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London – August 12th, 1988
Marty’s plans to buy his first home now seem to be going ahead. Within the next six weeks, both he and Michael Purdy could have their own home. Marty confirmed to me again today that I was at the top of the list to rent the spare room in the flat from them. I’m delighted by this, given the terrible events of last week. as it has started the ball rolling for me in searching for a new home.
If all goes to plan, Marty and I could be moving out of Grassmere Road by November. That would mean that I will have had a full year of living here. It will always be a place I will remember. Even in the short amount of time that I have been living here in Grassmere Road, I have had so many happy times and so much going on in my life. It’s been a magical place to live.
However, I shouldn’t just rely on the promise of the room from Marty. I need to have other plans in place just in case something goes wrong. Once the funeral is over, I’ll begin to work on those plans over the coming weeks.
Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.
This week my guest is the author, writer and blogger, Darlene Foster. One of the things Darlene says on the ‘about me’ page of her blog is that her blog is for writers, readers, travellers, dreamers, friends and friends she hasn’t met yet. For me, the word ‘dreamers’ stood out because it’s something I believe every human being is. Where would we be if we didn’t have dreams to follow or chase?
Not only is Darlene a writer, but she’s also an employment counsellor, an ESL tutor for children, a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves to travel, and shoes, cooking, reading, sewing, chocolate, music, the beach and making new friends are all a big part of her life.
Her 13-year-old grandson called her “super-mega-woman-supreme”. She was brought up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she dreamt of travelling the world and meeting interesting people. She currently divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca in Spain, with her husband, Paul.
Darlene is the author behind the ‘Amanda Travels’ books. Set in various locations, Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask” was her first published novel. Once bitten by the travel bug, Amanda travels to other interesting places, sticking her nose in other people’s problems and getting herself in trouble. Read “Amanda in Spain – The Girl in the Painting”, “Amanda in England – The Missing Novel”, “Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone”, and “Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music” to find out the adventures Amanda has as she travels the world.
When I asked Darlene which of her books she wanted to include, she replied, ‘Amanda in Spain-The Girl in the Painting. It is an older book, but I wanted to share a review an eight-year-old recently sent to me as it made me so happy.’
Here’s the review.
I really enjoyed this book. I like books which have a mystery plot to them, and this book really caught my attention – I read it all in one go! The story kept me guessing until the end. In some parts, the reader is held in suspense while in other times you can almost guess what’s going to happen so I had to read on to find out if I’d got it right or not. My favourite character was Dona because she is a Spanish performer and I like performing as well. I like books in which I can relate to characters that are around my age. I enjoy books that are set in different countries, as I like geography and finding out about places. I especially liked the detail of the settings. This book was so fantastic, I was really engaged. Thank you, From Catrin (eight years old)
Click here to buy Amanda In Spain – The Girl in the Painting.
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Darlene’s song choice is Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams.
Released in 1985, Summer of ’69 was written jointly by Adams with long-time writing partner Jim Vallance. Upon its release as a single, it helped push ‘Reckless,’ the album it was taken from, to the number one spot in the U.S.A. The song was a big success around the world, only failing to make it into the top 40 in Germany and the UK. Thank you for your song choice, Darlene.
Back in the summer of 1988, I had much of what the song lyrics to Summer of ’69 refer to in my life. That’s all I’m saying. 😀 Do you have a favourite summer song? Share a link to it in the comments.
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