Thursday, 18 January 2018

You Take Yourself With You

I feel as if I have known Clare forever, I can't remember when I first came across her - I think it must have been fairly soon after I moved to Wiltshire in 2008 - but I've been an avid fan of hers for over 9 years now. I signed up to receive her then daily emails, which were entitled something like "Your Daily Dose of Sunshine", which were subsequently published in book form. Those of us on her mailing list were asked if we could write a little something for her, and I was lucky enough to have mine published.

Since those early days Clare has written several books, I don't have them all, but the next one I have is her "28 Day Meditation Challenge". I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the experimental challenge which was run online during February 2012 and which then formed the basis of the book. I was honoured that Clare accepted my offer to proof-read the book for her before publication, so my copy of the book was a gift from her.

As mentioned, I don't have copies of all Clare's books, but the next one for me was her "Gratitude Journal" which subsequently morphed into "A year full of Gratitude", and I have copies of both. This book is in the form of a diary with spaces to write down all the things you feel gratitude for over the course of a year, but it is more than just a diary, with helpful hints and tips all the way through.

During the early part of 2016 Clare ran an on-line series of inspirational speakers, while at the same time formulating her next book "Dare to Dream Bigger" which was published in December of that year. Being, by that time, Clare's biggest fan, I simply had to have a copy even though I had long since given up any idea of becoming an entrepreneur, the advice in it is so sensible yet groundbreaking that it is easy to transfer the ideas and lessons to every day life.

(I should perhaps mention here that Clare has also been one of the prime movers in a change of EU policy regarding VAT charges for small businesses)

So, thus far, as you can see, Clare's books have all been non-fiction self help books, but during the summer of last year (2017) that changed, and Clare wrote her first fiction book (the first in a series of seven) called "You Take Yourself With You" (what a great title!). And when it was released for pre-sales I'm fairly certain that I was the first person to place an order for a hard copy (I'm a good old-fashioned soul and will only read my books in solid form). My copy arrived in December but I didn't have a chance to read it until a couple of weeks ago. Not knowing what to expect, but being a great fan of Clare's anyway, I was delighted to find that the book was as good as, if not better than, I could have hoped. It has been described by another reviewer as "unputdownable" and I would concur with that. I have fallen in love with the main characters, Sophie and Christof, and can't wait to find out what happens to them next. As this book is the first in a series of seven, I'm fairly sure they will have a few adventures together. Clare has used her vast life experience to enhance all aspects of this lovely story. Well done Clare, I am proud to be able to call you my friend.
(p.s. the message on the bookmark is accidental, but prophetic!)

All of Clare's books are available from Amazon in Kindle or proper book form.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Giggles, days 4-9

I haven't been very well, with a rotten cold and a horrible cough, so Giggles and I haven't been out and about as much as I would have liked. However we did travel to Essex by train for the weekend to look after my mum.

Day 4

Here she is sitting in my bag in my studio, waiting patiently to be taken out - sorry, it but it just didn't happen.

Day 5

We arrived at our rendezvous (The Queen Victoria, Theydon Bois) and are now waiting for my sister to turn up for the obligatory drink, catch-up and handover.

Day 6

The day was dry, we took a walk around the green and stopped to look at the ducks.

Day 7

Giggles has a new friend, my mum's Deer in Glasses plant pot holder

Day 8

We are now on the train at Waterloo Station on our way home

Day 9

Sorry Giggles, I really don't feel well enough to take you out anywhere today.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt, first linky

Here is the first linky, really looking forward to seeing how you are all getting on.

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Giggles, the first three days

Giggles is my new unicorn, and she'll be with me wherever I go for the whole of 2018.

Day 1

Here she is making friends with GD5's giraffe

Day 2

Giving Upsy Daisy a bareback riding lesson

Day 3

Reminding me to post off my friend's birthday card

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year . . .

. . . to you, dear reader, and very best wishes for 2018.

I have a new diary, a(nother) new bag, a new unicorn (whose name is Giggles) and a new (to me) camera, so I'm ready to hit the ground running.

My intentions for 2018 are:

1. To cut all sugar out of my food intake.

2. To walk 1000 miles by the end of the year.

3. To laugh, A LOT.

4. To be happy.

How about you? I hope 2018 is the best year yet, for all of us.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

2017, a round-up

I was going to write a round-up of 2017, but then after a bit of procrastination I couldn't be bothered, so instead here is my new-look blog for 2018. Hope you like!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt

For the full list of subjects please see here.

This is my first posting. At the end of each month and at the end of the hunt (March 21st) there will be a linky on my blog and Eileen's for you to add your posts to.

1. Men at work

2 and 5. Luggage and Passengers

4. A winter's Tail

6. Wrapping Paper

7. On the Water

13. A line of . . .

How are you getting on with yours?