Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Yet More Snow

Last night, along with most of the country, we had more snow. Constantly seeing white is losing its attraction - fast. At least the severe freezing temperatures we saw last week have eased. Milking in the mornings was extremely cold and even by the evening ice still lay in patches inside the shed where the milking parlour is situated and the cows looked as if they were competing in Dancing on Ice. Fortunately everyone stayed upright.

One thing that has kept me going during all this weather is forthcoming writing courses I have booked to attend during 2010. Next month I shall be in Fishguard for Kate Walker's course on writing Contemporary Romance. The course takes place in Fishguard Bay Hotel on 19th to 21st February. More information can be found at and I am looking forward to catching up with friends I have met on previous courses.

Also last night I collected the post from relatives in the village, as the postman has been unable to get round the lanes due to snow, and I was thrilled to receive my membership pack from Romantic Novelists' Association. As an unpublished member of the RNA I am now able to enter a manuscript into the New Writers' Scheme. This is something that has helped me so much over the last few years as I work towards hopefully one day being published. For anyone wanting to write romance it is well worth joining the RNA, but as the New Writers' Scheme has limited places it is advisable to apply early in January.

So, those are the things warming my days at the moment. What is helping you through all this cold, snow weather?

Saturday, 2 January 2010

New Beginnings

Happy New Year!

The New Year dawn cold and frosty, so cold in fact that when I went out, long before the sun had risen, the milking parlour was frozen. Later the sun came up and warmed everything a little, but by the end of the day snow was falling.

During the festive season we had a busy time on the farm, with a calf being born on Christmas Day, one on New Year's Eve and one on New Year's Day. In between that a gorgeous set of twins was born.

My most exciting new beginning for the New Year is the start of a new book. It is still in very early development stages, but my Hero will burst into my Heroine's life and completely turn it upside down, of course by the end of the book they will totally in love.

I'll leave you with a few snow pictures taken this morning, one of my dog and cat going for a walk in the snow, my horse having a roll, trying to cover himself completely and a snowy farm scene.