The Old Fools are back!

Last year, when Joe was twice rushed into Intensive Care and put on a life-support machine, everything changed.
The shock was profound and his recovery has been slow and arduous. Thank goodness, Joe is not one to give up, and he is now almost as strong as when the viruses attacked. Thank you so much to the many readers who have been in touch wishing him well.
It’s been nine months since our last newsletter but writing has had to take a back seat. Usually it takes a year to write an Old Fools book but, the latest, Two Old Fools in Turmoil, has taken much longer.
However, I’m on the last chapter and we hope to launch it in a couple of months.

I shall be sending out an Old Fools Updates newsletter this week, with photographs, family news, a recipe, free books and book recommendations as usual.
  • Like to subscribe? You’ll see the Join Old Fools Updates sign-up box right at the bottom of this page.

So much has happened recently, both terrible and wonderful. I couldn’t even begin to sum it all up. So I’ll leave you with a picture of Lola, who, along with the grandchildren, is the best medicine any doctor could prescribe, and has kept us smiling through the most difficult times.

Here is Lola, wallowing in mud, her favourite way to cool off.

 Do join me on Facebook  to find out how we’re coping, day to day…

13 Responses to The Old Fools are back!

  • I don’t subscribe to Facebook or any social media. Can I still get your updates? I love all your books and have read them several times! Gillian

    • Gosh, Gillian, how very kind of you to read them more than once. Of course you can subscribe to our updates, just put your name and email address in the box at the bottom of the page. Thank you for asking! 🙂

    • Of course, Gillian! If you are subscribed to our Old Fools updates (see it at the bottom of every page) I’ll send you an email every few months. Thanks for asking. 🙂

  • Nice to see a photo of you at last they are lovely. A big hug to Joe from me Brian and Siddy xxx

  • So sorry to read about Joe, I feel like you are both friends after reading all your books. I hope he has a good 2018.
    Anne Earls

  • Love your books. I read turmoil over Christmas and had to find out how Joe was progressing.
    Please sign me up.

    • Thank you, Pat! I’ll sign you up to the updates with pleasure. Please add my email address ( to your contacts list, otherwise it may be thrown out by the spam police. 60% of the kind people who sign up to our Updates never get them because they end up in Spam. The updates, I mean. :/

  • I’ve just finished reading the first 4 of your books. I started on the 2nd of January and finished yesterday!
    Thank you so much for taking my mind off my strained back and the loss of my father on the 2nd of January.
    I hope Joe makes a full recovery and look forward to reading book 5 when I return to civilisation, (we teach in China), in February.

    • Hello Julie, and I’m so sorry for your loss. What a devastating start to 2018. I’m very pleased my books have helped take your mind off the loss of your father, and the strained back, too. Thanks for the good wishes, and I bet you have stories to tell about teaching in China! 🙂

  • Hello Vicky,

    I hope you don’t mind me addressing you as Vicky because I feel as if you are a dear friend. I’ve read all your books and this past weekend broke my strict rule of only reading in the evening to finish Old Fools in Turmoil. So today I had to go online and see if there were any updates. Very sorry to read about Joe’s rough times but am glad he’s on the mend! Winter is adorable as is Lola. I’m writing this while sitting next to my best friend,Teddy, a four year old Coton de Tulear. Obviously, I recognize Lola’s special qualities.🐶I’ve signed up for your updates and am looking forward to reading about your life in Australia😊 Blessings to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2018!

    • Hello Karen, what a sweet message! Thank you so much for the kind words and for reading all the books. Joe is coping well, and is as grumpy as ever, which is always a good sign.
      Lola and I send you and Teddy very best wishes for the new year from Australia.
      Best regards,
      Vicky, Beaky, Victoria, Mees, and a lot of other names I won’t mention, haha.

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