Sometimes, as much as I like writing, I get tired of it. Towards the end of last year, it became difficult, and I started to dread it, and I wasn’t happy with what I was producing, and I let myself get too busy with other things. I needed a change of scene.

I am fortunate in that I had no commitments keeping me in London, and in that my wife is from Barbados. So we gave up the lease on our Crouch End flat, put our stuff in storage, and came to Barbados to spend some time with her family. We’ve been here for two months now, since early December, and are loving it. I’ve got lots of writing done, and also lots of relaxing, and am in a much better frame of mind.

This photo shows the view from my writing desk. It’s hot and sunny every day, with the occasional torrential downpour that produces a deafening thrumming on the corrugated iron roof for about ten minutes before the sun resumes. It’s also quieter than London, and I have less stuff on my mind. It’s a wonderful time, and I am savouring it. I’ve been trying to keep life simple, so haven’t been online much, but wanted to let you know, if you’re still visiting here, that I am still around and still plan to keep blogging. Just taking a bit of a break, that’s all.

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Lady Glamis

Oh my gosh, can I adopt your life? Seriously. I am really happy to see that you are happy and taking things simple. How absolutely wonderful, my friend. I wish you the best. I can’t wait for your next book!


Oh my lord; I figure I’d find inspiration in Barbados if I could just move out there!! But seriously, I wondered where you were, and I’m glad to know you’re having a good time and not just beaten down by the dreary British weather (and indeed nothing could be further from the truth!).


Gorgeous. That was a good idea. I hope the writing goes well.


Oh what a lovely place for writing! Glad to know you are writing a lot. Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Delia @ Postcards from Asia

Glad to know you’re ok and doing what you like, writing. It’s nice to look outside and see palm trees and sunshine, isn’t it?


Hi Andrew,

It’s nice to hear from you again.

Gorgeous view. I’m glad the change of setting is good for inspiration. It’s a chance to be able to take a break from our speedy-stressed Western lives.


Hmm!!! This reminds me that my boyfriend is from Trinidad!


Nice to see you back, Andrew! The scene from your window looks beautiful! Wow! You are in Barbados! That is wonderful! Sitting near the beach and reading and writing – sounds so divine!

Do you like cricket? Have you bumped into any of the Barbadian cricketing greats – Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Wes Hall, Gary Sobers, Everton Weekes – while you were going to the market or taking a walk around?


What a great place to be in. It must be fantastic to stare out from that view and contemplate love, life and inner peace.

The increase in your writing is always a bonus too.

Reading Pleasure

Andrew, you’ve just described the rain pattern and the general weather condition in Ghana during this time of the year. The rain falling on the corrugated iron roof, like a rain of pebbles on the poor roof, the noise irritating and yet welcoming, to create a coolness and cleanliness that the dusty and hot aftermath of the harmattan has breathed down on us.

It’s nice to know you and have a wonderful stay in Barbados.


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