October 21

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

A little late to the game with this challenge. Visiting Nunton Cemetery, I came across these little grave stones. Not for children or pets, they are what the poorest of Victorian society used to mark their final resting place. I showed them to Year 10; we’re doing Christmas Carol: just got to the graveyard scene. […]

October 14

Shamelessly talking about

The book fair I’m attending on the 18th Nov. Will be talking about my latest writing projects. If you’re in Leigh on Sea do come and say hello. It will be nice to see you

Lying Earworm

Dear Earworm, Not only is your current obsession not a song; it’s also factually incorrect. There IS such a thing as a Gruffalo. So cease and desist immediately. That is all Sarah

Holiday: 38-41

It has been a busy last few days, meeting up with friends and Step Daughter in London (at the Sherlock Holmes); then into Southend to visit old haunts. We are now back where the term ended and the holiday began: the Travelodge at Bishops Stortford. All in all, I think this is the best summer […]

Holiday: 37

Bit of a strange day today; a bitza day. Dropped some things on the store; had lunch in Chelmsford; visited sister and brother outlaw. Wasn’t sure what to post. On our walk tonight, I saw this unusual little plant. I shall play with the Instagram filters and see what happens, but I feel its original […]

Holiday: 36

This was one of the aims for the holidays and I did it with days to spare. According to fitbit the next badge comes at 2500 miles. Should do that by Easter

Holiday: 33

Mother is delighted with her knives. Not that she’s been able to use them. OH has commandeered the kitchen for the duration of our stay. Still she likes them.. though who in their right mind pays THAT much for knives… You can tell the return to school is soon. I’ve had to buy new shoes […]

August 23

Holiday: 30

I am at the end of my tether with this internet lark. It is now Wednesday and the service is so intermittent as to be non existent. I have so many query boxes on the current writings that I feel I’m writing a learned academic piece not a work of crime fiction. Today’s adventure saw […]

Holiday 28 & 29

There is a lot to commend Wales. It is a brilliant full of amazing scenery and friendly people. It recharges my batteries and allows me to write. The book is coming a pace; so much so that I am back at handwriting stage. It also has one huge failing. It’s internet provision is woeful. At […]

Holiday: 25

Having arrived back from Prague, and after a stop for breakfast, we decided to head to see my parents in the land of Wales and appalling internet. BT have been promising them an upgrade since the end of June. Now mid August, it still hasn’t materialised. A list of never ending excuses falls into father’s […]

Holiday: 24b

Boarding at Prague was interesting. A mix of chaos and order. Priority boarding existed but there was no lane cordoned off, leading to a lot of confusion and a situation resembling a bad scrum; or the first day of school The view from my window as we awaited take off was reminiscent of the scifi […]

Holiday: 23 & 24

Yesterday we went to visit the boat builders. It was quite clearly a macho culture, presenting a very heterosexual view of the world. Walls adorned with scantily clad ladies in interesting poses, and those who left even less to the imagination, who surely would catch their death of cold caught the eye immediately. It was […]

August 09

Holiday: 17*

(*Warning this post contains images of food porn.)   Tuesday saw me walk into Elm Park, and have a brief wander around the park before heading off to Hornchurch  (via the tube) to get some GF plain flour.  I should have taken the bus from the station, but it was a fine day and the […]

Holiday: 16

I spent yesterday writing and doing the washing.  Both successfully, though as is always the case with laundry, it seems to multiply overnight. I wonder if it does it deliberately? Strangely the overcast sky was condusive to both activities. I didn’t want to venture out, in case it rained; and I kept a more vigilant […]

Holiday: 15

The beer festival at the 3 Daws pub in Gravesend on Saturday was good. Both for the range and quality of the beers on offer and for the quality of the company.  It is always good to spend time with friends and catch up. The weather was reasonable. It did rain: splendidly. But fortunately it […]

August 05

Holiday: 8 – 14

I should have known posting every day would be too much to keep up, especially with a week of moving items out of two stores in Southend into the new store in Cambs, ready for the day (week, month, year) the boat is ready.  We hired a crafter van – from a well known rather […]

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge 23/6/17

I have been waiting to share this photograph. Taken a couple of months ago, not far from Cromer, I was on a geography field trip.  It was one of those – let’s see what happens photographs. For other takes on this week’s challenge: click here

June 23

No time to stand and stare

I read on my WordPress friend, Colonialist’s  blog that his local independent bookshop – by all accounts a vibrant place – is closing. (Read article here.) This saddens me. I do not like to see a closed bookshop. It makes me feel I am having a conversation with Susan of Narnia fame, who grew up […]

Crick Boat Show 2017 – a review

Last year, newbies to the event, we paid for three days camping, a weekend pass … and a vague idea of “buying a boat” at “Some point” in a “distant future”.  Our minds were blown away, from the initial decision to have a narrow boat to visiting the broadbeams and knowing there and then what […]

Saying Goodbye

To three camping stalwarts today: our Elsan toilet, the camping fridge, and the old brown coolbox.  All have done stirling service. None owe us anything. While two of them –  for certain – cost us nothing, coming free as they  did with Shara the van. Shara went to the big campsite in the sky 5 […]

April 22

This week – a round up

We went back to school this week after the Easter break, and I developed  a lurge so nasty and full of phlegm that it had me returning to my duvet. Teachers reading this will marvel at such things and – in hallowed tones – declare it to be: “A sign of the times.” You see […]

April 17

Waving NOT Drowning

For the last few months, I’ve been drowning in a sea of not achieving. I am not going to call this the “Block” word. Because I don’t think, in my heart of heart it is. Let me explain. To me “block” means:  Day after day of a blank page Characters refusing to talk to you […]

March 26

Weekly photo challenge: Green

Meet our van. She’s a bit of a workhorse. For more takes on the challenge click here  

The Taking Part

Some days it’s not the selling of books that counts, but the turning  up and people seeing the covers and asking questions. Well that’s what I have to tell myself. The Facebook page got more views. Someone asked me if I was on kindle, and took a card. I think I shall claim that as […]

February 28

Cee’s which way photo challenge (week 9)

This was taken in Southend, and is one of our pedestrian subways.

Weekly photo challenge: A Good Match

I took this on the way home from work. Storm Doris was looming.  I think I was just in the right place at the right time. For other takes on the challenge click here: A Good Match

February 15

February Blogging Challenge: Modern Fairy Tales

This month’s challenge stumped me. I’m not one for fairy tales. Indeed when it comes to the faerie folk, I’m with Captain Hook. They’re not all nice and fluffy. Some of them are downright evil. So I put my thinking cap on and remembered a challenge I’d set a group of kids years ago. Re […]

February 13

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: Week 7

I took this at Turnham Green Tube station on the District line. Many thanks to the lady who turned so serediptiously into shot. You can never stage things like this … For other takes on the challenge click here Save

February 11

50 before 50: #6 (London)

Sometimes you come across a blue plaque that makes you want to learn more about the person or building to which it refers. For me this is one of them. I was intrigued. Who the devil was Montague Pyke? It turns out he was for the time the cinema king. The most important man in […]

February 01

50 before 50: #5 (Chester)

We nearly missed this one. It was tucked down a little side alley. Taken during the summer 2016

January 29

Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose/ Discover Challenge: Conventional Wisdom

I’ll be honest, I found this challenge a tad difficult  until I remembered this set of photos, taken one Christmas. Meet Abbey-Kat, now 19 and grumpy. These were taken when she was younger and grumpy. I decided I’d also tag this for extra credit in conventional wisdom category. I’m sure you’ll agree, she’s defying conventional […]

January 25

50 before 50: blue plaque #4 (Chester)

Again, another blue plaque from our summer’s adventures. This one taken in Chester is not far from the main thoroughfare.

January 24

50 before 50: blue plaque #3 (Holmfirth)

We found this one during our tour of Holmfirth in the Summer 2016.

January 23

50 before 50: blue plaque #2 (Holmfirth Flood)

Taken in Holmforth – home to Last of the Summer Wine – Summer 2016

January 22

Cee’s Which Way photo challenge (week 3)

We’ve had some unusual skies in the South East of England. Very much the stuff of folklore. You know the one- Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight, Red sky at morning, Shepherd’s warning. These photos were shot on my commute to work. I was on the slip lane at Boreham Services, Chelmsford – going nowhere […]

January 21

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

I bumped into this chap, resting in Wrexham, this summer. He seemed so peaceful; so graceful. I couldn’t pass by without taking a snap. For further takes on this challenge Graceful

January 14

Weekly photo challenge: Ambience

This week has been a week of real pathetic fallacy as we built up to the Great Snow Storm and Surge Tides of 2017; only to find that here in the South East of England, they were little more than a damp squib. For your delectation, here a little bit of the ambience I found […]

January 12

Verdict!

Symington Byrd makes a convincing ‘gentleman detective’

January 07

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge (Week 1, 2017)

I took this picture of Southend Pier a couple of years ago. As you can see it’s a bit of a stormy day, and I’m walking back towards the land. For those of you not au fait with Southend Pier, it’s the longest pleasure pier in the world – 1.34 miles long to be precise. […]

Burning question

Six people give an account of a dinner party. One member of the party doesn’t mention one of the guests at all during his account. Why not?

January 04

January Blogging Challenge: Imaginary Friend

“If Sarah  wasn’t a writer,” OH said over dinner, “I’m sure she’d be schizophrenic.” As you can imagine, Mother was horrified. A brussel sprout clattered back onto her plate. A dead ringer for Her Majesty in a younger day, she called on that to deliver a stinging retort. It involved the words “bloody” and “idiot”. […]

December 11

50 before 50: blue plaque #1 (Violet Szabo)

We were in Brixton and its environs yesterday. Opening the blue plaque app – as you do – we made our way to 18 Burnley Road, Stockwell to see the memorial to this very brave war hero. I shall let her citation speak far more effectively than I ever could on the subject. For more […]

Cowardice of Crows

My debut Crime Fiction Novel is out on 1st November in ebook and paperback form.  Published by KGHH it sees Symington Earl Byrd determined to find the killer of a good time girl with potential links to the Houses of Parliament.

July 25

Emily: A Metamorphosis

I have been having a look at this blog in the last few days, making a few changes here – tweaking there; preparing for the summmer when I can blog and post to my heart’s content. Doing so, I came across an old post – It’s all in the clothes. This post contained my initial […]

March 23

Blogging 101 Boot Camp – Commenting

Those of you who know these things will be aware that I’ve not been doing a lot of blogging recently. Actually who am I kidding? I’ve been doing NO blogging recently. So I decided I needed to do something about that. To “sort it!” as they say in Essex. So, I signed up for bootcamp […]

March 16

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

I haven’t done this challenge for a while. Actually I haven’t been blogging for awhile. My excuse: life got in the way. The reality: life got in the way. But this seemed such an appropriate one to do. And here is the picture I have chosen… One day I might blog about the last few […]

November 28

Dear Earworm

Please don’t get me wrong. I quite like the songs from the musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.’ But surely after a month, you’re as tired of Barbara Streisand as I am?

October 26

October holiday: 5&6

Tuesday and Wednesday saw us sailing the boat to our moorings. Day1 saw a 6 hour journey from Earith to Ely. I took the helm for twenty minute stretches. A lot of input from Tim (our instructor) to start, and one hairy moment – when special awareness issues struck as we met a boat wider […]

October 24

October Holiday: 4

Yesterday was awe and some. The boat went in, OH piloted for the first time. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. As you can see the wheelhouse and rails were assembled after delivery. I’ll post video when I have a better signal

October 23

October Holiday: 3a

I envisage a series of micro posts today. It’s 8.38, we’re at the marina. The guys are preparing for the boat launch. It’s getting exciting

October 22

October Holiday: 2

Yesterday we were not where I expected to be. But sometimes it’s necessary to make the best of a bad job. And the Haycock hotel is always good for recharging the creative batteries. This weekend proved no different I always knew I had multiple murders. After Midsomer, it’s de riguer. But after a day here, […]

October Holiday: 1

A half term is a short and easy to manage challenge, 7 posts in 7 days. It is a challenge I shall relish. With the boat due in the water Monday , there maybe an overtly nautical/maritime theme. Only time will tell…