Sunday, December 11, 2016


The little plastic Santa comes out of his box

the children write letters.

The last flowers are gathered from the garden

and bits and pieces of foliage admired.

We see curious fungi on a walk.

The usual trip to the green market  to see wreathes

buy fruit

and see more wreaths

and luxuriate in berries

and more berries.

An edited picture of a splendid tree on Long Island looking mysteriously festive.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two Summer Stories

My latest little children's book TWO SUMMER STORIES is finally available from Amazon - just in time for the holidays! In the US here and in the UK here .

I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it. Though aimed at 8-12 year old readers, it's also a memoir of growing up in England in the 1950's and full of history and adventures and family and may well appeal to grownups of my generation.

These are a couple of the water colors I did when working on the story.

I've also re-editied the two first stories Jane in Winter and Jane and the Essex Serpent. Jane in Winter is especially Christmassy - at the end. 

Happy reading - and please forward to anyone who might be interested!