A new visitor to my blog this week as I welcome Lizzie Chantree. A fabulous networker and supporter of both writers and readers, I often find myself in awe of her apparent boundless energy online. Her latest book Shh… It’s Our Secret was out last week. Over to Lizzie …
Thank you for the invitation to be on your blog, Morton. I’d love to share with you and your readers, what I love about my garden.
I have a small garden at home, but the area around my writing studio is lush and green, as it’s surrounded by fields. I have a thinking tree that I sit under and you’ll often find me working out plotlines there. I love sitting and staring at the old barn that is right in my sightline. It reminds me a bit of France and I can imagine myself in a grand chateau and not in the south of England!
I have a set of swings that my children have grown out of, but they are really good fun to sit and mull over writing ideas, whilst gently swinging back and forth. I often have my writing buddy, Pepper with me. She’s eleven now and loves to sit on my lap. If I don’t let her, because it’s uncomfortable to reach the keyboard, then she simply sits on my back!
I have French doors by my writing desk and a clear view of the surrounding fields. Beautifully scented wildflowers sway in the breeze and during lockdown, we made a makeshift bar out of old palettes. We haven’t used it yet, but are determined to add some cocktails and invite people round when it’s safer to be back together.
I arrived to work to find a duck sitting in the middle of the field the other day and two friendly dogs from next door often pop round for a cuddle and to sit by my feet while I’m working. I feel like the dog whisperer when they are all sitting on me! The house opposite my studio has a pond full of Moorhens and I can usually hear them chatting away to each other in the background. It’s an idyllic place to write.
In my garden at home we have a bird feeder on the fence and a team of squirrels and pigeons work together to gorge on birdseed. The squirrels hang upside down by their tails and then knock seed on the floor for the two pigeons, who stand underneath. It’s so much fun to watch and like a military operation. They then sit on the fence and have their lunch!
During the start of lockdown we were painting everything including the garden shed! So it ended up as a bit of a confused art piece. Lol. Happily it’s now back to a plain shed colour, but I actually enjoyed the work in progress and seeing the bright artwork.
I love the shed painting and I’m so jealous of the seat around the tree! Thank you for visiting my blog. Mx
About Lizzie Chantree
International bestselling author and award-winning inventor, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now works as a business mentor and runs a popular networking hour on social media, where creatives can support to each other. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, that are about women with unusual and adventurous businesses, who are far stronger than they realise. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.
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About Shh… It’s Our Secret
Violet has a secret that could change the lives of everyone she knows and loves, especially the regulars at the run-down café bar where she works. After losing her parents at a young age, they are the closest thing she has to a family and she feels responsible for them.
Kai is a jaded music producer who has just moved outside of town. Seeking solitude from the stress of his job, he’s looking for seclusion. The only problem is he can’t seem to escape the band members and songwriters who keep showing up at his house.
When Kai wanders into the bar and Violet’s life, he accidently discovers her closely guarded secret. Can Kai help her rediscover her self-confidence or should some secrets remain undiscovered?