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Here I am at John O’Groats this summer, a picture taken by my son Andrew. We were swinging by the famous landmark on our way round the North Coast 500 in our trusty black LandRover Defender. The NC500 is the amazing coastal route which goes up one side of the north of Scotland, across the top and down the other side. It’s 500 miles long (the clue’s in the name), tales about 3 days and is, for my money, the most amazing drive in the whole of the British Isles. So if you want a serious road trip, check out this baby.
While Scotland’s not famous for brilliant sunshine, the weather was almost embarrassingly over-generous to us and the views throughout the drive were unbelievable. Especially on the north west coast where it’s a positive moonscape of fantastically-shaped mountains. I also include, elsewhere on this page, a picture of me on the pebble beach at Ullapool instructing my children in the fine art of skimming stones. It’s very possibly the only useful thing I’ve passed on as a parent and I’m pleased to report that the old magic’s still there. Some of my stones managed seven skims before disappearing beneath the waves of Loch Broom.
Back at my desk, it’s all guns blazing to complete my new novel, Honeymoon Suite, a romantic comedy about people who work at a stately home. Not in the Downton Abbey sense; this is about how big houses are run today - the farm shop, the gift shop and the gastropub in the idyllic estate village. My heroine, who’s been jilted at the altar, ends up working in the wedding and events department…
More anon. In the meantime, happy reading. If you haven't yet read my last novel, Wild And Free, do give it a whirl. It's a fun-filled look at an upmarket festival; Carry On Glamping was what I originally wanted to call it, which gives you an idea!