Hello again dear friends! Cobwebs linger in the corners of the Summerhouse, my short, more frequent posts haven’t materialised – yet – but spring has sprung, I am writing and my daffodils are blooming ~
A getaway to the countryside of Wiltshire last weekend brought brief respite and a chance to stroll through a beautiful village, between rain showers. But I can never complain about the rain, how I missed it when I lived in California, although I am so glad for the rain they have now, badly needed.
Here, in England, thanks to all that rain, it really is easy being green ~
Howard’s House where we stayed, is an independently owned and run country house hotel in the idyllic village of Teffont.
This is the back of the hotel which really does look like a house, albeit one with sixteen bedrooms ~
Since my last blog post, our darling cat Maisy, fifteen, has been diagnosed with inoperable liver failure. Last week, we braced ourselves to say goodbye, utterly heartbreaking. But…she rallied and is back home as we make the most of every day we have left with her. We’ve always said Maisy is one tough cat; despite using up eight lives, she’s making her ninth count for all it’s worth.
Here she is, happy to be back in her usual spot ~
Finally, exciting news: my essay ‘Promise of a Rose Garden’ is recently published in Lady by the River: Stories of Perseverance, a collection of personal stories about facing everyday challenges. I was truly honoured when my dear friend Yvette first invited me to collaborate with her. This summer, Yvette plans to use the book as a resource guide when she teachers her self-help workshop.
‘Our’ book has bubbled away for some time; it is thanks to Yvette’s hard work and tenacity that ‘Lady’ was published at all, and I thank her so much for what we all hope is a book that will encourage even just one person reading to know, above all else, that they are not alone.
One more thing, I almost forgot, just a little somethat that amused me I thought I’d share…
A short item in the local Gazette caught my eye with the headline: ‘Is town becoming hotspot for sightings of UFO’s?’ I read on to discover that, apparantely, my town has been the subject of several, unexplained sightings, a few of which have been reported to the UFO Stalker website. But the strangest of all is of a sighting back in December of an alien wearing a Stetson walking by the college. I wonder if I had walked past this alien it would have tipped its hat and said ‘Howdy Ma’am’. After all, if it’s good enough for Clint Eastwood…
I miss you all, and I will see you very soon!
Love Sherri x