Murder on Tyneside

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Back to the Drawing Board.

Yesterday I went to Newcastle again yesterday to meet up with my sister and cousin for a chat over coffee - well it was a bit early for wine, so that came later! My cousin was full of cold, but had made the decision to still meet up, because she likes to keep up with what is going on in a different world to hers - as do we all!!

Anyway, after we finished coffee, I went to look around the shops before meeting up with the lovely lady I mentioned a month ago. We couldn't talk long, as I had to get back to Kelso for a talk on wine (more on that later) and she was doing some shopping of her own. Nevertheless, it was good to see her again, even for a short while. We will have to try to meet up another time, when we both aren't in such a rush.

As for the wine school, I'm afraid I didn't get to it after all. Oh, I was there on time - 6pm - 7.30, the invitation said, but unfortunately for some reason it had been changed to 6.30 - 8pm and quite frankly, I didn't feel up to hanging around the shop for 30 min waiting for it to start, so I left. I was shattered after my shopping trip, but still went to the talk because I said I would, but felt I couldn't stay there till 8pm. I will have to make my apologies. I do hope it went well, though.

Today is bits and pieces day, but it has been postponed until tomorrow, as my husband isn't feeling too well today. So now it is back to the drawing board, with my novel, I must try to get my head around it, as all the characters are doing what they like and I am sitting here watching them.

Perhaps pressing my finger on the delete button and holding it there will teach them a lesson. But I won't hold my breath.

Have a good day whatever you are doing.


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Is It Safe to Come Out Now?

Yes, say I, as I peep out from behind my desk.  I think it is safe to come out now. My new Website is still working and the Internet hasn't crashed after my feeble attempt to set up the Website for The Trojan Project. I had feared the worst, as I am in no way technically minded.

My personal Website, Freelance Writer was set up for me by my husband and while he is not an expert, he has taught himself to find his way around a computer after reading every book published on the subject.  However, I prefer my reading matter to be more light-hearted - something enjoyable and in no way work related.  Anyway, the site is up and running and I would be grateful if you would check it out sometime.

I am now going to have another crack at my novel, I have no idea what is going on there. Now the women are having a row. I hadn't expected that, so I am in no way ready to cope with it, so I have been putting off the evil moment of trying to sort it out and decide where they are going to go from here. All this has been going on behind my back while I have been enjoying a book called Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. It is a really good read. I recommend it if you are looking for something to keep your attention. I didn't want to put it down, which is how I abandoned my ladies and allowed them to get into the mess they're in now

But before all that, I'll have to come back to earth and peg out the washing. There's always something to bring you down when you're on a high, isn't there?

Have a good day,


Monday, 17 October 2011

New Website!!

I have just set up a new website for The Trojan Project in readiness for its re-publication later this year. I must tell you that I have done this all on my own and that this an achievment in itself.

I spent all morning fiddling and phaffing around, clicking on this, deleting that until I was almost blue in the face. I lost stuff, and then found stuff, I didn't even know I had. But I got there in the end. At least I hope I have. My fingers are crossed that it is all still there when someone logs on and that I didn't wipe the whole thing when I left. 

If anyone would like to visit this new site then the address is:

I would also be grateful if you would pass on this rivetting piece of news, because I really need all the help I can get.

Have a great day!!


Thursday, 13 October 2011

Catching Up!

I think this must be catch up day. I have just realised that it has been a few days since I left any blogs. The problem is, everything seems to have been very quiet in my life and I don't really have anything much to blog about. Not for the beginning of the week, anyway. However, yesterday my friend and I took the bus from Jedburgh to Newcastle. This meant I had to get up extra early, as we have to drive the ten miles to Jedburgh to catch the bus at around 9 o'clock.

Okay, you are all thinking that 9am isn't so bad. Well I'm afraid it is for me. In the mornings I need to get my head around things before embarking on the world, even if there isn't much going on in my day. For a start, I need to take my pills and read the newspaper with the TV blasting out the Breakfast News behind me. After the pills are washed down, I then have a cup of tea and continue to read the paper, only glancing at the TV if someone special is going to enlighten the world with their wisdom. (Which doesn't happen very often) Or if someone like Johnny Depp makes an appearance. This ritual is written in stone and must take place before I even think about taking a shower and getting dressed. Therefore rushing this regime is doomed to failure. So you see, to be able to do all this before rushing out for a bus, means I have to get up extra early and getting up extra early is not really me.

Anyway, we had a great day in Newcastle. I say 'day' in Newcastle, but it is only a few hours, as we have to be on the bus again by 2pm to come back to Jedburgh. Nevertheless, we did get around quite a few shops and had a giggle at the same time, so we plan to do it again sometime in the coming weeks.

Today we went to the new Sainsbury's supermarket. The town has been waiting for this to happen for over ten years. Why has it taken so long? Won't go into that, but I'll simply say that the town is rejoicing at last. The store is large with lovely wide aisles and plenty of stock to choose from. Wonderful stuff!!

I can't remember whether I mentioned that I have ordered some magnetic calendars to promote my novel. There will be a picture of the new book cover next to a calender for 2012. If anyone has any suggestions where to send these calendars to get the best possible notice, I would be grateful.

Have a good day,


Sunday, 9 October 2011

Friendly Blogger Award

I have just been awarded the Friendly Blogger Award by Teresa Ashby.
 A big thank you, Teresa. How nice of you to think of me. I would also like to award the Friendly Blogger on to several other people, who blog regularly. I can name a few, but if any of you would like to pick it up, then please do so.
Pat Newcombe, Linda Lewis, and Vee. Stop by their blogs and see what they have to say.  However, all those blogs shown at the right-hand side of my page are good, so drop by those, too. (And if they would like to pick up the award, then please do so - you deserve it.)


Saturday, 8 October 2011

Sins of the Father

Last night my husband and I went to see the play, Sins of the Father, written by Tom Murray. It is currently doing a tour of the Scottish Borders. The play has a cast of two and lasts for about seventy minutes.

A man and a woman meet in a remote cottage. Why are they there? How do they know each other?  What is the history that brings these two people together? To answer any of those questions would be to give away the plot, which I am not going to do. Instead, what I am going to do, is to suggest you all go along to a venue near you and check it out for yourself.

Below is a list of venues where you can still see the play.

Sins of the Father by Tom Murray with Lesley Hart as Emma and Jordan Young as Robert.

Lesley's stage work includes Future Proof a 2011 Edinburgh Fringe first at the Traverse. Other work includes:
I Was a Beautiful Day,  Shimmer and Outlying Islands. Film and Television work include Casualty, Fast Romance and Taggart.

Jordan’s stage work includes Black Watch and Gagarin Way. TV work includes Rab C Nesbitt and Legit.

Directed by John Carnegie. Scenery and Costumes designed by Gregory Smith.

'The winds batter a remote cottage in the Borders. Emma enters this 'animals' lair' for her long planned encounter with its owner, Robert.Years before, the worlds of Robert's father and Emma's mother collided in a way that would affect their children's lives forever. Today, that situation is going to be resolved.'

Tense, passionate, edge-of-the-seat theatre, Tom Murray's involving drama was joint winner of the inaugural Rowan Tree Playwrighting


Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Saturday 8 October 7.30pm

Box Office: 01750 725777 & online

Village Hall, Smailholm
Sunday 9 October 7.30pm

Tickets: Smailholm Pottery 01573 460 666 & online at

Biggar Corn Exchange
Wednesday 12 October 7.30pm
or on the door

Carlops Community Hall
Thursday 13 October 7.30pm
Tickets: Carlops PO or on the door & online at

Coldstream Community Centre
Friday 14 October 7.30pm
Tickets: Clark's Newsagents, Coldstream
or on the door & online at

Wauchope Hall, Town Yetholm
Sat 15 October 7.30pm
Tickets:Yetholm Village Shop 01573 420366 & online at

Monday, 3 October 2011

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday passed rather quietly. Nothing happened, not that very much happens here on a Saturday, but this week, nothing even tried to happen. Altogether it was a rather deadpan of a day.

Sunday, was different. On Sunday, we went out to lunch with the MS Society. It is a chance for a natter and to find out what is going on in other people's worlds.  But more than that, the meal is planned, cooked and served by someone else!!  Not that I make a drama out of making meals anymore - no, those days have long gone. The least said on that the better.  Nevertheless, it is still nice to have someone else plan the whole thing  for a change.

The lunch itself was very nice, though rather slow in being served, but a couple of glasses of wine helped to stop us all noticing that! I had Roast Beef followed by Lemon Cheesecake.  The Cheesecake was delicious, really lemony.  My friend, who likes everything to be very strong-flavoured, would have been very impressed.

We chatted with our friends, before, during,  and after the meal, as it was the first time we had met up in a while, so we had rather a lot of catching up to do.

Now we are back to Monday again and one day this week we will have to go for our Flu injections. Not something to make your socks roll up and down, but if it helps to keep the Flu away, I will go with the flow...

Hope your day flows well,