Saturday, 25 January 2014

January - packing up and moving on!

I know, I know…. I haven’t posted since wishing you a happy Christmas but I do have a good excuse, honest! 

Just before Christmas we sold our cottage. We’d had it up for sale for almost a year but with the house market being in the doldrums, we hadn’t attracted any serious interest. That all changed very quickly indeed just before Christmas after a lovely couple came to view, loved it, and offered to buy it straight away!

You may wonder why we would want to sell our cottage, which we bought as a derelict shepherd's bothy twenty five years ago and renovated ourselves. Well, with our three lovely sons all grown up and seeing the big wide world as theirs for the taking, Mr JH and I have decided to sell up/downscale and age disgracefully by having some adventures of our own rather than putting our feet up by the fire.

We did manage to have a fabulous last family Christmas at the cottage. But the moment January arrived we were in packing mode. So now we have packed up and moved out - our exciting adventure has begun. We have very luckily managed to find a place to stay temporarily, until we decide where we’d like to base ourselves. We have moved from our cottage in the hills to a lodge house down by the side of the river. The river is one of the best in Scotland for fishing salmon and river trout and I must admit that I do love the sight and sound of the water thundering past us - from a safe distance of course - here on the river bank!

And the writing? Well, I’m just about to start writing a new full length novel for publication later this year and I can do that just about anywhere – same goes for blogging – so if I’m not here as much as you’d like me to be with my news then please do pop over and Like my Page or Follow me on Facebook or Twitter as you’ll find me online there most days and I’d be delighted to chat and share news.

So what’s happening this week…?

Award winning 'Innovative' Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine - for which I am an associate editor – has a fabulous third issue available now to read online or to download. I like to download it to read on my Kindle Fire in full colour. Find out how to get your FREE copy HERE

January 25th is Burns Night here in Scotland and it is celebrated all over the world. I’m celebrating by offering my bestselling novel Bagpipes and Bullshot at a specially reduced price in paperback. Or you can download to Kindle at £1.90 or $3.00. A wee bargain!

Here’s the links if you’d like to check it out on Amazon UK or Amazon US. Other countries worldwide via Amazon are included in this offer.

You can win a copy of Bagpipes and Bullshot if you are my 5000th Twitter Follower! I'm close to 5K lovely follower peeps and feeling so excited about reaching such a milestone! A copy of my bestselling novel Bagpipes & Bullshot goes to Follower No.5000!

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Until next week then…..
Janice xx


Rena George said...

I'm not at all surprised that lovely couple snapped up your beautiful cottage. Did you have a wee tear in the eye when you finally had to leave, Janice?
Here's wishing you and yours well wherever you decide to settle. And good luck with that new novel. Rx

Joan Fleming said...

Glad your move has gone smoothly and you're happy in your new (temporary) home, Janice. It sounds like a lovely setting in which to start your new novel.

Janice said...

Hi Rena - you know, by a twist of fate, my middle son was leaving to be an English teacher in S. Korea the same weekend we moved out of the cottage and so my focus was not so much on the move but seeing him off at the airport - and yes, I tried hard not to, but I cried buckets in the departure lounge after waving him off. Letting go of the cottage was much easier by comparison!

Janice xx

Janice said...

Thank you Joan! I feel very lucky indeed to be offered such a lovely place to stay while we take stock and make our plans for the future. I'm feeling very excited about starting the new novel!

Janice xx

Jean Bull said...

Good Luck in your new home wherever it may be!

Janice said...

Thank you Jean - and happy new year to you!xx

Melanie said...

All the best, Janice! Hope you had a wonderful Robbie Burns day. I can't wait for your newest novel to come out. Will you be dropping any hints throughout the year?

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

It's hard selling a home you've loved for so long - we're putting ours on the market after 11 years - but it is exciting not knowing what adventures are coming up next!

Congratulations on the successful move and here's to a fantastic 2014 for you!

Janice said...

Thank you Melanie. I hope you enjoyed Burns Night too over there in Canada. I'm very excited about the new novel and yes, I'm sure I'll want to share all the highs and lows as I write it, with my lovely friends!

Janice xx

Janice said...

Hi Debs! I'm excited for you! Yes, there is an element of sadness when leaving a long loved home, but I found that a year of it being up for sale was enough time for me to look forward to selling. Wishing you a fabulous 2014 when your best dreams come true!

Janice xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Glad to hear your move went smoothly, Janice - it would be lovely to celebrate together before saying goodbye to the cottage (and son!). All the best with your new novel and adventures.

Janice said...

Thank you Rosemary. It all happening in January has really set me up for a whole new year of adventures!

Janice xx

@completelyjane said...

Good luck in your new home (wherever it may be) and your new adventures. How exciting! xx

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janice .. it's funny when it happens isn't it - you feel so set and just ambling on, then the papers come through, the sale/sold sign goes up. So pleased you've found a base for the time being and summer by the river sounds an idyllic setting while you cogitate the future and write your novel ..

Congratulations and good luck - a serious change in 2014 - Happy New Year - long may it continue .. Hilary

Unknown said...

Moving out of your house of 25 years is difficult, especially when you started to pack all of your things and put it in the boxes. Memories will fill in. But everything happened for a reason. And the good side of this is your new home. It sounds lovely. I hope you can share some of the pictures of it.

Clay @

Kit Domino said...

Good luck in your new home. Hope you are well settled in now and it feels like home. I'd have sent a card but haven't got your new address so please don't think I've forgotten you! Hope you are safe and well. Love Kit xxx:)

Janice said...

Thank you Janie - yes it is exciting!

Thank you Clay - I still have many boxes yet unpacked!

Aw, thank you Kit. I haven't forgotten you either, and will be in touch. xxxxx

Love Janice xx

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