• Ancient woodland

    Healing Nature

    This story of the healing power of nature, of ancient woodland and rewilding is one that gladdens my heart. So much so that these are elements that are helping to shape my next novel. Down in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall (Poldark Country) is a 14th century farmhouse, Cabilla Manor owned by Robin Hanbury-Tenison’s family. His son, Merlin, took over the farm in recent years with the intention of turning it into a healing centre. Merlin is creating a healing centre at the farm and also rewilding the landscape with grazing Angora goats, red deer and wild boar. They have also reintroduced two beavers and I just love the names they have…

  • Lockdown – great news for a writer?

    As the norm for me is working from home in my room with a river view, the idea of being confined to barracks shouldn’t faze me. So I told myself. Lots of time to get on with work. My weekly pilates class at Kersey Mill with coffee after is reduced to an hour on Zoom. (Plus fiddling about a bit beforehand and trying to get the camera facing me or the mat.) So much more time for writing! What I quickly came to realise is that having the freedom to roam is all part of the creative experience. A walk round the village every now and then was nice but…

  • Rom-coms: so much better now they feature oldies!

    I found myself watching the American Rom-Com – You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan the other day. That’s lock-down for you. It wasn’t bad. Kept me interested – amused even. If you haven’t seen it, or, you watched it when it came out in 1998 read on.. A quick reminder of the plot Meg Ryan owns the cute little Shop Around The Corner in New York offering personal service and children’s story telling. Tom Hanks is a member of the Fox family who own the large chain store Fox Books – and guess what they are building a mega store just up the street from little shop.Meanwhile…