A post about “market dressing”, inspired by the fashion pages of The Times and the new Sherston Market
(This piece first appeared as a column in the August 2023 issue of the Hawkesbury Parish News.)
Much as I love reading The Times’ lifestyle supplement, I find its fashion features hard to take.
Continue reading “A Grand Summer Outfit”
A post about postcards – and the postcards are all about books!
At this time of year, being a postman must be great fun, reading picture postcards about people’s holidays all over the world. At least, if I were a postman, that’s what I’d be doing!
Continue reading “Reading Other People’s Postcards”
This post about my love of second-hand bookshops was originally written for my publisher, Boldwood Books, to mark the publication of my latest novel, the eighth Sophie Sayers Cozy Mystery, Murder in the Highlands.
Continue reading “In Praise of Second-hand Bookshops”
This week on my blog, I’m looking forward to a jolly local event at my parish church, St Mary’s Hawkesbury. The active community life in my home village of Hawkesbury Upton provides me with an endless supply of story ideas for my light-hearted, humorous fiction set in the Cotswolds.
When Colin Dixon told me he’d booked the Port of Bristol Shanty Crew to sing at Church Farm House on Sunday 23rd July as part of the Friends of St Mary’s Summer Weekend, my first thought was, “But Hawkesbury is landlocked”.
My second thought was, “What exactly is a sea shanty anyway?”
Continue reading “Set Sail for St Mary’s”
This week, as the year reaches its halfway point, I’m taking stock of how I spend my time.
Continue reading “Midsummer Method & Madness”