Wednesday, 22 July 2015

A Bracing Time by the Seaside. Fleetwood to Weston-Super-Mare!

Time to take a break and meet up with Gold Wing biking friends.

July saw OH and myself heading towards Fleetwood for our GWOCGB region's [Lancs and Lakes] Wing Ding. Not being campers, we booked as usual into a hotel. The North Euston Hotel on the Esplanade at Fleetwood once again welcomed us.
Fleetwood is a fishing town on the north Lancashire coast across the bay from Morecambe; as you can guess, freshly caught fish was on the menu everywhere. We settled ourselves after inscribing at the Wing Ding site and doing our stint to meet and greet new arrivals etc.

There is always a planned ride-out. We and another member managed to get some photos of these impressive bikes as they gathered for a day of riding.

The evenings were a time of chat, catch-up and fun as many danced to the disco.

Afterwards, many headed straight down to Weston-Super-Mare at the other end of the country in the south west of England into sunny North Somerset for Avon Wing's Wing Ding. This was Cider country!

We headed there later in the week, checking in to the very comfortable seafront hotel - Smiths Hotel. Planning to catch up with family whilst down there, our plans changed somewhat and didn't get onto the Wing Ding site as much as hoped. We did however, meet up with many friends on the seafront at the Thursday night Weston Bike Night where bikes of all shapes and sizes were parked up for the men to drool over. Freshly caught  fish was also on the menu and they were huge. Enough to feed two. 
If you have a Gold Wing or are thinking of buying one, visit the GWOCGB website to get a flavour of the fun to be had. If you haven't yet got your Gold Wing you can join as a 'social member'. Visit the GWOCGB site for details

When the sun went down on Sunday night, the light started to go 'transparent'; the lights on the hotel terrace came on - rotating from lilac to blue to green with fairy lights dripping down the lamp standards and I really felt as if I was back in Venice on the Riva degli Schiavoni!
Weston-Super-mare or Balcon de Europe in Nerja, Andalucia, southern Spain?

Although the palm trees transported me to Nerja in southern Spain.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Local Jeweller Celebrates 30 Years in the Town.

A celebration.

Through links - in a roundabout way - via social media, I have connected with Ruth Rees who is one half of Martin Rees, Jeweller in Wrexham. Ruth was very generous in donating to my fund-raising efforts for Dreamflight when I flew down the mountain on the longest zip wire in Europe.
Until now Ruth and I have been like ships that cross in the night but today we finally got acquainted.

We have lived in Wrexham, North Wales, for more years than I care to remember. What I do remember is Martin and Ruth opening their current shop in Chester Street as they took over from Mr. Mawdsley who was retiring. That part of Chester Street Wrexham, eventually became very dilapidated. It is very old with many historic links. Eventually, the whole row of shops was renovated with the whole character and the charming windows in the roof and their little roofs being retained. With flowers, bunting an a sparkling drink everything was very festive.

For anyone who likes to press their nose to a jewellers shop window as I do, a treat is in store with a wide range of goods on display. Visit their website and online store at

The shop was busy both when I arrived and when I left and off I went with my little stash of newly chosen library books to wend my way home for a good read in the garden.

Progress on the Kindle EDU re-formatting for Lifelong Learning Books.

Two of these titles have had their cover updated to tie in better with the later three. Now these titles will have a new ISBN  for Kindle EDU as they are, in effect, a new title/format. The upside of this is that we can update the front and back matter. You know all those essential bits that have to be there but are not part of the book proper.We can also add interactive images and video as well as retaining the original layout as per paperback. This is a great relief as these titles look and work better with the original layout.

I have spent some time this week on the Further Reading section and preparing some images for the Introduction. I am debating whether to leave them as individual images or make them into a very short video. Some practice will no doubt settle the matter one way or another.

This and that.

Wimbledon is in full swing and the heat has slowed me down as the garden beckoned. I watched tennis while on the bike machine at the gym. Hopping off to move onto the rowing machine - the best stress buster I know - I missed the final shots from Andy Murray where he emerged the winner.
Next week, I promise I will knuckle down and move on. Watch this space.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Just Us Two and Chasing Rainbows sport new jackets.

Decision made! The paperback covers for Just Us Two and Chasing Rainbows were due for an update.


Some time ago, after taking a wonderful photo of two rainbows, which arched over Nerja, southern Spain, from the mountains to the sea, after a storm, I was excited to realise that I had my rainbow for Chasing Rainbows and set to work on making the cover more dynamic.
Just Us Two followed as I made the central image a full page one - not unlike the original when the first edition was published in 2009. We kept our beloved  Andorra mountains as a backdrop to our special photograph of OH and myself 'Just Us Two' with the Gold Wing. This was taken on Achill Island as we tested the water on our very first touring journey abroad. A session with Photoshop brought us together so to speak.
Feedback on the eBook covers was positive so bringing the paperback into line was a no-brainer.

It has made marketing the full portfolio easier and more co-ordinated.


What next?

  • This has led to a new video being  required. Work in progress and my task for this week.
  • Our decision to re-format the Lifelong Learning Kindle books into the Kindle text book format is opening up new and exciting possibilities.
  • As these will be new titles with a new ISBN, we are taking the opportunity to update the 'Further Reading' section on all five titles in the series
  • We can insert images and video to make it all more interactive and vibrant.
  • More importantly, the layout will be exactly the same as the print book with all the bullets, diagrams, tables etc. as they were designed to be. No need to re-do the layout or save the images with different file formats and resolution.
Exciting times.  Watch this space.
Rosalie xx


Monday, 15 June 2015

Two Jacket Covers in the Lifelong Learning: Personal Effectiveness Guides Series updated.

The Lifelong Learning: Personal Effectiveness Guides have evolved over the last four years.

With the two Skills for Employability books and Talking the Talk having more vibrant lettering, I thought that it was time to bring the first two in line. I had already updated the Kindle and ePub versions, also available from Apple, Kobo, Nook, etc., which was easy, and now it was time for the more involved process of updating the PDF and print formats.

The PDF format really is the best for technical books of this nature. Even Amazon have seen this and have launched KDU which essentially is a PDF file uploaded to their text book software. ( Another job!)

The benefit of a PDF format is that the somewhat complicated layout design and images, which include diagrams and tables, are maintained exactly as they are in the print/paperback book. 

For the best reading experience you will need Adobe Digital Editions. This you can download for free from  Don't worry if you forget this link; most sites prompt you to do this from withing their retail store before download.

This PDF version is available to download from: - "Every time you make a purchase on hive, no matter how big or small, your local (or favourite if you've chosen one) independent shop on Hive will receive a percentage of the sale!" Source

Rosalie xx