So exciting to support author, Anni Rose in the week when she publishes her debut novel Recipe for Mr Right with Choc Lit Publishing! I asked Anni to talk about her garden and it sounds so idyllic that I think I might apply to move in with her family.
Thank you so much, Morton, for inviting me on to your blog to talk about my garden. I have to say, when I told my family what I was going to be talking to you about, they laughed. I’m no gardener; but I do love my garden. I should warn you though, this is no show garden, that’s really not something that’s practical with two dogs running about and who love nothing better than to chase one another through the flower beds.
I am writing this sitting on the patio this morning, in the sun, having just eaten a bowlful of strawberries picked this morning from the greenhouse for my breakfast – one of the reasons I love the garden.
There are no stripes on the lawn. Actually, it’s more meadow than lawn, but that’s fine with me. I could happily live with a wildflower meadow – I love the colours and scents of flowers.
We are regularly visited by many types of wildlife. Sadly, our regular house martins haven’t made an appearance this year. Oh, and we are on one of the flight paths into RAF Fairford, so when the wind’s in the right direction you might catch sight of the odd B-52 or U2.
The flower beds are jammed full of colour. It’s an all-year-round garden, from snowdrops and crocuses in early spring which are closely followed by a riot of wallflowers in the front. At the moment the lupins, aquilegia and peonies are blooming lovely, and the front of the house is draped in white wisteria. Last year we scattered an enormous number of poppy seeds. Poppy plants are emerging now, in another month they should look amazing. I can’t wait to see the variety and colours. Then it will be time to start picking the tomatoes. In August, the fruit trees come into their own. Last year we had a bumper harvest of plums, even after giving jars away to just about everyone we knew, we still have a shelf-full of jam (or jum as it is known in our house after we had help with the labels!).
At the back of the garden is our vegetable plot. This year we ate our first home-grown asparagus. Not as exciting as having a debut novel published but a milestone nevertheless and a tasty one at that.
The garden is a great place. We eat out, weather permitting as much as we can, but it can be incredibly distracting, which as a writer is not always a good thing. And sitting here writing this, I have become aware that the elderflower has a pleasing number of blooms, so you’ll have to excuse me, I’m pretty sure I have citric acid and sugar in the larder. I’m off to check and I think I’ll make cordial.
About Anni Rose
Born and raised in Berkshire, I emigrated to Wiltshire five years ago, where I live with my husband, sister, two dogs, a cat and Midge, the grey speckled hen.
As a child, I loved writing fiction, producing reams of stories, thankfully lost over the years, although recently when we cleared my mother’s house out, ‘The attack of the Killer Tomatoes’ did resurface.
On leaving school, the need to earn a living sort of got in the way of any creative ambitions and I became an accountant where my only published works apart from regular financial reports was the employees’ handbook.
A local writing course and an encouraging group of writing friends re-ignited the fiction flame many years later and I went on to win or be short listed in a number of writing competitions and had short stories published in Writers Forum, My Weekly and Sophie King’s ‘How to Write your Life Story’.
These days I would describe my writing as modern romantic stories with a healthy dollop of humour thrown in. I’m a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to have been signed by Choc Lit. Recipe for Mr Right is my debut novel, with my second due to be published in September.
Away from the garden and writing I can usually be found behind a camera, walking the dogs, enjoying one of my husband’s curries or sister’s bakery treats.
To keep in touch with Anni Rose you can use the following links:
About Recipe for Mr Right
A sprinkle of luck and a dollop of fate …
Ruby Brooks is a little sceptical when her horoscope say she’s going to have a fabulous year – especially when she loses a boyfriend and a job in quick succession. Plus, a rogue kitchen fitter has run off and taken everything, including the kitchen sink!
So, Ruby takes luck and fate into her own hands with an unusual resolution – she’ll enter ten competitions a day, whether they’re for her dream Japanese holiday or a year’s supply of dog food (she doesn’t have a dog), and win her way to happiness.
But when a Valentine’s Day prize from a local restaurant results in chef Adam Finder (and his dog, Brutus) appearing in her life, is that luck or fate? And will Ruby ultimately find out that true happiness doesn’t need to be won?
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Thank you for the lovely post, Anni and good luck with your debut novel. Mx