Today I am interviewing best selling novelist Janice Horton.Good morning Janice and thank you for agreeing to answer some questions for us.
On average I take one long haul return flight a month...in economy. Over the years I have learned several key things to make the experience more pleasant, more business class rather than walk-on-cargo. As I am a novelist, it goes without saying that I will have at least one paperback with me and at least a dozen novels on my iPad for the journey. I normally have noise cancelling headphones especially when I need to work.
Here is my version of roast leg of lamb. I buy my joints of meat from a "proper" butcher (Andre Gourmet in Torrevieja). It may seem expensive but, there is always enough for two days meals for two people and usually some remaining for a snack or a sandwich.
Living in the countryside inevitably brought us into contact with – my younger two boys in particular – guns. There are plenty of guns in use by country folk: clay pigeon shooting, shot guns (to get rid of vermin) and air rifles (for target practice), in particular. And it didn't take long for my younger two to pick up on this from their local school friends. Another (seemingly unrelated, but very much related in this case) countryside activity is bartering.
Here are a few bits of trivia for you to look through. These are from an email which is circulating widely. I have no idea who wrote these 'facts', but some of them are interesting!
My husband and I have an iPad and I love mine, but it's the first gadgety thing I've had, that I've taken an interest in. I wonder if my lack of enthusiasm over gadgets is something that happens when you get older, a woman thing, or just me?
It was the year 3015. During the last 1000 years, Earth had faced many disasters, mostly man-made. Global warming projections had proved devastatingly correct. Rising sea levels meant almost a third of the planet was underwater. In fact, you could take a glass-bottom boat to view part of New York under the sea – hailed as the New Lost Atlantis.
Cambodia, another South East Asian country remembered for all the wrong reasons.
I picked up a book bargain the other day, ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’, by Bill Bryson.
Hush little baby
Where the tree-top grows
Lost lonely moonbeam
Where a dark light glows.
Ever thought about taking up Quilling? I am interviewing Tina K Burton today and am about to find out for myself!
On Saturday February 14th Helen Vereker Singers performed in Sainsburys Hereford in aid of Herefordshire Carers Support. Here is a video, directed by Helen Vereker and filmed by Ken Joel, husband of our good friend and contributor Margaret Joel.
We're always being told how good it is for us to exercise, and how a daily walk can keep us trim and healthy, but what if we can't find comfy shoes to fit due to extra wide or swollen feet? This spring, Cosyfeet are launching a pretty, sporty shoe for ladies with extra wide feet. Called the Belle, this supportive shoe is made with soft, premium leathers.
Whatever has happened to that quintessential treasure of Englishness the tea room? Years ago they were in abundance, but now they seem to be on the decline.
We finished season 4 of our ghost hunting show, Calamityville Horror in style – on board the luxury passenger ship, the SS Great Britain.
I have been sent some meals from Oakhouse Foods to evaluate and am now going to share my comments with you.
Three excellent poems from Joy: one about Spring, one about the gun and one about Charlotte Bronte.
I am delighted to welcome Tony Laithwaite of Laithwaites Wines to answer some questions for Oapschat.
Adventures In New Zealand - A Dream Come True! -Taking In Queenstown Extreme Sports HQ Part 3, Updated
The adventure continues.....
I was not sure what to expect of Vietnam, would they be anti west? Was there still animosity over the war? I needn't have worried, the welcome was warm and genuine.
By Masturbius (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A few weeks ago an invitation dropped through our letter box inviting us to a reception on board HMS Argyll. It has been a some years since we were last on a ship. Edward was a career Naval Officer for many years, so it was going back to the past.
Adventures In New Zealand - A Dream Come True! Taking In Christchurch, Picton, Whale Watching And Robin Hood Bay. Part 2-Updated
Monday 18th November – Christchurch
The adventure continues.....
Early spring is always an anxious time for the dedicated water vole fan. Each year, some colonies come back as strongly as ever, some might disappear, while others decide to shift themselves along the water course and pop up where you didn't expect them.
Adventures In New Zealand - A Dream Come True! Taking In Gisborne, Tutira And Herbertville. Part 1-Updated
My first experience of flying business class did not disappoint. I was fed and watered every air mile of the way and being able to stretch out and sleep was worth every penny I made Simon spend on my ticket!! We are now just over a week into our 'grand adventure'. It has been absolutely fantastic to date. A few minor hiccups along the way but great nonetheless.
It has been some time since the 2 Grumpy Old Sods had to face their greatest enemy: Bureaucracy. However last week landed a doozy in our laps.
Interview with Kate Cotton And Louise Ferguson, Founders Of Skinny Tan And Backed By Dragons Den Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney
Today I am thrilled to be interviewing Kate Cotton and Louise Ferguson founders of skinnytan.co.uk.
You listen when I have something to say
You care when things don't go my way
You mind when people taint my name
And always feel my pain....
I used to be a pretty good (well, good anyway) footballer, but this little tale is only indirectly related to my previous. Through my connections with the small rural infant/junior school my youngest two boys attended, I became chairman of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA – designed to raise money through extra-curricular activities to buy much needed supplies and equipment for the school).
For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for taking photographs. The first camera I owned was bought in British Homes Stores and cost less than five shillings. It served me well for several years, however the cost of a roll of black and white film and the developing was always a problem. With my meagre pocket money I would save like mad so I could afford a 12 picture roll film and then before I knew it, I had finished it!
How does one define loneliness? The very word itself causes concern. In the UK, the latest statistics are frightening enough, take a look at the info below.
Our first stop was in Laos, Luang Prabang to be exact (Luang meaning ancient and former capital and Prabang is the name of the golden Buddha that was left in the temple when the capital relocated).
Age, or rather ageing, is a strange concept to get your head around. Twelve-year-olds can't wait to be a teenager; teenagers can't wait to be eighteen or twenty-one...but many forty-nine-year olds seem terrified of reaching their half century: fifty!
Me? Get scammed? Behave yourself! A cynical old ex-journalist who knows all about due diligence? Who's done hard selling and studied the psychology of selling? Never!
We spent a good deal of time up on the observation deck or on the bridge, watching out for wildlife.When anyone spotted a swimming seal, or a dolphin or a humpback whale blowing in the distance, the shout went out on the tannoy to ensure we all got the chance to rush out on deck with our binoculars and cameras.
My four young children were growing up (far too quickly as far as I was concerned), but then comes a moment: a moment that makes you stop and think. Perhaps they are appreciating living in the countryside after all? The link between us humans and those other living beings is not so tenuous after all?
We always kept a stock of candles 'just in case'. After all, we were in the middle of nowhere – and you never knew whether or when the electricity supply would be interrupted (and how long it would take to be repaired if it did). And so I was always prepared – but not for what happened next!
Next Sunday is Mothers Day. There are some super prints here, why not buy one or two Sue Rosser prints as gifts?
Next day was the most important day of the whole expedition for the Shackleton descendants. In the morning we were zodiaced to Stromness on the northern side of South Georgia, where we hiked up to the famous waterfall where Shackleton and his two companions clambered down on a rope after a gruelling 36 hour scramble across the icy mountain range from one side of the island to the other.
Next Tuesday I shall be interviewing Tony Laithwaite, founder and owner of Laithwaites Wines.
Society promotes the ideal for its elders as serene and peaceful. But a new generation coming into age are increasingly viewing this as just another version of ageism, offering little more than marginalization, complacency and disempowerment.
We lived halfway between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye ('in the middle of nowhere' as far as the children were concerned). The two older children were bussed into Hereford every school day and, consequently, did not have the opportunity to see much of their friends outside school hours during their first few months at senior school. Well, I knew that countryside life would be a big bonus for them as far as their future memories were concerned, but totally depriving them of their friends company except during school hours would have been too much of an imposition (having children brings back memories for all parents – no matter from how long ago).
Our countryside building renovation project was in full swing. I had taken the biggest gamble of my life. I had given up on my big-money job in London, uprooted my family and moved them (all six of us) to the quiet, idyllic county of Herefordshire (one of only three areas in the whole of the British Isles to be officially classified as 'An Area of Peace and Tranquillity'). And boy did our little David affect our peace and tranquillity on one (un)fateful day.
I've wanted to visit Antarctica for years. I'm not sure why, except perhaps that it's the very end of the earth. And it looks so beautiful. I yearn to see magnificent icebergs and miles of pristine white snow. Of course I'd also love to see penguins, dolphins, seals and whales in their natural habitat.