My dear Mother In Law,Iris loved women's magazines and liked to buy them all every week. She would read them from cover to cover, do the puzzles and word searches and try some recipes. To be honest there was always a big pile by her chair looking for a good home. Now I don't mind a flick through, but I am not a great magazine reader.so I used to take them and drop them into the doctors surgery or the hospital waiting room. Now a Cookery Book... Yes, I read cookery books like novels.
Anyway,I so wish my dear Mother In Law was still alive because she would be tickled pink to see me peeping out from the pages of one of her favourites Women's Weekly very soon.
I was contacted a while back by a freelance writer who submits articles to a variety of magazines. She was writing about older bloggers!!! Well after a lot of tooing and froing it was decided Chalky's World was deemed fit for the purpose. And seeing as I had my sixtieth birthday last year I definitely fitted the brief.
So, my blog was checked and the next requirement was to have my photo taken. Oh! Oh! Oh! That is one of the things I hate most in the world. But,I decided to surround myself with my favourite things. Crochet and coffee. I wanted to look industrious so Andy took the photo of me looking down crocheting.
Now,I had already requested as much airbrushing as possible to be done at Women's Weekly headquarters but that photo was batted straight back. I had to look up. Well, we tried one,.... Too saggy,.... Another, .... Too baggy,... Another, ... Too awful . So this one had to do!
After we had sent it I realised my boobs were stretching my shirt. I hope they airbrush that !
Maybe this one would gave been better after all. I have thought differently about all the pictures in OK magazine ever since. What a trial to have your photo taken the whole time.
Then we had a Skype interview. I was nervous,but all was fine. Gillian the writer has four tiny children and never actually showed her face. How she manages to write and look after four little ones under four astounds me. Whenever I get nervous I remember my Mums words. Just imagine the person in a normal scenario.... It never worked for my driving examiner but it did for Gillian.
She sounded lovely and the result of all this is on the 26th March 2014 Women's Weekly is being published with an article about Bloggers.
And one of them is ME!
Thank you Gillian .