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A Bit About Me
I am just starting on my journey as an author. Thirteen years ago I started a different sort of journey - leaving my job and home in the North of England to renovate a semi-derelict stone farmhouse in Beautiful Green Galicia in northwest Spain with my then partner and now husband, S (and that's another story as they say).
I am part cook, part gardener and part builder's assistant.
Between us we have created a beautiful home to live in and we manage to keep ourselves in veg, fruit and nuts year round. We keep rabbits and chickens and live the good life here in Galicia.
My first book Plum, courgette & green bean tart was launched on July 1st 2020 in paperback and eBook. Plum, Courgette & Green Bean Tart chronicles our endeavours to be self-sufficient and create a home for ourselves in this most beautiful part of the country.
I have had some lovely comments and reviews about Plum
from as far away as Australia and the USA, from the UK and Spain.
This email from an Alternative Education Provision in the UK made my day:
Subject: Nothing specific!
Message: Hi! I’m really interested to read your story. We work with local children and teenagers who, for a variety of reasons, struggle to access mainstream schooling. Alongside “traditional” subjects, nature and the outdoors play a huge part in our daily work. Our youngsters would be fascinated and inspired by your story in English lessons!!
And this email from Bill Bryson was so wonderfully kind!
“wish you every success with your book”
Oh and do you want to know where my strange titles come from?
They are the fruits and vegetables which grew the best in each of the years covered in my memoirs. I set myself a task: to make each cover recipe and believe me... some were easier than others!!
You can taste them in the recipe section of my books. Enjoy!
The Writing Home Series
In my writing home series of travelogue memoirs, I introduce the reader to our adopted home in beautiful green Galicia.
Our adventures began in 2004 when we set off to walk the Camino de Santiago, and fell in love with the area. Camino – or a peanut butter, marmite & banana butty, is FREE to my subscribers. Click here to join up.
In 2007 we moved into a semi-derelict stone farmhouse in the Lugo hills. Plum, Courgette & Green Bean Tart – seeking la vida dulce in Galicia, tells the story of our first year battling bats, the erratic Galician weather, and the inevitable Spanish mañana timekeeping, through letters home to my mum in England.
Christmas in Galicia is an exclusive short story, available only in Mid-winter, of Mum’s first Christmas spent casa nosotros, and a fun-filled two weeks it was! Join my subscriber list to find out when Christmas is coming round again.
In 2009, not having enough to contend with in a still partly renovated farmhouse, and a weed and mouse infested allotment, we decided to get married in Galicia. Did we succeed against the terrors of Spanish bureaucracy? Read Tomato, Fig & Pumpkin Jelly – wedding bells in Galicia, to find out.
What do you do when you have almost, but not quite, finished self-renovating one ruin? Buy another of course! At least you do if you are us. Why? Because, after seven years of persuasion, Mum finally agreed to move here to Galicia – if we found her a house. Find out if we get the casita completed on time with the help of our army of ‘workawayers’ and join the fun when Mother makes three in Galicia. Chestnut, Cherry & Kiwi Fruit Sponge – A final year to write home about & Mother makes three in Galicia is the last in the writing home series and promises to be a bumper read spanning two fun-filled years. Subscribe now to get updates and sneak peeks.
"I read therefore I am"
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