My friend Fehmida Zakeer and I met on Writewords when she joined in 2008 and like so many other writers in those forums, we formed a bond. We read each other’s stories and poetry, critiqued each other’s work and were published in some of the same places. HERE is a look at Findy’s work.
Findy won a short story prize in 2013 and this year published on kindle. Buy it. She’s a great writier and it’s a good read!
Canvas of Life and Other Stories
But there is nothing quite like meeting someone, hearing their voice, sharing their company. This week we had the great privilege of meeting Findy and her family. For us it was a warm spring day in Northumberland. For them, recently arrived from Chennai, it was freezing cold. No matter how I try I can never explain to people from continental masses, the vicisitudes of the British weather; how it changes from region to region; how we can get four seasons in one day. Luckily my coat fitted her mother 🙂
And we take so much much for granted don’t we? Daffodils, tulips, cherry blossom, magnolia, the green/white flowers of helibores, violets, hyacinths. ‘What are those flowers,’ asked Findy. A host of golden daffodils. It’s difficult to think of reading Wordsworth without having ever seen them like we do, every year. And they are apparently growing right where hogswarts house was! An added bonus.
I think Findy’s nephew Adil is a Bollywood Star in the making… how ’bout you?
Her mother and eldest daughter Maryam. ‘Pottering’ around the castle
Taking a rest in the walled garden Dad, Mum, Aunt and Uncle and right, these lovely children who are an absolute delight!
Noel made a new a friend in Findy’s father 🙂
and below, niece Hida messing about in fountains
The girls found a radiator in the form of a slate vase in the walled garden 🙂 HEAT
and we all found various places to rest.
After an instructive ten minute tour of the poisons’s garden we had lunch and headed over to Barter Books!
Friends from two different writing groups run across each other in Barter Books. Shiela Wkaefield of Red Squirrel Press took this 🙂
Fehmida, it was a pleasure. Thanks for coming all this way and for making us part of your world. Hope we meet again. Maybe next time your husband and son can make it.