I took a half hour walk up the lane to blow away the cobwebs and when I got back, the post van had been leaving a note for me to collect a parcel from my nearest post office over in Whitchurch. I knew what it was because I was expecting it – a box containing copies of my new book. I hope I never lose the excitement of opening that box and seeing the book for the first time, holding it and opening it to check that the dedication is correct. So, after much hard work, A Close Connection is to be published at the end of the month. At the weekend, I went to Bude and we had a walk on the beach in glorious spring sunshine with a few hardy souls semi stripped off sunbathing. It wasn’t that hot. I missed the partial eclipse as I was driving into Plymouth at the time but it did go marginally darker. Spring is official now and it’s beginning to feel like it too. I look at my patio plants which all need a bit of TLC and must pay a visit like everybody else to the garden centre soon.