๐Ÿ“š I had beignets! ๐Ÿ“š

Hey there!

I am busy getting ready for my trip to the UK at the beginning of next month. I've decided to go for three months so I don't have to rush my plans and because we're having construction done on our house which will not be conducive to writing. This way I'll be able to get a lot done before I come home.

Preparations take the form of mostly getting all my medical checkups in order, allocating chores so that my flowers will be watered and my PO box emptied, and making sure I have my three essentials.

When my kids were little, I would tell them they only needed take three things with them to the airport. Anything else was a bonus. It was a way to minimize the anxiety and overwhelm for them. I still think of it as good advice for anyone – myself included.

The three things have changed over the years – remember when we needed paper tickets? But it is always only three things. When I'm on my way to the airportย ย always check that I have my:

  • Passport
  • Laptop
  • Phone

If I have those, everything else can be worked out. It's a good thing to check too. I forgot my laptop once and we had to go back for it.

Did you know?

John Nettles who played an ex-detective on Jersey in the 1980s BBC TV seriesย Bergeracย moved to live on the island during filming. His daughter joined the Jersey police force.

Satisfying!

Some of you wrote to me last week about this jigsaw puzzle saying it was hard. It was. It took me quite a few hours over several days but it was immensely satisfying when it was done. Also, I just love the photo. If you missed the link last week,ย here it is.

Finally . . . beignets

I write a lot about them, but I've never had one myself. Last week I went to a local New Orleans-inspired restaurant serving Cajun-Creole food. I had not visited the restaurant in years, certainly since Covid. (Isn't it funny how we measure things these days – pre or post Covid?)

Anyhow, I had also not visited this particular restaurant since publishing the Roxy Reinhardt series. I spend hours researching New Orleans food for the books, but while I'd had jambalaya and รฉtouffรฉe a-plenty (see photo below), I'd never had a beignets.

Finally theย weightย is over. The beignets were delicious. In fact, everything I ate, including the food on other people's plates, was fantastic. (The French silk pie was to die for.) I can certainly see why the cuisine is so famous.

(Those NOLA people, they're not stingy with the alcohol either. I ordered a gin and tonic and I'm quite sure I was given an entire glass of neat gin and ice. I had to sip it until there was room for my tonic. Oy!)

There will be another newsletter next week and the week after that, then I'll slow down over the summer. Have a lovely week. Don't forget to downloadย your starter library!

Happy reading!

Chaos in Cambridge by Alison Golden
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