Monthly Archives: June 2020

Books on special offer!

Summer on a Sunny Island has been in the UK Kindle Top 100 for almost all of June. Thanks to EVERYONE who has bought, read and left lovely reviews. Every review is deeply appreciated. The ebook is still 99p but that may end today, 30th June 2020, so grab it if you want it! 

Buy Summer on a Sunny Island for 99p on UK Kindle here

For US readers, Summer on a Sunny Island is currently on promo at 99c!

Buy Summer on a Sunny Island for 99c on UK Kindle here

Just for the Holidays and One Summer in Italy are both still available within your subscription for UK Kindle Unlimited users.

Get Just for the Holidays

Get One Summer in Italy

Just for the Holidays is available in its pretty North American cover as Just for the Summer for $2.99. 

Download Just for the Summer here

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#LockdownProject Sue’s Mediterranean garden

You might have seen a few of my pix on social media as I created a Mediterranean garden while I mainly stayed at home as part of the move to stem the progress of Covid-19. When we moved to this house, years ago, the garden was bisected by a stone wall. At that time, I took it down and used part of the stone to build a rockery – now a rather overgrown but pretty hump by the pond in the garden landscape – and raised beds in a far corner of the garden.

Over the years, the raised beds became overgrown, not least by a conifer that I’d planted behind them to hide next door’s shed. The conifer grew like Jack’s beanstalk and was in danger of collapsing a drain so it had to come down. It left a fresh view of next door’s shed, not improved by the years, and a jungle with the old stone beds lurking somewhere in the middle.

The decision was made to reclaim the corner of the garden with a shed of our own (if you can’t beat them, join them). Builders moved in to create the base and, as it’s the sunniest spot in the garden, I took the opportunity to lobby for a patio as part of the same project, which eventually came about. And it left us with a load of stone, gathered into two heaps by the builders and left.

Last year, I took this photo in Malta.

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I decided I wanted to use the stone to create something similar in Northamptonshire.

It was going to be interesting because the stone was heaped on the site of the eventual Mediterranean garden and the whole area was a mess of holly, ivy, cotoneaster and weeds that had held sway for several years. I began by making the two heaps of stone into one. I wish I’d taken a pic of the eventual heap because it was about as tall as I am. Then I began to dig. The digging took weeks and the garden wheelie bin was stuffed time after time.

Puppy-in-law turned up to ‘help’ by getting into holes I was digging and trying to tempt me to throw sticks for him. Unfortunately, I decided to put the stick of the moment out of his reach …

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He jumped up and knocked the top off the birdbath and a chunk broke off. Now I look at the pic I see it was already cracked.

Here’s a quick trip through digging progress followed by the laying of the membrane and stone.

Eventually, I had … THIS!

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You’ll notice the birdbath was still broken, although the missing chunk is turned away from the camera. After trying unsuccessfully to find a replacement top, I decided to make the most of what I had and it became a planter instead.

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So that’s my Mediterranean garden – and an area that shouldn’t need weeding for a while!

 

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Thanks to ManyBooks.Net for making me their Author of the Day

Isn’t it great when a website asks to feature you? You might already be familiar with ManyBooks.Net not just for their author interviews and other free content but because of their free downloads of out-of-copyright books. They contacted me recently and offered me the opportunity to be interviewed for Author of the Day.

Here’s the feature for you to read. Haven’t they done a great job?

 

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