It was all Helen’s fault… we wouldn’t have been at St Albans at all except we were meeting her not too far away. Having said that… just look what we would have missed! So we had plenty to talk about as we regained the car in the rain and headed off in the general direction of lunch and the third of the meet-ups we had planned with blogging friends.
We were far too early and debating whether or not to get a table. We needn’t have worried… Helen was already there too … a wave, a smile… and, for me at least, it felt as if I was meeting an old friend. The three of us had very vaguely met at the Bloggers Bash last year in London, but had barely had chance to say more than a quick hello, so it was lovely to be able to sit down and natter over a leisurely lunch in a lovely old pub.
You just get that feeling when you are on the same wavelength with someone… even from comments on a blog and the odd email… so it was a comfortable meeting and a happy one, with an awful lot of talking done in what seemed all too short a time…and I hope it won’t be the last as we live not too far from each other.
Conversation covered a surprising amount of ground… and I didn’t pick the camera up once. So no pics, I’m afraid! (Well, she might have retaliated…;) )We did talk a fair bit about one kind of photography though… the one that had set Stuart and me off on the writing journey. And red kites, of course… and architecture…and history…and I think we could have lingered much longer still talking…
So the picture is a kind of ‘where it all started’… for Stuart and me it was Uffington…and Waylands… and a tiny little chapel with the oddest light…. a place I hope to share with Helen one of these days.
Find Helen Jones and The Chronicles of Ambeth on her Amazon Author page:
The thought of finding magic in ordinary places is one that I love; the idea that just stepping off the path could take you somewhere unexpected. It’s part of what inspires my writing. When I was a child I did find a strange valley and hear a scream – the incident stayed with me and was the starting point of the Ambeth Chronicles.
I’ve lived around the world, Toronto, Vancouver, Melbourne, Sydney, but started life in Coventry, England. A couple of years ago I moved back to my native England and, once settled, started to write about Ambeth. The name ‘Ambeth’ comes from the Welsh ‘am byth’, which means forever, a nod to my Welsh family background and the fact that for me, Wales is my heart home.
Ambeth is not the only world I plan to visit in my books, but it’s where I am now. When I’m not writing, I like to walk, paint and study karate (when housework and family life permit!) Life has been a journey to get me to this point but I can honestly say I’ve lived it and am grateful for every day.
Or visit Helen at http://www.journeytoambeth.com