Parke, HQ of the Dartmoor National Park –  15 November 2022

Parke, HQ of the Dartmoor National Park – 15 November 2022

The appropriately named Parke Estate near Bovey Tracey is now owned by the National Trust, and the grand old house is now the headquarters for the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA).

The estate also hosts the weekly ParkRun where Mrs C and I, along with a hundred or so other brave or foolhardy folks, run a 5K route every Saturday.

While running this uneven track up hill and down dale, I’m usually too preoccupied with the mud, stones and bits of stick on the ground to take in much of the natural beauty, but the other day, we took Lottie for a leisurely stroll, and I got to appreciate the landscape. Just after we arrived, the rain stopped, the sun came out, and a double rainbow appeared.

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Thrillers ebook bargains on Kobo

Thrillers ebook bargains on Kobo

Kobo are having a promotion on thrillers and I’m taking part.

Running throughout November 2022, some thrilling ebooks on Kobo, including Valley of Lies, are in a buy two, get one free promotion.

The offer is available in Canada, the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Here are some handy links:

Australia: kobo.com/au/en/deals

New Zealand: kobo.com/nz/en/deals

Canada: kobo.com/ca/en/deals

UK: kobo.com/gb/en/deals

USA: kobo.com/us/en/deals

Retro Motors, November 2022

Retro Motors, November 2022

Classic Cars

I always like it when I stumble on something serendipitously, and this trip to Newton Abbot was one such occasion. Mrs C and I had no idea that a classic car rally was being held in town, so it was lovely to find these gleaming cars on display.

I often hanker after cars such as these, but I know that the owners spend a great deal of time and money on keeping their vehicles in showroom condition, and I haven’t the time or the expertise.

Long-time followers of my photos might remember that exactly the same thing happened a few years ago, though I think the photos were posted on a different site. If you’ve been around long enough to remember that, thank you very much!

I hope you enjoy the photos. I’m afraid I didn’t note down the makes and models of the cars, although some of the manufacturers will be obvious in the photos.

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The Season of Swirling Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness, October 2022

The Season of Swirling Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness, October 2022

Autumn in Devon

The earth turns, the seasons roll around, and so we head into autumn once again.

A good, crisp, clear autumn day, with the leaves turning golden, the air still sweet with the memories of summer, a juicy blackberry plucked from the hedgerow, and the promise of a hot drink when we get home, make for a joyous experience.

There I go, waxing poetical, but there’s something about autumn that brings out those wistful emotions. I think it must be something to do with saying farewell to the summer and preparing for the winter. There’s a theory that our ancestors revered shorelines along the edge of lakes or the sea, because these were places of change, the solid land giving way to shifting water. They were ‘between places’, perhaps symbolising change and impermanence, so people dropped valuable items into the water as offerings.

I wonder if our ancestors also revered the ‘between times’ of autumn and spring, the cycle of darkness and light, cold and warmth. Make an offering to autumn, perhaps with a great bonfire, and the spirits will help you to get through the winter. It’s interesting to wonder how much of the ancient ways have been passed on down the centuries. We now know that behaviours can be stored in our DNA. Are we so different from our ancestors?

It’s something to ponder as I spend the evenings by a crackling fire, especially if I can get my hands on an apple pie or an apple and blackberry crumble. Delicious.

Now I’m hungry, and I’d better go and walk Lottie before it gets dark.

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A Study In Stone  – a prequel to the Devonshire Mysteries

A Study In Stone – a prequel to the Devonshire Mysteries

A Study in Stone is available from me as a free book when you join my readers’ group, The Awkward Squad.

Alternatively, you can buy it on all the main stores for a nominal price. However, it doesn’t always appear on the series page, especially¬† on Amazon.¬† This is because A Study in Stone is now officially Book 0, the prequel to the series. One reader described it as the origin story for Dan and Alan, and I think that’s a reasonable description. This is the beginning of their journey together.

Valley of Lies is Book I, and is a full-length mystery novel complete with a murder, so it’s great place to start reading: Find Valley of Lies online.

The renumbering of the series won’t affect any books you’ve already purchased, and it should give us a suitable point from which to move forward.

In case I’ve managed to completely muddy the waters, I’ve listed The Devonshire Mystery books in order here.

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