Saturday 21 February 2009

Busy Bee

I've started reading Fiona Robyn's debut novel, The Letters, and it's great. It's about Violet Ackerman, who after bringing up four children and going through a divorce, moves to the coast and starts receiving mysterious letters sent from a mother and baby home back in 1959. These letters, written by a pregnant young girl all those years before come into Violet's life although she has no idea who is sending them to her, or why. I can't wait to find out.

It's was so warm and sunny that Grumps and I were planting Primroses, Fuschia bulbs, foxglove/Lupin/Aster seeds before 8am this morning. Well, I was doing the planting, and he was busily pushing his nose into all the freshly dug earth.

I've finished my next writing course assignment and will post that in a bit, and tonight J & S return from a week snowboarding with their father. So, my peace will be shattered, but it'll be lovely to see them again. For five minutes, at least.

Have a great weekend.


Amanda said...

Really like the sound of The Letters, shall put that on my 'to read' list right this moment.
Well done on your assignment! x

Cait O'Connor said...

I remember Fiona Robyn she had a writing website. The book sounds good, like the cover, thanks for recommending.

D..J. Kirkby said...

ooooh I've got some news about this book over at Chez Aspie tomorrow. I will be reading this one next, can't wait.

claire p said...

Oh no, not another book to go on my list!!!

Gardening before 8am? Wow. I don't do anything before 8am unless life, or the school run, depends on it! Well done you.

Jill Steeples said...

Love the sound of that book, another one for the list!

I'm very impressed with the gardening, it'll be a couple more months before I can face getting out there!

Annie Wicking said...

Sound like just my sort of book.

I too am starting to think about my garden. It was so beautiful out there today I had to go and sweep the patio down.

Oh well I hope I did some writing done tomorrow.

Best wishes my dear friend,


Jan said...

Ive hardly been in my garden this winter but stalked around it today( closely followed by my 2 tabby sisterswho thought it was wonderful) and everywhere is just about to BURGEON!

Kaye Manro said...

Debs, this book sounds lovely, and intriguing.

It has to be fun planting flowers! While we here in the NE States are under snow again.

Take care,

HelenMWalters said...

That book does sound great. We've got spring bulbs starting to come through which is lovely - I don't do gardening though, will just have to leave the garden to get on with it!

Lane Mathias said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Fiona's book!

Hope you have a better week at work Debs. x

Carol said...

I read about this book on DJ's sounds brilliant and I can't wait to get it!!

Gardening before 8am....blimey!! I'm just getting to grips with the idea of a garden....I'm a bit scared of it...I have no idea which are plants and which are weeds!!

C x

Carol said...

There is an award for you over at mine :-)

C x

Fiona Mackenzie. Writer said...

Those flowers will be lovely.

What writing course are you doing?

Fionnuala said...

Love the sound of this one Debs. Will add it to the 'check it out' list in Waterstones later today for the book club. Fx

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

amanda - thanks, I ended up sending out two assignments, such a relief to catch up.

cait - it's a beaufully colourful cover, and I'm loving the book.

dj - you'll enjoy it, I'm sure.

claire p - it's not often I do much before 8 either.

maddie - It was such a gorgeous morning, I couldn't resist getting out there.

Annie - I can't wait for the flowers to come up.

jan - I love it when everything sprouts and there's colour after the winter.

kaye - not more snow, I couldn't cope with all that cold.

helen - lol, I should leave the garden to get on with it too, I hadn't thought of that.

lane - work seems a little better this week, so far.

carol - it's lovely to see a garden change as you do things to it. Thanks for the award.

fiona - it's the Writers' Bureau one, correspondence and covers writing for magazines, features, etc, short stories, and then novels etc.

fionnuala - I think you'll enjoy it.

Chris Stovell said...

Well done,I have a nice post-assignment glow too!

Anonymous said...

Gardening? every time I try to plant something the squirrels dig it up! The flowers sound beautiful and good luck with course. I really would love to do one.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

chrish - well done, it feels good, doesn't it.

motherx - I love squirrels but haven't ever seen one in my garden. Mind you the dog would have a fit if one did appear.

Michelle said...

Sounds an interesting book. My current reading is a bit different, "The Airman" by Eoin Colfer, which is for 11+ age group but is good fun with lots of swash and buckling.
Nice to be abck