Gill at Browsers

At the ready with copies of ‘Merry Midwinter’ to sign

Had a really lovely time today at Browsers Bookshop in Porthmadog where I had my first book signing. The weather was absolutely horrendous – as it was all across the country – but inside this delightful Aladdin’s cave of literary goodies all was warm and calm. Christmassy scents of spicy mulled wine mingled with laughter and lighthearted chatter. Drenched customers looked slightly taken aback when offered a platter of mini mince pies as early as ten o’clock in the morning but soon joined in the fun and the spirit of the occasion.

Later, I was delighted to meet fellow author, Karen Burns-Booth, who also had a book published this autumn, ‘Lavender and Lovage‘ – a glorious celebration of travel, reminiscences and recipes from around the world – and incidentally, the person where I found for ‘Merry Midwinter’ the only recipe which I couldn’t source in my own mother’s manuscript cookery book. I didn’t realise it at the time but we actually live only a few miles apart! And then to have a book signing organised for us both in the same bookshop on the same day… how is that for synchronicity?!

May this be the first of many such days filled with positive energy, friendship and warmth!

Gillian and Kaern in Browsers Bookshop

Gillian and Karen in Browsers Bookshop on a stormy December Saturday morning