Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Radio Star and Boating

I saw this when we were on Exmoor and had to take a picture...

I’m sitting here with a gurgling stomach, going over and over my choices and notes for a radio interview this afternoon. Before you get too excited, I should say that this is Source FM, Falmouth’s community radio station, (96.1 FM), not Radio Four. Even so, I’m due to be on air for an hour (gulp), from 4-5pm today, talking first about my walks book, Discover Cornwall, then my life and my six favourite records.

If you’re not in the Falmouth area you can still listen to me and highly edited extracts of my life via broadband on www.thesourcefm.co.uk/listen.

Luvitt made me read my intro several times last night (though a glass of wine helped) which was really helpful, and I was able to make notes (and laugh a lot) but even so, today my stomach is plummeting every time I think of it, as if I was in a high speed lift. Deep breathing, Jane has just texted me, and a big smile. Remember you have friends rooting for you – how lovely is that? Even so, I am wearing lucky knickers, lucky earrings and - anything else I can think of?

And another bit of news – after a lovely day out on Saturday, I am officially in love with boats again. I had a long period of being frightened of being on the water, but as of Saturday – and again Monday afternoon – that is now over. I’d forgotten the exhilaration and freedom that boats can bring. The way my mind empties of everyday worries, and I just concentrate on steering, constantly checking what other boats are coming up, and looking at the way the wind ruffles the water. Even Mollie took to it like a – er – dog to water……

Cue one Flowerpot with a very, very big grin.


12 comments:

Chris Stovell said...

Ooh,a very exciting and interesting blog on both fronts.

Good luck with the radio show,Sue - I believe my radio debut is imminent too but an hour? Phew! I take my hat off to you but I know that you will have done some meticulous preparation so I'll keep my fingers crossed that it all goes as smoothly as you could wish.

And boats? I wonder if Pip's laughing somewhere!

Flowerpot said...

Good luck with yours, too, Chris. Yes I must say I blanched a bit when I heard about an HOUR!! Actually Pip was responsible for putting me OFF boats, so I imagine he has a wry grin!

Talli Roland said...

A massive good luck to you for the radio show! I'm sure you'll be great.

And yay for boats! :)

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Talli. With 3.5 hours to go I'm feeling sick!

Sally said...

I'll be thinking of you and listening to you and know you'll be fine as soon as you start.

Your tale about sailing has inspired me further but you clearly already know what to do. I am both scared and ignorant!

Keep smiling all afternoon, your smile will transmit over the airwaves!

lots of love
xx

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Sally! Feel very seasick right now but think I will be OK when I get going! xx As for sailing - it's good to be apprehensive, but try and relax and enjoy the sea and the boat.

Melissa Marsh said...

I wish I could get over my fear of water - I can't swim. Thus, boats and rivers and all of that just make me squeamish!

Hope your radio spot went well!

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - perhaps if you learnt to swim that would give you cnfidence? Mind you, most fishermen can't swim. Radio spot went very well thanks! Loved it and so did the audience - it wsa repeated this morning apparently!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

I'm so glad you had such a great time being interviewed on the radio and that it all went so well.x

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Debs! Nerve racking but good!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I hope it all went well for you, sorry I'm late to the party!!

Flowerpot said...

CJ - despite awful stomach cramps it went really well thanks!