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NOW, WHERE WERE WE? Ah yes, I’ve moved to Chiswick….

16 Dec

And it’s totally marvellous. We all three love it – especially the cats who now have their own private garden. And a very high wall to keep them in and, with luck, the foxes out.


4 Dec

So, after five months, they tracked down Orlando – living wild and sleeping under a hedge – with a very kind gentleman feeding him snacks.     And they managed to catch him and bring him home!   He seems quite unfazed by his big adventure, has hardly stopped purring since he entered the house which is entirely new to him but in which he is very relaxed.    Amadeus took a couple of days to forgive him for his long absence but now they are back to being best pals and sleep in my bed again.   So now I can get on with my writing.

About time too!



JUBILATION! My boy is back…Happy Days!

3 Dec



15 Aug

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My beautiful eight year old Burmese cat, Orlando, went missing in Wiltshire while I was moving house (to Chiswick not Wiltshire but that is where he was staying at the time).    It has now been 7 weeks and he’s been spotted several times, living wild.    He is microchipped and we’ve told the police and everyone in that area knows but I need  him back as soon as possible, as  does my other cat, Amadeus.    WE ARE MISSING HIM SO MUCH.    He is very friendly and also bright so if you should happen to encounter him, please ask him (politely) to call home and tell him he won’t be in trouble.    Even better, invite him in and alert the police or a local vet.    Or simply contact me and I’ll come and collect him.    Heartfelt thanks.   Only then will I be able to do any writing.



17 Oct


Having spent my whole life surrounded by boys, I never felt the need to get married.

(That’s me in the wheelbarrow).



9 Oct


Although it is still unseasonably mild, Autumn at last appears to arrive. This is the view I can see as I sit here typing. With luck the book should be done by the end of the year.


17 Jul

Seriously hot so I decamped (for reasons not yet divulgable) to Carluccio’s, only one block away, to continue with my research.    And it was heaven..on a day this hot it had all its windows and sliding doors open plus air conditioning and muted music playing.   Only one other customer (another writer?) seated alone at the opposite corner.   I sat there in bliss over two glasses of chilled wine until the Kensington shriekers arrived and I decamped back to my own hot penthouse where, at least, I can hear myself think.

But, Carluccio’s, I shall be there tomorrow.    Especially if this hot weather continues.   It is the cafe society I always dreamt of when I first moved to Kensington High Street.  And thanks, Antonio (once my client)  for having set up something like this.   x