Posted on 23 July 2002 by Freya North
Hullo folks. All is ticking along here – though I am now officially without horse and consequently, still a little sulky. Oh well, in a couple of years, I’ll be sure to raid Felix’s pocket money and buy myself a new one… I’ve been out to Spain for lots of long weekends at a gorgeous place we bought last year with Andy’s brother. It’s near Marbella but by a suprisingly unspoilt stretch of coastline which is a protected nature reserve. Though this means lots of stunning wild flowers scattered through the dunes, it also means an army of shiny black beetles (also protected). Give me a 17 hands stallion any day – bugs and creepy crawlies I CANNOT cope with! I tiptoe and hyperventilate my way to the beach. Felix has discovered that sand is quite tasty and filling and that licking sea water from his toes is thirsty work. Luckily, he hasn’t tried to eat the beetles. Yet. His current obsession is to drink through a straw – he takes great sips which pucker up his face, then grins widely (er, wildly?) for approval, though this means most the juice flows back out of his mouth… He is walking now too – though it’s more of a drunken stagger. He’s said his first words – “Garden” followed by “Daddy” and “Juice” but as yet, nothing sounding remotely like Mummy, Ma, Mum, Mother, Mama. I’m trying not to take it personally….
Pip is progressing – but I’m not going to tell you what she’s up to! The publishers are planning a publicity tour for Fen and Yours Truly in October – hopefully this will incorporate the South East and West, the Midlands, the North and Scotland and Wales too. I’ll be sure to post my schedule up once it’s finalised! It would be great to meet some of you en route. Well, just time to wish all of you a fabulous summer, whether you’re off to foreign climes or just chilling out at home. If you’d like a couple of recommendations for holiday reading, may I suggest Jessica Adams‘s new novel “I’m a Believer“. I think it’s stunning. I laughed, I wept, I wished I’d written it! I also read John O’Farrell‘s “The Best A Man Can Get” which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then there’s Big Night Out which you can dip in and out of for ages. Ta ra for now. Keep in touch – you know how I love to hear from you all.