It’s been a beautiful summer here in the UK. This week the kids return to school and the haphazard routine that we have somewhat enjoyed these past six weeks, transforms into a kind of normality. So, to preserve the last bastions of the season, last weekend we headed out to Wing Hall with some friends for a weekend of camping , fun and frivolity.
Wing Hall describes itself as ‘a family owned estate’ and is based in Rutland, England’s smallest county. And it didn’t fail to disappoint. Surrounded by lush, rolling countryside offering wonderful views they offer a friendly service and allow their 40+ chickens (at last count) to roam the grounds.
This is old fashioned camping with modern facilities and we made the most of it. There is a small shop and a cafe (although slightly overpriced) in the old house that overlooks the fields. We played ball games on the endless lawns (no computers games here and very poor mobile signals), chatted and caught up with old friends, and soaked up the rays. Very relaxing.
I’ll be sorry to say goodbye to the summer. Soon autumn will bring us those beautiful colours that we have come to expect and the air will chill in readiness for winter. I was chatting to a friend in Australia this week who is looking forward to starting spring. I love the way the internet brings the world together. When they are surfing and sunbathing, we’ll be sledging and huddling around the fire with hot chocolates.
Surprisingly, with so much sunshine to lure me outside, I found myself reaching the halfway point in my third book this week. I’ve never been obsessed with word counts (probably because I don’t get to write everyday), but it’s a lovely feeling to sit back and watch it take shape. The next part is tricky, and there’s more research to be done, but I’m really enjoying the journey. For some reason, this one feels extra special.
For those of you looking forward to the next DCI Helen Lavery adventure, I am working behind the scenes with Legend Press to prepare ‘The Truth Will Out’ for its release on 1st April 2014. We have a blurb complete and it’s currently with the cover artist. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.
So, whether it’s the end of your summer, beginning of your spring or you are immersed in another season, I hope you enjoy your weekend, spend time with friends and loved ones and indulge your passions. And if you are local and fancy a camping trip, I would certainly recommend Wing Hall. You won’t be disappointed.