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T is for tea

I like drinking tea. A lot! Many of my books have been fuelled by vats of tea more than any other refreshment.   I haven’t always drunk the same kind of tea though….. Before I got pregnant (eleventymillion years ago) I used to drink Earl Grey with honey and milk. …

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S is for Skype

Skype is a wonderful invention in my opinion.  I dislike talking on the phone for many reasons but in particular the significant expense of phoning my family who all live too far away.  Mind you, if you asked them they would tell you that it is I who lives too …

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R is for reading

This year I am hoping to read at least one book beginning with different letter of the alphabet. Last year I read 65 books but only covered 19 different letters!  Must try harder this year. You can check on my progress by clicking here, and please feel free to spur …

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Q is for Queendom

Queendom is the third book in my Portal series for children. The series began with Max and his sister Laura discovering that an average day in Realand included creatures like rainbow corices and albino slugs. In Raffie Island (book two) Max and Laura escape Merthings, discover stinkbugs and watch giraffes …

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P is for Patron of Reading

Working as a patron of reading to help children explore and discover new ways to enjoy reading is one of my favourite author related activities. The students at the school that I am currently based as a patron of reading have responded really well and this is measurable in the …

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O is for oboe

Our number 3 son (11 years old) started playing the oboe in September 2012.  He also plays the recorder and the guitar, and  I used to play the alto saxophone when I was in my teens so I thought I would have a go at learning to play my sons’s …

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N is for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place between 1st – 30th  November with the aim of writing 50,000 words during that time.  People have mixed views about NaNoWriMo but I have done it a few times and found it really useful for forcing me to sit …

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M is for My Mini Midwife

Holding a paperback copy of My Mini Midwife for the first time was quite an emotional experience. My Mini Midwife started out as a self published ebook  and I hadn’t intended to ever do any more with it myself.  However, as luck would have it a publisher discovered it online, read it, …

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L is for lemon

Here is my favourite gluten and dairy free lemon cupcake recipe. This versatile recipe works equally well with dairy and gluten too.     Ingredients: 125g butter substitute 125 sugar 125g gluten free self raising flour 2 eggs 3 tbsp lemon juice Method: Cream together butter substitute and sugar add …

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