New York, snow-capped mountains and black bears.04 May 2011
I've been planting trees instead of finishing my latest novel - but who can ignore a Spring like this? My new house looks across the valley - a long view - that allows me to see the weather scuttling in from the coast, which meant I had to spend a lot of time sitting in the sunshine deciding where exactly these trees should be put so they could survive the prevaling winds. Now, I'm off to two of my favourite cities - New York and Seattle. I'm meeting my USA publisher who has some brand new cover designs for the Danger Zone series, and I'll also be catching up with old friends in the Big Apple. Then, after a few days, it's across that vast continent to the Pacific North West - a magnificent part of the world. I'll kayak in the fjords and go up to Hurricane Ridge - the last time I was there I had a brief encounter with a large black bear. So, now the trees are bedded down, - Birch for shade, Acer for beauty, Rowan for its Celtic mythology and food for the birds - it's back to the novel as I trundle across the sky. I doubt my tree planting is going to offset my carbon footprint - I'll plant more when I return.