A couple of weeks ago we had the Book launch for "Hayley and the Magical Farm".
The author of the book is my neighbour, Maxine, and the farm belongs to my friend Hayley who lives is a few doors away. (That is where I go to feed the chickens.)
We have seen this book go from an idea through to this launch and I know every animal featured well. My grand daughters also know all the characters, human and animal, and wanted to be there for this launch. Monique, who also has aspirations as an author, has adopted Maxine as her special friend and holds long conversations about the writting of books,
plus she likes this book because she knows all the characters and they are not just imaginary.
Lollipop the donkey.
The guinea pigs.
Marshmellow the sheep, who they have known since he was a lamb.
Marmalade Toast, the cat that eats carrots,
and Cheesecake the dog that wears a onesie.
Most of these animals have been rescued and some like Cheesecake have a sad story. He was abandoned by some one who dumped him on the island. He would sit down at the barge waiting for them to come back. He did that nearly every day for over 6 months. He just loves Hayley and she him.
The farm is all pink and purple, Hayley's favourite colours, she has repainted all the railway carriages and it did look magical.
Old TV cabinets have been painted pink to act as places for the chocks to sit.
All the garden statues are pink and purple and sit in an old canoe.
The water features have been painted.
Even the cow got new ear rings for the day.
It has been so hot here, 40 degrees C on the day of the launch, and although we were under the trees and there were lots cool drinks, (some pink), everyone was suffering and trying not to show it.
They had a book reading for the children, who have all read the book 100 times or more, and our neighbour Simon, dressed up as a wizard did the reading. (Simon is a retired Oxford Don, so has the perfect accent and long white hair, to charm the children.)
(There are mirrors everywhere for the animals to check themselves out!)
Hayley, her mother and sister were dressed to kill and had put in so much work making the farm look wonderful.
There was some great food.
And the baby chickens were a big attraction.
After the launch everyone sought relief from the heat and left Hayley with the mess. My dear husband stepped in and cleaned it all up for her. He is a treasure. That evening Monique was ill from too many sweet things and the heat. Looking at the photos I can see she went from hot,
to over heated even with a hat on and in the shade. We missed that in all the excitement.
Still it was a good day and Hayley's Magical Farm Rolls on.