No words today. 11th November…
Great blog by Jessie Cahalin…
Introducing the engaging, children’s writer, Caz Greenham and her collection of seafaring adventures. Who doesn’t love Eric Seagull? Dear readers, I’m delighted to present an extract from my third children’s book in “The Adventures of Eric Seagull ‘Storyteller’” 3-book-series. ‘The Christmas Circus’. The extract below is taken from one of the many short chapters, making…
I write a lot inside my head while out walking my 2 cocker spaniels, Lucy and Rosie. I don’t plan out whole chapters, but, I do hear complete conversations between my characters. It’s no wonder I smile a lot when I’m walking near my home in South Devon.
By the time I get home, prepared a light lunch and feed the dogs, I quickly get those thoughts down on paper, before they fizzle out of my brain: scribbled on one of my many notepads ready to add to my ms later. Mind you, once I boot up the Applemac computer, the ideas and notions that buzzed around inside my head while walking the dogs usually flood back with no effort at all.
My books are set in Brixham where I live, which mean I do my research into place names etc. I often get through a thousand words or more a day.
One of the views from my office window
So where is this place I’m inspired to write the next best seller? Brixham o’course. (photos by me)
Our sunny terrace
Our garden has many visitors of the feathery kind. Sparrows, wood pigeons, the occasional robin, blackbirds. Living near the sea, it’s inevitable to see the occasional seagull or three. Often on next-door’s flat roof. They wouldn’t get away with perching on ours…the dogs wouldn’t allow that! Oh no! I love flowers, don’t you?
A few shots of my ‘borders’ below. Taken by moi!
I love living in Torbay. Only a short stroll and I’ve got the most amazing sea views. (Husband in the red shorts, by the way)
At precisely 8pm each evening we can hear the church bells ringing out at St. All Saints Church, about half-a-mile away. The poem (put to music) ‘Abide With Me’ ~ there’s so much history here in Brixham.
Of course I had a huge amount of inspiration for my three books “The Adventures of Eric Seagull ‘Storyteller’” (click the link for more about my books) right here in Brixham Bay. Most seagulls here are called Eric! I wonder why?
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I’m currently writing book 4. It’s not an Eric Seagull book, but I can tell you it’s for children from 9 – 14, also set here in Brixham Bay.
When I’m taking a break from writing, I go with my husband or family to one of our favourite restaurants overlooking the sea. I love eating out. No cooking!
My dogs Lucy and Rosie are never far from my side. They sleep in a big armchair a step or two from my (quite posh) leather swivel chair and minty green glass desk. Yes, I do like comfort when I’m writing, don’t I? And why not! When I take a photo, I’ll add it here. So drop back here for a look!
When I was at school, yonks ago, ‘she loves to daydream’ were the usual comments written at the bottom of my school report. And to that, I say, ‘well, hasn’t that daydreaming come in handy, Teacher?’ I still enjoy daydreaming. How else would I have managed to write 3 books? Nuff said.
I do, however, get a lot of writing done: my husband brings me tea and biscuits and peeps over my shoulder making sure that I’m actually writing, and not wasting time on twitter or facebook…
Isn’t he stunning? I’ve named this garden visitor Vic. Well, I say visitor loosely. ‘Vic’ lives in the middle border of my garden enjoying the best coverage with ‘Creeping Jenny” an evergreen ground covering plant. He shares his home with frogs 🐸 big and small. Readers: Does anyone know if Vic is a toad or frog. I think toad. He doesn’t leap or hop. He struts! And boy oh boy can he strut his stuff!
I’ve adored frogs ever since I was a child. Our family garden was ‘alive’ with newts, frogs, toads, hedgehogs, enormous 🦉 owls: the owls lived at the bottom of the garden and would fly in for the bacon 🥓 rind my mum hung in the trellis outside the kitchen window. We kids would wait in the kitchen, lights off, and in he would swoop! Beautiful creature.
🐭 Mice! Now that’s a different matter. I’m scared of the little blighters. And that’s the very reason I created 🐭 Mouse Herbie. He appears in all my books. You can see more about my books here:
The Adventures of Eric Seagull ‘Storyteller’ 3-book-series, set in beautiful Brixham Bay! Click the cover for more detail.
Thanks for dropping by today.
I read somewhere that there’s a story behind the photo. And so it goes… Harper Collins UK made this postbox so that those who work in the building could post kind notes to each other: to coincide with publication of that little book on kindness. A lovely idea, don’t you think?
I’m a Lazy Baker. I always use frozen pastry.
Makes 16 mince pies, depending on the thickness of your pastry, naturally.
You will need:
- 375g plain flour
- 260g butter (softened)
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- Jar of mincemeat
Recipe: (Homemade pastry or of course cheat and buy frozen, as I do)
- Pre-heat the oven to 220°C or Gas mark 7
- Chop the butter into small cubes, and place into a large mixing bowl with the flour and mix together using your hands.
- Work the lumps of butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
- Mix in the sugar and one egg, folding it together to bring it together.
- Pop it in the fridge and allow to chill for about 10 – 15 minutes
- Once chilled, lightly flour a work surface (I use a large wooden board) and sprinkle some over your rolling pin
- Roll out the pasty to approximately 2-3mm thick
- Using a pastry cutter (I prefer a metal cutter) cut 16 circles roughly 10cm in diameter
- Place these into your non stick cake/bun tin and push down lightly into the base
- Spoon 2tsp of mincemeat into each one. The mincemeat should fill the pie leaving adequate pastry around the edge for you to seal the lid to – about 5mm
- Beat an egg in a cup and use to brush lightly around the edges of each pie
- Using a smaller pastry cutter cut the lids for each pie.
- Place the lids onto each pie and crimp together the edges with your fingers and seal the pie
- Brush each lid with beaten egg, sprinkle lightly with sugar (I prefer brown sugar) and make a small cut in the lid to allow steam to escape – you don’t want your lovely pies to explode in the oven.
- Cook for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Carefully remove them from the oven using an oven glove, and allow to cool.
- They are delicious warm with clotted cream or hot thick creamy custard. Or on their own, of course!
IT is quintessentially English – and yet the scone is something the country as a whole simply can’t agree about.
So, is it Sc-oa-ne for you, or Scon? I know that it’s always been a Sc-oa-ne for me and my family.
Living in Devon, as I do, it’s always clotted cream on first, followed by a huge dollop of strawberry jam. And that is how it is. Unless, of course, you live or come from Cornwall. Then, it’s jam on first, followed by cream.
Is it that important?
It’s not just the argument about whether to spread the cream or jam first. Now, there’s an even more contentious question – how to pronounce the word scone.
If one isn’t from a posh background, it seems to be scoane! If one is posh, it’s definitely scon; as in gone! Where a person is from, or their social standing, also determines how we pronounce our English scone. So, which is it for you?
Thank you for dropping by today. Before you go off for a Cream Tea, do drop by my Amazon Author page to view my books.
Our four-legged furry friends never cease to make me smile. Love the cocker spaniel wearing his trilby hat.
Today, while my two besties, Lucy and Rosie, were enjoying a wash and brush-up at A1 Dog Groomers here in Brixham, I took delight in snapping a few photos: With the owners permission, naturally!
Firstly, let me introduce you to my girls…who said dogs don’t smile? Oh yes they do. Here’s my Lucy-dog…smiling for my lens.
Below, my Rosie…the frog hunter. She’s never caught a frog, nor would she. When frogs appear late at night in the garden, Rosie simply stands and stares. We see you Rosie…behind the shrubs.
Not a bit camera-shy!
Above and below. Nap time!
Loving a paddle
Dogs of Brixham
You’re just too cute. These cocker spaniels are besties, spending the day in Brixham. Love the shades!😎 (I offered to edit-out the owner, but, he too was happy to smile for my lens). Thank you.
And not far away, along the cobbled pathway opposite the harbour and enjoying the coolness of the shade… this friendly Golden Retriever’s warm smile made my day, while his little buddy wasn’t too sure what all the fuss was about.
Oozing with doggy character. And so friendly too!
Below: Behind that adorable face hid the deepest growl
Nice pirate hat
Little and large! Happy to say hi!
Lively brown and white Springer Spaniel who just loves the sea
Below: The most loving and obedient dog I’ve ever met. She’s gorgeous. Loves doggy gravy bones! Brixham’s local girl.
And now… After a feast of sardines and doggy biscuits, my girls Lucy and Rosie looking pretty dapper after their bath and tidy up earlier, they were ready for a nap.
Thank you for dropping by. Before you go, you may like to treat the kids to a book or 3… mine of course 😘 View more detail on Amazon, here: The Adventures of Eric Seagull ‘Storyteller’
Caz xx 😘
A tale often told to me by my Grandmother.
Sharing my sunny terrace with you all today. Stunning colours. Heaven’s scents. Marvellous. While you admire the colours, plants, roses, and o’course my dogs who are never far away, I’m off to make a jug of pimms 💕🍷🍷
My Garden Diary
I’m definitely a summer person. Are you? What’s your favourite time of year?
Thanks for visiting today. You can read about my books here too… use the menu above.. Caz