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I’m delighted to welcome one of my favourite memoir authors Beth Haslam to a special Christmas edition of Afternoon Tea With Mrs Bloggs

❄️ Hello Beth. Tea or coffee?

πŸŽ„ I love to start my day with a lovely cup of tea, then switch to coffee mid-morning.

❄️Do you ever add a little bit of Christmas spirit to your tea or coffee to warm you up on cold winter days? That’s if you drink alcohol of course.

πŸŽ„ No, I prefer the pure flavours of my tea or coffee..

❄️ What is your favourite Christmas tipple?

πŸŽ„ It happens just once a year. I drink a good sized glug of sherry while I’m cooking Christmas lunch. Then it’s CrΓ©mant de Bourgogne during the meal.

❄️ Christmas pudding or something else for dessert?

πŸŽ„ Must be Christmas pud for dessert!

❄️ Which are your favourite Christmas cakes?

πŸŽ„ Definitely Christmas log. The choccier the better!

❄️ Favourite Christmas song or Carol?

πŸŽ„ Ooh, that’s a toughie, I have loads of faves. If pushed I’d go with Silent Night.

❄️ Any family traditions you follow at Christmas?

πŸŽ„ Q7. We always wait until after lunch before opening our Christmas pressies. It used to drive our kids to distraction!

❄️ What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever had?

πŸŽ„ The best Christmas present I ever had was watching my horse being born and then growing up with him. 😍

❄️ Is there a Christmas book that you can recommend?

πŸŽ„ Call me old-fashioned, but I adore Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

(Beth, you’re the third person to say that!)

❄️ Which books are you planning to read at Christmas time?

πŸŽ„Finishing CJ Sansom’s latest Shardlake book, Tombland. Then Kathryn Gauci’s The Darkest Hour. After that, it will be a choice of 4 memoirs, all of which look lip-smackingly tempting.

❄️ Where are you eating Christmas dinner and who will be present?

πŸŽ„ We will eat Christmas lunch at our home in France with my husband, sister and nephew. We will be surrounded by several furry animals and spend much of the meal chatting to our kids in the UK. 😍

About Beth Haslam

Beth Haslam was brought up on a country estate in Wales. Deep in the countryside, her childhood was spent either on horseback, helping the gamekeepers raise pheasants, or out sailing.

A serious car crash in 1991 ended Beth’s full time career in Personnel management, so she set up her own Human Resources consultancy business. As semi-retirement beckoned, Beth and her husband, Jack, decided to buy a second home in France. This has become a life-changing event where computers and mobile phones have swapped places with understanding French customs, and wrestling with the local dialect.

Beth is now occupied as never before. Raising and saving animals, writing, and embracing everything that rural France has to offer.

She’s loving it!

Beth’s fourth book in the series will be available to pre-order from Amazon on Christmas Eve.

❄️ Thanks so much Beth for visiting today for a special Christmas edition of Afternoon Tea With Mrs Bloggs. Good luck with your latest book. I’m sure it’ll be as popular as the others in the series. I can’t wait to read it!