My thanks to The Vale Probus Club in Norwich for inviting me to speak at their Spring Ladies’ Lunch at the stunning Cottessey Park Golf Club today. I had a lovely time, showing them a brand new slide show on The Women Who Shaped a Life, celebrating Joe Stirling’s mother Ida Stern, his Birmingham guardian Freda Free, landlady Doris Allsopp in Lydney, Mrs Rattray his long-long-suffering teacher of English at Yardley Grammar School, and particularly Jean Skitmore, his oh so supportive wife and mother to his four children. Seemed to go down well. Lovely meal, then the talk, then some book signings. Home now to get back to writing my next book….