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Debbie Flint



Another day in paradise - Devon get together to mark 10 years with writing pals!
24 October 2019

What a lot of books have been written by me and my writing gang, in the 10 years since we all hooked up. The week full of laughter and learning, in Tuscany, featuring a character called Julio dominating the doorway, much pasta, boiling weather, and delightful company, learning bridge, and how to write nails and bones. Fond memories.

 

What a lot of books have been written by me and my writing gang, in the 10 years since we all hooked up. The week full of laughter and learning, in Tuscany, featuring a character called Julio dominating the doorway, much pasta, boiling weather, and delightful company, learning bridge, and how to write nails and bones. Fond memories.

10 years later, and five of us still meet up regularly. My QVC blogs over the last few weeks have included pictures of the get-togethers in London. Well my lovely gang came down to Devon as well, to see Alex you can’t travel easily, and to reminisce. She showed us her gods which she had vanished. For the harvest festival (just in case you wondered what the photograph was!) And we talked it up how many books we had written between us. I am writing my fifth one, but I have two anthologies, Lots of short stories, and four non-fiction as well. The others are now on 16 books (Maureen, not pictured), Caroline has done published about six, and Litty has done a Masters degree in creative writing at city University and written two novels as in and is in and is on the verge of signing a deal for her first. Alex has also published a couple of levels under her pseudonym Mary Jane hello well. I’m very proud of our little gang. And it made me think – what else has changed in 10 Years?

 

years?

 

You know when you reach the stage of life when policeman are not only young enough to be your son, they’re actually young enough to be your grandson… I know, I can’t believe it either! Well anyway, you kind of get used to realising what’s important don’t you. A really good friend of mine has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and I know she will get through it, I know she will. But we need to start looking after ourselves don’t we? I have my health check coming up in several weeks time, and without cancelling it and making it next year (which means I miss this years altogether!), It looks like I will be fat shamed. Three years of home-cooked meals, puddings, too much cake at the tea room, a bad knee, much stress, and stretchy fabrics… Mean I need to get back to reading my book. One of my main books that has been pivotal in my life is till the fat lady sings. We freedom eating means you just eat what your body once, connected as I have explained previously, some regulars may remember, to the Gut and the micro biome and the gut bacteria. It seems to me as though it would be a new frontier for medicine as and when they realise how intricately collected what we eat is, to the composition of our microbiota in the stomach, to illness.

I always feel much better when I’ve had green drink and fresh vegetables, don’t you?

 

I always feel much better when I’ve had green drink and fresh vegetables, don’t you?

 

I made the most lovely chicken soup this week, I want some more right now actually! And as the rain pours down, having had a couple of bright days here in Devon, And the weather gets colder, and all I wanted a hot water bottle! I need to avoid the cake…

 

and the weather gets colder, and all I wanted a hot water bottle! I need to avoid the cake…

 

To be continued (needs editing and photos to be added. Ed.

 

Deb

 

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