Just a quick post for you today to announce the winners of my two book giveaways from the other week.
Gourmet Gifts For Christmas has been won by Dan Cionescu who says cookies and chocolate are his fav foodie gifts.
A Wee Taste Of Scotland has been won by Cumbrian who says vol-au-vents are top of the party food list!
I’ll be contacting you both as soon as I can to arrange sending out your copies of the books.
Thanks everyone for taking the time and trouble to enter my wee giveaways.
So what of the Losers in the title of this post. Well my dear friends the loser in this case is me! You know how you can feel like you are scrabbling for a hold in life, really struggling to make headway sometimes?
Well that has been me of late. Then these last few days at Country Living things really came together and I sold lots of books, particularly my Gourmet Gifts For Christmas. It felt great, I felt bouyant and good about myself.
Yesterday I headed off to the village and banked the money I’d made and was excited at the prospect of actually being the one who is able to buy that entry level camera for Idgy for her Christmas as she is doing photography next year in school. It felt great that my writing and photos were going to be paying for this.
My head felt above water and I had a smile on my face.
I was also happy as I’d been asked by Country Living to go down to Harrogate to do two demos there on Thursday. I was thrilled to be doing this and so set off from the village to head for supermarket to get some more supplies for the talks.
That is when it happened, when I lost the lot. My beloved Tigger (my wee Tigra car) hit oil on the road and spun out of control, hit the banking and ended up facing the other direction. Thank God there was nobody coming the other way or I’d have been a goner. Due to Tigger being light she bounced off the steep banking and landed with a thump on all four wheels. Had she been heavier she would have rolled.
As I stood shaking at the side of the road in the pouring rain I realised I had left the house without my phone. I was sobbing my heart out and the cars just drove past. Finally an elderly couple stopped and let me use their phone to call the RAC to get them to send a lorry out to collect me. It would take an hour before the breaker could get me and these kind people drove off to the village and came back with a cup of coffee for me as they said I was in shock.
They were kindness in itself, real honest to goodness people from God.
My little car got taken away and all the money I made on my books has now gone on paying the insurance excess. Bang goes the camera for my girl’s Christmas, and bang goes my feeling of joy at finally being able to get it right, make some money and do something for her that was directly from me and what I could do.
It felt like a kick in the head after all the hard work. The aches and pains of the accident will wear off soon enough, but this won’t.
I’ve had to borrow Mr X’s car as the insurance company won’t supply one for 48 hours and I’m off to Harrogate this morning to do two talks and demos tomorrow at the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair there. It will be Gourmet Gifts For Christmas and Festive Home Fragrance in England this time.
Still a bit shaky and will be taking this long (4 hour) journey slowly. So there you have it lovely winners and smiles at the top of the page and a bit of a car wreck at the bottem.
That’s life isn’t it……..