And some weeks are gold! (with apologies to the late, great John Denver)
Well this week has been one of those golden weeks.
Firstly, on a subject away from my books: some years back I founded a 180km walking trail called The Pilgrim Trail. Earlier this week I had a great meeting with the State Minister for Tourism here in W Australia - the Hon Mick Murray - about the future development of the Trail. Using political terminology, let's just say that the meeting was fruitful!
On the book front I was interviewed by the charming Sarah O'Neill from the Post Newspaper here in Perth about my recent travels with Mr Dickens to the Dickens library in London as well as taking 'him' to the Matterhorn! I look forward to hearing what she thought about my travels!
Today received an email from Michael Redhill, the much acclaimed Canadian poet and author, about help with my book Captain Scully RM, which has been in the making for the past 12 months. I am really excited about working with Michael and learning a great deal from him.
So all in all it's been an amazing week.
But my news pales into insignificance with the arrival of two new baby girls to young friends of ours, and the slow recovery of another little girl who was hit by a mystery illness which threatened to leave her paralysed from the waist down. Now that's what I call FANTASTIC news!