Moaning feet…

Before I bore you with my moaning feet, may I firstly wish you all a very Happy New Year!   Yes, it’s 2015 already,  and I’d only just got used to 2014.  Rude.

My moaning feet… well, it’s all because I took them out dancing on New Years Eve.  To a party.  i thought they deserved a treat as I don’t think they danced once during the year other than in a ‘Just Dance’ dance-off with our mini-me daughter (who, may I add, I beat all the time despite being an old bird compared to a young whipper-snapper).  I haven’t taken them to any parties, dance classes, nights out… So, I dressed them in a smart pair of shoes, with heels no less, and tights without ladders.  And, we danced, me and my feet, to all sorts of tunes.  There were modern ones (because I’m trendy and fashionable and down with the kids…), and old ones, and in between ones like ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing’ – Nolan Sisters rock.  And, my feet danced, and danced, and danced.  And, they didn’t complain once during the night.  But, yesterday and today, they are not happy. In fact, they’re miserable and i don’t think I’ll take them dancing again, unless they change their attitude and stop being miserable.  I’m going to dress them in flat shoes and boots, and socks with holes in the toes.

What did you all do for New Year?  We decided to go somewhere glamorous, warm, fashionable, cosmopolitan… Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth.  And it was fab.

So today I’m writing, writing, writing.  Second book needs to be written quickly as I’ve a deadline, and so I’ve started it and, so far, quite like it.  Still so grateful that ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’ has continued to sell over the festive period.  Thank you!!!!  Well, it is set in Turkey after all, which goes with Christmas.

I’m off now to comfort my feet… enjoy the first weekend of the year everyone.   And may 2015 be full of everything you dream of.


The Inspiration Behind the Story…

It’s raining… and it’s cold!  The central heating has had to go on, I’m afraid.  So, how have I cheered myself up in this gloomy weather?  I’ve had a look at some of the photos taken in Marmaris and Turunc, the setting for ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’, and thought I’d share them with you on here.

If you haven’t ever been, it’s a beautiful part of Turkey.  I’ve been travelling to the Marmaris region now for about 15 years and, to be honest, it has gone a little bit too touristy in places.  But, it’s fun and vibrant and the weather is beautiful.  Turunc is a little quieter, and reminds me of the ‘old’ Marmaris, before it became so busy and crazy.  If you get a chance to go there, please do.

We’ve many happy memories of Turkey as a family – my husband and I honeymooned there, I spent two weeks there ‘very’ pregnant, our daughter first visited the country at just 11 weeks old… lots of fun, and lots of lovely friends made.

So, here’s some pictures… I hope they warm you up on this cold and wet day!

Cruise boats at night Turunc The Walk to Icmeler Beautiful views