Giant Squid

Looking forward to completing my third book tomorrow and inserting all sorts of pictures – some of my photos, some from the internet and, best of all, the picture my daughter has painted of the giant creature Peter encounters in the Deep Marianas Trench!

Local library wants to know more about my talk…aargh. Panic. Not ready yet. Will respond tomorrow…

Planet stories

‘Beyond the Horizon’ is available in hard copy as well as AmazonKindle thanks to my publisher Peglets in Honiton.   Please contact me if you would like one  (£4.99 plus £1.50 pp).   Window to the Stars is a little story about my favourite historic telescope, the Lockyer, which has been well received by a group of adult literacy learners.

Planet Earth

Tim Peake’s glorious photographs of Planet Earth are being lapped up by everyone who sees them. My next book ‘Meet the Aliens’ is due out this Summer and takes the characters to Earth in the same manner that they visited the other planets in the Solar System.

Oh to be a child again…

What lucky schoolchildren to be able to present their projects to a science conference and, possibly, Tim Peake.  How different my life would have been had I had such opportunities.  Our careers advice was to visit the local job centre!  And as for Tim operating a prototype Mars rover from the ISS, well, I am beside myself with excitement.

Never mind, today is Friday and off to the young observers’ group after a busy day at work.   Today the Police Commissioner is holding fort in one of the rooms while the Society for the Blind are having a handbell ringing concert…




I have read the Letter to a Spaceman penned by astronaut Tim Peake and drafted a letter to Puffin and European Space Agency in the hope they may be able to guide me to an agent to handle my books.  It is so frustrating as I know there is a market for my little stories.

…..and back to work.

For auld lang syne.  A friend has gone; we’ve said our goodbyes.  Spring is here, the future lies waiting.  Bright pink blooms the camelia.  Bulbs are planted, seeds are scattered.  Great Tits are busy, on eggs they must be sitting…now we must wait and leave them in peace and pick up our pens our books to finish…




Nearly Writing Wednesday…

Getting prepared for a full yes full day of writing tomorrow. It is so exciting to read the posts about our own planet on Tim Peake’s Facebook page that I really need to finish my book about our planet. The three characters are exploring Earth just as they did the planets in the solar system on their epic journey.

Library talks

Looking forward to giving not one, but two talks at my local libary. One will be for children with the other aimed at adults and talking more specifically about the Observatory.


My phone is set to beep at hourly intervals to remind me to concentrate on the days I am writing…but the Great Tits are busy making a nest in our nest box.  They are so busy!  It is fascinating to hear them, yes hear them, pecking away inside the box doing some unseen diy and peeling away strips of wood just below the hole.