Garden at the Sussex Oak

Love them or hate them, we all have a birthday as we notch up yet another number on our board of life.  I used to love birthdays, but the last few years, due to ill health, they have been low key affairs, in fact 2015 was spend sleeping on the settee or in great pain  as I waited for my blood count to increase before my long awaited hip replacement surgery could go ahead.  However this year, despite it not being a BIG birthday, my birthday has been celebrated in style and so far has lasted for two weeks, and is set to continue well into next week.

The Sussex Oak

It began a few days before my birthday when we met up with friends from Surrey and had an excellent pub lunch and long chat at the Sussex Oak in Warnham, the half point for us both.  We had not seen each other for almost a year, so while the husbands chatted about manly things we launched into a variety of subjects including our mutual interest in writing.


The following day at my novel writing group we shared a bottle of prosescco and a few nibbles before I set off my by hydrotherapy session.   Friday the car needed a service so the day was spent quietly at home.


Saturday was my actual birthday, and  my youngest son, just back from Warsaw in the early hours of that morning took us to a Turkish Restaurant for a delicious lunch in Worthing and having some money to spend I treated myself to four tops to go with the three skirts my husband bought me.   I am extremely lucky to have a good husband and two lovely sons.

Nepalese meal

The following the eldest son took us to a Nepalese restaurant, which was up to its usual high enjoyable standards.  This year I also had more cards than usual and presents ranging from a bag to boxes of chocolates, a jewellery box, some scented soaps and some cosmetics.  I felt like a queen!  Last week it continued in the usual format with lunch with two other friends, and Thursday we are meeting another couple from Surrey, and Friday I am off to Bognor Regis to see yet another friend.  Next week we meet another couple for yet another long natter and a delightful lunch at the Sussex Oak, one of our favourite pubs in the area.

delicious Turkish food

Today my Worthy Words Workshops group held at Worthing library returned after a break for the summer, and we discussed what we had achieved this year and our plans were for the coming year.  It is surprising what members had achieved, and several members are putting the finishing touches to novels in readiness for the UK Southern Book Show, which is to be held at the Pavilion in Worthing on Sunday 4 March 2018. The month’s workshop was on writing historical fiction and some great ideas

Pavilion Worthing

Next year will be a BIG birthday for me and our 50th wedding anniversary, so who knows what the year will bring.


About Wendy Hughes

Wendy turned to writing, in 1989, when ill-health and poor vision forced her into early medical retirement. Since then she has published 26 nonfiction books, and over 2000 articles. Her work has appeared in magazines as diverse as The Lady, Funeral Service Journal, On the Road, 3rd Stone, Celtic Connections, Best of British, and Guiding magazine. She has a column in an America/Welsh newspaper for ex-pats on old traditions and customs in Wales. Her books include many on her native Wales, Anglesey Past and Present, The Story of Brecknock, Brecon, a pictorial History of the Town, Carmarthen, a History and Celebration and Tales of Old Glamorgan, and a book on Walton on Thames in the Images of England series, a company history and two books on the charity Hope Romania. She has also co-authored two story/activity books for children. Her latest books are: Haunted Worthing published in October 2010, a new colour edition of The Story of Pembrokeshire published in March 2011, and Shipwrecks of Sussex in June 2011 and Not a Guide to Worthing in 2014. She is working on a book entitled A-Z of Curious Sussex which will be published in 2016 Wendy also works with clients to bring their work up to publishable standard and is currently working on an autobiography with a lady that was married to a very famous 1940’s travel writer. Wendy has spent many years campaigning and writing on behalf of people affected by Stickler Syndrome, a progressive genetic connective tissue disorder from which she herself suffers. She founded the Stickler Syndrome Support Group and raises awareness of the condition amongst the medical profession, and produces the group’s literature, and has written the only book on the condition, Stickler The Elusive Syndrome, and has also contributed to a DVD on the condition, Stickler syndrome: Learning the Facts. She has also writing three novels, Sanctimonious Sin, a three generation saga set in Wales at the turn of the century, Power That Heal set in the Neolithic period entitled Powers that Heal, and a semi biographical book entitled New Beginnings which deals with two generations coping with blindness and a genetic condition. She has also had a handful of short stories published, and in her spare time is working on several at the moment. She also gives talks on a variety of subjects including Writing and Placing Articles, Writing Local History, Writing as Therapy, Writing your first novel, etc, and runs workshops on the craft of writing – both fiction and non-fiction. She is a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, and a member of the Society of Authors.