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The Other Side of Notting Hill

The Other Side of Notting Hill

I’m mentioning this soon to be released book because Roger Rogowski, the author, is a regular Symi visitor. He’s here right now, and we’re often chatting at the bar, and calling in for dinner. I’ve been following the story of his book for a year or so now and here it is, ready for publication (November) and with a special offer.

The Other Side of Notting Hill

The Other Side of Notting Hill

You can pre-order the book at a pre-publication discount of 20% (plus free P&P), and to do this, you can phone Macmillan Distribution (UK: 01256 302699) or email them at MacmillanDirect@macmillan.co.uk – the offer ends at the end of September. If you would like to have your name listed in the book as one of the subscribers (to this offer) you can contact Roger direct through his Facebook page: The Other Side of Notting Hill.

The book records the memories of people who lived in working-class Notting Hill before huge changes took place in the area in the 1960s. It takes us from Wartime to the Westway – from the 1940s/50s to the swinging 60s, and looks set to become a vital record in the living history project of the area. I shall be ordering my copy today.

And as for me… I took a walk on Monday, up to the main road by Agios Rafael, the small chapel behind Yialos. This is the route from the village donkey path to Agia Paraskevi and then, just beyond the newly built steps to the house up there, the right turn to the place marked on maps as ‘the Wall.’ It’s an ancient area with trees and old paths, very old terracing and some new, and gives you a gentle but rocky climb up to the main road from where you can see across Roukouniotis towards the west and the coast of Turkey. Here are a few pics, more soon.

A rocky path (which was like this before the storm last year)

A rocky path (which was like this before the storm last year)

A view from the top.

A view from the road.

Those black dots are ravens.

Those black dots are ravens.

Towards the west.

Towards the west.

Rainbow views

Rainbow views

A few shots taken from the Rainbow Bar on Sunday, plus an early morning trip to the bank. I was down in Yialos at 7.30, taking advantage of the cooler time of day to make the walk up the steps afterwards more bearable. Pleased to say I was able to do it in one go without being out of breath and without sweating too much. Today (Monday as I write), I intend to take a walk up the old donkey track to Xissos and then back down the road, that’s after I’ve worked on and edited two more chapters of The Eastling.

Sept 16th 08

We’re still catching up on washing after the nephew’s visit. How can two lads get through seven towels in ten days? Best not to ask. Neil’s off out soon to lop a friend’s bougainvillaea, I’m going to turn the water off and then turn the washing machine on… I should explain: we can take in water three times per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the best time to do it is early. It was on at 7.00 this morning, gushing in for a while but, as more houses do the same, the flow reduces to a trickle, but we keep it going for as long as we can. Especially after having four of us in the house for those 10 days. Luckily, we have a large sterna under the workhouse, but it can take a couple of weeks to get it back to full again. Roll on the rainy season when the water will be free.

Sept 16th 09

Sept 16th 10

Yialos, early Sunday morning

Yialos, early Sunday morning

 

 

And back to the old routine

And back to the old routine

Here’s how today is shaping up – today being yesterday, Sunday, as I’m now back in my old routine, kind of. So far today I’ve done my admin, checked the emails, sent the messages, had a cup of tea and organised the day ahead, and it’s currently… checks time… 04.58. I’m still not back in a routine of waking up at a sensible time, it seems, but then I did go to bed at nine last night.

Random sun-up and sun-down photos today

Random sun-up and sun-down photos today

So, what is the usual routine? Well, I’m aiming to get my work done early in the day, set up a blog for the next day, and then, after lunch, get back to work on the next novel, in this case, ‘The Eastling’. I’ll be starting on that as soon as I’ve posted this blog ready for Monday. I have had my cover designer knock me up a draft front cover so I can start to share it around (still needs some work, like the book). One of the reasons for that is so I can publicise the two books that come before ‘The Eastling’ in case there’s anyone out there who hasn’t read them and wants to get up to date on the series before part there comes out.

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'The Eastling' - coming soon

‘The Eastling’ – coming soon

I often get chatting with visitors who have read one or more of my Symi books (Symi 85600, Carry on up the Kali Strata etc.) but who haven’t ventured into my other worlds – the magical world of Miss P, the creepy world of the Judas Inheritance or Lonely House, or the mysterious world of Saddling. Why should they? These are not related to Symi or Greece at all. Fair enough, but, if you are interested, then you might like to pick up a copy of The Saddling, follow it with The Witchling and be ready for The Eastling come Christmas, or before. You can find all of these titles on my Amazon James Collins Author Page, and all my books are available in print, Kindle format and are free on Kindle Unlimited.

So that’s today plug and cover to transition me from holiday two weeks back into the usual routine where there will be some news from Symi as well as my daily chit chat about what we’re up to here and how my writing is coming along.