Monday, 25 July 2011

Our beautiful, green and lush Great Britain

Although the sun did not shine as promised in the East of England this weekend, it did get its hat out for a wonderful drive home yesterday. After an overcast Peterborough area on Saturday, Sunday dawned with white fluffy clouds scooting across a blue sky.
In the village of Alwalton are entrancing, picturesque thatched cottages which would not be out of place as a chocolate-box picture or jigsaw. Delightful village names like Stibbington greeted us, causing us to reflect once again how beautiful, diverse and ancient is Great Britain; no matter where you go (avoiding towns and cities) are ancient villages which stand timelessly in the sunshine.
Taking a cross country route back to North Wales on Sunday afternoon, we enjoyed a quiet and peaceful drive as we headed on B' roads across the Leicestershire countryside into Staffordshire. The A50 zipped effortlessly around a busy Stoke-on-Tent area  and we made excellent time. I immersed myself in a good book as a cooling  breeze gently played through the air..
Being July, everywhere was lush and green with trees,roadside plants and flowers of all kinds bursting at the seams.We might not be big but we certainly are beautiful. We certainly do live in a 'green and pleasant land'.

Time now to catch up with things. The new Lifelong Learning Guides are due for release on September 1st and are available for pre-order.  Waterstones Amazon US Store   Amazon UK Store   Barnes and Noble .
WHSmith on line worldwide to name a few and from  your local bookseller.

Both titles will be available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle apps and we are looking at other formats for as wide a readership as possible.
I don't for one minute believe that e-book formats will replace print. there is nothing like curling up with a good book and physically turning the pages. However, e-books offer an alternative in that they are easy and usually cheaper to download. This alone can be a factor in encouraging a wider readership. I feel that the e-readers can overcome barriers in those who see a big book with lots of print as daunting.(I can remember as a child, I once felt this way when I saw a book with pages and pages of print that I was expected to plough through.) With an e-reader, you only see one page at a time which is the equivalent to what we call in learning as 'bite-sized chunks' which is less daunting to a nervous and unsure reader. 
Some figures  recently suggested that readers,since getting an e-book, read more . This can only be a good thing as a whole new world opens up.

Rosalie xx