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.

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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 šŸ™‚

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think Findy’s nephew Adil is a Bollywood Star in the making… how ’bout you?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHer mother and eldest daughter Maryam. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘Pottering’ around the castle

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATaking a rest in the walled garden OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADad, Mum, Aunt and Uncle and right, these lovely children who are an absolute delight!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANoel made a new a friend in Findy’s father šŸ™‚

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand below, niece Hida messing about in fountains

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe girls found a radiator in the form of a slate vase in the walled garden šŸ™‚ HEAT

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand we all found various places to rest.
After an instructive ten minute tour of the poisons’s garden OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA we had lunch and headed over to Barter Books!

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Friends from two different writing groups run across each other in Barter Books. Shiela Wkaefield of Red Squirrel Press took this :)

Friends from two different writing groups run across each other in Barter Books. Shiela Wkaefield of Red Squirrel Press took this šŸ™‚

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.