Friday, June 15, 2012

The Moving Chronicles V

The moving is … moving.

This week two burly men arrived and carried away furniture that won’t fit in the new house. A sofa, armchairs, a table. They took a carved teak chest that was made for us over forty years ago and we have carried around the world. It’s always had pride of place in the entrance of our home, wherever we’ve lived. Sadly, our new house doesn’t have a hall large enough for it and people. It’s time for someone else to polish the wonderful carving.

They also took an oak rocking cradle, a copy of the one at Monticello, that the best beloved made for me as a “project” when he was producing fine furniture as a hobby. It’s lovely, but heavy and takes up a lot of room. It’s time for someone else to cherish it, either as a decorative piece or to put it to the use for which it was intended. I’ll still have the beautiful Shaker sewing table, he made for me and the Arts and Crafts table and bookshelves.

I’ll really miss the sofa. I bought it in a sale and it was a true bargain. The covers come off and wash and it still looks like new. I’ve curled up on it with a book (the Kindle now!), stretched out on it to watch the television, fallen asleep on it after a hard day at the typeface. I know whoever buys it will be glad they did. (

There are big gaps now in some of the rooms.

It’s a little sad, but it’s exciting too. Moving day is getting closer.

PS As you’ll know, Mills and Boon have put the Riva series on hold over the summer while they redesign the covers.

Books have still been produced for the Mills and Boon Bookclub, and the export market (and they’re in the libraries, too), and a spare copies have been made available on Amazon.

If you’re missing your fix, you can find The Last Woman He’d Ever Date - but only on paper. I have no information when it will be available in retail or eBook format, but do watch out for news of the relaunch this autumn.

The book will be available in the US in July. (Or if you're in a rush, it's on sale on the Harlequin website now!)


PrincessFiona01 said...

I'm not sure whether I'm impressed by your hardyhood or horrified at your lack of proper sentiment. Either way it's good to see things moving forward for the big move. PS I'm getting better at interpreting the photos.
PPS Obviously not. Just had to redo

Liz Fielding said...

I've moved too many times to be sentimental. And too old to cling to belongings. It's people who are important. :)

Vince said...

Hi Liz:

Tell your husband he is lucky! My wife will not get rid of anything! And the older she gets, the more set in her ways she becomes! I actually live in a furniture, curio, knickknack shop!

Please don’t tell people they can’t get “The Last Woman He’d Ever Date”. It’s too good a read. It’s a hoot! You can get it on USA Amazon but you won’t get that great RIVA cover. The heroine on the RIVA cover is just perfect…emotionally! That’s her.

BTW: I think there is a writing analog to getting rid of your precious items when moving to a new home. F. Scott Fitzgerald used to complain no end when he had to cut some of his best writing from stories in which they didn’t belong. He would talk about this unkindest cut of all even years after the story was published.


P.S. I’m so glad you had Sue Moorcroft as a guest. Reading “Love & Freedom” is like being a tourist in Brighton. I want to go there now. Sue has a wonderful fresh voice. I’m still enjoying the ‘after-images’ of Café Du Jour. Thanks. Have you thought about being a critic? : )

Liz Fielding said...

Sorry, Vince, I should have made it clear that's just in the UK. The Harlequin Romance edition will be published retail in the US in July - or you can get it direct from the Harlequin website now - paper and eBook.

Thanks for pointing that out. :)

Critic? Not on your life. Glass houses and stones come to mind! Are you a fan of Barbara O'Neal?

Liz Fielding said...

Infuriatingly, blogger is playing up and I can't go in an correct it. :(

Liz Fielding said...

The dh wishes to point out that that is not our sofa!

Sherry Gloag said...

I loved The Last Woman He'd Ever Date.
I admire you for your strength to part with treasures, even though I agree people are more important. LOL
I still have a hard time parting from my 'treasures'!