Snowdrops, Melting Ice and Multi-tasking

Snowdrops 2Snowdrops in the Cotswolds

A recent chat about snowdrops on Facebook, (with C.c. Coburn, who lives on the other side of the world,) has just reminded me of a holiday in the Cotswolds three years ago.

These photos were taken in the third week of March, 2010. We rented a renovated mill for a week, to celebrate the birth of our granddaughter on the 4th, and our wedding anniversary on the 15th. The cottage was only about forty minutes’ drive from where we live so we didn’t have too far to go on icy winter roads. It was cosy, with a big square dining kitchen, open fires and lots of low ceilings and beams, and these were the enchanting gardens all around it.

The winter that year was very cold, with a lot of snow, and the hilly Cotswolds get harsher weather than most of central England, but these spectacular snowdrops seemed to have defiantly thrived. We’d certainly never seen such a profusion of them in one place. Will they be as spectacular there, this March? Or will they be over? This winter has been similar to 2010, in fact they’re forecasting more snow this week, so I’m tempted to drive out there in three weeks’ time to check! But meanwhile there are already huge drifts of these exquisite little flowers in the lanes around our house. Living up to their name, I suppose. Like the intrepid robins, they don’t give up just because the ground is frozen solid, and the wind is blowing more snow in from the Arctic Circle.

In the warmth of my study, I’m following the example set by the robins and the snowdrops and getting on with what needs to be done. I am busy multi-tasking. My projects are (a) finalising the print version of MELTING ICE, Book One of the Roundwell Farm Trilogy, in Amazon’s createspace, (b) preparing to e-publish UNSAFE HARBOUR, another 1990’s Rosalie Ash classic, and (c) writing brand new Book Two of the Roundwell Farm Trilogy.

I really can’t wait to hold a print version of MELTING ICE Book One in my hands! I’m not sure what this says about e-books versus print books. I really love my Kindle, I couldn’t be without it, but there is something about the feel of a ‘proper’ book, with pages that you physically turn… or is it just me?

Book Two of the trilogy is coming together well, with the characters already getting up to things I hadn’t quite planned. I’m using the working title of BREAKING VOWS, although as this is still a work in progress that could change! The Roundwell Farm business is roaring ahead but the sisters’ personal lives are falling apart. Jessica and Andrew’s marriage has hit a major challenge, Megan is helping to pick up the pieces, Vic is blissfully married to Matt but she’s having another baby and feeling nearly as bad as Kate Middleton, Matt is getting dangerously caught up in Jessica’s love-life dramas and Daniel is astonishing everyone by coming out of the proverbial closet with his business partner.

But the relatively simple project of reformatting UNSAFE HARBOUR for e-publication is taking far longer than it should, proving yet again, that presented with a previously published manuscript and given half a chance, I just can’t resist tinkering around, updating and revising! It’s not quite turning into the extensive re-write of MELTING ICE. But, put it this way, the hero has already decided to change his name, resort to bad language, and wear Levis and leather jackets. What can I say? 🙂

Unsafe Harbour


About Rosalie Ash

Rosalie Ash is a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists Association. Between 1989 and 1999 she wrote 21 successful contemporary romance novels, published by Harlequin Mills & Boon. She then decided to drag herself out of her romantic bubble into the world of work. Now, over a decade on, she has started writing romantic fiction again, as well her latest passion, children's picture books for age 3-5, and she is now a member of SCBWI-UK (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, UK).
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