Category Archives: Blog

Small world

J/ July 10, 2017/ Blog

Small old world the equestrian world, especially now that we have Facebook and google, it has never been simpler to find anything – or any one. I received a message via Facebook over the weekend from a lady who said she believed I was the breeder of a horse she owned and went on to say the horse’s name and

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Alone again

J/ July 4, 2017/ Blog

Growing up in utter isolation in the countryside gives a child an independence that will stand them in good stead forever.   I learned from an early age, that if I did not do things alone, I didn’t do them at all. I would see groups of pals that grew up in the estates and towns and never felt that

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Badger never forgets

J/ June 26, 2017/ Blog

  Sometimes on a wet Sunday it is best just to batten down the hatches and give up trying to do anything except curling up with a good film on the TV and a fire – well it is June after all! I was just getting ready to stop for the day and curl up with The Devil Wears Prada

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A great first review

J/ June 12, 2017/ Blog

Can’t believe how long it is since I last blogged. Life somehow just seems to fly by without a second to blog, there has been plenty going on. Something that has been very important to me is that my children’s book, ‘A Pony For Free,’ has just been published by Lavender and White. The original idea for the book was

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Water, water, everywhere

J/ April 12, 2017/ Blog

  Household chores are usually done with my mind on autopilot, sorting the laundry, unpacking the shopping, all done with my brain off doing its own thing, generally working out plots for books or unravelling plot cul-de-sacs. My foot squelching on the bathroom carpet brought me rapidly back to earth, something was very definitely wrong. In the dim evening light

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Slowly. Slowly…

J/ April 6, 2017/ Blog

Student Nurse AKA Cat Girl has been spending the last few months on work placement. This has involved everything from holding the hands of expectant mothers as they give birth, sobbing uncontrollably at the beauty of a caesarean to helping with geriatric and psychiatric patients. Her last placement was at a centre for people with psychiatric problems and a lot

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How meditation can help with creative writing

J/ March 29, 2017/ Blog

Using meditation to help with your creative writing I don’t know about you but I find that writing is a kind of meditation. In order to write you have to disconnect from reality and slip into the world your characters inhabit. I find meditating helps with plot problems that inevitably crop up, by disconnecting from the reality around and giving

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Opportunity Knocks

J/ March 22, 2017/ Blog

When I eventually opened the files on my computer I noticed that they were ten years old. Ten years since they had last been worked on, ten years since the happy conversation with my agent friend, who had asked me to write a book for her, based on a humorous article I had written based on my then life of

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On his last legs

J/ March 15, 2017/ Blog

Pearl took one look at me, as I walked across the field to catch her, and ran. There was an air of sheer defiance about her as she galloped down the track from one part of the field to another, Kinsale in her wake. The two of them ran into some gorse bushes at one end of the field. I

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J/ February 28, 2017/ Blog

It was so brilliant to see Midnight after her operation; it was as if she had been given a new lease of life. She had survived the operation and the illness. Once she started to recover she did so very quickly and was soon back to herself, in fact better than she had been for years. It was as if

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