I’m off here…

to The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.


For this….


Usually when the festival comes round, I’m as excited as an apple fanboi who’s just been given free reign and an unlimited budget in an apple store, this year not so much due to recent events.

That said, it will prove a great distraction for the next few days, and I will be exactly where I need to be right now, which is amongst my friends.

I think coming home will be the hardest part and I am likely to fall harder and faster than same said apple fanboi, getting his credit line cut five minutes into his first shop. I’m not sure how I am going to cope getting back to an empty flat, with no yowly little bugger to perk me back up again..


Annoying the boyfriend

by getting him addicted to something that is notoriously ‘girlie’ in his eyes, but is so calming, productive and when stretching your sights can be transformed into a fabulous wall display.

What is it? oh yes….. Tapestry

This is his first solo effort. The boy done good.


Furniture shopping

Sitting on sofa’s, chairs, recliners, and more.

Standard backs, scatter backs, foam cushions, soft cushions, leather, fabric, or mixed, arm chairs, two seaters, three seaters, or corners, foot stool or pouffe?

I’ve seen and tried them all……


In the end we settled for a smaller version of this….

Now we just have to wait six weeks for it to arrive!

The Perpetual Motion Squad

Sorry, not Leonard’s Physics Bowl team from TBBT, but more the team of Boo and I at Crimefest.

Kick started by the delightful Matt Hilton, and his gregarious wife Denise, we sat on Saturday morning at a table in the hotel bar’s patio area, and we didn’t move. Over the course of the day, as people came and went from panels, discussions, lunches, agent meetings and other such demands, the group sat around us was in a constant state of flux, and it made for a quite simply the best experience of the weekend.

Conversation topics were hugely varied, highly entertaining, and even heatedly debated, with a diverse range of opinion, and discussion.

So I would like to say thank you to

Matt Hilton
Denise Hilton
Shiela Quigley
KJ Wignall
Simon Kernick
Steve Mosby
Lee Child
Damien Seaman
Kate Kinchen
Vincent Holland-Keen

and to everyone else who joined a our team for some part of the day and made our weekend as fabulous as ever.