An early start to travel to Bedford to see The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery's collection of Joseph Mallord William Turner's watercolour paintings. In pride of place is Turner's The Great Falls of the Reichenbach. This painting was put on view in London at Somerset House ,the home of the Royal Academy – 1780 to 1837. The occassion was the Summer Exhibition in 1815. 

The art gallery is well laid out and has many other artists' paintings.

The day ended with three generations of the Roberts family talking about our visit whilst enjoying a restaurant meal. We were home in time to see the France versus England rugby match on TV. Well done England, a great win.

Marlow FM Radio interview What an exciting morning was had at the recording studio at Marlow FM by four of the RNA Reading Chapter members. On a Friday, the Mid Morning broadcast is their Book program. We had two slots, discussing our present and forthcoming books. Where we write and beaver away with our fingers flying over the keyboard living the lives of our hero and heroine. We touched on our future book releases and chatted about what other author's books we read.

Happy and hungry we lunched in Marlow to celebrate.   

Valentine's Day Workshop

We have, for the past three years, met to celebrate the romantic day with a champagne lunch, have open discussions on any writing pieces, titles, current trends that as authors crop up in our writing days. A happy and fun day is had by all.

Romantic Novelists' Association

I am a member and organize the Reading Chapter.. We meet monthly in Reading's town centre for lunch and spend a couple of happy hours discussing the ins-and-outs of writing, publishing and helping each other with any sticky problems we encounter. 

An afternoon to remember

I joined a tour to view the National Trust estate of Basildon Park in Berkshire on a day that was beautiful, the sky blue,  the sun warm. But with a cold wind rushing across the open parkland. Inside,  our guide spoke warmly of the family that had restored the house to its present glory. Volunteers and builders were busy preparing the house after its winter sleep. And we, the visitors, completed our tour in the tea room. And,of course, a delightful shop to browse before you leave. For any historical enthusiast a house worth visiting  

Children's Book Launch

A friend and I went to A.F.Harrold's launch of his new book The Imaginary at Chapter One Bookshop in Woodley on Halloween Day. It was great fun. There was a children's fancy dress competition and Ashley's entertainment was fantastic. Only the children sat on the floor and I would have loved to be sitting with them.