This title doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But actually, it was a lot more special than it sounds – because this was the first event we’d been to in almost two years, thanks to the pandemic. The event was a cut-down, socially responsible and completely outdoor version of CountryFest, a nice “fayre” held on … More Two go to an event
The Roman villa at Chedworth in Gloucestershire is an amazing place to visit with substantial foundations and an array of mosaics, some still in situ within the original house walls. And now it’s even more amazing, because Carbon-14 dating has revealed one of those mosaics, in Room 28, is much later than experts believed possible. … More Roman mosaic surprise
There’s an intriguing report in the Guardian this morning about a new scheme to pay royalties to authors for the sale of their books second-hand (used). This has never happened before; once a book had been sold via a bookstore, publisher, or online, and the author received the royalties, that was that. The print book … More Royalties on pre-loved books?
Well, I promised yesterday that my new book ‘Trench Warfare’ was imminent, and sure enough I’m delighted to announce that it’s hit the (digital) shelves overnight. This is a sweet, no-sex romance set on an archaeological dig, combining history, ghosts and love, and featuring: ● Best friends to lovers● A quietly developing relationship● A missing … More ‘Trench Warfare’ out now!
Great news – I’ve been beavering away for weeks and now have a brand new book coming out in the next couple of days! Trench Warfare is a sweet, no-sex m/m romance set on an archaeological excavation, and featuring ghosts, a missing priory, and a quietly-developing relationship between friends. Part of the plot, involving a … More ‘Trench Warfare’ coming soon
Thanks to my good friend Jay Mountney for this meme, which I’ve cheerfully stolen from her blog. Thankfully, the lockdown blues are just starting to ease as we’re all allowed to travel that little bit further afield, but there are still restrictions and it’s still easier to dream than it is to actually travel. So … More Lockdown blues…
A few years back, when I wrote several articles for The Spooky Isles magazine, one of their suggestions was to write about the first ever place that I thought was haunted. At the time, I couldn’t remember where I’d first got that frisson of other-worldliness for the first time, but I’ve thought about it, on … More First ever haunted house?
Holehird Gardens, the home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society, are only about four miles from our doorstep, and given that they’re completely outdoors they’d have been a wonderful place to visit during lockdown. Sadly, they took the decision to close. This week we noticed that they were open again to local visitors, so on Monday … More Two go to a frosty garden
Nope, still estuary! But at least the sun shone today. This time we were on the other side of Morecambe Bay, at Grange-over-Sands, looking south towards Arnside where we were about two weeks ago. Grange is known for its mild climate – there are palm trees growing along the promenade – and for its stunning … More Two go to the seaside – again
I’ve just finished watching the third episode of the recent series of The Great British Dig, which was filmed on location last autumn during the pandemic. Hats off to the production team and crew, because they’ve managed to make a remarkably seamless set of programmes featuring some fascinating subjects, while contending with social distancing regulations … More Great British Dig: lost priories