Sunday, 17 January 2010

Past, present and future.

I took this picture last night at my friend Gypsy Rose’s new houseboat. The boat is beautiful and so peaceful. Hopefully she’ll post some pictures up soon: she has really detailed plans for how she’s going to decorate, within a few days of moving in!

So I’ve been off work this week – my first whole week at home since May 2007! – and home alone. I have to say I’ve had an AWESOME week.

I seem to be actually incapable of sleeping in now, so I got a lot done. I trained the kittens how to use their new cat flap (it's so cute, watching them come and go), got my eyes tested (I’m getting closer to making the leap into the realm of geek glasses), had my hair cut at the king of fringes, Viva in Soho, and had a lovely afternoon in Soho bumbling around, which I never usually get to do as I’m either rushing on my way out or rushing home. I browsed around the old Italian delis, peeked through the windows of cosy looking restaurants, but dined modestly on chips, whilst seated elegantly on a brick wall. (The chips smelled so good I just had to have them.)

Other than that I caught up with an old friend over a long lunch, had a tea appreciation lesson from Natalie at Afternoon Tea Total (I discerned that I don’t like smoky teas - read her review here), and visited the champagne bar in St Pancras. It's apparently European’s longest champagne bar, but I didn’t rate it much. It’s just a boring new build bar, right next to the platform where the Eurostar leaves. It didn’t really have the Brief Encounter vibe I’d been hoping for. St Pancras is absolutely beautiful all freshened up, though.

I didn’t make it to the gym but did a couple of yoga sessions and went for a couple of runs outside. James is back tomorrow morning on the red-eye, I’m back at work, and so the madness begins again.

But, having said that… I suppose now is as good a time as any to tell you about my future plans. I’d hinted earlier that change was going on round about these parts. Well, I’ve decided to give up my day job (project manager and creative artworker at a graphic design agency) and try to do what I’ve always wanted to do, which is write. Like, a novel, as opposed to blogging. So I’m going to give it a go. I leave work in mid-April. (I agreed to stay on to help finish off a few projects, plus in my mind the extra money will allow me to take a bit of time off over the summer, to lie around on the Heath!) Then it’s time to do things my way for a while. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I’m so excited to have made the decision to go for it and try my hand at something I’ve truly always wanted to do. I can’t wait!

I’m also going to be helping a friend who is setting up an exciting new business. I’ll hopefully be doing a couple of days a week working on that, which should help feather the nest a bit.

So yeah – here’s to 2010 being the year when shit starts happening around C-No’s yard! I will, of course, be blogging throughout. I’m thoroughly blog addicted. In case you hadn’t noticed. And now I might go and have a cheeky glass of chianti, picked up from Camisa & Son in Soho, to toast the end of my week off. I hope you have all had a good weekend?


  1. Congratulations on your big career decision! You have a lovely writing style on your blog so I'm sure you'll make a great novelist xx

  2. Great photo -Mike is particularly impressed.Looking forward to being award winning novelist's mother xx

  3. Wow, that is so exciting!! Good luck with your novel :)

  4. Yowser! Good on yer. That sounds like an awesome plan. Congratulations on taking the plunge! :-)

  5. good luck with your new enterprise... look forward to see the result of your work... nice to know you enjoyed your time off... ;)

  6. OH MY GOODNESS!!! congrats!!! i am so, so excited for you!!!

  7. Wow! That is a major career change right there! I wouldn't have the guts to leave work to write a novel, but I'm sure you are much much more talented at writing than I am. Keep us updated on how it goes and when it gets published!

    I had a look at your post on Viva and it looks so promising. You would think that for £40-50 you could get a good haircut in central London, but it's not that easy. I've had the same experiences with getting the same sort of haircut in Soho hairdressers.

    Anyway, I'm excited for you and the novel!


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  9. Very brave Caroline, well done for following your instincts and taking the risk. What sort of writing will you be doing? Hope we can catch up at some point and talk about your ambitions and what you've done so far. Us struggling creatives gotta stick together!

  10. I'm sure there are more tasteful views...adn here's to yoru new adventures. Lovely to see you saturday, sorry for disappearing to Cabot Cove so early xxx

  11. So exciting Caroline! Congrats on taking the leap. All the very best with it!
    I love Camisa & Sons -they sell these incredble fresh gnocchi stuffed with gorgonzola (and quite possibly crack - they really are absurdly addictive).

  12. Oh how exciting! It's a brave move and I wish all the very best-est! Roll on April! ;)

  13. Brilliant news about the writing cazza, am impressed, and the best of luck, am sure you'll have a Best seller before we know it

    am gonna try and follow my heart when I get back too and get a music related job

    here's to following your heart


  14. cazza what a fantastic post!!

    i've loved reading your blog over these past months - you have a fantastic writing style and it seems to come very naturally to you.

    can't bloody wait to read the novel!


  15. Caroline Greener22 January 2010 at 12:35

    Hooray for you - the blogging has got better and better so you're obviously in the writing zone. I believe in you! xxx

  16. Sorry for the belated comment on this one - but fantastic news! I totally empathise with the need to get out and give something more interesting a go (it's pretty much the title of my blog, after all.)

    I am sure you will not regret the decision; even if you return to work in a year or so, you will not die wondering. What genre do you intend to write in? Can't wait to find out more!!

    All the best,
    Poppy xox

  17. Congratulations! I'm sure everyone's said this to you, but I've been working on a novel for about three years and I wrote more over Xmas than I have since 2006. If I only could just do that..

    So best of luck. Just discovered your blog & really enjoying it so far.