Visit to Coombe Abbey Country Park and a quick writing update

Coombe Abbey hotel and Coombe Abbey Country Park near Coventry 3

If you follow my ramblings, you’ll know I recently sent the first 3 chapters of my book, Art and Soul, to an editor. His feedback lead to me deciding to cut chapters 1 and 2 and do a whole other bunch of edits (more about all this here).

I retreated to the writing cave and the edits are done! I sent the “new” first three chapters to the literary agent who had asked to see them (*biting nails until I hear back*). I also sent the whole manuscript to the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writer’s Scheme (*biting stubs of nails until I hear back*).

Hopefully the agent will want to see the rest of the MS and I’ll get positive feedback from my RNA reader.

In the meantime, after stepping out from the writing cave and blinking in the sunlight… We went to visit Coombe Abbey and Coombe Country Park, which are near Coventry and a short drive from us.

Coombe Abbey hotel and Coombe Country Park near Coventry 1

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Photo post: the perfect bench for book lovers!

Rugby stone sofa with books

Today I thought I’d share some pictures of two of my favourite spots in Rugby, England. Yes: this lovely sofa, arm chair and footstool are made of sandstone and are public benches in Jubilee Gardens.

Rugby stone sofa with books 2

The armchair, sofa, footstool and books were commissioned by Rugby Council. Sculptor Michael Scheuermann designed the pieces which were made in nearby Birmingham and installed in late 2008.

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Mini meadows – a family trip to the farm

I’d wanted to take our son (who’s 2 and a half) to a farm for a while. Mainly because I’d like him to know what a sheep looks like that isn’t a clay animation! But without a car I can’t make it during the week and weekends always seemed to slip by without it happening.

Then recently my other half took a week’s holiday and, after hearing lots of recommendations from other mums who live in the Rugby area, we finally made it to Mini Meadows Farm in Northamptonshire. I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint. We had a great time!

Lamb at Mini Meadows

One of the friendly lambs at Mini Meadows

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A short break in the Cotswolds

We recently spent a few days in the Cotswolds, a beautiful area in western England.

The Cotswolds are home to some of the most picturesque villages in the country. Here are some of my best pictures from our travels. All the villages featured below are a short drive from each other (although sometimes down rather small roads!). The links will take you to more information on each of the places we visited.

1. Broadway (Worcestershire)

The Green, Broadway, Cotswolds

The Green, Broadway, Cotswolds

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Afternoon tea and the Cotswolds

We’ve just got back from a few days in the Cotswolds (a very picturesque part of western England – see photos at the end of this post!).

On our way to the Cotswolds we made a short stop in Stratford Upon Avon and were lucky enough to stumble across Hobsons Patisseries and their giant scones, whose halves are separated by amazing towers of cream.

Hobson's Patisserie Stratford scones

The amazing giant scones at Hobson’s

Stratford Upon Avon is famous as the birthplace of Shakespeare. But soaking in all the local history can be exhausting and may help you to work up an appetite. Here are some of your other options should you feel peckish:

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