and the best thing I have attended in a very long time. The choir night was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed by everybody.

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I am attending a course at the moment with Kate Walker the very popular Mills and Boon author. Very good workshop with handouts and lots of participation by us.

The sun has been shining brightly today in Wales and in some ways a shame we have been indoors but hopefully this great weather will continue next week. We have a poetry evening later tonight, which will be lovely to hear what the poets amongst us have been creating this week.

I am reading a book by Penny Grubb at the moment called The Doll Makers, I don’t want to put it down it is so good. Well done Penny, who I may add is a very lovely person.

All the authors bring a selection of their work so it can be looked at or bought which you end up doing and if anyone is like me I have more books that clothes in my suitcase to go home with. I have enough reading material for couple of months and I will tell you all about the books.

Packed morning of work tomorrow so not too late to bed and then the travel home in the afternoon. Weekend of rest and grandchildren and then it’s work, work work I have orders to get the book written!

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Just an update peeps, tonight the Cwmbach Male Choir are entertaining us!! It has been said that they will join us in the bar after, I need to google their pictures! Lol Are they all single?

More to come later folks x


What an amazing day! Nanny Cool WILL be writing her book now and getting it published because now I have learnt how to publish your own books and sell them yourself even having an ISBN number.

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Should I be telling you about this? Lol. I could start teaching people how to do it! I honestly think a very basic knowledge of computers is all you really need as you are already writing on Word or equivalent so your halfway there. The number of people publishing their own books goes up by about 2 every five minutes. How wonderful is this, they will also upload it to Amazon so people can buy it there as well.

I have met some wonderful people here and it’s only Tuesday, early night for me though as your brain never shuts off. What brain? I can hear my grandchildren saying lol.

I was talking to this lovely lady called Sarah, I think she looks like the queen.

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Will be back tomorrow with more news xx