Featured Photos – 23 May, 2022

Featured Photos – 23 May, 2022

We spent our 30th wedding anniversary in the small Devon village of Clovelly.

The village is unusual in that it is privately owned, and you have to pay to visit. This seems odd at first, but it means that the village has been preserved as a charming seaside village. Since no holiday homes are allowed, the place is a living village with an active community of residents.

The issue of second homes changing the character of small villages is a live one in Devon. Second homes often stand empty for part of the year, and they force up property prices, meaning that local people can’t afford to to buy, especially younger people who want to get a foothold on the property market. This can lead to an ageing population, with no younger people to get involved in the community and keep things going. I mention the issue in Valley of Lies, where Dan views the holiday homes with a different eye now that he’s becoming a local.

The books aren’t my soapbox, but I think it’s important to reflect the reality of modern life in rural Devon.

I hope you like the pictures. I haven’t captioned them as they are all in Clovelly. I think they’re self-explanatory, but if you’re a member of the site, please feel free to post questions in the comments.

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Featured Photos – 20 May, 2022

Featured Photos – 20 May, 2022

A walk in the woods of North Devon.

We visited North Devon for a few days to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, and we had a lovely time exploring the coast. These pictures come from a walk down through the woods, starting at Brownsham, descending the steep valley via the delightful and aptly named Zigzag path, and ending at the secluded Mouthmill beach.

Of course, we then had to walk back up the Zigzag path, but all that running must’ve paid off, because we rather enjoyed it.

The shady forest seems to have defeated my phone’s camera, and some of the pictures are a bit blurred, but I hope they give a feel of what our little excursion was like.

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A Snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

A Snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

At long last, I can say more about the upcoming Devonshire Mystery.

Today, I’m sharing the first part of chapter 1. This is just between us, so you’ll need to be a member of the site and logged in to read it.

The photo on this post is from the location in which the scene is set, so I hope it helps to give the flavour.

This is an advance snippet, so it’s still a work in progress and probably contains errors and typos. There will be changes and corrections over the coming days, and I hope to share more as I tackle the rewrites.

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Featured Photos – 4 May, 2022

Featured Photos – 4 May, 2022

The season is growing warmer here in Devon, and I’m enjoying the flowers in the hedgerows and the activities of the local birds as they build nests, visit the birdbath in our garden, and generally spend the day singing.

I’ve also finished the first draft of the new Devonshire Mystery, and I celebrated with a Jail Ale from the Dartmoor Brewery.

I hope you enjoy the pics.

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Featured Photos – 25 April, 2022

Featured Photos – 25 April, 2022

Bluebell time in Shaptor Wood.

This lovely wood is only a few minutes drive from our house. We take this walk every year, though I think we were a little early this year. The bluebells will be fully out later, but enough of them were out to create an impression.

It was a lovely walk, and I hope you enjoy the pics.

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