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Archive for September, 2012

Camping (autobiographical)

I went camping at The Bay View Camp Site in Pevensey Bay last week. It is a small friendly site within a two minute walk of the pebbled beach. The beach was virtually deserted. Although it was raining heavily in Cheshire the weather in the South was warm and dry. It was the first time I really had spent much time in my little van. It’s a Romahome R10 Solo and caused quite a bit of interest, because of its tiny size. Basically it consists of a chair and table that turn into a six foot four inch bed, a sink with cold water, porta potti and a two ring gas cooker. The roof raises as you can see in the picture, which means you can stand up. It has electrical hook up so I’ve added a kettle, which is very handy.

I had a really good time camping. Lying in bed at night I could hear the waves on the beach. It was beautiful. I’d packed my little electric cool box with lots of my favourite foods and had plenty of tea, so I was happy. My van was warm in the evenings but first thing in the morning there was a chill in the air. I switched on the low voltage fan heater for five minutes and was as warm as toast.

In the evenings I watched Pride and Prejudice on my net book. A good overdose of Jane Austen is always a pleasure. During the daytime I hopped on the 99 bus to Eastbourne and spent time with my mother and sister.

Pevensey Bay – just outside the camp site.

The campsite was quiet but I met some interesting people and everywhere was very clean. On the Friday evening the place filled up and if I have a criticism it would be that the pitches were a little small. It didn’t bother me but those with massive motor homes and two cars weren’t too impressed. For those with children there was a small play area and a little pet corner. For adults there’s golf and fishing nearby. The Marina, which has lots of eating places, is about a mile away. I’d certainly recommend this campsite and if you want to check it out visit their website. http://www.bay-view.co.uk/

Alderley Edge Book Festival 2012

Yesterday David and I spent the day at the Alderley Edge Book Festival. We went there to sell my books, Elizabeth Horrock’s fantasy books and an anthology by Winsford Writers. It was a good day and we met and chatted to lots of interesting people, drank lots of tea and ate cake. Can’t be bad!

Here’s me at Alderley Edge Book Festival with a table of books.

Promoting the anthology from Winsford Writers called Banana Time and looking a little startled!

Here is the bookstall at the festival with the anthology, Elizabeth Horrock’s book and of course mine.

Penny’s Links.

My author’s page at Amazon is here.

My Lulu spotlight is here.

My poetry blog is here.

Updated Poetry Blog

Thought I’d just mention that I’ve updated my poetry blog and hope to post a poem each week. Why not visit www.penspoems.wordpress.com when you have a spare moment? There will be many different types of poetry; some humourous, some appreciating the wonders of nature and some about life. I hope to add poetry for children in the not too distant future.

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