As October meets November …

It’s been a couple of months since my last blog. I haven’t been feeling well and September was all a bit of a struggle for one reason or another, so it’s nice to reflect on how busy October has been and to acknowledge all the love and support I’ve had and continue to have from family, friends and colleagues.

THANK YOU!

The first week of October saw Mr B & I celebrate 14 years of marriage. Crazy where the time has gone, but I’m seeing that as a positive and there isn’t a day goes by where my lovely husband doesn’t make me laugh. Here’s to many more wonderful years together.

WEDDING

October 4th 2003

 

On Friday 6th, I boarded a train from St Pancras to Leicester where I met my gem of a buddy & fellow Romaniac blogger Celia Anderson for a coffee and a mini catch up before we headed off to the Belmont Hotel to attend the monthly meeting of the Belmont Belles, a group of writers at all different stages of the process, who get together once a month to discuss their progress and any snippets of news. The group is successfully run by two other lovely writing buddies of mine, Lizzie Lamb and June Kearns who it was so good to see again, along with Adrienne Vaughan, Mags Cullingford & Anne Williams, plus I got to meet a few new faces. I’ve been wanting to visit for ages and it was great to spend time with them all. Cracking fish & chips lunch too, (and a sneaky glass of red!) before a few of us went back to Lizzie’s beautiful house for tea and cake. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Thank you for having me, Belmont Belles, and for your hospitality afterwards, Lizzie.

 

 

We had a top family day at my youngest nephew’s fab new house which he and his lovely girlfriend recently moved into. They are expecting a baby in March next year, and we’re all thrilled. I will be great aunt Janners!

My birthday was on the 9th. It was a bit of a dank old Monday morning, brightened by a lunch date with older sister Sandra. We went to the THE WHITE BEAR  near Warlingham, and had a yummy lunch (there may also have been dessert!) and by the time we ventured outside, the sun had come out for us and it was blue skies all the way. I had some beautiful gifts and cards.

 

Mum, Dad, younger sister Karen and I went to see Motown the Musical in London’s West End on the 19th of the month. What a fab show! We had a really good deal, great seats plus coach travel there and back which was a boon as it was chucking it down with rain. We had a good old sing to all the tunes and the dancing (the performers, not ours) was spectacular. I can definitely recommend it. A real feel good fest! MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

I seem to be on a winning streak with writing-related competitions lately and my luck continued with this fabulous prize of 4 A5 prints with Haiku-inspired poems, plus some stationery all from EMERALD AND LIME  whose products are divine. I won the comp via LOVE BOOKS GROUP . Here are my goodies. Aren’t they gorgeous?

 

A special mention to my dear best friend Clare in this blog post who celebrated an equally special birthday this month. I’m looking forward to seeing her very soon for a post-birthday hug and a catch up. I’ve had a beast of a cold which prevented me from seeing her on the actual day, so extra big hugs are in order.

 

 

I rounded off the month with a delightful treat of afternoon tea at the DoubleTree by Hilton at London Victoria, courtesy of my lovely eldest niece Jo. It was very thoughtful of her and nice to have some 121 time with her. The venue and service were great and the food (including some mouthwatering honey-covered crumpets) and teas were delicious. We  had a glass of bubbly too. Well worth a visit!  DoubleTree By Hilton Afternoon Tea

 

Blooms of the month saw a variety by way of a stunning birthday bouquet I received from a good friend.

 

 

Reading-wise, I’ve not managed to get much done, but have recently started the new novel by Rose McClelland, entitled THE YEAR OF NO RULES  I’m four chapters in and  thoroughly hooked on the story, so I shall report back in more detail next month.

ROSE M

 

Writing-wise, I’m pleased with my sequel to As Weekends Go and how it’s coming along. I think I’ve said before how I wish I could write faster, but I’m getting there.

To round off, I hope those of you who are into Halloween, had a suitably spooky one.

 

Halloween

 

This  Facebook post of mine from Halloween four years ago made me smile all over again when FB prompted me to remember it:

I have my spooky themed sweets & little cakes ready for the trick or treaters who always come calling. I’m expecting a few Zombie costumes this year. Last year I opened the door to two pumpkins, Count Dracula, and three vampires, one of whose fangs fell out as he shouted, “Trick or Treat!” bless him! “

Much love,

Jan x

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on November 1, 2017, in Jan's Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. What a lovely blog post Jan. It was great to relive your visit to Leicester and the Belmont Belles where you went down a storm. You’re welcome to join us any time and there’s always a bed at Chex Lamb if you don;t want to rush home. Writing wise, I think that now the clocks have gone back we’ll all be knuckling down to finishing our WIP’s. I’ve had a fabulous summer and now it’s time to act like a propah writer and finish my novel in time to publish for Easter (God willing and with a following wind).

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  2. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:
    Fabulous blog from Jan Brigden in which she mentions her day in Leicester with our RNA Chapter and meeting up with New Romantics Press. Don’t be a stranger, Jan, as they say . . .

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  3. Lovely newsy post, Jan! It was so nice meeting up with you and Celia at the last Belmont Belles get together! You’re always such good company. Hope you can come again!
    Good luck with your sequel schedule. No pressure – I just really loved As Weekends Go!!

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  4. Wow! Briggers you’ve had a majorly busy time – a wedding anniversary and birthday in the one month, lots of spoiling which you thoroughly deserve and know you enjoyed just being with your lovely family and friends more than anything else.
    We LOVED having you up here in the Shires, so come back soon … please. Masses of luck with the writing, it can be slow going (I’m trudging through treacle at the mo) but so worth it. XXX

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  5. I always love reading your blog posts, Jan! Glad to see you had a great month. I keep saying this, but I am really looking forward to reading the sequel to As Weekends Go! xx

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    • Lovely to hear you enjoy the posts, Isabella. Thanks so much for your comments. I can’t wait to finish the sequel and get it submitted. Gotta keep going, even if slowly. Any words written are better than none. I really appreciate your support Xx

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