Featured Photos – 18 October 2021

Featured Photos – 18 October 2021

Sue and I took a little trip to Teignmouth at the weekend. Pronounced ‘Tin muth’, it’s a small town on the Devon coast, and like all seaside towns, it looks at its best on a sunny day.

 

I hope that you enjoy the photos.

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Featured Photos – 11 October 2021

Featured Photos – 11 October 2021

In our little corner of Devon, Autumn is getting well and truly settled in. It tends to be mild here in the South West, and this time of year can be grey and rainy, but we’re having a lovely start to the season with blue skies and sunshine.

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Featured Photos – 4 October 2021

Featured Photos – 4 October 2021

We took a break for a family holiday in Dorset, the neighbouring county to Devon. The Isle of Portland is an intriguing place, a tethered island, connected to the mainland by a causeway that is home to the famous Chesil beach: an eighteen mile-long strip of large pebbles, lapped by clear water.

It was great to get away for a while, and it certainly recharged my batteries.

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Featured Photos – 1 September 2021

Featured Photos – 1 September 2021

My adventures in mountain biking are coming along. I’m a member of a group of mountain bike enthusiasts, and at the weekend we went on a ride up on Dartmoor.

We couldn’t always find the trail, but that’s the way it is with bridlepaths and footpaths on Dartmoor: they may be marked on a map, but that doesn’t mean that they’re still used.

We trundled through bracken and gorse, explored some pretty lanes, and rolled up and down rocky paths.

Great fun, good exercise, and lots of fresh air.

We set off from the picturesque village of North Bovey, but I didn’t have the time (or the energy) to take many pics. I must go back soon with a camera.

I hope you enjoy the pics, and thanks to Chris Chapman of Chris Chapman Creative Media for allowing me to include a landscape that he captured.

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Work in Progress – a snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

Work in Progress – a snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

It’s time to share a snippet of the upcoming Devonshire Mystery.

The finished version of this book still feels like it’s some way off, but I thought you might like to see how it’s shaping up. Sharing it now will also help to keep me accountable.

The new novel still doesn’t have a title, but much of the action takes place in Exeter, so the picture is a snap I took of Exeter Cathedral.

I hope you like the look of the snippet. As always when I share an advance snippet, it’s very much a work in progress. I may well change it when I redraft the novel, and it will also be run past an editor.

If this leaves you wanting more, then I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to be patient. I’m writing it as fast as I can.

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Featured Photos – 16 August 2021

Featured Photos – 16 August 2021

A summer’s day in Devon.

I took these while out for one of my daily walks with Lottie, this time accompanied by Sue.

I still sometimes have to pinch myself at the realisation that I live in the middle of this beautiful landscape, a joy made all the sweeter by the fact that I get to share it with the beautiful Mrs C. Such riches, and more than I deserve.

It was a beautiful day and you could see for miles. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Featured Photos – 9 August 2021

Featured Photos – 9 August 2021

From time to time I mention the River Teign (pronounced ‘Teen’) in the Devonshire Mysteries, so here are some photos of a stretch of the upper Teign on a sunny summer’s day.

The path runs through a nature reserve that consists of an unspoilt woodland – a lovely cool place for a walk on a hot day.

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Featured Photos – 30 July 2021

Featured Photos – 30 July 2021

While Sue and I were in Yorkshire, we visited an RSPB (the Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds) reserve for sea birds.

The cliffs were dramatic enough, but the birds sailing past made it a magical experience. To cap it, we saw an albatross, a unique sighting in the UK. This beautiful bird was a long way off course, engaged in a doomed search for a mate. I felt sorry for the bird, but it was a wonderful sight as it sailed past below us. I didn’t take a photo of it because I wanted to watch the bird without being encumbered by a lens.

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Featured Photos – 27 July 2021

Featured Photos – 27 July 2021

Sue and I made time to visit Blackingstone Rock. Having written a story about the place, I thought I’d better share it with you.

The Rock, and the path to it, are hard to find. There was no signpost, and the car park was small and neglected. The path was so overgrown that we had to push our way through the undergrowth. The bracken was taller than me!

No one else was there, and we had fun exploring and taking photos.

Below you can see various views of the rock and the surrounding countryside.

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Featured Photos – 20 July 2021

Featured Photos – 20 July 2021

Sue (Mrs C) and I have just come back from a week in my hometown, Pickering in North Yorkshire. It was a welcome break, and quite novel for us to be able to stroll into town and pop into the shops or a cafe.

Of course, I took a few snaps to try and capture the place for you.

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