Autumn Equinox catch up

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Hello my dear friends,

I hope you are all well and that you all enjoyed Spring, Summer and the Autumn Equinox, wherever you are!

Here life is like the tide. In and out. Gentle rolling waves. Storms. Winds. Then deep, blue and calm again. My thoughts and ideas are like seagulls. Sometimes they blend in the scenery, with just a few passing comments. Sometimes they shout too loud or steal my chips.

Octopus’s Garden

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I just finished an octopus, to play with Boy’s fleet of pirate ships.

I finished it this afternoon while drinking cups of tea, eating vanilla sponge cake and listening to Mozart (Pure moment of bliss…) while Paul was trying to build a 2000 pieces nano Lego Titanic model and Boy was playing with his new pirate ships.

Pirates of the British Isles

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Pirate Boys

We had a busy Halloween last night! Without eating any candy at all (without counting the chocolate coins in the booty, right?)

running pirate

I could tell you all about the fantastic firework display we saw, and the fact that I loved how it was synchronised with music, like with the ‘This is Halloween’ song from The Nightmare Before Christmas. It worked perfectly. Obviously it was the right song to play for Halloween night, but also the way the fireworks were going off synchronised with the singing voices made for a scattered, slightly erratic and whimsical display. I really loved it!

But you may be more interested in the Pirate Night we went to afterwards, in one of the local pubs in our town…

Collaboration: A beer with Carol!

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For those of you who don’t know yet, Carol and I are having virtual coffees together. It all started with an idea in the comment thread of one of her posts, and then it took shape at the end of this post of mine. Carol responded on her blog here. The idea is to have virtual coffee chats together, and explore a different approach to writing. I hope you will enjoy reading our chats as much as I enjoy writing them! Feel free to join in the conversation in the comments below!

Good Evening Carol!

Although I don’t really drink that much at all, I happen to be having a coconut beer tonight, while reading your post :)

So instead of a chat over coffee, it’s a bit more like a chat over a beer, I hope you don’t mind?

If I was having a chat with you in a cozy english pub right now, I hope we would be sitting by the fire and that the pub isn’t too noisy (it’s Friday night after all!).


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Last week, Boy discovered to his amazement that there was, somewhere on the face of this earth a Pirate Beastie. He’s blue. And He’s a pirate. He has a wooden leg and a parrot on his shoulder, and he has a skull and cross bones on his pirate hat. Boy couldn’t believe it!

Boy decided right there that He should adopt him.

And this is why I don’t have a sat nav…

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But the truth of the matter is, there are more maps in the world than anyone can count. Every person draws a map that shows themselves at the center.

— By Catherynne M. Valente, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

I have lots and lots of maps in my head. Maps with shortcuts and scenic routes, in various parts of different countries… Secret beaches with abandoned chapels in the dunes or secret spots where you can park for free in many towns and cities, hidden speed cameras or stunning view points. I have maps for good dog walks, organic shops hidden in the Ashdown Forest or tucked away in obscure parts of London. Maps to get to remote sea side villages in Spain or in India or how to get to the run way of Gatwick airport. Abandoned derelict factories, secret surf spots, ghost towns and disused old skate parks from the 70’s, the best basque cakes in the entire galaxy… It’s all mapped somewhere in my head!