• Amazing Power to Connect

    Power to Connect Online Recently I have met an amazing woman who is also a writer who happens to live very near me and a lovely lively happy family from Leicester. Both through a website I use: Trusted House Sitters.…

  • Reduce Plastic Waste and save the Planet

    Reading Books can be a plastic-free experience I was thinking about books. They’re made of paper and Amazon usually deliver them in cardboard. Many readers are opting for e-books these days. Either option doesn’t involve plastic. But if you look…

  • Jerries bombing in daylight!

    It was coming to the end of his lunch break. Guy had persuaded his fellow workers to join him outside the hanger as the sun was shining. They were always a bit more buoyant after a break and a sandwich…

  • The Changing Face of Food

    ‘It was Sunday and Molly had decided to follow a recipe for vegetable and oatmeal goulash which had appeared on one of the government information leaflets that had come through the door recently. It talked about ingenious ideas for fooling…

  • 21st Woman has it all?

    In the recession of the 1930s it was not easy for women to work and only about 30% managed it. Of those nearly a third were in domestic service. The character in my latest novel, Molly Brooks, went into domestic…

  • Restoration of body, mind and mantelpiece

    We are blessed with sunny weather here in Suffolk and with a sense of spring in the air I decided it was time to restore the rustic legless mantelpiece we acquired in the Cotswolds last October. When we stumbled across…

  • A Tribute to Molly

    Molly Hugh was an extraordinary woman and I’d like to remember her on this, International Women’s Day. In 1925, at the tender age of fifteen, Molly and her sisters and one older brother were thrown out on the streets with…

  • Ask the Author

    I’ve just added a new section to my website called ‘Ask the Author’ where I’ve described what a writing day tends to look like for me. I’ve also answered these questions: What sort of research do you do for fiction…

  • Settling in slowly

    The next couple of weeks were a strange mixture of cleaning the Wendy house, moving furniture around to try and make it fit (and failing), wishing we had broadband and venturing out into our new world and thinking wow! On…