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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Some fun in the sun...

My friend Cathie Hartigan and I just had a fun weekend in London, and - what's more - the sun actually shone on us.  Hurray, it's summer! Well - maybe...

On Saturday, we arrived at the New Cavendish Club near Marble Arch and got poshed up to go to Foyle's Gallery (yes, that Foyles, in the Charing Cross Road) for the launch of the new Words with Jam anthology in which Cathie has a story The Scent of Lemons. Cathie's story was the second prize winner among the longer stories. Here's a photograph of the writers who attended the launch.  Cathie is second on the left...

...and here's the anthology, which is available to buy on Amazon Kindle and as a paperback.  I love the surrealist cover - it's a lot of fun!  The link to buy is below. I made sure I got my print copy signed by as many of these stars as I could catch.

This morning, we headed out to the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace (like you do) to see an exhibition of Tudor and Stuart paintings and other artefacts depicting royal clothing. It was a wonderful collection, including clothes, pictures, armour, a terracotta image of a child who could have been Henry VIII, a lace collar belonging to Charles I, a pair of fetching green stockings belonging to William III, and a painting of Charles II as Prince of Wales in full armour as commander of one of the Royalist armies during the Civil War.  Charles was 12 - what were they thinking? Child soldiers are sadly nothing new.

Anyway, just to prove the sun shone, I'll conclude with a snap of moi standing in front of my new house. I'm about to exchange contracts. Do you like? I love the gold scrollery on the gates, but I think some of that flock wallpaper they apparently have inside might have to go...


  1. Sounds like you enjoyed the rest of your weekend. Really enjoyed the launch - everyone was so friendly. We had a lovely time in Covent Garden on the Sunday morning in the sunshine!

  2. Yes, it was a lovely morning, wasn't it? We strolled across Green Park to the palace. If it had been raining, we'd have asked HM to send a carriage, but it wasn't necessary.

  3. Hi Margaret - don't know why I've managed to missed your blog thus far! Good to meet up at the launch - we enjoyed some sun for a change as well as the sights.

  4. I'm now hoping for some sun in Sheffield at the RNA Conference...