ALMOST THE END OF BIG TRIP GUIDED TOUR – ON AND ON WITH VICTORIA

There was one more temple complex to visit, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (don’t worry I can’t pronounce these names properly either). This was acres and acres of ruins stretching almost as far as the eye can see.

THE PROMO BIT (only because I’m told ‘it’s the right thing to do’)

Just in case you’ve not come across my Amie series – she’s the young housewife I take out of England and dump in Africa and then civil war breaks out. She has a terrible time and then the saga continues in books 2 & 3. I am currently writing book 4, it’s a wonder she’s survived this long. 🙂  This is the link for book 1. http://amzn.to/2ieb5zo

And to be extra helpful, this is what they look like. Thanks to Daz Smith for the covers and to Gabi Plumm for making them readable 🙂

THE HISTORY RUBBISH

You must have heard by now that Victoria was soppy over Albert, so soppy that she wanted to name all their children either Albert or Albertina until it was pointed out to her that they would get all their banks accounts and post and credit cards muddled up if they all had the same name.

A good example was the day Victoria turned 25, (she had already been on the throne for 7 years) and she received a portrait of himself from Albert with a group of angels in the background, and she was quite thrilled. (The day DH gives me something like that he’s out the door!)

TRY TO IMAGINE THE NAUSEOUS PICTURE HERE

Victoria was jealous of any time Albert spent with the children. Albert, or Bertie the eldest boy, wasn’t making much progress and the royal couple noticed with horror that he was everything his father was not, – charming, easy with the opposite sex and eloquent with a gay, (no, not that sort of gay) sunny nature. As they saw it, he was well on the road to ruin.

BERTIE SAILOR OUTFIT

 

But his greatest sin was one his mother could never forgive him for – next week, or maybe the week after if I change my mind.

My Editor

I am not the only one flying to the United States next month. My dear friend (she has become a really good friend) Gabi Plumm is also going to America with her partner Peter Marsh. Why? Because they have been invited to showcase two of their films at the Friday Harbour Festival on St Juan Island Washington state. Cousins across the sea and the first Skeletons in the Cupboard have been chosen to be screened. (You can check them out below).

Gabi Plumm

Not sure how I first connected with Gabi, through social media of course as we’ve never met (she is in Cairns Australia and I’m in Spain)  – but it’s on the cards. I count her as one of my most supportive friends.

A little bit about Gabi.

Born in the UK, Gabi spent many years in France and Spain before emigrating to Australia, in 1987.

Gabi’s history is marked by the astonishing discovery, aged 34, that she’d been adopted and obviously, never told. The ensuing quest for her birth parents lead Gabi into unexpected waters, and finding her mother, a sister and two brothers, gave her a sense of identity and place, she’d never had before. With the understanding of the source of her talents, abilities, and leanings, she set about writing her memoir —rather badly as she now admits— but once written, the catharsis of the autobiography Registered Under Another Name (2007) sparked an ongoing interest in writing and editing. She has also written a series of eight children’s stories entitled The Two Jays of Dribblepit which languishes like so many others, in Amazon’s darkest corners.

I have read these and they are great, so check them out! Perfect for kids aged around 9.     https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OUSZC4W

The Two Jays of Dribblepit: Book 1: The Present, the Dog and the Drain by [Plumm, Gabi, Phillips, Liam]

With two grown sons who are Professional Tennis Coaches living in America, and a partner, Peter, with whom she makes documentary films, Gabi has found time to consolidate her talents by achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, specialising in Editing. These talents she put towards scriptwriting for their films (details below), in which she also performs as narrator and presenter, as well as editing a variety of manuscripts and websites.

In her spare time, she runs a small B & B and teaches Pickleball to ex-tennis players who, like her, can no longer charge about a tennis court or handle over-arm serving.

This is Gabi’s author page. https://www.amazon.com/Gabi-Plumm/e/B00NO7B0CS

The growing list of authors she loves to work for is small but special, and her documentary films about the early people of the Pacific continue to glean thousands of views and comments daily.

Films:

Aboriginal Pride (2012)

Cousins Across the Sea, The Director’s Cut (2013)

New Zealand: Skeletons in the Cupboard. Episode 1: The Redheads (2015)

Skeletons in the Cupboard, Episode 2: Under the Carpet (2016)

So we also have a filming background in common, and she understands my strange use of commas in all the wrong places! For every edit she has gone the extra mile, and is currently recording book trailers for all my books – and I never even asked her!

Sadly, we’ll miss each other in America – miles apart and the wrong dayes, but one day Gabi …!

Lucinda