Sunday, 29 April 2012

Meet the New Arrivals!

Cute or what?
And as if that wasn't enough (see previous blog post!), the duckling eggs that we've had in the incubator for the last 28 days began to hatch on Thursday too! Two emerged in the early hours of Thursday morning, three more during the day and another was waiting for us when we arrived home from the launch party in the evening. By Friday nine of the twelve eggs had hatched.

They are Indian Runner Ducks.  They'll live in a big box in the kitchen keeping warm under a heat lamp for a couple of weeks until they're old enough to move into larger accommodation . . .

Don't Forget the Ginger Beer!

a bit over-emotional!
(photo by Judith Greenwood)
It felt just like my wedding day all over again! Weeks of preparation, then suddenly in the limelight, surrounded by wonderful family and friends, having a fabulous time but at the same time fretting that everything should go perfectly to plan.  Trying to talk to everyone at once and generally feeling a bit weepy and over-emotional.

The launch party for The Mystery of the Dinosaur Discovery and The Mystery of The Drowning Man was held on Thursday 26th April Heffer's Children's Bookshop in Cambridge.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Dinosaurs Invade Cambridge

I've always been a big fan of Cambridge Wordfest so it was as massive honour to be able to take part this year - especially as it's the tenth year anniversary. OK, so  my talk was on Friday Thirteenth, but I didn't care. I was on the same programme as Beast Quest. Mr Gum and Paddington Bear and I was talking about dinosaurs - it doesn't get much better than that!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Name That Princess!

Ski Cow - aka Princess Fresiana - takes a breather!
Long journeys are the perfect excuse for some serious daydreaming. Plotting a dastardly crime, figuring out clever clues, cooking up some funny dialogue . . . that's what keeps me occupied as I gaze vacantly out of the window at the scenery,  especially when I have a brand new Adventure Island mystery shaping up (don't worry, I'm talking about when I'm a passenger - if I'm driving I try to keep my head mostly in the real world!).