It was all systems go this week and some flexibility of schedule. OH rang on Wednesday from town. Writing went on the back burner for the day while we chilled out for lunch. (We had a voucher which just had to be used up! Know what I mean?)
We then meandered down the A41 to Grindley Brook, Whitchurch to watch the boats going through the staircase locks. Such a tranquil way to spend a few days. Of course we had some Cheshire Farm ice cream while we watched the locks open and close and the boats gliding through the murky water.
Memories! Memories of our canal boat holiday when the children were small and we glided slowly through the Llangollen Canal, over the famous Pontycysyllte Aquaduct over the DeeValley to the Shropshire Union Canal and through these very locks. They are called staircase locks as there are a few in succession going up or down-depending which way you are going- like a staircase.
Thursday brought the book event at the new Writer's Cafe in a sunny but quiet Penmaenmawr. Out on the pavement in the flower-decked arcade of shops, I met some lovely people including some visitors from Waterford, Ireland.
Back home it was time to get glammed up and off into the hills and the beautiful Vale of Clwyd!. I was very honoured to be included in a business dinner/discussion in the evening where I gained more insights into changes in education in Wales today. Some truly innovative contributions and an amazing evening. The Nant-y-Garth Pass on the way home in the dark was another matter. I chose that route over the Mold one as they had taken the top off the road between Llanferres and Clwyd Gate high above the valley for re-surfacing, and with the ramps and bends decided to go the other way via Ruthin. An altogether challenging drive home with two and a half miles of switchback bends through the forest and no lights! It was very misty on the top at Bwlchgwyn with swirls of white stuff floating eerily towards me only to disappear like a puff of smoke.
Chilling out on Friday, I was all geared up for writing today (Saturday).
Skills for Employability Part Two: Moving into Employment is scheduled for November release but we are hoping that we can bring it forward due to other developments on the horizon. As with all our other titles, it will be on Kindle; e-Pub on Smashwords for Apple, Sony, Kobo, Nook, Diesel, Blio and others and shipping to these e-stores for direct download.
Family matters beckon tomorrow and looking forward to the day.
Next job is to up load the Italian Lakes and Dolomites video for editing and then move on with the Long Leg of Italy.
Retirement? What is that? Too busy to get old!