Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scrambling to Keep Up and Still Relax

Beautiful weather for driving along
 scenic roads from village to village.

We love going through these small
We arrived in Galicia exactly a week today, in the evening, and have fallen under its spell, as we always do. I'm behind in everything, including a book review I've been promising of an utterly wonderful book, Nancy Herman's, All We Left Behind. Be patient, folks, it's coming.

But it has felt great to just relax after the hectic days leading up to our trip -- the bathroom remodel, putting the house back together before our trip, the book signing at Time Tested Books (a delightful evening), and setting up other book signings after we return. When we got to Galicia, we just gave into the trance of taking long walks and long drives for photo shoots, visiting friends and neighbors. We've been blessed with beautiful sunny days, although it's been a little windy at times, and at times there has been the usual sprinkle of rain. And at this time of year, the countryside abounds with wild broom, whole fields of it.

More broom. Some of the bushes
grow tall, like trees.
Brilliant yellow sprays of it, everywhere. And on the roadsides, buttercups, Queen Anne's lace, small, magenta thistles, purple foxglove, fields of white daisies, tiny blue forget-me-nots, and rose-colored alfalfa, and the all pervasive greenery.

                                        Cuckoos call, and you see the flash of black and white wings of the magpies. And in Tuiriz, near the church, two stork nests rise atop poles that seem to be their designated area. Originally they built their nest on the church steeple. Meanwhile, nearby, around the corner from our house, Eva's chickens peck the corn she gives them that is responsible for the brilliant gold of their eggs.

Still, around all the tranquility, this is a working vacation for me, and I will be back to work on my cozy mystery re-write starting this afternoon, and a book review will soon follow this post.

Also, please check out Rosi Hollinbeck's interview with me, review of my book, Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, and a giveaway, on her blog, THE WRITE STUFF. In addition to interviews and book reviews of children's books, Rosi provides wonderful links to other blogs sites with information on the writing process, writing career issues, contests, etc. She offers a banquet of information at her site. Go HERE to see what I mean.

But for now, a second cup of coffee, and one last view out the galería window before I get to work.


Tanya Reimer said...

Sounds so beautiful. Love the pictures. Wow. We still had a snow fall this week! Enjoy.

Teresa Cypher said...

The photos are beautiful, but your descriptions of Galicia, even more so!

Enjoy your working vacation, Elizabeth!

Sandra Cox said...

Beautiful pics. Sounds like a lovely place. Enjoy.

alexia said...

Beautiful pics! Have a great working vacay. Sounds fabulous.

Rosi said...

It is so beautiful there. Someday I want to come and visit. Thanks for the shout out. I'm getting lots of hits even if I'm not getting tons of comments. Enjoy your vacation!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Tanya, Thanks for stopping by. Snow in May? Almost June? Wow. Well, I know you will love summer when it finally comes. Best wishes.

Teresa, thanks for your kind comments. This place does inspire me to write a lot of poetry when we're here.

Sandra and Alexia, thanks for the good wishes. I know this time will fly away before I know it.

Rosi, I hope you will come and visit one day. It's a long plane ride, but it's worth it! :-)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

What gorgeous scenery. So peaceful and relaxing. Thanks for taking us along on your journey.

Mark said...

Sounds awesome! Enjoy!

Sandra Cox said...

Have a good weekend, Elizabeth.

Carol Riggs said...

Gorgeous place and photos! I love traveling vicariously with you. :)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for all the good feedback, folks. It's nice to share this time with you.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Galicia looks so beautiful. I am sure it would be inspiring you to write lots.

Kate Larkindale said...

What a beautiful place. I hope you enjoy your vacation!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi Rachna, thanks for stopping by. Yes, as a matter of fact, I write a lot of poetry here. I'm putting together a collection of poems about Galicia.

Hi, Kate, thanks for the good wishes.

Haddock said...

Wow.... driving down those small roads in the villages must be a real experience.
Love those yellow brooms.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hello, Haddock, and thanks for stopping by, I love those yellow brooms, too. They are incredibly beautiful. And the villages do stir something in me that makes me miss them when we get home.