A change

They say a change is as good as a rest. It’s hard work packing up to leave the country for six months. And to drive one thousand miles from West Sussex to Tuscany. But we enjoy it, despite the laden car packed to the gunnels, as if we are leaving forever.2019 car

Taking coals to Newcastle???

We took an extra day this year and stayed near Colmar in Alsace. Our chambre, overlooking the snow-capped range of the Vosges Ballons, was in the home of Luc and Marie-Helene. We managed a friendly hour or two with them, conversing in our school French. What a lovely couple. They gave us a couple more tomato plants to add to those Maurice had packed. (He grows his from seeds he collects from his Italian tomatoes and starts them off on our kitchen window ledge in England). I don’t like to get political on social media, but I do believe that if there were more inter-cultural exchanges like our mini-break, there would be fewer wars and certain attitudes over the B word (notice I don’t actually spell it out), would be modified. (I fully realise I am simplifying matters, but maybe we need to sometimes. Our country is in a dreadful tangle at present.) Entente cordiale springs to mind, as a solution.
That apart, we wandered around the quaint town of Colmar, admiring the colours of the wooden buildings that look like gingerbread houses and trying local wine and cheeses. Having a day off in the middle of our journey helps breaks up the driving.

However, this year I have final edits to do by May 8th for “The Tuscan Secret”, which comes out mid-June. So, I couldn’t relax completely. I feel as if I know the book off by heart now, having gone through structural, line, copy and finally, proof edits so many times. It’s amazing where you can work, when needs must.

 

On the channel ferry and on the Swiss roads

I can’t wait to get back into writing the sequel, but if it all goes pear-shaped and the books don’t sell, I shall continue to write my short stories. As if to console me, after hearing the news from my editor at Bookouture that they need to tweak my book description, because the pre-orders are not amazing, I received an e mail as we drove through Switzerland from my other editor at the People’s Friend. The magazine has bought two more of my stories and also want to feature me on Author of the Week in the May 18th issue. If I could have leapt about with joy, I would have, but I was firmly strapped into my car seat as we drove through the Swiss valleys. Perhaps I should have tried yodelling instead. (Perhaps not).
We have a lot to do before our first guests arrive at the end of the month to stay in our converted watermill. The place needs spring cleaning plus a lick of fresh paint and the garden needs pruning and taming. Just as with my edits, I have more cutting back to do, and plants need moving to different beds. All very reminiscent of the structural edits I have had to do, moving chapters around and deleting passages superfluous to the plot. Wish me luck, please.

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About Angela Petch

Bit of a story dreamer, written four novels - a fifth to be published on April 7th 2021. 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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11 Responses to A change

  1. Lovely post, makes me feel a real stick-in-the-mud but we have our new passports and are looking forward to visiting Martin in his Italian villa sometime. He’s busy promoting his new book “Scooterboys, the lost tribe.” They will probably sell in the hundreds, or even thousands, especially if people want to see if they are in the photos! Makes me really proud. I’ll let you know how the launch goes for the anthology but we are gearing up for another Gig in June. It’s all GO!
    Best Wishes, Julie.

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    • Angela Petch says:

      You are definitely NOT a stick in the mud! Your Martin won’t be a million kilometres away from where we live, from what i remember, so perhaps we can meet up for a glass of vino. Good luck with your next gig! Keep in touch and thanks for commenting!

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  2. Clare Brassington says:

    Hope you gave a productive season with guests, tomatoes and books!

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    • Angela Petch says:

      Thanks,Clare! Sorry not to catch up with you during the winter. We didn’t come north… Rosie came south and Patrick is coming over to see us at the end of the month. Take care! (Missed your jokes this time). x

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      • Clare Brassington says:

        Hope to catch up with you if you do come north this winter. Meanwhile enjoy the weather..it is freezing here.

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  3. Thanks for sharing all your journeys- travel, writing, pondering and your lovely photos.

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    • Angela Petch says:

      You are very welcome, Jena. I love your ponderings too! So great to reach out across the continents. xx

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  4. jessiecahalin says:

    Who says you need a room of one’s own to write? Instead you have a writing space with the walls of your imagination and a changing view. A perfect way to add texture to your beautiful words.
    What a wonderful post! The People’s Friend is your trusty companion as you continue your exciting writing adventure. Sending you warm wishes from Yorkshire and wishing you lots of words and happiness.

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    • Angela Petch says:

      Aw Jessie! Your reactions make my heart sing. xx I really enjoy writing for the People’s Friend and feel excited that I can do so, even though I’m not a spring chicken. I suppose, over the years, I’ve visited lots of places, met a variety of souls and experienced quite a lot. So, there are stories inside my head waiting to get out. Thanks for the Yorkshire wishes! Sending some from Tuscany, where it’s a little chilly today!

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  5. Patricia Feinberg Stoner says:

    I loved this blog! It reminds me so much of drifting down to France idn the early days, breaking our journey at out of the way little B&Bs and taking time to enjoy the countryside. Do take time to look after yourself and enjoy your beautiful Tuscan setting. Good luck with the edits and the garden – and send us some photos.

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    • Angela Petch says:

      Merci, Patricia! I would actually spend longer drifting, but Maurice can’t wait to arrive here! If I hadn’t lived in Italy as a child, I truly believe France would have been my port of call. We still have so many places to explore. Exciting! Many thanks for your good wishes. Keep on editing! (Title for a Carry on film that was never made). I feel a three ladies skit coming on… Worthing prom, watch out!

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