Lost in that Swedish Store!

A few years ago I had a rather scary experience in Ikea. I couldn’t find my way out.  Reminiscent of a nightmare I once had where I was going round and round in an enormous old mansion where each room had a double door which opened into another room, which had a double door that opened into another room, etc, etc.  You get the picture.  And that’s how I was in Ikea.  I got a bit panicky and claustrophobic resulting in a member of staff having to escort me through the shortcut to the exit.  I have not been back.… Read the rest »

Our ‘Wonderful’ NHS

Every time I turned on the TV or radio a couple of weeks back it was to hear praise of our NHS on its 70th birthday.  I think the NHS is brilliant. We pay for it without noticing and it’s always there when we need it; much better than any insurance cover.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to have to save up or go without food or other essentials  in order to pay to see a doctor. I do think it needs a serious overhaul and that huge holes that leak money, such as the millions spent … Read the rest »

Such a Night

Oh, my! In the words of the one and only Elvis, “What a night it was! It really was, such a night!”

Last Friday we had the first ever screening of Only the Lonely, the short film I wrote last year with Veronique Christie, courtesy of Dan Films, our production company, led by Julie Baines. I am still on a high.

I’d seen it but only on a laptop and before the final sound had been laid and it had been signed off. Watching it on a screen was an indescribable feeling. Everyone concerned had done a marvellous job, including … Read the rest »

Signed, Sealed and Bittersweet

We. Have. Completed.

Finally.

The story of the Sale of Avocado Cottage is a book in itself, spread over possibly the longest, most stressful year of my life. I have written about some of what happened – much of which you couldn’t make up. And many things went on that made this possibly the longest sale of property in history!

For example; when the buyers went to the Loans Officer at CUB to apply for a mortgage in December she told them they don’t usually do mortgages in December, only car loans. And this certainly seemed to be the case … Read the rest »

The Longest Piece of Antiguan String

I am determinded to at least start this post with positive news. Yesterday Veronique and I had the most productive writing day. Hooray!! We worked solidly on our latest project and are both thrilled and satisfied with where we are with it.

I can hear you asking, “What is it?” And my answer is……. You’ll have to wait and see!

Re Singles Series Book Five, well, things are not moving, I’m afraid; or on The Banjo Book Two. Sorry. There are too many things whizzing round in my head for me to be able to sit down and give both … Read the rest »

Brenda Lee Brown’s London Rocks

With the wonderful Brenda Lee Brown at London Rocks book-signing

Today I am wearing my Book Reviewer’s hat. And I am delighted the book I am reviewing is London Rocks by Brenda Lee Brown. It is the story of Dante Brookes, a young man growing up in the London of the late Seventies/early Eighties. Sound systems ruled the flourishing party scene for young Black-British youths of Caribbean heritage.

Our hero deals with a lot, including the death of someone close, constant stop-and-search and teenage fatherhood. He isn’t always 100% likeable…and yet… I liked him.

BLB brings Dante’s world alive. She … Read the rest »

Could Be

Well. I have news. Both my buyer and I have executed the Agreement of Sale for Avocado Cottage!! As the Daughter would say, “Woo hoo!” I am still pinching myself and as I lay in bed at night my brain whirls with the fifty highly-unlikely scenarios that might, just might, happen to stop us completing. Crazy, isn’t it? I think I’ve become so disillusioned with the whole, slow process that I am finding it hard to believe we are at this stage. And I certainly don’t want to put the mockers on myself.

And that’s not all.

In the last … Read the rest »

Still Waiting…

Yep!  Still waiting for Caribbean Union Bank to come up with a decision on my prospective buyers’ mortgage application.  In the age of technology and instant decisions it’s taken them since 12th December.  Last week the loans officer decided the bank needed to see the Sale Agreement.  She couldn’t have said that two months ago?  Anyway my very capable solicitor pulled one together almost immediately.  I agreed it.  She then sent it to the buyers who had a query and by the time they tried to get back to her it was after 5pm on Friday and she’d gone home … Read the rest »

Finally

Finally! After leaving her here ten months ago I’m back in Ibiza with the Daughter. And it’s bloody lovely! She’s made a life for herself here; her Spanish has come on in leaps and bounds; she’s made friends and not only has she got a great job that she excels at, she’s also got a beautiful little flat that she’s made into a home. This is the view before me as I write this:

View from the Daughter’s place

It’s overcast today with no breeze, so it’s pleasant and the sea is calm. Every night since I’ve been here I’ve … Read the rest »

I ❤️My Feral Heart

My Feral Heart

I had wanted to see it for such a long time but was thwarted at every turn, not helped of course by being abroad. And then, My Feral Heart came out on DVD. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feral-Heart-DVD-Suzanna-Hamilton/dp/B076HBYY2B/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1509816497&sr=1-1&keywords=my+feral+heart
So, it went straight onto my Christmas List and as I was a very good girl, Father Christmas – aka the Brother – brought it for me.

And it turned out to be worth every second of the wait.

It’s a long time since I’ve enjoyed a film so much. I don’t want to give anything away (the Daughter calls me the Spoiler … Read the rest »