We’re now back at our favourite Bristol campsite (the photo below is taken from about 100 metres away). Since the beginning of December our itinerary has been: Godalming, Cirencester, Bristol, Godalming, Colchester, Godalming, Bristol, Wolverhampton, Bristol, Godalming, Gatwick, Godalming, Bristol. Tomorrow we’re off to Lambourn (C’s sister) for New Year, but on Friday we’re off down to Poole to see C’s other sister. Then back to Bristol…for about 7 days. Then Chatel for 2 weeks! Hurrah!!
That’s the problem with not having a house. You have to visit other people, rather than them come to you. In the summer we’re open for business – as it’s easier to live outside. But in the winter, it’s more tricky. But – it’s a small price to pay, as Doris continues to be pretty perfect and whilst we often talk about settling down (chalet in the Alps – live upstairs and rent downstairs?), nothing has yet caught our imagination enough for us to make a decision.
We saw Bex and Steven off to New York this morning (then back to the Bahamas for school next weekend) and are now back in Bristol. Interestingly, even though I left the electric heater on in Doris, the water heater tripped and dumped all of our water overnight. Which is fine. As that’s what it’s supposed to do. But it’s the first time it’s happened. The hope is that nothing else has succumbed to the low temperatures…we shall find out soon enough.
It has been a great Christmas. We’ve seen an awful lot of Jen, James (thanks for Christmas), Bex and Steven. And with popping to see Annie tomorrow – that should just about square the circle (although not my brother…). Hurrah!
And the books? Well, both seem to be selling well enough (although at a much reduced price – which is fine – it’s about finding an audience). And today, I think in the US, Fuelling the Fire was made available on Prime Lending. They tell me it stays there ‘for about 3 months’. I don’t get any royalties, but I do get a $1,000 payment in lieu. ‘Lends’ do influence sales rank (currently 25,000 in the US, 9,000 in the UK), but Amazon are struggling to show ‘Lends’ on the day sales sheets. So I may never know how many ‘Lends’ I’ve had.
Nothing back from any publishers/agents for The Innocence of Trust. I have 9 replies outstanding. When that’s done, I’ll rethink any plans I have.
And finally, I thought I might share my latest UK review of Unsuspecting Hero. Delighted with it… Hurrah again!!