Summer Summary …

Mid-July. Seems mad to be saying that but here we are and I’ve snippets aplenty to share with you since my last update.

After some worrisome humps and bumps in the road, I’m so pleased to report that I’ve finally submitted my sequel to As Weekends Go to Choc Lit   HOORAY!   Such a relief. I just hope they like the story enough to give it a Yay instead of a Nay. Keep your fingers crossed for me, dear friends.

Talking of Choc Lit , they celebrated their 10th birthday in June. What an achievement. It’s a delight to be part of such a solid, successful, professional team. We all celebrated online by posting our various good wishes and congratulatory messages and photos with our books and the glorious cupcakes we were kindly sent which can only be described as didn’t-touch-the-sides delicious. Thank you, Choc Lit

A raft of family birthdays including an 18th and a 21st (our lovely nieces) were much celebrated. Amidst all the partying, I managed another London walk (diamond-studded London) with Mum and my great friend Noreen. I love these walks, always so entertaining and informative. London Walks Diamond Studded London Mum and I also visited the Charles Dickens Museum (both great fans)  in Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, where Oliver Twist was penned. We spent a good couple of hours browsing the family rooms and soaking up the history and memorabilia.

Another event I enjoyed tremendously in early June was a day spent with my bestie Clare at the 3 Principles Conference in Hendon. Clare introduced me to self-help techniques and mindfulness of which I’ve become a huge fan. I’m always open to anything that helps to quieten my mind when it’s cluttered with meddlesome muddled thoughts. Before attending the conference, I’d read a couple of books about the 3 Principles (mind, consciousness, thought) including Somebody Should Have Told Us by Jack Pransky  to gain a basic understanding. Listen to the speakers’ own experiences and explanations, however, brought a deeper appreciation as well as great comfort. 

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Later in June, Dave and I went on holiday to Spain with my parents. We stayed in gorgeous Los Boliches (halfway between Malaga & Marbella) an area we all know and love. A brilliant time was had by all which made it extra special given Dad’s past health worries. Lots of lounging, laughter, good food and the “occasional” tipple was just the tonic we all needed.

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The first Saturday of July saw our annual pilgramage to the Old Coulsdon Village fete. Always a joy and a super sunny day to boot. Classic cars, dog show, tombola, you get the picture. We love it!

Just last week, Dave and I took ourselves off to Wimbledon on the tram. Glorious sunshine and a short walk up leafy Wimbledon Hill Road brought us to the village. We crossed the common to beautiful Cannizaro Park, walked round the flower gardens and the Italian garden before grabbing a coffee on the terrace of the Hotel du Vin (Cannizaro House). A browse round the lovely independent shops and a pit stop at the handinhand pub completed our jaunt.

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And so to what I’ve read over the last few weeks …

Quite a few books of different genres (including three on holiday) so here are the reads that particularly sparkled for me.

Blooms are in abundance at the moment, but this stunning bougainvillea we saw in Spain takes top spot on the blog this time around.

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Until next time, enjoy the sunshine and the rest of the summer.

Much love,

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Xx

 

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Posted on July 23, 2019, in Jan's Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Gorgeous post, Jan!!
    Hooray!! Am so happy to have another chapter in the As Weekends Go Story – I loved that book. Have a super summer. (Am really looking forward to that new read!)

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  2. Lovely post Jan, and thanks for the book tips!. So pleased you have submitted your second book too – well done and congratulations! 🎉 😘

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  3. Always adore you posts Jan … so you! And what a lovely summer you’re having. AND SUCH NEWS!!!! Cannot wait for your new novel. Well done, so proud and delighted in this department, I can tell you! XXX

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    • Thank you, Ade. Ever-supportive. It’s such a comfort to have lovely friends such as your good self. I’m hoping for a jaunt to Leicester later this year. A day trip, perhaps. It would be FAB to see you. I shall conflab with Lizzie xx

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  4. Always adore your posts Jan … so you! And what a lovely summer you’re having. AND SUCH NEWS!!!! Cannot wait for your new novel. Well done, so proud and delighted in this department, I can tell you! XXX

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  5. Great to catch up with your news, Jan. Summer seems have been a long time coming, especially after a difficult winters and spring. Fingers crossed for the sequel to As Weekends Go (which I adored). I still think the cover (especially Alex) is blooming gorgeous.

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    • You’re so right about summer taking its time to grace us with its presence, Lizzie. At last, some consistent sunshine (maybe not quite THIS hot but we can’t grumble, can we?) Thanks for your good wishes & support re the sequel (and Alex – swoon!) Xx

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  6. Such great news, Jan! Fingers crossed we’ll be reading the sequel soon 🙂 It’s always a pleasure reading your posts! 🙂

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  7. What a lovely summer round-up Jan. Love the photos and that plant is HUGE! xx

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