Excerpt from ‘Silvana the Greening’ by Belinda Mellor: “The woods,” he said. “Would you move away from them?” She regarded him sternly. “You think too much of the woods, when you should be listening to the litigations in the courtroom, inquiring after the latest discussions of the Assembly, studying in the library. Maybe we should… Read More On Moving House …
I can’t remember why I initially chose an ash tree to be the heart of Silvana, unless it was because there was a huge ash growing directly opposite my house at the time and I loved to watch it change with the seasons – something that is reflected in this scene from The Greening, when… Read More ‘the Ash for nothing ill’
After years of planning and preparing, after sleepless nights and hours spent wondering What if?, it’s all change for me and my husband, M. At long last, we are selling up and moving to our plot of family land, which is located in a former tin-mining village. Those of you familiar with my young adult… Read More All Change!
I had some welcome news recently: I’ve had a story accepted for the next edition of Seven Deadly Sins—A YA Anthology, a book series for young adults which puts a modern twist on age-old themes. Yay! This new book will be the fourth, and so far I’ve had a story published in each one. Since… Read More Seven Deadly Sins – Gluttony’s next!
She’s all legs and angles and makes us laugh with the way she bounces and tries to play. I can’t imagine life without her. And she looks absolutely fabulous in her designer collars (which there will be many more of, I suspect) and her Elmo pjs. Would I recommend adopting a retired racing greyhound? Absolutely!… Read More Got me a Greyhound!
My brother was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure, so I thought it would be a good time to look at foods which can help lower blood pressure in a completely natural way. If you take medication, or have been advised to, I certainly wouldn’t recommend going against your doctor’s advice. However, there are lots… Read More Foods which help lower blood pressure
I’ve loved plants and gardens all my life, but since I devote as much time as I can to my writing, I don’t generally have time to mollycoddle them. To a large extent, they need to be able to fend for themselves! Also I don’t use pesticides, since I want my garden to be a… Read More Make Your Own, part one: Six of the best plants for easy Herbal Remedies