Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hello again

I’ve had a lovely break but I think I’m back now.

I’ve been in the UK for a bit over a week and I have a bit under a week remaining. The weather – as you can see from yesterday’s post – has been beautiful though often chilly after the 40° heat I left in Bangkok. (Never have I been so grateful to get away…) The days are disappearing fast and I fear I won’t catch up with everyone I had hoped to see. Still, the kids and I are back at the end of June…

I’ve been doing some of the dutiful daughter tasks that are impossible to do from Bangkok. I took Dad to the hospital, the dog to the vet, then the dog back to the vet, picked up and dropped off nieces, shopped for my Mum… In between those duties I’ve managed two days in London.

One day I met friends at the London Book Fair (oh I can but dream…) and waylaid Becky Swift and Jess of The Literary Consultancy with whom I am doing my mentoring. It was so nice to meet them. I also met up with Leigh, who I already knew and SueG, HelenMH and DJ, none of whom I had met in the flesh before. We had a lovely, relaxed time among all things bookish. The following day I met another friend. We had gorgeous food which made up for the decidedly dodgy sandwich at LBF.

My sister and I made a 24 hour dash to Wiltshire to see our brother. We squeezed it in between dropping nieces with their Dad and getting back to the village for my sister’s band practice. The trip involved gorgeous food (more than I could imagine possible in only twenty four hours) and a hike up a hill, which I doubt offset the quantity of food.

Tomorrow I'll check in with news of my parents' gorgeous new puppy, Leo. Finally, a picture: I’ve had my hair cut (hurrah), I’ve bought a few bits of clothing and *cough* one or two books. One pile is new books and the other is secondhand.


17 comments:

Queenie said...

I have just two words to say to you: Baggage Allowance!!!

Caroline said...

oh my goodness! You bought Black Boxes!! (thank you, lovely lady).

Enjoy the rest of your stay x

Lane said...

Glad you're having a lovely visit.

That's a mighty load to take back with you! I'm looking forward to reading The Believers. The cover is gorgeous.

Puppy pic??

Carol and Chris said...

I'm glad your having a lovely time....it would be great to see you but I have a sneaky suspicion that it might have to wait till your over in June since you are such a busy lady!!

pic of pup and pic of hair please :-)

C x

Debs said...

Glad you're having a lovely time.

I laughed when I saw that your interpretation of one or two books is clearly the same as mine.

Leigh said...

Glad you're back in blogland, honey!

I keep the phone by the bed on the top of my tbr pile... and I can't help thinking that if my tbr pile was anything like yours, I'd have to stand on the pillows to reach the phone!

JJ Beattie said...

Oh Queenie... Oh, yes, I do know but... Okay. I might have to beg a bit! Since they downgraded me flying out though I think it's the least they owe me!

Flowerpot said...

Sounds like you're having a great time - well deserved! And lots of reading matter - wonderful....

JJ Beattie said...

Oh dear, I got a bit trigger happy there with my fingers, and pressed 'publish' too soon. Then the pc froze up...

Caroline, yes I have. Carol tried to get it for me last year but didn't manage it... so I got sent to my parents'.

Lane, thank you. The cover is lovely isn't it?

Eeek, Carol, I think it might have to be June honey... Sorry. Puppy pics tomorrow... Hair might have to relax a bit before I take a picture!

Debs, oh dear. Just wait til Husband sees them...

Leigh, thank you. I think I have to learn not to buy so many. Read faster!

JJ Beattie said...

Ooohs, missed you there Flowerpot. I am having a lovely time... though I haven't written a single thing!

Karen said...

My head's spinning on your behalf! Glad you're having a lovely time :o)

B said...

glad you're back! mmmm to all the books :)

HelenMHunt said...

Well done on all the books. Yey!

KatW said...

Great to see you back.
Sounds like you're having a busy but fun time. I'd have loved to go to the book fair. Nothing better than a bit of book buying (or a lot of book buying in your case!!!)
Kat :-)

Alexa said...

Sounds like you are having a lovely time. Just a few books to keep you occupied on the flight home eh?

BEAST said...

Husband has seen them :-o But it's OK, I've cleared out your TBR BOOKCASE here while you're away to make room. I assumed you wanted a refresh, so gave all the old ones to a nice lady down the Soi who was collecting firewood.

JJ Beattie said...

Karen, it's always a bit like this. I've got better recently at doing less hurtling around the country ... this is better, honest.

Thanks B. Aren't they lovely?

Helen, hello m'lovely. Aren't they gorgeous? I can't wait to get reading.

KatW, Thank you. Ooh, the book fair was great fun. I'd like to be there next year.

Alexa, yeah just a few...you know it's a very long flight!

Beast, ooh, you old tease. I know you haven't because you'd be afraid I'd have to go out and buy them all AGAIN!