I like the lull between Christmas and New Year - these days of curling up on the sofa to read books and eat Roses, assembling new Lego sets and finding 900 batteries for all the new Christmas games, settling down in front of corny films, and catching up with friends for mulled wine and mince pies. The quietness and stillness is comforting after the shrieks and excitement of the Big Day.
Yesterday, my son and I ventured out to the back garden to rake up all the leaves that were piling up in the flowerbeds. Never had to do that in the old place as the garden was so titchy there, we only had room for one small rowan tree, a few flowers and a scrap of lawn. The new garden isn't what you'd call big either, but we've got a couple of gorgeous cotinuses, a cherry tree and ahem some other large bushy thing so have had loads of lovely leaves to pick up. It was great discovering previously hidden new green shoots that were poking up in the flowerbeds - I'm excited about what secrets this garden will reveal in spring. I've spotted some snowdrops coming through but the others are still a mystery.
It's been quite a year, 2007. Any Way You Want Me published in April, moving house and city in July, and a marriage proposal in August. I'm looking forward to seeing what other green shoots come up in 2008...
PS I nearly forgot to add this brilliant news... Any Way You Want Me has been picked as one of Keris's Top Ten of 2007 over at Trashionista! How fab is that?!
29 years on, nearly there
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