Some weeks tiddle along nicely without really involving much of note – but sometimes that can be a real pleasure and they’re none the worse for being unremarkable.
Then however – you get weeks like last week – which must have laid claim to other weeks’ quotas because it had far more than its own fair share of busy-ness and activity and just all-round stuff.
First of all – the week saw a personal triumph for me – because for the second year running I managed to cross the NaNoWriMo finishing line with 50,000 words intact.
This year’s offering is a book about my life and times at Border Television. It’s called BUSK IT! for reasons explained in the book – but also because that phrase pretty much sums up my 22 years with the station. The book’s nowhere near finished – a few former colleagues have kindly contributed stories already but I’ve got many more still to chase, and many more stories of my own to recall before I’m done.
The book’s definitely not intended to be a history of Border TV – nor is it really a warts-and-all though the odd pimple might appear here and there… Watch this space for progress reports.
The second major happening of the week – was the Dumfries and Galloway Life People of the Year Awards. This glitzy occasion is held annually at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries – and for the second year in a row I was invited to present the awards.
Can’t even begin to tell you what a joy it is to do that job. It’s a lot of work – I did a bit of research into all of the finalists, and attended the judging so I could include some of the judge’s comments in my scripts. But hearing the stories of the nominees and seeing the absolute delight on the faces of the winners – that takes some beating.
The week concluded with the Farmers Market at Langholm in Dumfriesshire. My great chum Wendy Patterson goes to farmers markets and craft fairs regularly to sell her beautiful wildlife paintings on slate – and I’ve started tagging along to a few. I set up a little stall alongside Wendy’s, with my books whose cover illustrations are of course by the one and only Ms Patterson.
We also now have a new co-production line. I am by no means a poet, but after I did the Great Clydesdale Migration, riding beautiful and magnificent Clydesdale horses from the Isle of Skye to the south of Cumbria (450 miles) I fell so heavily in love with the Clydies, I had to capture my feelings in words and somehow a poem seemed most appropriate. Wendy drew a fantastic picture of a Clydie and we put the two together in the form of a greetings card, a printed mount – and a teatowel.
Here we are together at Langholm with the teatowel – I am mega chuffed with the way the poem and drawing work so well together. And lots of people can look forward to finding that poem in their Christmas stocking this year – so I hope they all enjoy it.