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Publication Day!

Thursday, 20 August 2020

At last we made it!  A huge thank you to each and every one of you for your incredible contribution. 

I hope you all have your copies now and are enjoying what you read.

It has been a huge act of trust to write about something that is not necessarily a subject we most want to think about - let alone read about. However, now it  is published I feel sure  it will find its own way and contribute…

Your address is needed to receive your order....

Monday, 17 August 2020

Dear supporter. 

If you have not received your order yet, it might be because you missed an email asking for you to confirm your address. (something to do with Covid 19)

Please check your junk box! You should have had an intial email than two further reminders. Meantime your order is cosily tucked up in the Unbound warehouse waiting to be clairmed. 

I hope this helps - 

- and dont forget…

When a Dream Becomes a Reality

Sunday, 2 August 2020

When a dream becomes a reality, it is an extraordinary feeling.

Looking back I see that I first contacted Unbound in January 2019 having read The Good Immigrant and been inspired by the concept of a sponsored publication. I loved the idea that by capturing the imagination of the public, we could make this project happen together. I scrolled through the names of sponsors in the back of the book…

Leaves of Love , stories for ageing and dying well... almost a reality!

Friday, 1 May 2020


Dear Friends and Wonderful Supporters.

We are all having to learn many new skills as we navigate an era that at times feels to me like some sort of futuristic horror movie, and at others, an extraordinary gift. The Grief and the Suffering that we witness every day of our seclusion are beyond imagining, but the Love, Compassion and Community Spirit are heart-warming.  

I can hardly recall…

Unexpected Excitement

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

I am touched and delighted that my recent post initiated a flurry of extraordinary generosity. Thank you so much everyone. Please accept this note as one of great gratitude as I have no other way of contacting most of you.

The cover image will be released shortly. xx







Good News and Sad News

Thursday, 5 March 2020


As the most patient and valued of supporters I can only apologise for the lapse in in communication with you over the last few months. We reached all the deadlines and jumped through all the hoops but unfortunately that wasn't enough to prevent a delay in publication date for Leaves of Love. I have been waiting for the official notification of the delay and now,  here it is.

We are writing…

This is where we are now at... exciting times.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Apologies for the silence.

Its not silent here however. 

The Editors have come back to me after their initial perusal of Leaves of Love. I was expecting to find this a traumatic experience and it was. But in a wonderful way.  I was shaking with excitement throughout the conversation. 

Such positive feedback and only half a dozen small comments/ queries. Plus the request for  a few more paragraphs…


Friday, 9 August 2019

A wet day- torrents of rain. It could be November. A perfect time to be editing before the final manuscript is submitted to Unbound. To my surprise I am really enjoying revisiting Leaves of Love. Exciting!

Whohoo!! What a day! We are now almost there!!!

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Hey everyone! Stupendous day!

Now we are almost there.... anyone with £67 to spare then we are rolling!? 

Next step,  Leaves of Love heads off to the  editor!  

More thanks to you all than I can possibly express. Xxx

Ignore the last update....

Sunday, 28 July 2019

A poor me approach is not helpful right now. Standing in the shadows, no longer an option. 

The truth is that Leaves of Love, an essential guide to ageing and dying well  is also a handbook for our troubled times. Ageing might soon be a luxury. The opportunty to slow down, think deep and plan our furture, something of the past.

Holding, loving, caressing the brow, cheek and hair of those we…

while i have had my head under my wing....

Saturday, 27 July 2019

I have been sitting on the proverbial river bank, head under my wing, feeling very despondant. All the time wondering how  to fan life back into my crowdfunding  mission -  how to make it sexy and exciting when clearly it is not!

Most people would prefer to  do anything other than spend time considering their mortality or that of those they love. In fact generally we run like crasy in the other…

Oh dear...

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

This news will come as a blow to those of you who are actively and emotionall engaged in the journey toward the publication of Leaves of Love, stories for ageing and dying well - to whom I owe so much. 

Recently I have been thoroughly over excited  as it was suggested  there might be outside funding available for a project such as mine. With heart racing  and the end in sight, I layed the Creative…

£2,295 still to raise!

Thursday, 27 June 2019

I am overwhelmed by the response to my last update. Thank you all so much!  The beautiful supportive messages and a leap in the funding have realy warmed my heart. 

Knowing so many people also believe in Leaves of Love has also made a big difference. Like the wild  salmon swimming upstream to lay her life giving eggs, I remember that most big endeavors are a struggle. On we go.

Thanks to some…

Leaves of Love needs your help!

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Hey there, Leaves of Love friends, loyal followers and generous supporters, we have reached a plateau in the Crowdfunding! I am not sure where to turn now and need your help. 

54% is  pretty brilliant but sadly not enough.

I have  to tell you that asking people for money is the hardest thing imaginable and the attendant exposure on social media,  a considerable struggle.

There comes a moment…

Incredible News! 45% of funding raised!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Greetings wonderful supporters! 

I had begun to think there was no end to the rampages of my mind - updates and  insta, emails and tweets. An endless merry go round of ideas and things to be done. A life on hold to funding deadlines - yet despite that, we seemed somewhat stuck.

One last look at the Leaves of Love page before I reach for my hottie and my bed - and there it is! 45%. Disbelief!…

Woohoo! 35% and climbing!

Monday, 6 May 2019

 Woohoo! We have now reached 35% of the funding target! Thank you all so much! We will surely make the deadline with your help! 

I now have some Dandy Little Fliers if you know of any good places or organisations where I can distribute them. Please email me at : with your ideas.

I am  launching  into Twitter today - perhaps belatedly but it will hopefully be another…

Spring Time - Seed Time

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Well I dont know about you but this time of the year that gets my fingers itching - they just cannot wait  to be in the soil, planting things. Whether its on the allotment, in a window box or taking a cutting from a house plant. Growing is in the air and I want to be part of it.

Imagine how it must be for someone with these primal longings  when in a  hospital ward or care environment. Their dreams…

Best Easter Egg Ever - much better than chocolate!

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

After a slow start, the Easter holidays have been a fruitful time for the Leaves of Love Crowdfunding.

You, my wonderful supporters have got us up to 33%. This is just so exciting! Thank you. Especially to those  not known to me and who  believe in the book itself - this gives me the courage and energy to push on over the coming weeks. 

I am increasingly aware that if you are a carer, or know…

Spring Fling

Sunday, 14 April 2019

A huge thank you to those who have supported the project of a stranger. In this case Leaves of Love. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate your contribution.  Now thaks to you we are 27% funded, and  only 55 days to go! Eeek! 

With Spring energy under my wings I  have renewed vigour to reach the next stage - please continue to spread the word when ever you can. Leaves of Love  needs…

Two Weeks in and still Flying....

Friday, 29 March 2019

Two weeks ago, sitting in the offices of  Unbound, we pressed Go LIVE! Thanks to you we have now raised 18% of the funding. Thank you generous supporters.  

The everyday conversations about Leaves of Love continue to affirm  to  me its  important contribution to llife enhancing care. The power of Presence can be so undervalued - yet we ourselves can feel it so profoundly when we sit under a majestic…

16% raised - A Thousand Thank Yous!

Monday, 25 March 2019

As the pledges roll in i feel quite amazed and, overwhelmed! Some of them are anonymous and some have names i recognise and others are unknown.... but i want to thank all of you, everysingle one of you, espcially if you are supporting a stranger for the projects sake. 

Please know that even if you do not get  a personal message from me, that my gratitude is immense! 

It is the same as in life…

10% in a Week!

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Goodness me! 10% of the publishing funds raised  a week ! That is surely fantatastic! Thank you guys! What treasures you are! I am quite overwhelmed by your generosity and support for this project. 

One of my fellow Unbounders has raised 37 %  in the same time -  but then they have a scintillationg title. Ageing and dying are not exactly subjects we as a culture relish thinking about - let alone…


Thursday, 21 March 2019

This is the most terrifying and exciting process imaginable! However you my wonderful friends and followers make it fun too and your generosity is incredible! Thank you! 

It is also really hard sharing the fruits of my pen ( computer keys!) - it feels a bit like running around naked! And asking for money is Never easy! 

But here we go - and I keep thinking of what a difference this publication…

Publication date: August 2020
133% funded
191 backers