Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Back Home and Back In Business

Well, more or less *g*. This is the view across the Aire and Worth dales, overlooking Keighley, taken from the bus stop by St Mary's Church. I was staying in a house a few minutes walk from the church, all of it uphill. P's front garden path has the nickname of the North Face of the Eiger, and is not to be attempted in icy and/or snowy conditions.

Luckily, by the crafty use of preventative magic [I'd packed those spiky things you clip on over your shoes to stop you sliding on packed snow/ice, just in case, so of course it didn't snow] the weather stayed unseasonably warm.

As well as socialising with a longtime friend for a couple of weeks, I also took care of her two cats, freeing her up to spend a week visiting another mutual friend over in Cheshire. Tarry [Tarantella and Odile] Dilly are two retired Russian Blue breeding queens, litter sisters, and very difficult to tell apart. Tarry very kindly grew two white whiskers so I could identify her.

It wasn't all holiday. I finished the final draft of Fox Hunt and sent it to Manifold Press [they'd accepted it on the strength of an earlier draft], and I received the first round of edits this morning. It should be released on February 1st 2012.

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