..And suddenly the house went all quiet.
School has begun today and the older two have been packed off grumbling in their clean uniform. Oooh, I'd forgotten how hectic it is on a school morning, quite a jolt back to reality for us after the lovely lazy holidays. We are in disgrace as a family because we (well, I say 'we' out of the kindness of my heart even though I wasn't actually there at the time) managed to LOSE Betty Bunny, the class cuddly rabbit that my eldest was responsible for over the holidays. They each take it in turn to bring Betty home for the weekend along with Betty's Diary where the child is meant to write up all the adventures they've had with Betty during that time. Unfortunately for us, Betty made a break for it on the first day of the school holidays, losing herself somewhere in town. Much drama and wailing has been had from eldest etc etc. (I did my best to hold back from saying, "Well, I must say, I didn't think it was a great idea taking her into town in the first place, but you did insist...")
Anyway, the long and short of it is, I have had to buy a new Betty Bunny for eldest to take in (thankfully I found a similar Betty in the charity shop up the road for 50p). But yes. We are sure to be known as The Family Who Lost Betty from now on. Black marks all round.
Here at home, I'm cracking on with a new story today - book 3 in a girls' series I'm writing for Usborne that's hopefully coming out later this year, autumn, I think. Lovely. I'm also trying to get a brand spanking new series proposal ready to send to my agent next week...it would be so nice to start the year with a nice new contract, wouldn't it? Here's hoping...
At Hawthorn Time ~ Melissa Harrison
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