With the festive season finally upon us, ten of the twenty five tonnes of gravel shifted by hand as the motorised wheelbarrow decided to pack up on us for a couple of days, and not one but two Christmas cakes to marzipan and ice, I’m taking a couple of weeks break from Blogging.
Also you’ll all be off to various social events of your own, eating yourselves into a turkey and pigs-in-blankets stupor, over-indulging in the fizz of your choice (which I hope I’ve influenced you enough over the year to make it Prosecco) and enjoying the odd lie-in as you relish the fact that you have a couple of days holiday from work. You’re probably not going to have time to switch on your laptop, tablet or phone to catch up on the goings on over here anyway.
But, if you really feel you’ll miss your weekly dose of all things Ligurian, don’t worry, there is a solution …
… the latest edition of A Place in the Sun magazine (Winter 2017) has a wonderful four page article on living in Liguria. It is brilliantly put together, has some great observations about life in the Ligurian countryside, is fabulously entertaining … and it’s been written by none other than … me!
I’ve been enjoying writing my Blog so much that I approached a couple of magazines and asked them to look at my writing style to see if it had any potential and A Place in the Sun offered me the opportunity to write a piece for their next issue, despite me being a new writer.
This was back in October, and after receiving a few pointers from the editor, creating a first draft for comments and amendments, and then a final submission it was all over.
I’ve been waiting with bated breath and with my lips sealed (not a good combination!) so as not to spill the beans to anyone since, but with the magazine finally now on sale in the shops I can broadcast from the rooftops … or even just my laptop … that I am now a published writer!
As well as the four page article in there, I’ve even got an entry on the Contributors list at the bottom of Page 3 where I’m introduced as ‘Our blogging renovator …’ but the thing I’m most proud of is that the photo from the first page of my article is also the front cover of the entire magazine!
So in a couple of weeks time when your finger hovers over that mouse pad or screen and you realise that there isn’t a Post to read over the Christmas period, take yourself down to the newsagents (be honest, the fresh air and the walk will probably do you good after the second helping of Christmas pudding) and buy yourself a copy of the magazine.