Slippers in the rain

One week ago, we left darling Giuseppina in a secure ward. We’re still sad, but resigned, and we know she will be cared for in her new home.
This week has thrown up gifts, as if to console. Clearing out possessions so we can let her house to pay for her care, we lingered over photos that revived memories of happy times: family gatherings, albums of baby photographs, letters and cards we sent her in the past. We found plenty of mysterious pictures and postcards from unknown senders; part of a period in life that, rightly so, shall remain locked with her. We came across an invitation issued in 1944 from a Lieutenant Colonel Mannington at the Military Hospital in Urbino, her home city. That was the evening she met her British husband-to-be and the start of a “storia”, as the Italian beautifully describes our word for romance. IMG_3648

I am pleased I wrote some of her story in my first novel, “Tuscan Roots”. This week, the cover for that book won an award. Pam Lecky’s cover award

I became a cover girl too! To my surprise, and delight, whilst shopping in our local supermarket,  I saw my name featured on the front of a woman’s magazine, “The People’s Friend”, advertising a story I wrote. I also took part  last Sunday in the Portsmouth Book Fest on a panel chaired by CHINDI authors – a fab group of independent authors that I am proud to belong to. These were both firsts for me and I was delighted and took them as messages, or prompts.IMG_3725

Before “I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit…” as Jenny Joseph warns, there is still so much to do and learn. So many doors to open.




About Angela Petch

Bit of a story dreamer, written two novels - a third in progress. I love my little family and in no particular order afterwards: Italian culture, food, wine, walking everywhere I can and especially in the Apennines, East Africa, tennis when I can, reading, reading and more reading. So much to discover still before I die.
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8 Responses to Slippers in the rain

  1. I am having a great time looking for pictures of Tuscany for my next book cover. Looking at the other three I find two of them have sky in the top third so that the title stands out. There are so many lovely choices that are in landscape, not portrait, but I’ve found two. That’s the trouble with a series. You have to make the cover designs at least a little similar.
    My alternative is a window box but all the ones I have seen have the wrong flowers!


  2. Vivienne Jones says:

    Love this poem, have a framed copy in my den. When my mother in law died a couple of years ago we had the bittersweet experience of going through her memories.


    • Angela Petch says:

      It’s sad and beautiful at the same time, Vivienne. It also makes me realise that life is for living and, to get on with it. Thanks for your comment. x


  3. Enjoyed your post and loved that you ended it with the photo of the partly opened door. What awaits you next?

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    • Angela Petch says:

      Jena, I have another Tuscan idea – a third and final part to my two other Tuscan novels. It involves the ruins of country building and the stories they hold. In the meantime, I am 7/8 through a writer’s draft of a very English novella. What are you working on? Thanks for reading my blog, Jena. x

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  4. jessiecahalin says:

    It is wonderful that mother-in-law has left you with memories to treasure and another narrative trail. Congratulations on your continued success with The People’s Friend. Imagine how much fun your grandchildren will have, one day, when they read your novels, blog posts and short stories.

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    • Angela Petch says:

      Thanks, Jessie. I thought that the other day. Books last after we have gone, don’t they? Social history with a pinch of fiction. And I wrote “Now and Then in Tuscany” to record a local Tuscan tradition that no longer exists. Thanks for reading my blog. x


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