THE PUBLICATION DAY FOR EDEN’S GARDEN HAS ARRIVED!
Champagne breakfast? No, not exactly. Not with a dog to walk before the delivery of the books for the launch party could arrive!
But it was a beautiful spring morning at 7am, so off we set into a misty landscape with a hint of chill in the air and sunshine trying to break through.
Usually, my dog walking time is my plotting and working-out time, with a bit of sociability with other dog walkers thrown in. But not today. Instead, we just pottered along in a leisurely fashion, taking in the views and enjoying being out in the early morning. Phoebe was otherwise engaged (squirrels, mainly), so I was finally, after all the rush of the past few weeks, able to take in the wonderful, extraordinary fact that today my book is officially out there. In the world. Published.
Tomorrow I’m going to celebrate with friends with Eden’s Garden’s first launch party. Never one to do things by halves, I’ve decided to have two. The second one will be next to Llanfairfechan beach where the picture of me with Eden’s Garden was taken. The one tomorrow will be in St Asaph, which yesterday became one of the UK’s newest and smallest cities.
Years ago, I taught for a short time at the secondary school near to the cathedral in St. Asaph. In those days, I simply had a dream. Tomorrow I will be there celebrating that my dream has come true.
It was a long, hard road in between, with plenty of setbacks and heartache along the way. There’s many a time I thought I just wasn’t good enough, or it wasn’t going to happen to me. I know this isn’t the end of the road, just the beginning, and nothing is ever easy, but it will be nice setting off tomorrow morning with my cake – and hopefully my books- beside me and take the familiar drive back to St. Asaph.
This morning, just as we reached the river the sun finally burned through the mist.
And even the geese were celebrating.