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Friday, 3 September 2010

Back To Earth

We may have to live on bread and water for a long time, but it was worth it. We have just returned from a big holiday, the first one spent in hotels rather than self-catering. It was the first time I haven't had to plan and cook meals in thirty years. We gazed into the strange depths of the Grand Canyon, waded through the heat and bright lights of Las Vegas, drove along Route 66, melted in the sunshine at Palm Springs, craned our necks to peer up at the endless height of the sequoia trees in Yosemite, mingled with the strange human life crammed into Venice Beach and left great pieces of our hearts in San Francisco. And more besides. We planned and saved long and hard for that holiday and the memories will live forever. It was monumental and we feel blessed to have had such an incredible experience.

Perhaps only writers will therefore understand why, back at my writing desk with all this mind-broadening depth of travel experience to trawl for inspiration, I am writing a story this morning about a decaying parade of shops in Ealing...


  1. Sounds fabulous, Joanna.
    Welcome back and well done for heading straight back to the desk!

  2. Sounds fabulous. We had a wet week in Wales. Your bread and water could be the source of a story though I'm sure the holiday exploits will prove a better resource.:O)

  3. Ooh how lovely,Joanna. It's always self catering for me. I'm glad you had a good holiday and welcome back!

  4. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful holiday. Maybe you will think of some holiday-related stories when you've had time for it all to settle in your mind. As for Ealing - oh well, you can only write the story that's in your head at this moment in time!

  5. What a fabulous holiday. I'm so glad you had a great time.


  6. Thank you everyone! I'm properly back down to earth now.