Archive for August 2012

Journey to Amsterdam

Very very early in the morning I fly to Amsterdam from Heathrow.

Plans for the Netherlands?

The fiftieth birthday party of a dear friend in Den Haag.
Two concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

And the rest is speculation:

  • A day trip to Antwerp in nearby Belgium?
  • A day trip to Brussels? Best chocolate in the world (plus art and architecture and glorious gardens, of

  • course).
  • A day trip – train, bus and bicycle – to a museum in the middle of a national park in the Netherlands with a large collection of van Gogh?
  • A day trip to see working windmills?

I’ll let you know when I get home!

London Calling!

I’ve been organizing the logistics of my trip to the UK and the Netherlands, later in the month. I have three and a half days in London. I need three months.

Walk Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Visit the National Gallery and the Tate Modern (you cross the Thames on a boardwalk to get to it). Go to concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and St Martin in the Fields (which isn’t, of course, even remotely anywhere near a field). Lunch with relatives, one of whom I haven’t seen for over fifty years.

And then – the culmination – attend the lunch and presentation ceremony for “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” – chosen as the children’s book to represent English-language Canada for the next two years internationally.

The place will be packed with children’s writers, translators and illustrators from around the world. Wow.

Summer Visit to Port Joli

I’m behind in my update! My excuse? I’ve been working very hard on “The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden” – for which, by the way, I have received a Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage grant. Thank you!

In July, three other kids’ writers and I spent almost a week in the lovely house in Port Joli owned by Peter Carver and Kathy Stinson. The house has a view of the bay, and is within a five-minute walk of a length of sandy beach which adjoins Thomas Raddall Provincial Park. Keji Adjunct is just across the bay.

The ocean was icy-cold. But it was summer. I had to do it. Not just once, either.

The photos of the beach are Marcia’s – lovely reflections on the sand…

We worked in the mornings, walked and swam in the afternoons, critiqued in the evenings. Such good feedback – thank you, Jackie, Jan, and Marcia.

Oh yeah, we also ate extremely well. It helps creativity along!

On our last day, we drove to Shelburne, where they were celebrating Founders Day. An army camp was set up by the water. I’ve posted a few of my favourite photos.

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