The rose beyond the wall

I came into my ‘New Dawn garden room’ this morning and an email appeared in front of me. It was from Helen Waller who I have commissioned to illustrate the jacket of my 2nd book.

I have been a little bit quiet for the past few months finishing writing the copy of my 2nd book ‘When a favourite flower dies in your garden’.

It went to edit last week and the exciting bit now starts for me as my words are inspiring Helen to first sketch then paint the back and front cover. Her work has of course become synonymous with my brand and I know the next jacket will add a new dimension and depth to my work.

This book creates the 2nd in what will eventually be a 6 boxed set of Life gardening gift books. Life here on earth gives us experiences that we need to navigate in a healthy way and I hope my words contribute positively to your journey. It’s my goal to provide a whole series that people can select when they need a bit of direction and inspiration.

This one is for people who have lost a loved one and it is my hope that it helps a little on the journey that is grief.

I can’t wait to share this piece of work with the world – it’s taken 3 years to get here and I know you will understand why I have been a little bit quiet.

I can’t share the new illustration yet but I thought I would share the incredible work Helen created for me in 2012 (there is a little clue in the title of this short blog).

Warm wishes to everyone x


Ps: The little girl in the picture was reading a from ‘Who are the flowers in your garden’ at my book launch with forever flower Annette O’Donnell


Love Makes The World Go Round

Love makes the world go round!

This is a phrase that resonates very strongly with me.

I know what it feels like to be in a relationship where my needs are completely met; where I feel totally safe; secure and loved inside and out by a partner. I also know what it is like for that loving relationship to become one of anxiety and mistrust as my 1st marriage ended in 2003 after 17 years.

My relationship with Rob was based on complete trust and being loved by him made my world complete.

When he died my world eventually stopped turning. The man who had become the central figure in my life and also that of my children was gone. However tough things got for us with Rob’s health we always had the ability to laugh and inspired many by our positive attitude to life.

One of the nurses who wasn’t able to attend Rob’s funeral wrote to me expressing how he and I inspired her to see life in a different way and how love really does make the world go round.

We ALL need to feel loved and loving support remains a fundamental requirement to good health throughout the world.

I talk about like being like a garden and in recent years since Rob’s death I have realised that when someone dies they will ALWAYS be in your garden. They have merely gone to another part of it.

‘Do you have enough Loving Support in your life’?