I was in England over the weekend – a flying visit from Zürich Airport to London Luton, and it was my first-ever Easy Jet flight. I was pleasantly surprised – my knees didn’t touch the seat in front, there was an empty place beside me both ways, and we took off and landed punctually.
From Luton, I caught a train to Bedford, where I was staying. Those striking faces on the left were just a few hundred yards from my hotel – macabre, aren’t they?
I had some very bookish plans for my long weekend – Thursday’s highlight was lunch with lovely Jane Isaac. We’ve been virtual friends for years and now, at long last, we managed to meet in person. It’s always lovely to talk to other writers – Jane and I put the publishing world to rights over a baked potato, but to be honest I don’t think either of us noticed the food particularly – it was so nice to chat at last!
On Friday I hopped on a bus to Cambridge to have lunch with Betsy and Fred of Bloodhound Books. There’s something magical about the phrase ‘lunch with my publisher’, isn’t there? And it was fabulous meeting them, though of course, I forgot to take photos, so here’s one of Cambridge instead.
Saturday was my ‘day off’ – I went to London to meet an old friend from my physiotherapy days. It was amazing to see her again, but oh, my, the crowds. We were in the Camden Market area – busy, vibrant, multi-culti – probably very ‘London’ – and definitely crowded!
Back to ‘work’ again on Sunday, and a visit from Georgia Rose – it was books all the way again, and again, I forgot to take pics, so I’ve stolen this one from Facebook. (Taking photos is somewhat hit or miss in my family – we have no pics of my children for the year 2006…)
It was home again the next day for me, but I did manage to take a few photos before I left. One of my books is set in the Bedford area, so I revisited all the places Nina & Co would see every day in The Attic Room. But that will have a blog post all to itself sometime.