Yes, I have some really exciting news I am a Great Aunt. How about that?

Our niece and her husband became the proud parents of a gorgeous baby boy on 20th June. And I do really mean gorgeous. His name is Christopher Ian and he is absolutely beautiful. Phil and I are so happy for them all.

The photo shows all three of them at home shortly after my niece was released from the hospital in Newcastle.

Phil & I only managed to get to see them all last Monday as Phil had so many hospital appointments the week before, but it was worth the wait. The little boy is just wonderful. I even got to hold him, though I have to say I was terrified I might break something.

There is only one teeny weeny little snag… I am not too sure sure about my new title – Great Aunt! Don’t you think that it sounds like someone has leaped from the pages of Great Expectations?

One person put forward the suggestion that I be called Grand Aunt, but truthfully, can you put your hand on your heart and tell me that it sounds any better? So I have decided Christopher shall call me Auntie Eileen or even better, Eileen. At least that sounds like I am his friend and not some crusty old aunt from the world of Dickens.

So now we are looking forward to our next visit. Perhaps I will feel more comfortable at holding him. However, it won’t be this week as are diaries are filled with visits to doctor, hospital and dentist. I have to say that this growing old business is no fun.

I think that is all for today except to add that I hope all is well in your world,


(c)Photo: by kind permission of Helen Dobson Whitwell


Warm, Sunny Days …. and Worms!

Well the Borders Book Festival is over and everything is packed away until next year. The weather stayed dry and sunny, which is rather nice because one year when I was there the heaven’s opened and it poured with rain all day. 

You will recall I had six copies of Divorcees.Biz on sale in the Festival Bookshop. They were simply on the counter with hundreds of other books. I really didn’t think anyone would buy a copy as all the big named authors were speaking at the event and were all doing book signings.  Nevertheless three copies were sold, so I was really quite delighted about that.

 Tomorrow, with a bit of luck, I am going to Newcastle with my friend. We are going to spend a few hours looking at the shops and then finishing up in the M&S Deli Bar in the food hall. Okay, I know I have told you this before, it is really wonderful chilling out in there with a glass of wine and a light lunch, before we both rush back to the bus stop for the bus home to Kelso.  We can’t miss it, because it is the only one going all the way back up to Jedburgh where we have left the car…..  On the other hand – I have just had a lovely thought here – if we missed the bus we could spend the night in one of the motels on the Quayside and then do the whole thing all over again the next day.  Note to myself – must speak to Helen about that!!

 Meanwhile all else is much the same here in Kelso. Except for the streets, which have been in an uproar for the last few months, and are still in an uproar. Traffic lights, cones and lots of red barriers are all over the place. To tell you the truth I have no idea why it is taking so long. Okay the pavements are being relaid and no doubt they are looking better, but did they really have to have every streetin turmoil at the same time?

 But there must be more going on than new paving slabs being laid. Outside the Town Hall, right in the very heart of this lovely town, there is now a deep trench and, what looks like, new, green, concertina pipes are being laid. Or else there is one enormous green worm down there.

 oh my goodness, now there’s a thought! I don’t know whether any of you have heard about the Lambton Worm, which, as legend has it, lived in a deep hole in Northumberland. The little worm was thrown there by someone who caught it while fishing believing that was the end of it. But unfortunately, the worm grew and grew to enormous proportions and terrorized the local people. So, what if this is the same sort of thing. A worm waiting to take it’s revenge out on the locals… No! Leave it! Best not go down that road…

Well everyone, now that I have frightened the lives out of you, I am going to close and try to pick up the threads of the sequel to Divorcees.Biz.

Don’t forget, Divorcees.Biz can be found on Amazon UK and  It’s a light-hearted, fun book to read while you are enjoying the sun, sand, sea and……. ice-cream. 🙂 Now what did you think I was going to say??




My Novel

My latest novel, Divorcees.Biz is now available. Well, actually it has been around for the last few months. What I really mean to say is my publisher is allowing a FREE download to Kindle for the next few days. Therefore, if you would like a light-hearted, fun romance to while away the hours in the sunshine, then this is the book for you.  Check it out on Amazon UK and

The story tells of how four, thirty-something, divorced women decide to set up an online dating agency for divorcees. But does everything fall into place… Well you need to read the book to find out.

I say, ‘while away the hours in the sunshine’ but we have had very little sunshine this year. I agree the last week has been wonderful, but it seems to have turned cold again.  I hope that wasn’t the summer and we are now back to winter wear again!!

Okay, you are probably wondering where I have been over the last few months. Well to quite honest, I have no idea why I haven’t been here. I do think about my blog on WordPress, but then it somehow moves itself around to the back of my mind and sits there until it comes around again. But when that happens, I am usually in bed and I really can’t be bothered to leap out of bed to write a blog.

But then, I never leap out of bed anymore. I used to, but that was when I had a regular job and it was imperative that I got there on time. You see, I was the boss of the department and I needed to make a good impression. Well you do, don’t you. Especially when you want to get on in the job.

But these days, I don’t need to impress anyone.  Instead, I tend to wake up and then lie a while to get myself accustomed to the new day.  By then some people would say the day is half over, but what the heck, I enjoy it.

The Borders Book Festival is due to start tomorrow. (Thursday 13th June)The organizers have very kindly agreed to add 6 signed copies of Divorcees.Biz to their shop, so if you know anyone who is going there over the next four days, let them know.

Well I think that is all for the moment.  I hope you enjoy reading this little bit of nonsense and come back for more.

In the meantime, I hope you all have a great day wherever you ar,


Sunny Days

We went to The Barn at Beal for lunch today. The views from the restaurant across towards Holy Island are stunning and, as the sun was shining, it beautiful. There were quite a few people there. They must have all had the same idea as us.

 Yesterday was lovely and sunny, too. They were holding a cream tea event in our local social club, but we didn’t go to that. Being diabetic, there wouldn’t have been much there he could eat. Okay, I could have gone and eaten for the two of us, but I decided to give it a miss. Instead, I did a few exercises on the Wii and it thanked me by telling me I had the fitness age of thirty. How about that!!  Those who know my real age will know how pleased I was, while those that don’t know me will just have to keep guessing! 

 I have been sent a book to review and I haven’t even started it yet, so I must get down to that today.  I have been putting the finishing touches to a short story, so I might get that posted off to a magazine tomorrow.  I even changed the title of the story during the editing. I wonder whether that will help.

 On Tuesday, someone is coming from BT to check out what we get on Freeview. It seems we can have a new box and pick up even more channels. That is the plan anyway. Whether it comes off or not, is anyone’s guess. Anyway, what I am getting around to saying, is that I will have to have a tidy up before the engineer comes – especially if he has to come into the room I have as an office. That is where the broadband router is or whatever it is they call it. I am not clued up on all these gadgets. I simply turn them on and hope that everything will spring into action. If it doesn’t, then I call my husband to check it out. Anyway, getting back to the engineer, I hope he is wearing blinkers, as my office space is always in a mess. But that is how I like it and I have a magnet on my notice board saying so.

 Well I had better get a start on that book – I hope they don’t want the review in a hurry.

 Have a sunny day wherever you are!


Ups and Downs!

Must get down to some serious writing today.  I seem to have dabbled at it since I came back from our few days away.  It seems to take me a while to get back into the routine.  One moment I am full of ideas, but when I come to write them down I seem to have lost momentum.

Yesterday I went back on the Wii for the first time since our break. The bad news is that I have put on 2lb while I was away. The good news is that I my Wii fit age is 33, so the 2lb weight gain didn’t seem to matter too much. (It does really, but what the heck can I do about it?)  I’m not sure how they work out this Wii fit age, but while it is working in my favour, I won’t knock it. I will have another go this afternoon and see how I do then.  I also watched a couple of episodes of The West Wing. (You will recall that I am absolutely hooked on that series and watch it over and over again.)

Today, my husband went to the surgery for a blood test or at least that’s what he thought he was going for. It turned out it was for a Blood Pressure test. The one good thing was that he was supposed to there at all, as he had to set his alarm clock early to get there on time 🙂

I sent my romantic novel off to another publisher today. It was the first novel I ever wrote and is still unpublished.  Anyway, I have received an acknowledgement of receipt so fingers are crossed yet again. People must think that I am arthritic, as I always seem to have my fingers crossed about something. But what else can I do? Once I have sent off a manuscript, it is in the lap of the Gods – so to speak.  If it would help to get it accepted, I would swing from lamp-post to lamp-post in our village singing the National Anthem in full voice.  (Watch this space)

 Hope you have a swinging day,


Strange Thoughts

When I awoke this morning, I lay for a while deciding whether I wanted to get up or not.  Suddenly, I heard the sound of my pulse.  It was a pulse beating in my ear!  Do we have a pulse in our ears?  Anyway, back to the point.  On the positive side, it was a good steady rhythm, which I was delighted with considering, until I thought it missed a beat, before starting off again.  Then it did it again.  Still lying there, I put my fingers to my neck to check out my heartbeat, but I couldn’t feel a thing.  So I lay there and thought about it some more.  There had to be an answer.

 Could I have passed away in the night?  Should I shake my husband and ask him whether I was really talking to him or not?  Or – this one is good – when I got out of bed, would I turn around and still see myself lying there?  Eventually, I realised I was letting my imagination run away with me and got out of bed.  Nevertheless, I did turn around and give a quick glance at where I had been lying.  Of course I wasn’t still there.  All I can say is that while these thoughts were running through my mind, I didn’t panic – on the other hand, what on earth would have been the point? 

 As you can tell from the fact I am writing this, I am still alive and kicking.  I am also writing this with a glass of wine at hand.  Yes, life is hard, but wine certainly helps.

 There has got to be a story in there somewhere.

 Have a good weekend.


Moans and More Moans

I still haven’t been to Newcastle. How sad is that? I love looking around the shops in the city, but for one reason or another, I haven’t been able to make it. Hopefully I will get there soon otherwise the whole city is going to wonder where I am! They have got to be missing me darting around the shops trying to fit everything into one visit.

I am trying to re-edit another story to sent to Take a Break. I have a few submissions there at the moment, so my fingers are crossed. However, knowing my luck, they will all come winging back together. I have read several copies of the magazine, and I have re-read several copies of the magazine, and I still don’t know what is so different about my stories to the ones they publish. However, there must be something, as I am still trying to bend the Fiction Editor’s ear. But I haven’t given up yet. It is such a shame that The Lady stopped publishing short fiction, as I had been writing for them in a freelance capacity for some time.

My husband still hasn’t managed to control his diabetes. He has to keep ringing the Diabetic Dept giving his readings, and they then up the dose, but so far he still has a problem. No doubt it will sort itself out soon – but when??

Yesterday I had another session on the Wii and I think that is the only positive thing in my life this week, as the results are getting better. Truthfully, I quite enjoy it, so I think I will go and have another try now.

Take care all and have a good day.