The ‘Trish Takes Five’ column in the Lincolnshire Free Press is still going well – I hope – though the weekly commitment is really keeping me on my toes. Here are the latest articles if you fancy a read:
Musical memories of the flower parade
Birthday present buys at Baytree
Travel tales from the riverbank
Cooking inspiration from MasterChef
I found out last week that I have reached the finals of the travel category in the Brilliance in Blogging awards organised by BritMums. This is the third year I have been fortunate to reach the finals of the BiBs and I am so delighted. I won the award in 2012 so don’t expect to win it again but I am very grateful to everyone who voted for me: it is very much appreciated. There are some great blogs in the category this year and I am sure the judges will have their work cut out deciding who to give the award to this year. Good luck everyone.
The results of the BiBs will be announced during the BritMums Live conference which will be held in London on 20/21 June. Last year I was asked to be part of the travel panel for a session on the Saturday and I loved it. This year I am speaking again in a similar session. The panel this time consists of me plus Emma Raphael, a blogger and friend who writes at A Bavarian Sojourn; Steve Keenan, former Online Travel Editor for The Sunday Times and now co-founder of Travel Perspective and finally Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor for The Independent and the man you may recognise from many TV appearances when an expert opinion on travel is required. Fairly buzzing about this opportunity.
This post so far has been all about me so I would like to turn things round and shout very loudly about a wonderful collection of short stories. I have followed the blog Mon Avis, Mes Amis for many years now, always enjoying a mixture of contemporary family anecdotes, memories of past experiences and dashes of fabulous fiction. The writing has always been superb: witty, acerbic, funny and thought-provoking.
Just when I thought my friend had disappeared from blogging, she pops back up to tell her readers that she has written a book, which is now available to buy on Kindle. Ten gorgeous stories which, I promise, you will adore if you treasure beautiful writing. One story for each decade beginning in 1918 where a young boy, Maurice, is waiting anxiously at his public school for his beloved mother and hated step-father to arrive for Speech Day.
Described as: “An eclectic, eccentric collection of ten stories, each set in a different decade, spanning the last century. Rich in colour and character, the stories examine betrayal of and by women in all its subtle forms. From a Raj hostess in 1930s Calcutta to a management consultant visiting clients in Antwerp over the millennium, this elegantly-written anthology is both poignant and humorous. Rich in period detail, these tales feature a unique cast of characters who appear and reappear down the decades; amusing, appalling, frustrating and enchanting in equal measure… The sharply-observed characters are in turn funny, brave, inventive, spiteful, resourceful and plain dreamy. A deft command of language, an ear for dialogue and frequently unexpected endings make this a delightful debut.”
This exquisite collection was utterly delightful to read: I urge you to do the same. If the description above is appealing, you won’t be disappointed.