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Literary Lark

A grey and gusty morning here, spitting with damp rain and the weather in full autumnal mode. Soon the leaves will start to brown and fall, indeed those on the occasional horse chestnuts around here already have. It is time to pick my apples before they rot; I doubt they will grow bigger but may need a little more time to become soft.

A wood pigeon, a little thin and with a foxy face like an craggy schoolmaster, was on the bird table this morning, barking at the sparrows who were trying to muscle in on his breakfast. They are a flock of forty of fifty now the sparrows, the fruits of this summer's nesting. Teenage birds that howl around in a gang of fluttery wings, squabbling with each other, but generally having fun. Some seem very small but are among the most feisty. Yet I fear many will fall by the wayside during the winter.

Two pieces of literary fortune yesterday. First I heard that the National Trust want to take my book on Tinkinswood and sell it in their local shop which is only a couple of hundred yards from the Tinkinswood cairn itself. That is most excellent news and perhaps at last there will be some appreciation of what the Neolithic builders achieved.

And then an email from Alexandra who was one of my hosts in Lorient and who works as a translator to say that she had read my 'Russian Chocolate Maker's Lover' novel and wanted to translate it into French! She even sent me the first chapter to show her work. All I can say is that it reads much better in French than in English, though it is still too sentimental. But of course she can go ahead. You never know, next time you are looking for something to read on the platforms of the 'Gare du Nord' you may come across 'L'Amante du Chocolatier Russe.' Or what I would really like for it to become - a film. It would make a good film, though I say it myself.

And on the strength of that I sat down and wrote Muddie's homework which has come in as 600 rather than 500 words. Oh dear! It is only a skeleton as it is. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 11th Sep 2018 - 08:23AM   Posted by Fennie   Literary Lark Comments: 9

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This is what was going through my mind when I wrote Muddie's story. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Sep 2018 at 08:33AM

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Camilla's Avatar Hi Fennie, thanks for posting for the larks.

Miss my sparrows we used to get soo many in the garden at my previous house.

Well done with the books Fennie, wonderful news.! I always thought too that RCML book would make an amazing film, fingers crossed it happens. Who would you have as Elizabeth and her lover acting the parts I wonder ?

Have not popped over to the homework page yet so will see what the pic above is relevant to.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2018 at 01:14PM

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Fennie's Avatar I haven't posted the story yet Camilla. But swinging a propeller to start an aircraft engine is part of it. This is something that I have actually done but I am staggered to learn that the job is now shrouded in training courses and 'Health and Safety.' I was just told to do it. Probably about 17 at the time. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Sep 2018 at 02:27PM

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Camilla's Avatar Well I think the story will sell even more hot cakes in French Fennie, let us know how all goes.

So much goes into Health & Safety these days Fennie, how different from years ago.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2018 at 03:45PM

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Camilla's Avatar So the book you are taking paragraph from in homework and then continuing on in your own words/story must be to do with Areoplanes Fennie.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2018 at 03:53PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I should think we all did things at 17 that would now be shrouded in heath and safety. Laughing
I shall have to go home and find a novel - not an easy task in our house - lot's of books but little fiction.

Glad to hear your Tinkinswood book is finding a new outlet, it was fascinating.
Did you see the "Hidden Britain by drone" programme special on the parch-marks that showed up this summer? There's been quite a bit of Neolithic shown up as well as newer stuff.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 11th Sep 2018 at 04:08PM

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Fennie's Avatar No the paragraph is this

‘I think the time has come,’ was all she said and from her tone of voice I knew further questioning would be useless.

(Page 101 first para of Restless by William Boyd, paperback edition, on bookshelf in office). Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Sep 2018 at 05:23PM

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Fennie's Avatar Glad you like the book, FN. I don't know (because I haven't looked) whether the same measurement units apply in Scotland, but I expect so. Are there any burial cairns lying on a circle of 15 kilometre radius whose centre is a river mouth?Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Sep 2018 at 05:26PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I'll have to get a map out and draw some circles Fennie.Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 12th Sep 2018 at 10:05AM

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