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Sunday, 30 November 2014
"The handsome holly is a lucky tree, for it affirms life, and is a symbol of undiminishing vitality. Ensure that it has a place in your garden for its glowing green presence wards of unfriendly spirits. The Holly man lives in the tree that bears prickly holly, and the Holly Woman dwells within that which gives forth smooth and variegated leaves. The first is lucky for men, the second for women. Do not burn holly branches unless they are well and truly dead, for this is unlucky."
An Ale and Holly spell follows.
As I read this I imagined a young married couple in times past planting two holly trees and then casting the spell.
To be on the safe side I might be cautious when disposing of holly branches.
Saturday, 29 November 2014
Today, I found Garden Spells:The Magic of Herbs, Trees and Flowers by Clare Nahmad.
I have a potted Bay Tree that my daughter bought me last Christmas that is flourishing, so I enjoyed the following quote.
"Wherever the bay flourishes, that garden and the dwelling it graces are protected from flash and flood. It is a tree of the old gods, a tree of the Lord, and its spirit is valiant. Its fragrance and essence celebrate holy valour and human triumph. Take bay leaves in your food or make of them a tisane (one teaspoon of the herb to a cup of boiling water) for they have properties which heal and restore."
I frequently make tea from herbs in my garden. So far I haven't made bay tea but I shall try it.
Friday, 28 November 2014
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Thursday, 27 November 2014
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
I spent the rest of the day considering the book and realised that all I have left to write is an Epilogue.
By the end of the next week I will have finished Monday's Child and can then begin revising and editing it.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
For the last three days I've been working on Chapter Thirty-One. Thanks to my notes everything, as the saying goes, has fallen into place.
Monday, 24 November 2014
The other day when I was helping her she said. "This is hard work but I've got a good idea, grandma. You read and I'll listen."
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Friday, 21 November 2014
Five more novels reviewed in Historical Novels Review that I intend to read.
Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig. "The New York Times best-selling author of Rhett Butler's People now takes Margaret Mitchell's nameless Mammy from her survival as a four-year old orphaned by the slave revolt on Haiti at the beginning of the 19th century to the days following the Twelve Oaks barbecue when Georgia secedes from the Union."
Teardrops in The Moon by Tania Crosse. "The research is impeccable. I learned much about horses in World War 1, the ambulance service and the major battles. ... The book is about how the war affected a particular family."
Road Ends by Mary Lawson. "Megan Cartwright is the glue that holds her family together. At twenty-one, she's never ventured outside the small isolated town of Struan, in northern Ontario, Canada; instead she keeps house for her parents and six brothers. ...Megan knows she can do more though, and leaves her family behind to start her own life across the Big Pond in England."
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes. "Set just after World War Two this is a fictionalised account of the transport of hundreds of wartime brides from Australia to England."
Before the Fall by Juliet West. "Before the Fall is a debut novel inspired by real events in London during the First Word War. "... the central love story is enveloped by a superbly drawn East End ripped apart both literally and emotionally by the First World War."
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Unfortunately I don't have sufficient time or money to read all the books that interest me, so I don't add novels published in the U.S.A to my list because they are unlikely to be available in my part of the world in bookshops or libraries.
The books I have chosen are published in the U.K. I shall list five. It would be interesting to know what other people are reading or plan to read.
1.The Barefoot Queen by Ildefonao Falcones (trans Mara Faye Lethem), "the saga of the Spanish gypsies in 18th century Bourbon Spain, their culture and their persecution."
2.Queen of Bedlam by Laura Purcell. "When George III falls ill, Queen Charlotte, a perfectionist tries very hard to maintain the expected decorum, but her world is quickly falling apart. The man she fell in love with no longer exists and she must face life alone without her king."
3. Fools Gold by Zana Bell "The cover is beautiful and romantic and as it says 1866 New Zealand is no place for a lady."
4.Ticket to Paradise by Elizabeth Morgan. A novel about Welsh people desperate to preserve their way of life who emigrated to Patagonia..
5.Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough. Her second big Australian saga. I hope I will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed The Thornbirds.
Tomorrow, I shall list another five novels.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
I put my feet up and opened the 'treasure house of information. I read the magazine from cover to cover and made a list of books which I want to read.
Monday, 17 November 2014
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Friday, 14 November 2014
Thursday, 13 November 2014
The subject of the talk was Cassiobury, The Ancient Seat of the Earls of Essex.
"In 1916 the 7th Earl of Essex, aged only fifty-eight, died after being run down by a taxi. Six years later, his widow and his heir, the 8th Earl, put the house and the park up for sale."
Today, Cassiobury Park, is a 300 hectare site twice the size of Hyde Park. It is much loved by local people.
I have been considering setting a novel in or around Cassiobury House for a long time, so I was delighted by the talk, and am looking forward to reading Peter Rabbits and Sarah Kerenza Priestley's beautifully illustrated book Cassiobury The Ancient Seat of the Earls of Essex published by Amberley Publishing, www.amberley-books.com.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Saturday, 8 November 2014
While writing Monday's Child, the follow on novel from Sunday's Child, I have read widely about the Napoleonic Wars. I wonder how many people realise that in proportion to the number of people alive at that time more lives were lost then than in the First World War. A very sobering thought. It's also sobering to wonder what would have happened if the Battle of Waterloo had been lost.
Friday, 7 November 2014
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Thursday, 6 November 2014
I am also checking and double checking my research. This morning I re-read the notes and photo copies of pages of the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research Vol XXXI I made at The National Army Museum.
Fingers crossed, the novel will read well and the historical details are correct.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
There are three magazines. Writing Magazine, Grow Your Own and Woman's Weekly.
There are excellent articles and competitions in Writing Magazine, plus information about magazines and publishers writers can submit to, and readers' new plus much more.
Grow Your Own is informative and usually comes with some packets of sees. This months are purple brussel sprouts and white and red alpine strawberries.
I enjoy reading Woman's Weekly, which I buy it to study the short stories and serials with a view to submitting fiction to the magazine one day.
At the moment I'm half way through Barbara Bradford Taylor Bradford's Heirs of Ravenscar in which begins in 1918. She has based the novel on Edward III his family and other personalities of the era by re-creating them as nineteenth century characters. I'm enjoying the book.
There are another four books in my to be read pile which I picked up from the library, three novels and one non fiction book. The White Russian by Vanora Bennet, Dear Thing by Julie Cohen and The Downstairs Maid by Rosie Clarke, each of which I'm looking forward to reading.
The fourth book is the long awaited Edward II The Unconventional King by Kathryn Warner. I am particularly interested in this because I am revising my novel set in Edward II's reign. I have my own theory about his relationship with his favourites and the question of whether or not he was murdered.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
The Captain & The Countess, Traditional Historical Novel, Set in Queen Anne Stuart's reign 1702-1714
Although the air sizzles when widowed Kate, victim of an abusive marriage meets Edward Howard, a captain in Queen Anne’s navy, she has no intention of ever marrying again.
However, when Kate becomes better acquainted with the Captain she realises he is the only man who understands her grief and can help her to untangle her past
Monday, 3 November 2014
Sunday, 2 November 2014
My research has turned up some facts which need to be inserted.
Also, although I don't write detailed plot plans, I did have the rough details of the plot in mind. However, I had planned a surprise but, as the book developed I decided the reader would guess what it was. With reluctance, because it is painful to make a substantial change, I had to think of an alternative.
So, before I write the last few chapters I need to make sure that the previous ones flow smoothly.
I hope that after so much hard work the novel will be a page turner and the reviews will be 5*.
Saturday, 1 November 2014
The deep tissue massage I had on Thursday, given by a well-qualified masseur, worked wonders, but her advice was to rest on Friday and to drink plenty of water to get rid of toxins. I took her advice, am less sore and stiff and ready to start blogging again.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
I wrote the first draft of Chapter Twenty-Nine, a crucial chapter, from the heroine's point of view. I revised it, edited it and realised part of it needed to be from the hero's viewpoint. I've finished the chapter and think it works much better.
A little more research and then I can write Chapter Thirty. Phew!
Monday, 27 October 2014
The greenhouse had to be moved because the outside of my house is being cladded. Now, I'm replacing the staging and the plants. I've already moved my patio nectarine tree and my potted herbs inside and I'm ready to sow winter salad and broad beans.
Sunday, 26 October 2014
However, it was freezing yesterday and I was glad to make forays into the Visitor Centre to get warm. But the children, nine cousins, really enjoyed themselves and watching a flotilla of kites rise and dip was amazing.
Saturday, 25 October 2014
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