There has been teacups and sunflowers all over my house for a while now - I even have themed socks...
Then it was off to Middlebrough library for their Crossing the Tees Lit Fest where the first copies of my books were available. And what a beautiful place.
Then the next day it was off to Radio Sheffield to record Liveish with Bernie Clifton under the watchful eye of my producer pal David Markwell - and fellow panellist Huw Thomas who had never done the show before and will never be the same again. Poor bloke.
And if you've never played PING PONG DING DONG on air, well, you haven't lived!
Then I had to scoot down to London (like you do) for an afternoon tea at the very gorgeous Grosvenor House on Park Lane for a v important #teammilly strategy meeting. Champagne, fruit amuse-bouche and a sorceror's apprentice constant supply of plates, warm freshly baked scones and never-ending tea. It wasn't bad at all. Oh and the classiest goody bags in Christendom. And the place was bedecked in sunflowers for me.
What was a nice surprise was the 21-bum salute the hotel arranged for me. OK - not really - a naked protest meeting with mainly cyclists and some joggers. We were so disgusted, we raced to the windows to make sure our eyes were not deceiving us.
By Sunday my house is unliveable in. It is full of raffle prizes so kindly donated by everyone - Elizabeth Arden, Yorkshire Tea (see my previous post about details), Barmy Bunting, ARK cosmetics, Chris Sedgewick, Walkers, Bahlsen, Tetleys... And THE most beautiful Rob Royd hamper.
Yesterday we loaded up the cars and belted over to Mapp Village Hall - after my fix of drugs - ie coffee, lippy and a squirt of Elizabeth Arden perfume
. My son has finished school so he had the choice of helping his mother or being shoved up a chimney. He picked the latter, but I dragged him along anyway. 240 goody bags to fill... and they were crackers this year!
Though I heard later that some were more interested in the bag than the contents
Early arrivals were fellow author M Jonathan Lee 'Joff' who sat on the far aisle so he could make a quick getaway ;) He kindly donated a stack of books which went down very well if the cheering was anything to go by. Bigger cheers than mine, not that I'm bitter. But he's not invited again.
Yorkshire Cat Rescue and the Well can split £1400 between them. And there was £100 and some loose change in the bucket for Care for Claire. Isn't that lovely?
And it is ALWAYS such a privilege to sign books and talk to the people who buy them
A word here about my two glamorous assistants who were run RAGGED Yesterday picking out the tickets and delivering the prizes... Isabelle and Amelia. I couldn't do this without them...
Thanks to everyone who came and all the lovely comments and buying the books - 200 and odd sold. I had a great time but boy I was knackered. I took a giant Mapplewell freshly baked scone in a goody bag though for the next day.