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Monday, April 30, 2012


Today is the first day in six weeks that I have logged into NKK.  And I'm not entirely sure why.  I have wondered if I should come clean and write to say that NKK is being put into storage but I'm not sure I want to.  And yet I haven't written.  I have some theories as to why, none of which are very interesting or laudable or blog-worthy.  I guess I'm in a transition phase and I'm not sure that I should inflict the ups and downs that that implies with any of you.

But, well, today is my birthday, and I woke up this morning to a lovely present - a Versatile Blogger Award from A Girl in Winter.  Thank you!  I have to get my head around who to pass it on to and the rest of the rules, but for now, know that I am delighted to accept and a little chastened that I haven't been writing. So, maybe on this my birthday, I can reacquaint myself with something that has brought me such joy in the 16 months since I started NKK.  And tell you a bit about what I've been up to.

For ages, Mr. P and I were working hard to get our new holiday let up and running.  The house by the sea is now open for business.  Come and see us!

And I've been writing.  Thank you all SO much for your kind words and encouragement about my news of getting published.  My story, The Quickening, can be found in Causeway/Cabhsair, a journal of Irish and Scottish writing published by the University of Aberdeen.  Much excitement in the house of NKK at first seeing my name in print!  It's lit a fire under me so that I'm spending lots of my day reading and writing at the moment.  And I''m discovering that writing doesn't really lend itself to blogging.  "I sat at my desk for hours and wrote a whole page..."  You begin to get the picture.

And that's basically been it.  Well, not quite.  There's been the WI and a new book club and my first forays into gardening, but all that for another day.

For now, I leave you with a few photos, the content of which fill me with wonder.

The other day, a fox spent the afternoon sunbathing in next door's back garden.  And a great tit (or maybe it's blue?) has chosen the laurel tree by our front door in which to build her tiny, exquisite nest.  As for the last one - this is the view from the upstairs front bedroom.  Almost worth all that rain we've had.

More soon, hopefully.

Off to do some catching up with what you've all been up to.



  1. What an exciting post! The Yardarm looks fabulous and it is in one of my most favourite seaside towns!

    Good luck with the story and future writings, too, of course.

    And Happy Birthday! I has been lovely to see you blogging again.

  2. Love the fox photo. At my school we have a bird cam in a nest box so we are all spying on a blue tit and her 10 eggs!

  3. Hello hello and welcome back Claire!
    Your holiday let looks marvellous - very stylish, comfortable and welcoming, and such a wonderful place to stay too - I wish you luck with your lets!
    Congratulations too on having your work published - I havent yet clicked on the link but will do so.
    Exciting times for you, wishing you all the very best for the future, and a belated Happy Birthday to you as I've only just found your post!

    Gill xx

  4. Well how lovely to have you back even if it is for a post or two. I love the fox, I would just sit and watch Mr (or Mrs) fox for hours on end if he were in my garden. Happy birthday - Annie


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