Wednesday, 19 March 2014


Today I'm over on  where I'm talking about inspiration and mysterious lakes like this

And I'd like you to drop by and tell me about places which inspire you...

Monday, 17 March 2014


I love St Patrick's Day.  When I was little, a brown paper package ("tied up with string") was sent over from Ireland, containing masses of shamrock.  For some reason it doesn't grow in England - though that didn't stop us trying, year after year.  
I also had a brooch in the shape of a beautiful golden harp ("The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls").
So I'll leave you with that particular tune, which I guarantee you'll know….


Tuesday, 4 March 2014


One of the most beautiful places I've ever visited is the Cinque Terre - consisting of five exquisite little villages which cling to the rugged coastline of the Italian Riveria.  
It's difficult to access by car (which I love) - but the train takes you straight there, and after that you can board one of the boats which hop from village to village.  
(Read some of the quotes about this magical place here)

This is Vernazza, which you can also reach by foot - to be greeted with a view like this….

Make your way down into the Central Casting surroundings of the village and feast on fresh fish, as the sun warms your skin and your eyes focus in dazed disbelief on the dazzling view.  

If you're interested on a day-trip like this - sandwiched in between learning how to write best-selling romance while sitting in a rose-garden beneath the mountains - then go to where you'll find a couple of places left on my northern Tuscan course, May 2014.

Go on.  Get booking.  You'd be mad to miss it…