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Re Book Lovers' Supper Club


If you would like to come to the Book Lovers' Supper Club meeting in November the tickets won't be available until nearer the time. The ones on sale at the moment are for the September do. Thanks!

My new book!


After a huge amount of work, editing, selecting etc. my new book How I long to be with you - War Letters Home - is due out in November this year, in time for Christmas! I am very proud of the result and I am sure it will appeal to a great many people and would make a perfect present. I shall be doing book signings and appearances and these are ones already in the diary:

19 November - The Book Lovers' Supper Club at the Barn in Ditchling (tickets can be bought at the Mint House in Hurstpierpoint and via their website). It's always a great evening with lovely home cooked food and a glass or two of wine, interesting company and a chance to chat to the author - me in this instance!

22 November - in Burgess Hill town centre - check local press for venue nearer the time

3 December - at Miss Mabel's Emporium, Burgess Hill (next to Wickes, where you can park) from 3-6 pm

6 December - at Rushfields Nursery, Poynings at 11.00 - buy your Christmas tree at the same time and everything you need to celebrate including goodies from the farm shop!

There will be other venues which I shall post on my blog. See you there!

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Now that I've found out how to make a hash key on the mac there's no stopping me!



Since Ma passed away (when I discovered her collection of Housewife and Good Housekeeping magazines she had kept from when she married Dad in 1948 until he died in 1966) I have found them a fantastic source of inspiration. For the last year I have been making greetings cards - each one is unique - suitable for all occasions. All are blank for you to choose what to write, but I also make seasonal cards. Christmas will be my next priority.

They are mostly priced at a very reasonable 2.50 a pop (with a very few exceptions at approx. 3.00) and, once you have bought one I bet you will be back to buy more! I am continually making new cards with new ideas. Here are a couple of ones about to go on my carousel at Miss Mabel's Emporium next to Wickes in Burgess Hill. Call in and have a good wander: there are wonderful stalls offering everything you didn't know you needed - plus the pleasure of having a cup of tea or coffee and cake - or a light lunch.

I am always happy to take personal commissions for that very special occasion - costs in this instance may vary depending on the style/work, etc.

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A taster of the book...


These are some pictures from How I long to be with you - War Letters Home - to give you a taster:

This is my father, Pay-Lt Trevor Jarvis RNVR - the only 'beard' on board the HMS SUSSEX:

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Dad without the beard

The RNVR 'beauties'

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Dad's brother Paul, 87 Squadron, Lille 1940

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Delicious courgette thingummy


This is really easy and makes a wonderful light lunch with a salad:

For 2:

3 medium sized courgettes
1 medium onion or four sliced spring onions
1 large grated carrot
Handful of fresh basil
1 chilli of your choice, chopped and de-seeded if you don't want too much heat
cup of grated cheddar cheese
1 large egg, beaten first
1-1 1/2 tablespoons of plain flour
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
salt and pepper
tablespoon melted butter
olive oil for cooking

1. Grate the courgettes onto a clean cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Place in a bowl.
2. Peel and chop the onion or slice the spring onions and add to above.
3. Peel and chop the garlic and add to the bowl along with all the other ingredients bar the olive oil and mix well.

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and either put all the mixture in one go and flatten slightly with a spatula or spoon on large individual dollops. Cook for 3 minutes or until crispy and golden brown, flip over and continue cooking a further 3 minutes or so.

5. Serve immediately with a salad or with chutney and a cucumber raita.