Hi lovelies, today’s guest post is brought to you from Milly Johnson!
Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. As well as being an author of 10 published novels, a book of short stories and a novella, she is also a copywriter for the greetings card industry, a joke-writer, a columnist, after dinner speaker, poet and a sometimes BBC radio presenter.
She wrote her first book ‘Judith in the Land of Buns, Biscuits and Cakes’ whilst still at school – an opus that remains tragically unpublished. It was only when a ex-boss called Barnsley ‘A Joke Town’ that she resolved to write a book about Barnsley folk and to show that the town is actually quite a nice, friendly place to grow up and live in. She writes about love, life, friendships, rather nice food and a little bit of the magic that sometimes crops up in real life.
Welcome Milly! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog!
The best thing about Christmas for me is holing up in the house and existing in a familiar bubble for a week. A bubble filled with everything we could need so we don’t have to visit any supermarkets. There are no calories in this bubble so liberal amounts of Baileys and chocolate are allowed and there are no clocks so if we go to bed at three am and wake up at eleven – it doesn’t matter. There are things which are essential in the bubble – DVDs: A Wonderful Life, Home Alone and a Morecambe and Wise special We must watch these with the curtains closed and lots of popcorn around for the full cinema experience. We must have the things you only eat at Christmas: Ritz crackers, pickled red cabbage, Potts bakery mince pies which come already piped with brandy butter. All the ingredients to turn an ordinary bottle of red wine into liquid dynamite must be on hand (mulled wine spices and port). There must be new books to read and big snuggly blankets to wrap up in on the sofa.
Christmas day is hard work for me – a duty, which I enjoy, but it’s labour none the less. To be honest, I prefer the Christmas day supper – soft white breadcakes, cold turkey and ham, picalilli, nibbles, eaten in front of the Dr Who special. It doesn’t matter that there are presents everywhere or the tree is dropping its needles. All that matters is that we are together as a complete family, warm, secure, happy. Soon my boys will be in their own homes with their own families and in their own Christmas bubbles or the elderly branch of the family will no longer be around, so I am thankful for every one of those samey samey bubbles which I am allowed to have.
Milly Johnson is kindly giving away a signed copy of her novel A Winter Flame!!
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