Tuesday, 17 February 2009

How To Write Your Life Story



I popped out to visit my egg lady this morning. There she was sitting sunning herself just outside her old barn. She welcomed me with her usual customary cheerful greeting and we stepped inside the deep gloom of the interior. Inside the temperature dropped considerably and we made our way to the back where she set about packing up my usual dozen freshly laid eggs. As usual my heart sank as I surveyed the neat rows and rows of homemade pickles, conserves and other assorted brightly filled bottles. Last night I managed to grind some breadcrumbs and pop them quickly into a container.

Feeling guilty that the modern working woman is no match whatsoever for that generation I was heartened to see on my return a package awaiting me from Hodder publishing. On excitedly ripping open the thick brown envelope there was the book I had been awaiting. How to Write your Life Story by Ann Gawthorpe with of course a section on the phenomenon of blogging. Now as you know I'm a shy retiring creature who wouldn't dream of thrusting herself into the limelight unless it was dragged kicking and screaming in protest but I couldn't help but smile modestly to myself. For there it was for all to see, Sally's Chateau, as the case study. Petit moi. Yes a modern working woman with important copy to write hasn't got time to knock out a non stop conveyor belt of pickles and jams. I shall buy them locally and stick my own labels on. Cheating ? no just using one's initiative.

Anyway I'm now rather tempted to jot down the white knuckle roller coaster ride that my life seems to have consisted of these past years. As the book says, every one's life is unique, with funny, sad, painful, triumphant moments but if my book left people with the feeling that if you want something badly enough in life you will achieve it then it won't be a waste of time. Whoever you are, it is possible. I daresay it would actually help if I read the book How to Write your Life Story first.....

The daffodils are waving their pretty yellow heads around in the garden. The buds on the roses and lilac are appearing at an alarming rate and spring is most certainly in the air. After not having my beloved British TV, yes it is the best in the world, I turned it on and flopped down in anticipation. What is this non-stop dishing up of doom and gloom ? depression now rather than recession. Yes we all know it's tough, yes we all know it's going to get tougher. I've already resigned myself to the fact that as a self employed person I've got to work even harder even longer but I'm optimistic.

I just took my first booking for 2010, now that tells me something.

19 comments:

Un Peu Loufoque said...

What inspiring reading!

muddyboots said...

oh sally, you are so truly amazing!

Maddie Grigg said...

Reasons to be cheerful indeed.

Exmoorjane said...

Petit moi deserves a large pat on the back and a glass of something very cold and fizzy methinks. Well done, you! A reason to like Hodder.....
Sod the preserves...
jx

Suffolkmum said...

Wow, that was inspiring! It's so good to read your blog again. x

Pipany said...

Well done Sally and I agree with your philosophy - if you want something enough then go for it! x

max said...

super sympa ta ville je l'adore y étant déjà allé quelques fois, bonne continuation§§§

Pondside said...

Way to go, Sally! You are an inspiration. I love your elegant pragmatism (this makes perfect sense to me - I hope it does to you too). Anyone who whines and droops at adversity should take a look at you and be buoyed up.

Fantastic Forrest said...

Love your blog! What a treat. Hopefully in a year or so my family will be in Europe on a Fulbright teaching exchange. Meanwhile, I will enjoy being in France vicariously through your lovely photos and interesting words.

Write on, Sally!

ChrisH said...

Good news Sally (gosh - I feel like writing that again!).

Mrs ElderBerry said...

oh sally my dear, l do so love your blogs and if you can publish your life story l will recomend it for our book of the month in the post office.

Cait O'Connor said...

Congratulations on your attitude, it's the only way to be!

Gayle said...

Oh Sally..
Whenever I'm feeling remotely down, you bring me back up!
Keep it up girl...I NEED YOU!
Luv'n'Hugs
Gayle x

lampworkbeader said...

Gosh Sally, you are posh and famous at last, and well deserved I must say.

Tessa said...

Well, I, for one, am not the least little bit surprised that you are being hailed as a literary blogging heroine! I raise a glass of the good grape to you. À votre santé!

And remember, life is too short to pickle a lemon.

LittleBrownDog said...

Yes, put me on the list for a copy - your life story is sure to be an excellent read (just hope it won't leave me feeling to envious, though...)

...And I'm with you all the way on the topic of steaming off the labels and replacing them with your own. My thoughts exactly.

bayou said...

Hi Sally, this to let you know that I enjoy your blog(s) and look forward to see and read more of it.
Very pleased that you have already a reservation for 2010! Celà est tellement encourageant!

Linda Crispell said...

You will have many eager readers.
What is the temperature at the end of March in your area?
Linda

Sally's Chateau said...

Hi Linda, The temperature at the end of March should be warm and very spring like although the temp today is due to hit 18 degrees !!! Suits me just fine :)