Every Girl Is A Princess To Somebody

As I recline in my sickbed dictating this post to my youngest niece a la Dame Barbara Cartland style but obviously without the pink, Pekingese dog, bouffant and full make up. My niece reminds me that having been confined to my room for the past week I have big bed hair so actually my bouffant is probably larger than any the grand dame ever sported and I usually wear more slap than her on a night out. Who’d have thought we had so much in common although obviously she sold over 750 million copies of over 700 books so that’s where the similarity ends.

The house has now been disinfected top to bottom, including light switches and door handles, by the cleaning tornado aka my mother in true Carry On Matron style. Woe betide any virus that decides to laugh in the face of danger and venture into our home as Mum will single-handedly be defending Dyson Abbey from the threat of any further germs in true superhero style.

Despite not looking my physical best, my Dad has endeavoured to raise my spirits with hot Ribena; banana sandwiches having been withdrawn from the menu for the foreseeable future.

The sun is shining here in glorious Devon, so it’s a hot bath followed by a snuggle down on the sofa in front of the television to watch the “Scarlet & the Black”; could life get any better.

Happy weekend my friends, life is short so do whatever excites your spirit and makes your soul sing with joy!

Barbara Cartland

68 thoughts on “Every Girl Is A Princess To Somebody

  1. Oooh, Barbara was so very scary. 😯 I sympathise fully with you and hope you get better soon. That virus is no fun at all, but I’m glad to see that it hasn’t affected your wonderful sense of humour. xx

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  2. My word, you’ve been ill a week? That’s one heck of a norovirus you’ve got! Glad you’re starting to feel better. Being from across the pond, I had to Google Ribena and “Scarlet & Black.” Enjoy!

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  3. I’m so sorry you’re sick, and for so long too! It must be one heck of a virus. Having an excuse to hunker down on the couch watching something good on TV and having someone wait on you is sometimes a luxury though! Can I say, “Enjoy being sick!” ??

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  4. Drinking “pink bubblies” at my favorite cafe in Prague along the Vltava after an intimidating visit to the Prague Castle complex… You should be here. Hope you feel better soon! As usual your post was fantastic!

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  5. So glad to hear you’re finally on the road to recovery! I giggled at the Barbara Cartland comment. She was one of my mom’s favorite romance authors. Apparently the ones I liked were too “steamy”.

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  6. Such a long list of fans hoping to see you feeling good enough to return to your story-telling. So good to hear you’re on the mend. Sounds like you’re being well taken care of.

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  7. I”m so glad you have them to care for you! What’s Ribena? Also, I would say “That’s where the similarity begins!” As I know you are going to sell, well, maybe not quite that many copies, but a lot! So, get to feeling better soon, and get yourself an agent! πŸ™‚ Hi, to MUM and DA!

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    • Ribena is a blackcurrant cordial and my Dad always serves it with hot water when we’re poorly – Barbs and I share the same make up artist. If fortune does indeed favour the brave and Crazy Train makes it as a screenplay I want you to play my American friend Nia

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  8. Firstly, I am glad you are feeling better. I wanted to thank you for “liking” my post on Didim. I am flattered and a little surprised. I really enjoy reading your blog which is both interesting and funny, but of course, I forgot while I was in Turkey that you were based in Altinkum. Despite it being a bit of a British outpost we really did have a wonderful time there. After two years of coming back to GB and suffering the rain, 3 weeks of sunshine was fabulous. And Turkish hospitality is amazing.
    Anyway, do keep writing. Best, Mark

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    • How spooky I was just settling down to write a comment on your Didim post as I feel it’s a fair assessment, however, like most expats I prefer it out of season and the areas away from the main tourist track – thank you for your kind words Mark

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      • If you want another spooky coincidence; last year we had our holiday at Challaborough Bay! I guess, coming from Devon you are used to managing the on/off season ups and downs.

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      • Yes, I have memories of eating ice cream last year on the Hoe in the pouring rain! Hence, the choice of a warmer climate this year.

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  9. Ah Dame Barbara. I think I read 100 of her books as a kid (my mothers cast offs). Love her.
    Hope you’re better soon! But keep the stenographer, she can follow you about noting down all your observations as they happen!

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  10. Feel better! I’ve missed reading your posts. I feel like my house has been infected too. My sister and her friend who is visiting are sick. And I’m pretty sure I’m coming down what is shaping up to be my third cold this summer…

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  11. To tell you the truth, having not heard of Dame Barbara Cartland before, I am still in shock over the accomplishment of writing 700 books. Would you recommend any? I always knew I had holes in my English education, but this is something I’m sorry I missed.

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    • If you read one,you will find out why it was easy to write that way.I sincerely doubt that you will like them unless you interpret them as irony…however she demonstrates enormous emotional and mathematical intelligence about how to get rich.Many folk would be intrigued to read your version of her romances.. ..If you do like them you will be happy for all your life.:)

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      • Well to be fair whilst they wouldn’t be my cup of tea, you have to admire an author who has that much commercial success, however, I do think her viewpoint is a little outdated in today’s world but then again maybe that’s why so many people like them

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