Clearing In The Forest Now Out On KINDLE
As I have said before writing is a funny business, your writing away happy as larry or pretending to be a Christmas tree. Then something pops into your head, totally different from your normal work and its SCARY!!! So what do you do ignore it or go for it? well I went for it and submitted the story to Kindle Scout who accepted it for consideration.
This was something new to me and to be frank a little scary, like waiting for the letter from an agent or publisher. But I did enjoy writing this book witches, demons, good v evil, with English history as the pivot for all the events. King John dies and the King of France sends his son Louis to become king of England using the black arts to do so. Three children growing up trying to survive in a time when life was cheap are all that stand between England and this evil. Hope you enjoy the book.
Well Kindle decide not to publish it so I have put it is out on Kindle myself and Kindle Scout have been very helpful in letting people know.
A lot of people have said they would like to buy it when it came on Kindle well ITS ON KINDLE NOW FOLKS!!!!
A Date With The Surgeon
Well the phone call finally came, they will operate on the 8th of August. So at long last I shall have my hand sorted out and be able to look at the countryside as I wont be driving for a while, lovely….
They have enjoyed themselves over this past month, toys and stuff they have had a whale of a time. A palm ball is their favourite as they can pull it to pieces and swing around on it. It has been fun watching them trying hard not to fall off, and hear them shouting and squabbling over small bits of palm, funny little things.
Club Nautique and Birds of the River
Having finished school I have been going to the river and taking photos of birds. This is really nice as Club Nautique is now open and the boys and girls are back practicing for their races. As usual my friend Pep is there with his family, looking after the youngsters and generally. It is nice to just sit in the cool of the evening chat with friends and enjoy a glass or two or even a bite to eat. The youngsters who are running the club bar this year are polite and very good waiters. They are supervised by adults who make sure they are ok and help with any problems that may arise, this is truly a family sailing club.
There will be more photographs to follow of the club and our friends.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc – Author
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Summer Has Arrived
Last year we never went to Club Nautique because the road was being dug up and the round trip to get there after petanca and school was just a bit too far. So this year now the road works have finished, we started watching the bar from mid June and last Monday after shopping we drove by to see the netting being put in place and knew summer was almost here and we could return to evenings by the river in the company of our friends. So on Tuesday after petanca I drove down to the bar to wait for my wife to join me after bingo. When I got there Pep and his family were sitting in their usual spot and suddenly it felt like home things were as they should be, I am so pleased that I have been to school to learn more Spanish I can now converse better and understand a good deal more.
This is my friend Pep who like me is a qualified yacht/sailing master (here he’s called a Captain) and we have spent many hours over the years talking about boats and life in general. He gives a lot of his time to the club and youngsters in the summer and in winter its football, he’s a really nice man and friend.
Above are some of the photographs from years past pictures, of friends and the young people who races and are now grown up but still support the club. I sailed for many years on the south coast of England crossed the channel a few times, made some really good friends and met interesting people doing so. Sailing, racing or just messing about in boats provides you with a ‘family’ made from the bond forged by a love of the water and boats whatever they may be. That’s what I like about Club Nautique the family atmosphere and a real sense of enjoyment by the youngsters who train on the river.
The Ebre is not a river to be taken lightly, its has a strong main stream of fast flowing water, plus back eddies and large boulders hidden beneath it people have died training on it. So I really take my hat off to these youngsters who every year train for the races under excellent supervision and provide a good basis for a very relaxing (if you are watching) rowing sport.
So Glass raised and here’s to a good summer of sailing and friendship.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc (author)
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Petanca at Mequinenza over the years
One of my favoured places for competitions is Mequinenza in Aragon. Over the years when we have been playing we have had some memorable times and some we would rather forget, but that’s how competitions go. We have made lots of friends and it always feels like a reunion when we all meet up. besides being a place for Petanca Mequinenza is also renowned for its fishing, and as we arrived this morning there were fishermen all along the banks of the river enjoying their sport.
This town is also known for its castle which sits on the hill behind the town overlooking the river as it did in the time of the Templars when they controlled trade on the river Ebre. Katherine of Aragon also spent time in the castle so the English connection is always there.
Looking at the Petanca courts from the club house – Old Age Pensioners Club – you can’t miss the castle which looks very impressive. The statue commemorates the miners which is something you would not associate with Spain. There were a lot of lead mines around here and in Cataluña (see http://wp.me/pVcwA-Bk) and until they were closed down they were a good source of employment. A certain amount of pride was attached, as a miner you had a job, and that meant money coming in and food on the table.
These are some of our fond memories friends and colleagues with their prizes. Unfortunately one of them is no longer with us and is sorely missed.
Reiner who, as President of Mora de Ebre, stands alone with the club trophy, and the one person who never shouted at me when we played in the same team, a real Spanish Don.
Today is no different from most competitions I am here writing and Michael is playing which is as it should be. The photos below are of today, the prizes are sponsored by Proctor and Gamble who have a distribution centre here. Hams and olive oil for the winners and seconds, cheeses, wines and the trophies this year are little framed photographs of the Jubilate Club. Michael, Maria Cinta and Gill they won a nice round of cheese each.
Our clubs photos start with breakfast and as you can see it is a serious affair. That’s right wine, olives and a bocadillo consisting of pan tomate and jamón, plus water and coffee. That is a proper petanca breakfast and really delicious.
This young lady is special and quite a bowler we were pleased to see our first disabled player win, and as you can see she and her friends are in the group photo wonderful.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc (author)
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my latest book Clearing in the Forest has been accepted by Kindle Scout for consideration.This URL https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/C3M14FIR3JW0 hope you enjoy it
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What a week:
So I have finally submitted my latest book Clearing in the Forest to Kindle Scout and been accepted, so now it s up to Kindle and people’s votes as to whether I am successful or not.
https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/C3m14FIR3JW0 this takes you to the page where you can read the piece they have selected and vote. Me I am busy working else I would have no finger nails left.
Hospital and Hand
Years ago I developed small cysts on the tendons of my little fingers, these were dealt with but over the years have grown back. One finger is totally bent so that will be a hammer jobbie to put it right as the joint has become set, but the other one is operable, so on Wednesday I go for ECG and blood-tests and on the 13th I see the anesthetist and probably have op same day, but at least it will be done and dusted.
Next weekend sees us back at Mequinenza, in another competition, I like Mequinenza although it’s a long way to travel which means an early start. Still its a nice club and good way to spend a Saturday morning. Full of history both ancient and modern – Katherine of Aragon came from here and it was involved the Spanish Civil War – the castle is well worth a visit.
Reina is in the middle with Roca on the right and Domas on the left. This is the Restaurant where we last saw him. We were sad to hear news a few weeks ago that our friend Reina (pronounced Rayner) has passed. To say it was a shock was an understatement, we knew he was ill but saw him around town when we went shopping or at the family restaurant. Everyone assumed we must have known as somebody would have told us but no, we found out the sad news from our friend Roca. He will be sadly missed especially by my wife at whom he never shouted when playing Petanca in a team.
Well they are just being themselves, still squabbling and shouting at the other birds plus they have a new game and friend. Boris Blackbird sits in the olive tree and sings to them they shout back and it gets louder and louder. At 6.30 in the morning that’s not funny, but Boris thinks its great fun he hides in the olive tree thinking he can’t be seen then dives down into the strawberry patch to nick one or two. Oh well can’t really moan and my wife doesn’t seem to mind, but they have a new trick under their wings. When we go shopping or into town or anywhere and leave they on our return they holler and shout until either a honey stick or strip f millet is placed in their cage. Yes I know we spoil them but we spoil all the birds up here, they just get a little more.
My Camera and I
I have finally worked out how to take some good shots with my new camera use a tripod. So whilst my wife was at her language hour on Thursday I took myself down to the river and sat under the trees watching the different birds feeding on the weeds. Here are just a few of the photographs I took, hope you enjoy.
Not really sure what happened here new editing suit.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc – Author
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Strawberries – In The Beginning
This is our Boris
Once upon a time in the forest a farmer and his wife made a small strawberry garden. It was small because he did not like them much but his wife loved them, so they grew just enough for her. Before the ground had been prepared they grew the strawberries in an old toilet but so many young plants began to grow that he had to make a proper bed. His wife gathered stones and built a low wall so that they would not be tempted to cut across the bed and crush the plants, then he planted the runners and waited. The plants took hold and grew providing some tasty fruit in their first year.
Now because the summer is very dry and Bobbin Robin asked very nicely they made a Water bar for the birds so they had somewhere to drink. Mind you Elsie Blue Tit also bathed in it – there’s always one!
So one day after a bit of thought, the farmer began to clear away round the olive tree and tidy things up. His wife again went looking for stones and finding some nice white big ones came and got the wheelbarrow and together they collected them. Then she built a wall to make a nice bulb garden with the water bar on the end under the tree. The farmer found a bucket which was painted green to make a water tank added a hose with a small tap and job done. However, it was also next to the strawberry patch – you can see where this is going.
Now all that happened a few years ago and since then my wife has been tweaking, adding and generally evolving the garden. So this year I was a little surprised to hear here telling the boys that someone was nibbling at her strawberries. I knew it wasn’t any of the ‘gang’ after all they had not touched any since the bed was formed and with the Water Bar right next to it the only two I could think of were Izzy and the Green Dragon, but they don’t eat strawberries do they?
So yesterday when I caught Izzy sunning himself in the back garden I asked him. ‘No we don’t but I know who does.’ however, he would not tell me just said keep an eye out early in the morning. So this morning I was up early sitting at my desk writing when the boys shouted ‘he’s in the strawberry patch dad he’ in the strawberry patch.’ Not being able to see it from my window I strolled outside and sure enough in the middle of the patch was BORIS Blackbird. ‘Oi they’re her strawberries, she’ll cut your beak off if she catches you’ I shouted ‘No she wont she loves me’ was the reply but I did notice he said this when he was in the tree. So mystery solved. Strange though when I told my wife her reaction was ‘little sod I knew someone was eating them’ and this was said as she made for the kitchen to put the kettle on, no going outside to stand and shout at him or moan to the boys. So now I know Boris was right and ‘Birds Rule’ up here hey ho, now why are the boys laughing at me???
(c) M.D. Bosc – Author
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A Gentle Ramble Through My Life
Well yes the sun is shining but there is also a cold wind which means the beaches are either sand blasting places or sun traps, either way the sea is still cold and when we have been to the coast recently the beaches were not exactly crowded. Which is a shame as we have some of the best beaches along our stretch of coastline, besides the main sandy stretches there are little coves dotted around which makes discovering them interesting. Places to fish from or topless sunbathing or just a quiet secluded beach for romance.
It’s also where I get some inspiration for my books. The sea is a wonderful conflicting place calm one moment a raging tempest the next and just sometimes something in between. A walk along an empty beach or sitting with a rod waiting for a fish to take the bait these are moments when stories find me. Whilst looking out to sea I am joined by characters new and old all jostling for attention linked by a love of seafaring and somewhere in there is always a new story.
For those of you not familiar with our life these are our Petanca friends whom Michael plays in the competitions with. He was at Fraga a while ago and won wine and a round of goats cheese which we have literally just finished. Then last weekend the club had a paella and Petanca day on Sunday (blog to follow) and I and my partner were top in our group so we played the top team in the other group to see who was top over all. We came second, wine and olives were our prizes and very welcome to. The paella was a sea food one with salad, dried meats, crisps and olives to whet our appetites. Only when we felt the first spots of rain were we convinced it was time to go home. Mind you we had been there since 8.30am and by the time the rain appeared it was close to 3.30pm.
Right so What’s Up Doc? well when you get older things begin to squeak and rattle (mostly from the pills) and that is a question I could have asked three times this last week. The medical staff is very good here, go for any test and they not only tell you the results but give you a printout so you can see how you’re doing, no secret squirrels here. Well where to start, a visit to my dr found that I was doing well so she thought she would try to lessen the tablets I take “we will try leaving off the aspirin for a month.” Ok sounded good to me but after a couple of weeks I began to get headaches and stuff so I made another appointment with her to let her know things were not going well, and went back on the aspirin. Headaches disappeared and felt better so when I told her about it she asked how long I had been on them 8 years I said oh my god, quick as a flash she had written me a prescription for some other tablets which help to safeguard the stomach so now back to normal. Then I got a phone call from the hospital, need to see the anaesthetist as they are going to operate on my hand next month this entails two visits and an ECG before they will confirm a date. Looking forward to this as hopefully my little finger will finally be straight and I will have to be chauffeured around meaning I can look at the country side and spot the birds.
This is where their cage sits during the night and on windy days with the nest box facing the other way for protection. During the day they are at the other end of the FFZ enjoying the sun and shouting at the birds. But as all kids do when we go shopping and return home first thing they do is to stand on their perches and shout until one of us appears and gives them a treat. Or if Michael is at his desk working with the window open they shout and holler till he either speaks to them or I go and sit in the FFZ with them taking my laptop/tablet with me. Yep I know it’s confusing but sometimes we both contribute to these blogs just for the hell of it.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc
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