Three months ago, on 23rd March 2020, the UK was placed into Lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic.
Three months later, on 23rd June 2020, we are slowly emerging from this surreal isolated state. It’s been a challenging time to say the least.
Now I’m not about to go on and on and on about that dreaded virus. There’s more than enough in the news about it!
What I have done though, as I’m sure many of you have too, is to reflect on what I won’t take for granted again.
1- I won’t take for granted the freedom to come and go as I please.
2- I won’t take for granted being able to shop at my leisure without having to queue up outside the stores and to being able to find what I want on the shelves when I get inside.
3- I won’t take for granted the enjoyment of going for a drive, playing my music, even if it is only the daily commute to work and back.
4- I won’t take for granted the pleasure of social conversation with people I don’t share a home with.
5- I won’t take for granted the simple pleasure of sitting down for a coffee and a heart to heart with a friend.
If nothing else, the last three months have been a reminder to appreciate what you have in life because overnight it can all disappear.
Personally, I can’t wait for that first coffee catch up.
(image sourced via Google – credits to the owner)
Spending time outdoors in the sunshine in the highlight of the day during these crazy times we are living through. Even the Scottish weather has taken pity on us mere humans and been glorious for the past couple of weeks or more.
Usually I’ve been walking along the coastal route, enjoying a regular meander along the beach and filling my lungs with salty sea air but last Friday evening it looked as though Mother Nature was going to treat us to a spectacular sunset.
Time to change route to get a better view!
So, instead of heading down the steep hill from the house, Boy Child and I headed up.
What a view!
With time to spare before the sun actually set, we decided to explore the woodland to the west.
Not a soul in sight. Birds were singing in the trees. A gentle breeze was rustling through the leaves. It was peaceful. Calming. Serene.
SO good for the soul.
We eventually followed a path that brought us out at the back of the a local caravan park and guess what we found? A park and some swings!
I love swings! (yes, I know I’m a big kid)
Having channelled my inner child for a few brief moments, we retraced our steps arriving back at the car park just in time to watch the sun sink behind the Argyllshire hills.
Here, take a look but this doesn’t do it justice.
Sometimes you just need to pause and take in the beauty of the world around you and appreciate all that you have.
Stay safe, folks.
If in doubt, head to the beach….. well, I self-isolate there on a regular basis anyway.
The sun was trying to shine. The seabirds were swooping and crying. The tide was out meaning Boy Child and I were able to avoid the coastal path for most of the way and stay down on the shoreline. Ok, I might have ended up with slightly wet feet but, for almost two hours ,was heavenly. No news updates to scaremonger. No fretting about the days to come. No stressing about whether the supermarket would have milk or bread or loo rolls next time I need to visit. It was simply a walk along the beach on a nice Spring day. with my son. To look at these pictures you’d never know there was anything wrong with the world.
(Yes, a rare picture of yours truly)
I even managed to pick up some “treasures” to add to my collection.
Stay safe, folks.
Piece by piece
Attention to detail
Testing times or timing the test?
Impatience not an option
End goal achieved with endless patience
For those of you who have read my Silver Lake series, you will be familiar with the Silver Lake dragon.
The dragon is “born” in the pages of the first book in the series, Stronger Within, when Lori draws it for Jake as a gift.
“Will you sign it?” asked Jake, immediately embarrassed for asking.
With a smile Lori autographed the piece with her distinctive Mz Hyde signature and passed it back to him. “If the band wants to use it, I’m ok with that. If you want to use it as a beer mat, I could get upset,” she joked lightly.
It’s mentioned in every book in the series in a different guise.
In reality, the original drawing of the Silver Lake dragon (she doesn’t have a name as yet) was gifted to me by a very talented, special artist friend of mine, Fiona Knox, to say “thank you” for taking her to see Slash ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators live in concert in Glasgow at the end of 2014. (There’s a whole other rock n roll story there but that’s one for another day.)
The original drawing has been framed and hangs in my hallway. It’s very much admired. Me- well, I love it to bits!
The dragon first appeared on the cover of Stronger Within in April 2015.
She made a second appearance in February 2016 on the cover of Impossible Depths – well part of her did!
In April 2017, the dragon made her third appearance. This time it was on the cover of the third book in the series, Bonded Souls.
Around this time, it was also transformed into a limited edition pin by Lost Girl Creations.
And also a limited edition guitar pick.
Then last December, when Shattered Hearts was launched, the dragon featured again on the cover.
And, yes, when the final book in the series comes out in 2021, she will be there again somewhere.
The Silver Lake dragon really is at the heart of my creative journey. To me, she symbolises the dream coming true. She represents all the hours spent writing, typing, spellchecking, proofreading and editing. She’s the visual representation of my “book babies”. I could waffle on for hours but you get the hint.
She’s also a symbol of love and friendship.
Last weekend, the Silver Lake dragon was recreated once more. Immortalised forever as a part of me.
Yes, I am now the indieauthor with the dragon tattoo! 😉
(Huge thanks to Tubi at Forevermore Tattoo in Glasgow)
If you want to read more then check out the Silver Lake series today
Amazon.com links –
Stronger Within – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VXDSC1M
Impossible Depths – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C0GS30K
Bonded Souls – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSQHG71
Shattered Hearts – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZY8ZSDM
Amazon.co.uk links –
Stronger Within – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VXDSC1M
Impossible Depths – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01C0GS30K
Bonded Souls – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XSQHG71
Shattered Hearts – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZY8ZSDM
If you want to see more Lost Girl Creations check out their Instagram:
If you want to see more of Tubi’s work check out his Instagram:
or Forevermore’s website
– Jeanne Moreau