Deidre also told me about one of the girls, Claire, who is an avid Alice-Miranda fan in Grade 4. It was great to meet her later in the morning. We had a photo together and it was a pleasure to sign her book.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Principal, Louise Grant, also from Australia. In fact she grew up in the suburb next to where we live. Louise has been at the helm since the school began. There is such a sense of calm and nurturing about the place. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and hope to return there again in the future.
After signing the children's books, Cheryle and I headed back to the city. She dropped me off at the hotel and then Ian and I walked over to The Forum a short while later to meet her for lunch. I had been really pleased that Alice-Miranda (the life sized version) was going to stay behind in Singapore and when we got to Bookaburra, she was already adorning the window display - and looked fabulous. I don't have a photo yet - as it was one of the rare times I left the iPad and camera behind, but Cheryle has promised to send me a picture and I will add it when I can.
I have had the most wonderful week with Cheryle. She is so passionate about books and children and I know I have made a new friend. Ian and I bade her farewell to head back to the hotel and finish packing before the overnight flight to Sydney.
There are already plans afoot to return to Singapore - on my way back to the UK, where Clementine Rose is set to make her debut later in the year. I can't believe that the five and a half weeks flew by so quickly - and I can't wait to be back again soon.