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March 3, 2010

DSC00472.jpgFor reasons that I can't yet write about here, life has been a bit of a hard slog recently. But on the advice of my friend Travis, I sat down this evening and wrote a list of reasons to be cheerful:

1 Toute Allure is nearly finished (it was very motivating indeed, to discover a few weeks ago that Pierre L, one of my blog readers, had pre-ordered a book yet to be written!)
2 Biff no longer has a mushroom growing on his head.
3 The window is no longer patched up with a Jiffy envelope.
4 There is one corde of wood in the garage (though still waiting to be stacked.)
5 Travis has been made redundant from his TV job and is about to move to France for six months to hopefully make a reality series about life in the Poitou.
6 I'm going to London tomorrow for 24 hours (and this time tomorrow night, will hopefully be having a glass of champagne in Browns hotel with a friend.)
7 Unlike some parts of the Charente, we have electricity and have not been flooded.
8 One of my blog readers, Lesley, has named her car mimi pompom.
9 A friend in London has located a (possibly illegal?) source of old-fashioned, 150 watt light bulbs (I know it's not PC, but I just can't bear these enormous, new-fangled bulbs that cost six euros a pop and give out hardly any light.)
10 There are mysterious green shoots in the courtyard.
11 It's almost spring and the sunflowers will be out soon (ish).
And finally, ... (added as a postscript - see comment below):
12 Lovely emails from readers.

comments (9)

1. Posted by pierre l on March 3, 2010 10:25 PM

I think it is great that, eight months after release, Tout Sweet still has a perfectly respectable ranking on Amazon. And you've gone up a place at Waterstone's South Ken -- that is really nice.
I know it will take more than a year, but I am looking forward to Toute Allure.
Have a good time in London.

2. Posted by DaisyCove on March 4, 2010 12:35 AM

Dear Mimi Pompom, please know your blog and book(s) bring me, and to many others too, so much joy. I hope knowing so many people love Tout Sweet is your number 12 reason to be cheerful. Best wishes

3. Posted by Patti on March 4, 2010 8:47 AM

Could I add that ' Tout Sweet' is no 5 now in our Bestsellers chart at Kensington...

4. Posted by halo47 on March 4, 2010 9:48 AM

Hi Mimi,
Sorry to hear you've been through a difficult patch. In my experience these usually magnify themselves when you're that little bit more alone in a newish country than when you're surrounded by what & who you know. I've had some pretty dismal moments here in my 1st year of trying to settle to the Poitou. It's very different to London! But, listing positives is a great 1st step and I'm sue a bit of retail therapy while back in London will help too!

5. Posted by jentana on March 4, 2010 5:32 PM

I thoroughly concur with DaisyCove and I also look forward to your new book.
Please, please can you share where I can buy 150 watt bulbs ? Whilst I believe in saving energy those wretched new bulbs just don't fit under the shade of a normal size table lamps.

6. Posted by aconfusedtakethatfan on March 5, 2010 2:37 PM

Congrats on nearly finishing Tout Allure! How long did that take you to write? Very impressed and vey much look forward to reading it. I like your list of positive things. Always look on the bright side of life *whistle whistle whistle*

7. Posted by sophie on March 7, 2010 6:43 PM

Sorry to hear if things have been tough -- hope you had your champagne, you deserve it!

8. Posted by Amanda on March 10, 2010 1:31 PM

I am so enjoying your book Tout Sweet so it was SUCH great news you have just written your second book Tout Allure. I love reading every page, story and about each character/encounter - you have a big fan! x

9. Posted by Jasmine Cronin on March 10, 2010 8:00 PM

Congratulations on your #8 rank! It's proof that when we do what we love, we are often handsomely rewarded. Aloha from Hawaii/London.

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