Saturday, April 07, 2012

I'm in Love!

It's official - I'm in love with Turnberry!

I knew that being invited to take part in the second Turnberry Children's Book Event was a very nice thing - a lovely way to round off a busy author visit season - a bit of west coast mojo to set me up for The Great Bookwriting Sprint I have planned for next week - but heavens to Betsy and blimey O'Riley, it was MORE!

From the wonderfully polite and literate notice on the golf course, to the story-telling skills of the young man who showed me my room and explained about Ailsa Craig and the Irish giants, to the concierge who smiled benignly when I told him about my cunning plan to unscrew the number on my door and stay forever, writing books and only emerging for beach walks and breakfast (oh, my, breakfast!). And THEN (the reason I was there, after all) a fully-booked Slightly Jones session with the nicest group of kids you could hope to meet on a fine spring day ... as the man said, "Bliss it was" indeed.

Thank you, Turnberry, for having me, and thanks also to my friend from Edinburgh Blackwells who sold books so elegantly and well and only briefly had mayonnaise on her nose (and then only in the privacy of her own lunch). I will stop waxing rhapsodic now and leave you with some photos that, really, say it all.

P.S. Can anyone tell what bird this is? I got two photos of it - one with a perfectly focused tail and everything else fuzzy, and this one, with a fuzzy tail. I don't recognise it at all and would love to know! Thanks!


At 3:55 AM, Blogger Joan Lennon said...

In the midst of all the oooo-ing I forgot to mention that also taking part were, in alphabetical order, Ross Collins, Alison Murray, and Chae Strathie. Packed events, every one!

At 7:41 AM, Blogger Penny Dolan said...

Hope you haven't died and gone to heaven to be reporting all this! Or fibbing your head off! Sounds just so wonderful - and good to know the The Cambridge Mummy & Slightly's other adventures had a suitably impressive setting. Am off to look up the website. Before moving North of the Border. How comes you organise things so much better up there in Scotland?

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Mavis said...

Hi Joan - Glad you had a great time - your bird is a male stonechat.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Joan Lennon said...

Turnberry's pretty exceptional, any side of a border!
And thanks, Mavis - stonechats are new to me!

At 9:13 PM, Blogger roger said...

It's a nice post. But i couldn't find out what bird it is.

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