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Final cover version ‘Simply Elfje’ final cover.

Good News! My ‘Simply Elfje’ book of the blog is now available to purchase from Amazon. I have tweaked the colour of the cover a little and here is the revised version.

To buy a copy from Amazon UK please click here. It is also available from and in Europe.

There will eventually be an e-book version for Kindle, however I will be away now for a couple of weeks and have run out of time to do the conversion. I will do it on my return and hopefully it will be available in early May – watch this space.

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Panic Time

From time to time I post about my cycling activities. Just lately however I don’t seem to have had a great deal of time for cycling – either too busy with other things or the weather just hasn’t been inviting (I’m a bit of a fair weather rider). Occasional rides out on wet roads have needed major bike washing sessions on my return.

Revised Book CoverOne of my main excuses recently has been my latest book ‘Simply Elfje’ which is now nearing completion. The picture shows my revised (final) version of the cover. I have given myself an Easter deadline to get it done and that is fast approaching. The reason for this particular deadline is that I have so much coming up during the lead up to and after Easter that if I don’t get it done by then it will end up not getting done until July or August. So far I am on track. Fingers crossed.

Working on the book though, as I said, has made it difficult to get out on the bike very often and this is my reason for panic. At the end of April we are hoping to do a 45 mile charity ride in aid of our local hospice and then at the end of May we are already booked for a 40K Classic Road Race Bike rally in Spain.

I have mentioned these events before but I’m panicking because I haven’t done much training and now I’m really getting a bit worried that I won’t make the distance. On top of that we will soon be away for at least a couple of weeks as we are taking our yacht over to France. While on the boat I won’t be doing much cycling. Yes, we do have folding bikes on the boat but these are not good for serious cycling over long distances. They are a boon for going shopping or local sight-seeing, but a long ride? Forget it! We’ve tried it – jolly uncomfortable!

I have been getting out on the bike more over the last few days and today would be a good day for a ride too but I had to stay in this morning waiting for a builder to come and look at a little problem with a leak in a corner of our conservatory and also I’m so far behind with the boring things like house work that I do desperately need to give the house a blitz. On top of that I still have work to do on the book (final proof read!) and I’m expecting a visitor later, but maybe I’ll fit in a short ride after that. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are out, so is Thursday afternoon – I have other engagements, but with a bit of luck I might fit something round those. I’m just going to have to make the effort. I’m loving my modern Raleigh road bike but I do need to get out on the classic bike soon too and once more get used to fact that I haven’t got as many gears to play with – those hills will get tougher!

Nearing Completion

A book nearing completion
is exciting and frightening.
I keep checking and checking.
When is enough enough?

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The files for my new ‘Simply Elfje’ book are almost ready to submit for printing. I keep checking them and still find the odd problem. The latest? – ‘is’ instead of ‘in’, a simple thing so easy to miss and it makes me wonder how many others I have missed, so I check again!

I try to take comfort from the fact that even in main stream published books I often find mistakes, but it seems to me that in self-published books people are too ready to sneer and say it is obviously amateur whereas in a ‘professional’ book they are happy to overlook the fault. Then I remember an old friend once had a T-shirt that stated ‘Pobody’s Nerfect’! Eventually I have to accept I have done my best.

Elfje Book

Announcing my next book on I am still trying to contact contributors so please read to the end if you have contributed but not heard from me yet.

Simply Elfje

Elfje book
of the blog
coming soon. Watch this

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Hello again. I’m back here briefly to tell you about my new project. I am in the process of preparing a book of Elfje poems. This will be both print and e-book and will contain many of my Elfje that have appeared on this blog. There will also be an updated version of the article on how to write Elfje and it is my hope that the book will continue to further awareness of this lovely little form.

There have been so many Elfje on this blog over the years and I can’t possibly include them all; this is why I have chosen to focus on my own ones. However it is my intention to include a selection of Elfje from the contributors to this blog and I have been contacting these people for their…

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Those of you who follow my blogs will already know that I have discontinued ‘Simply Elfje’ although the site still remains visible and will do for the foreseeable future. This decision was made in part to reduce the time I spend blogging but also due to the fact that, although many people are now writing Elfje, I was receiving fewer submissions and the blog was never intended to be solely my own work.

Now it is time for me to make some changes here on ‘By the Wobbly Dum-Dum Tree’ too. I began this blog in December 2010 in preparation for the first ‘Small Stones’ January challenge. As you will see from the blog title I stated at the time that, as well as ‘small stones’, I would include ‘random musings’. To date the emphasis has been on the ‘small stones’ and there has not been much in the way of the ‘random musings’.

It is now my intention to broaden the scope of this blog and while I will still continue with posting my ‘small stones’ I will include more of those musings, enabling me to write book reviews and other items of interest as well as eventually perhaps including guest bloggers. Perhaps eventually I may decide to discontinue this blog too and start a new blog with an entirely new ethos – we’ll see how it goes!

The plan now is that I will continue to post three times a week, probably posting the new musings on Mondays and continuing with ‘small stones’ on Wednesdays and Fridays. Look out for my first Book Review on Monday next, 11th April. I hope you will join me then.




Taking a break for two or three weeks. Posts as usual on Simply Elfje.

Christmas Dreams

Bright Star
all your
dreams for Christmas
and New Year come

© Elizabeth Leaper


This Elfje also appears today on my ‘Simply Elfje’ blog.
I will now be taking a short break until the New Year when I hope you will join me again.

Off Again

No stone today, just an announcement that I will be off-line for the rest of the month. From tomorrow I will be touring down through France, visiting some friends and relations and then stopping a while with our daughter in Spain. Should be back during the first week in December. In the meantime posts will appear as usual each Monday on Simply Elfje.

Without Words

I shall be ‘without words’, to borrow a phrase from Freya Pickard, until the end of the month, both here on ‘By the Wobbly Dum-Dum Tree’ and on my other blog ‘Simply Elfje’.

‘Simply Elfje is still open to submissions, which can be made via the website, but I regret I will not be able to acknowledge receipt until my return next month.

Hope to see you back here in July.


Driving mindfully,
watching out for ruts and bumps,
pot-holes and road signs.

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Today I am taking part in the Mindful Writing Day.
You can read the Elfje version of this Haiku today at Simply Elfje

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