A perfect morning starts with coffee. So where do you find yours? In the Botanic Gardens?
You see, I couldn't resist picking away at a fresh red coffee seed to find the moist bean inside.
I was in the Botanics, waiting for my walking group to come marching past. My excuse for not getting to the start was the traffic. (Oh yeah. Pull the other one! More like sitting on the balcony, enjoying the unusually cool breeze.) But still, it gave me the chance to inspect the coffee bean and to watch the ducks enjoying their morning splash. And best of all, to indulge in some pure Petunia pleasure with dry leaves.
Here I am, swishing my trainers through the dry leaves that this cool weather has given us. It made me feel just like a princess stomping through the Deep Dark Woods in her Wellington Boots. That 'beginning of the Autumn Term feeling' when leaves are everywhere, begging to be kicked. Thankfully there were no nasty surprises underneath. Just a musty smell.
Now it's later in the day, and things have got even better! I've had a text from a young reader. Hannah, aged 8, was given Princess Petunia's Dragon today. Or rather, she was given a copy of the book!
Hannah - Dear Emma. I liked Princess Petunia a lot. The part that made me laugh was when the dragons flew over the cake and it went everywhere. My favourite drawing was when she met Freddy and they were walking together.
Emma - Thanks, Hannah, I can see you are a real 'people person'. Or should that be 'dragon person'?
Perhaps I should have asked her - do you like kicking leaves in Wellington Boots? But there again, perhaps not. Because everyone enjoys that, don't they?