We spent New Year in a sweet little cottage in Norfolk and this was Holkham Beach on New Year’s Day. Fabulous.
But since then, it’s been back to serious stuff, like my dad’s funeral last week.
Apparently it’s the ‘done thing’ (who knew?) to have a collection at the service, so we had one in aid of The Salvation Army, a cause close to his heart.
It was down to us to take the donation box home, count up the money and then send it off to the charity.
So, my Mum was totting it all up (over £300, if you’re interested), when she came across a rogue bank note! It said ‘Danske Bank’ at the top. Flippin’ heck! Someone had put a Danish note in the collection! Of all the …! Well, I never! I was not impressed. The air was a little bit blue with my cursing.
It didn’t matter, as my mum pointed out, that someone ‘Might just have been to Denmark on their holiday.’
We went through all the people who’d been there. Who seemed shady? Who might have done such a terrible thing?
And then my OH came into the room to see what all the fuss was about. And pointed out, reasonably, that the note said ‘Twenty pounds’ and was, in fact, from Northern Ireland.
Oh, we said. Oh. And then we remembered that my cousins, who live near Belfast, had been at the funeral. Which explained it. Whoops. (But in my defence, I’ve never seen a bank note from Northern Ireland before. Have you?).
Here it is, in all its glory. With its strange affiliation to Denmark emblazoned on the front… .
(And while we’re on the subject of Northern Ireland, have you seen ‘Derry Girls’?! Oh, it’s good! We have binge-watched the whole of the first 2 series – and the Bake Off ‘special’ in the last week or so and it’s been fabulous. We needed a good laugh and it didn’t disappoint).
Now, on a completely different but writing-related note, Good Housekeeping Magazine (Feb issue) is running a novel writing competition. They do this most years, I believe and this time I am going to attempt to send an entry.(I know, I know: you’ve heard that before).
The closing date is 31st March 2020 and it’s free to enter but you do need the entry form from the magazine, so hasten to your nearest newsagent, if you want to have a go, and buy a copy.
The first prize is a £5,000 advance, an agent of your very own and publication of your novel.
And 5 runners-up will attend a masterclass with a commissioning editor at Orion Books, have lunch with the Good Housekeeping team and have the chance to be represented by the agent too.
I think that’s rather lovely and shows how much they encourage new writers and are actively looking for them. Here are the guidelines if you want to know more.
Good luck with either or both of those, if you decide to submit your work.