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New beginnings

Starting with a particularly nice sunrise with an aeroplane trail that reminded me that sunrise is getting later and later. I like sunrises. I think it's to do with being an early morning person and that realisation that there is a whole new day ahead of you and what you make of it is up to you.

Right now, I'm holding on desperately to summer because I'm seeing the signs that it can't last forever. Obviously, I'm making lists of things to look forward to in September as well, but I don't think it hurts me to remember that these days are precious and I need to make the most of them.

I'm catching my breath after finishing my first draft of 'The Vintage Girl' in a record 4 days. I was writing 10,000 words a day, and remembering to feed the family, do the washing and even the ironing, floor mopping and vaccuming. I'm feeling rather smug about that, but the story wanted to be told. Now I go away and do all the research.

This one came from all sorts of places. The daughter of a dear friend getting married. My relatively newly found love of domesticity. (It's so much easier to be domesticated when you actually have time to do it, isn't it?) My brilliant husband looking at 2 old tables I was going to take to the dump and seeing that the glass panels could make lovely wall art in a shady corner. Look! Isn't he clever!

I'm quite clever too, because I turned the frames of the tables into plant stands. I also bought new lavatera and cordyline baby plants to go with the little eucalyptus plants. They're now in the little greenhouse with the cover off, growing on ready to replace existing plants over the next summers.

And all of this excited and delighted me. Other people can have exotic holidays, or even day trips. Being immunocompromised at a time of high Covid cases means that's not an option for me, but I suspect I'm just as happy and quite possibly happier in my own little world. I've even started planning what my kitchen and utility room windowsills will look like at Christmas and searched Ebay and Amazon for some new robins to replace the ones that became cat toys. I resisted the ones which 'sing' when you walk within a metre of them because they'd drive the cats crazy, but I will admit to being tempted!

So now it's back to work, because I'm proof reading 'The Christmas Sparrow' and there'll be more about that on Sunday. Till then, I hope you find something to enjoy, and always remember, it doesn't have to be a big something! Let me know what you enjoy, won't you? I'm always on the lookout for new ideas.


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