Update Oct 2023

Hi Everyone!

We had an extremely wet holiday staying beside (almost in) the Beaulieu River in the New Forest. Fortunately, we were in a stilted house, so weren’t too worried even at high tide, when the water overflowed the bank. Was strange to think had we gone a week earlier we would have enjoyed spring if not summer weather, but our week was like monsoon season, especially in the morning, so we often made a late start to the day. Despite the rain, we managed a couple of pleasant walks, visited some towns, and took a boat up the river. And of course, there were the ponies, though I was a little disappointed to only spot one donkey. The wild ponies are in fact owned by people called commoners, who have the right to graze their stock wild in the forest, so we also saw cows and pigs. Beaulieu village, though tiny, is lovely to visit with some nice places to eat, and we had the most amazing pie from the deli. So amazing we had to buy a second one. Well, they were small, but worth it.

The house refresh restarted upon our return because we’d decided as we’d done so much other work inside, we might as well redo the dining room. The key problem was that meant emptying and moving a lot of furniture, and putting it all back again. We also had a tremendous problem choosing a wallpaper, but think we made an excellent decision, although it wasn’t the easiest to work with, and as I’m the one who wallpapers, I was far from happy.

We’re still working our way through Supernatural. Anyone who hasn’t watched Only Murders in the Building should try it; we sped through it. The patter song Steve Martin performs in season three is what would get stars an ovation. That and The Bear are probably the best series we’ve watched on Disney this year, though with it apparently doubling in cost (we were lucky to just get in on the old price this time), we likely only have another few months to enjoy it as while open to an increase next year, we don’t think it’s worth twice the amount. We’re now watching season three of The Watcher, though with Henry Cavill leaving, it’s questionable whether we’ll carry on with another series.

I’ve decided to take a break for the rest of the year, planning to write again in 2024, though I may sort out some files and do a little editing.
Stay happy and healthy!
Sharon x

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Writer of Dark and Light Fiction. Fact, fiction, poetry, short stories, articles and novels. Cross-genre, slipstream, non-traditional romance, gothic, horror, fantasy and more... Visit this diverse writer's site.
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