A March Blog

9781781321867-Cover.inddoceans front only jpgIt seems such a long time since I spoke of these two, my first fantasy duo. It seems such a long time since I wrote them! But recently I had to send off some extracts, and I thought I’d dust off their pretty covers again (the work of two talented folk, Derek and Rosie), to talk of life.

Now, wildlife conservation and sustainability have always been very important to me, as you will know if you follow my blog, and I try to write with these in mind:

“…Toxics, set in a world in which the environmental balance has been altered by the birth of a new species…This fantasy world will encourage older children (10+) to think more carefully about the environmental issues of their own planet.”

In March we have the beginning of spring.  A time of regeneration, and of hope. The world feels particularly precarious just now, doesn’t it? And yet there are always messages of positivity, of hope and peace. Mother Teresa once said,

‘We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.’

A pair of fantasy children’s novels hoping for balance, a new novel on its way dreaming of conservation…drip, drip…how can a few words help when I read the headlines? I don’t know…maybe something I say will inspire a budding conservationist…a brilliant ecologist…a wise peacemaker…who knows? …drip, drop.

I wish you hope, peace and joy this spring, and the desire to do whatever you can, in your own small or large way.




A January Blog

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Happy New Year!

I wish you a peaceful and inspirational New Year.

Today, in the New Year tradition of fresh beginnings, I remind myself and any who visit here that I created this blog first and foremost as a writer!

Herebelow is a little taste of something I am working on –

‘Saphie!’ she called. But the wind was rising. It stole her voice, and pulled at her thin cotton scarf. Fingers of ice creeping down her neck and making her shiver.

       ‘Saphie!’ The leaves were circling up into the shadowed branches overhead. Even as she stood there, a crack above was followed by a soft thud just behind her. Maddie ran round to the other side of the tree, but her stubborn child had climbed so high it was impossible to see her in the falling light. Only the grubby ropes trailing onto the ground gave witness to the tree squatter above.

       The trouble is, she thought, this time it’s different. This time she is not going to win.


Blog for December


December Greetings!

This is the month of goodwill, and I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog of quotes and the monthly greeting!

I want also to apologise for not visiting all of my WordPress colleagues in the last couple of months.

As the weeks have passed I have to admit defeat. I havent managed any reciprocation since October, and I think I will have to rebegin from now. The backlog is terrifying! I love all your blogs – such a variety of creative inspiration and soulful life experiences, but I rarely sit at the computer properly. Dashing off quick ‘like’ clicks on a phone is not a rewarding or useful experience.

Do you find social media is actually a bit of a monster?

I continue to pursue the life of a writer with a conservation conscience, and to question the reason for keeping up a blog!

Maybe in 2017 I will post a little more of my writing, whilst upholding the transference of wisdom in the Friday quotes!

So here is my big hopeless LIKEBACK and BIG THANKYOU to all who visit here. And I wish you all a very merry Christmas!!


A blog for November


This is Billy. Actually he was Millie Marmalade until the vet informed us Billie may be better!

I have finally managed to create myself a writing space, and Billie can no longer sit on my hands as I type.

Unless I let him in. He has a very loud miaow – his mother was half Bengal, apparently :)

But today Billie is the other side of the door, and I am trying to absorb myself in my new novel, in my new writing space, in my new garden, in my new snatch of time since beginning my new work.

So today I think of all of you who are struggling to make the space for your writing, and I leave us with an inspirational quote:

‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.’ – William Churchill


Blog of June


It is June 2016 and summer has arrived!

A bee drones on its journey, pushing away the last drizzle of rain.

Here in England the fields seem to be ever increasingly swallowed for the roads of progress, the houses of the many.

In my new novel, this progress is causing tension in a family, and Saphie, the young heroine is caught in the middle.

Enviromental ethics are a buzz word these days. But some people have always had them on their mind.

Buzz buzz.

Have a good June :)