Hello dear friends!
Thank you so much for your lovely, warm welcome back. It’s great to be blogging again, although I still don’t have my shiny and new, bright and breezy, newly repaired laptop. Shall I tell you why? Because five weeks since I returned it to the computer shop for sending off for repair, it seems that it is now lost, somewhere in the Czech Republic apparently.
A bona fide mystery. Fodder for my next flash fiction story, perhaps? Perhaps not.
We have recently had a heatwave here in the UK, but nothing that matched the heated telephone conversations I’ve had these past few weeks in trying to get this sorry saga sorted out. I’m surprised my phone didn’t melt.
But there is some good news: As of last Friday, I have a temporary replacement laptop with my files and Word, with the promise from the manager of the computer shop, that if my laptop isn’t found and returned this week, I will receive a brand new replacement.
Meanwhile, all has not been silent behind the glass-paned doors of the Summerhouse.
Here’s the latest:
Sally’s wonderfully eclectic blog, Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life, promises entertainment, stories of her many travels and adventures, health articles, guest blogs and much, much more. Her Sunday Show continues each week, she will be thrilled to see you if you decide to drop by. An absolute joy to work with – thank you so much Sally for featuring my interview, I enjoyed the entire experience.
At around the same time, my two lovely Australian friends, first Irene and then Norah, invited me to join in with Five Photos, Five Stories challenge. I am very much looking forward to this challenge which I hope to begin tomorrow, along with saddling up and galloping over to Charli’s Ranch in time for some more Flash Fiction.
Norah also had a lovely surprise waiting for me at the Summerhouse. And I do love surprises! Her gift, conferred upon me and all her online friends, is her newly created S.M.A.G. badge which I now display proudly on my sidebar.
Artist Kari Jones designed the badge for Norah.
Beautiful isn’t it?
Thank you so much for thinking of me Norah!
S.M.A.G. stands for ‘The Society of Mutual Appreciation and Gratitude‘. You can read why Norah felt moved to create this special badge here. Her post inspired me to write about online friendships, something I’ve wanted to do for some time, and will share more about this later.
Speaking of online friends, I recently had the pleasure of meeting lovely blogging friend Sarah from Sarah Potter Writes. Sarah is taking a month-long blogging hiatus while she works on the edit of her urban fantasy novel. When she returns, I’ll link to her delightful post and tell you all about it. Meanwhile, I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing her all the very best with her edit.
Before heading out to begin my massive catch-up with you all (it will take a while, so put the kettle on or chill the wine, I will be there eventually!), I’ll leave you with news of my most recent adventure.
Hubby, Aspie D and I squeezed in a quick trip to London to see the play American Buffalo with John Goodman, Tom Sturridge and Damian Lewis.
Afterwards, we rushed to the back of the theatre. Aspie D’s hero is Damian Lewis (he of Band of Brothers, Homeland and more recently, playing that old fox Henry VIII in Wolf Hall). He looks a bit different for the play, having grown sideburns and a moustache to fit his 70’s-era character.
She was so excited to think she might actually get to meet him, and she did.
Here is the moment when she told him he was her idol and asked,
‘Could I please have a hug?’ Which she never does!
I love the look on his face:
And here is ‘The Hug’.
A rather pushy woman tried to get in front of me, shoving her way from the back of the small crowd to the front, where we had been one of the first to line up.
“Excuse me,” I said in no uncertain terms, “but I was here first and I am trying to take a photo of my daughter.”
As you can see, I got the photo. Damian Lewis has a lot to answer for.
What a great guy.