Holehird Gardens, the home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society, are only about four miles from our doorstep, and given that they’re completely outdoors they’d have been a wonderful place to visit during lockdown. Sadly, they took the decision to close. This week we noticed that they were open again to local visitors, so on Monday … More Two go to a frosty garden
Our next door neighbour has been digging out a new flower bed in his very pretty cottage garden. His house used to be a warehouse and stables before it was converted to a dwelling, and it’s obvious that his garden must have been the junk heap judging by the things he’s been discovering. These included … More Buried treasure
I’ve been hunting high and low for this photograph for simply ages. Although the original was a print made from 35mm film, I knew I’d scanned it but it didn’t seem to be on any of the folders on my computer. And then early this morning I got a flash of inspiration, checked a different … More Even goats have statues…
It’s a very long time since I read the children’s classic (by Frances Hodgson Burnett) that this adaptation is based on. Slightly more recently, but not much, I watched the famous 1970s BBC version. But I’d still forgotten most of the finer detail, beyond a vague recollection of little Mary Lennox, orphaned in India and … More The Secret Garden review
We had snow overnight last night, which has given the frogs on the birdbath little snowy hats, but it’s bitterly cold out and to add to our woes, Cumbria has been placed in Tier 4 of the Covid regulations which means no more trips out, anywhere, for the foreseeable future. All I can do is … More Happy/ier 2021
Thinking about buying my latest book December Roses but not quite sure what to expect? Well, now there are two different excerpts available to help you decide. The first is at STONEWALL WRITERS & READERS. It’s a nice long piece from where main character Nat first meets Richie, the maddeningly elusive man he falls in … More December Roses excerpts
Most of my books are inspired by things I’ve seen and read, or the places I’ve visited, and December Roses was no exception. The book grew from my love of reading books about gardens (especially those with secrets or mysteries) and my other love of visiting beautiful, lost or mysterious gardens. In particular, one childhood … More What inspired December Roses?
It’s December, and the snow is falling outside, so what better time to announce my new book December Roses? This is a hefty re-write of my first ever novel Roses in December, with the same setting (a mysterious English garden) and the same main characters (injured soldier Nat and maddeningly elusive musician Richie) but with … More December Roses available now!
I’ve been a bit quiet on here lately. Partly that’s due to lockdown blues, but mostly it’s because I’ve had my head down, working hard on a rewrite/general overhaul of my first ever novel, Roses in December. Those of you with very long memories may recall that this ghost story set in a mysterious English … More Coming soon to a garden near you…
There’s a nice little piece in the back of the current Radio Times listing some of the locations used to film the new movie version of The Secret Garden (premiering on Sky Cinema tonight). The list is surprisingly long; presumably the film makers couldn’t find all the elements they needed in one garden and had … More Secret gardens