Sunday, June 29, 2014

East Perthshire Churchyards

Saturday, June 21, 2014

"You're just a butterfly." *

Whenever they try and find me
They find me where I am not -
I'm hither and yon
I'm there and gone
I'm Johnny not on the spot - **

Bit of a busy time.  If my mother were here, she would tell me it's too busy, but she was an outrageously busy person - I figure I learned from the best.

Back to Blairgowrie High School for a delightfully warm welcome from students and a really exciting meeting with the Art Department, then on to 1-to-1 writing clinics, then up to Inverness for a writing workshop at the fabulous Eden Court - today, off to Kirkmichael for a BOOKMARK Meet the Authors event - then, heading out on Monday for a photo shoot over Dumfries and Galloway way, for Wigtown Book Festival's next authors-as-characters calendar with that amazing photographer Kim Ayres.  Thanks to a kind loan from the Blairgowrie Players, I have nearly finished assembling my Old Sophie *** costume.  My fellow model of gorgeousness will be Renita Boyle, as Turnip Head ***.  (I will tell more about this adventure later, though for the final image, you'll have to wait till the calendar's unveiling later in the year.)  And in between, from car and train, great swathes of iconic Scottish summer landscape to look at.

As well as actual places, I can be found in several virtual places as well -

A Friday Spark
An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
Girls Heart Books

Which is why I chose for this blog's title those immortal words from Bringing up Baby -

"You're just a butterfly." *

If you haven't watched/re-watched any of these movies lately, do yourself a favour!




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Evening Skies

Driving back from a busy and successful evening writing workshop with the Blairwriters this week, I admit I was pretty wabbit.  (It's no secret I wear out by about 5:00 in the afternoon normally - and that commuting that isn't coming down the stairs in my jammies is new to me!)  But there was an enormous bonus to being out and about - in the sky ... 

First, coming up over the big hill between Blairgowrie and home -

 and then, looking back over Dundee - 

Totally perked me up again!

And, elsewhere, you can find me on the BOOKMARK website with another Friday Spark, and on my new blog Reading Bus Patron - you're welcome to visit!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

P4B - You ROCK!

Class P4B at Dalry Primary in Edinburgh are studying Slightly Jones and the Case of the London Dragonfish this term - and they invited me to come and visit -

What can I say?  It was utterly and absolutely ACE!!!!  Many thanks to them and their fabulous teacher Christie Turnbull - great class, great school, great day!

Cheers, Joan.

P.S. Oh, and I've a post over on The History Girls this week, if you fancied having a look -