Tuesday, 15 May 2018

A week of celebrations

     Well, my resolve to write a fortnightly blog has failed miserably and I apologise for going AWOL. How many times have you heard that?!
     This week is one of celebrations.
     On Saturday 12th May, it was William Earl's 103rd Birthday.
     In case you have not met William before, he is the hero of Blood and Bandages and we became close friends during the seven long years it took to research and write the book.

Happy Birthday dear William.

        William celebrated at home with a glass or two of champagne in the company of his wife Judith, family and friends. I called from Singapore and treated him to my best operatic rendition of Happy Birthday. He listened patiently.  We're looking forward to meeting up again when Richard, Tom and I return home in July. William and I will definately squeeze in a belated birthday trip to our favourite fish and chip shop but then we'll return to the serious business of promoting our book.

We still try to combine play with work while we're at it.  

      God willing, William will join me for a book signing at the Imperial War Museum in London on 20th July and in the Author's Pavilion at the War and Peace Revival in Paddock Wood on 27th-28th July. War and Peace is a huge five day celebration of military history and WW2 lifestyle. Imagine Goodwood Revival with tanks and trenches.
     I went on my own last year.

Me with fellow author, Penny Legg in the Author's Pavilion at War and Peace 2017.

     It was fun and instructive to meet fellow authors like Penny Legg but something is always missing when William's not around. 
We're better as a double-act. 

     Talking of double acts, we've dressed the house in readiness for this Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry to Megan Markle. 

Flying the flag for the pending royal wedding.

     Some of our neighbours are a tad mystified by the sudden appearence of Union Jacks but I cried shy of installing a lifesize image of Harry and Megan. They'd go soggy in the rain.  
     Next time, I'll share some thoughts on life as an expat in Singapore and tell you what I've been getting up to. In the meantime, enjoy this week's celebrations, particularly the residents of Falcon Close in Shoreham-by-Sea, UK. I'll be with you in spirit. 
     Thank you so much for dropping by and see you soon.

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