Well hello darlings!

As Dame Edna Everage would say, and who am I to contradict her?

You wouldn’t believe what an awful month I’ve had!

Anchoring the petite yacht (that’s what I’m calling our outboard motor boat) off deserted white-sand beaches in Corfu…



Trying to decide what to eat in Trogir, Croatia……mmm, perhaps pancakes with chocolate and walnut sauce?



And nice to see that torture is still in fashion in the modern medieval city (in this case Sibenik)!

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Checking out the Erotic Museum in Kezthely, Hungary.  (Likely conversation of museum entry office “But she doesn’t LOOK 18..”, “Yes, but her mother is with her.  It must be alright..”)



And lounging glamorously among lily pads in Heviz’s bath-temperature thermal lake…it’s easy to feel glamorous when all your competition is over 70.



Yep, I’ve had a month’s holiday in Europe, I’m finally back, and what’s more amazing, Ms M is back too.  I did seriously yearn to leave her at the train station sometimes, tapping away on the ever-present BLOODY IPOD!  But no, mother love won out, and we’re both back, and it’s time to find out what everybody is up to!  I see that Tess has AGAIN copped the Curse of the Slippers, White Lady’s reminiscing fondly about nearly getting blown up, the Hook is mumbling something about being sleepy and loving vampires, Hollyanne’s poem about going to the supermarket as a pumpkin ALMOST rhymes..in short, life goes on without me.  Although, thank you to everyone who visited while I was away – I will recompense you richly, soon (ish) 🙂

And finally, I’ve begun..well sort of begun…to write my new book.  It WILL be a bestseller.  I know because I’ve been reading a ton of the damn things and I think I’ve got a handle on how they go now.  Shades of Grey, Twilight, White Princess…you name it, I’ve ploughed through it (ok, I may have missed out a few. Hundred).  Anyway soon to come…the first back stories of Rose’s liver-crunching, breath-holding, down-there wrenching trilogy about the end of life as we know it….

What ARE the essential elements of a bestseller….?


    1. I’ll pass that compliment on to Ms M..(or was that the Hook equivalent of the Hungarian waiter who said ‘so you are sisters, no?’ (big tip for HIM, obviously, from me, none from Ms M).

      1. With both of us, really - Ms M is stunningly lovely, and I like to hear that other people appreciate that too (people who aren’t paedophiles, that is).


  1. Welcome back! WordPress has been a boring place without you. I look forward to novel #3. As for what makes a bestseller? Sex, unworldly creatures, cardboard characters. Shaken, not stirred.

  2. Welcome back! Sounds like a wonderful trip, and the photos are fabulous. As for a bestseller? I have no doubt you’ll pull it off. And I can say that with confidence, because I’ve read your two other books, and you’ve got major writing chops. 🙂

    1. Well, I need all the confidence I can get, so thanks very much for that, Carrie – it really helps! And it was a great trip (if only I hadn’t brought that teenager along!!! nah just kidding).

      1. Yes, the bouts of teenage eye rolling can grow tedious, but when they’re enthusiastic, they’re so much fun (the teens, not the eye rolls…) 🙂

  3. Rose. Rose. Rose. Welcome back. Love the pictures. In my mind I see your struggling with your ‘row boat as you travel through Europe’. Did they charge slip fees when you travelled on land?
    Thank you for the shout out. I missed you too.

    If I knew the secrets to a bestseller, I’d be rich instead of a lowly blogger. 😀 Welcome back. You will show us to do it…the best seller, right?

    1. Yeah, it was getting the boat on the buses that was the hardest! Of course, if I ever write a bestseller and they ask me who my influences are, I’ll say, ‘oh, Tess, Carrie…’ etc (fill in favourite blogger names here)

  4. Glad to see you’re back, and I don’t mean “as you’re walking out the door.” But then, that would be “your back”, wouldn’t it? That’s a silly joke that only works as an oral joke. Oral joke, haha, sounds like another joke right there, doesn’t it? I’ve got nothing.
    Write on, Rose.

  5. Love your humorous outlook on life! Thanks for sharing, and welcome back. Looking forward to the new book!

  6. Welcome back! It must be strange getting back to reality after being in pictures and places like that. How about a book on your travels? Or at least on something that could easily feature the museum erotikus. 🙂

  7. Awesome, awesome re your new book. I don’t know how you get the time. Seriously, takes me nearly a month between paragraphs these days!

    Love the photos. Androgoth would love that massage parlour. Oh, envy…

    Loved the Dame Edna! I read Barry Humphries’ autobiog, you know – really enjoyed it.

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