Thursday, 21 August 2014

The power of three

A few days ago, at an undisclosed location in the south of France, I met up with my writing friends Hilary Mantelpiece and KJ Rolling Pin. The photographer made reference to the opening scenes of Macbeth so we sent him to Coventry ... where his remains have been formed into a new gargoyle.

Our weekend retreat was funded by the two Arthurs (Mr Cone and Mr Doyle to you). They're huge fans of our work. Well, who isn't?

We dined exclusively on ice cream served in cornets formed round the horns of unicorns and drank nothing but the finest vintage peppermint tea.

Naturally our conversation was of literary matters, well worn themes and the loveliness of DC Thomson editors. Do read my friends' accounts here and here for the whole story. Some parts are even true!

No famous authors were harmed in the making of these blog posts. The same cannot be said of cakes and scones.

29 comments:

  1. Now - is yours the most far-fetched, or not, Patsy!

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    1. It's almost as though you don't believe every word, Rosemary.

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  2. I hope no unicorns were harmed in the making of this blog ;)
    Alyson

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    1. Not at all, Alyson. They love making the cornets (their hooves make knitting difficult you see) and they get as much raspberry ripple as they like.

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  3. Wi wish I had friends like yours, Patsy 😄

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    1. If you like I could introduce you over a teacake sometime, Wendy.

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  4. Clearly the atmosphere of the place and the company affected you strongly.

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  5. Looks like it was lovely weather and lovely company! That tea looks delicious too. Such cute teapots!

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    1. It was a very nice afternoon altogether, Leandra.

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  6. Cool you got to hang out with author friends!

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    1. It was, Alex. I've been very lucky and met up with quite a few of my online writing buddies.

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  7. Ah, the life of Riley! Looks like not a lot of writing was done that day, though it seems to have done your imagination the world of good!

    *flies off through purple cloud on winged horse*

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    1. You're right, we didn't do any actual writing ... but how on earth did you find out how we got home afterwards?

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  8. Does three make a gaggle? Nice way to spend the afternoon.

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  9. Who could wish for more. Friends, ice cream, peppermint tea, cake and scones - and obviously a lot of laughter :-)

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  10. Are you sure there was only tea in the teapot? I cant tell if you were slurring your words, but it sounds like you were having lots of fun.

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    1. The only thing we were intoxicated was the company, Maggie - honest!

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    1. Huh! We spent ages on our write ups and the very rude photographer gets all the credit!

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  12. Hi Patsy .. yup totally agree with everyone - what fun .. and you obviously all are having a ball .. cheers and now to move across to see the others .. Hilary

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    1. Don't take any notice of the other two, Hilary - they're always making stuff up.

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    1. You're only saying that because we were talking about you, Kath.

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  14. Those names are totally inspired - just been reading them out to hubby!

    marion

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