Friday, April 24, 2009

Recycling idea

Speed and efficiency have always been my watchwords - ask anyone - and I apply them to all aspects of life.

When it comes to recycling I've found that the whole process can be speeded up by cutting out the middle man, ie me. I now have a green bin installed directly beneath my letterbox. All the junk just goes round and round, without any timewasting interference from addressees, and everyone's happy. I'm hoping to get Kirklees Council to take up the scheme, and then move for it be adopted nationally. Just doing my bit, you know.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


There are good reviews and there are good reviews. Couldn't resist putting this one up.

Winter Wood review.

Friday, April 10, 2009

More of the wetlands

Here are a few more pics of the Somerset wetlands, taken while I was staying in Burrowbridge at the King Alfred Inn. (And I must give this establishment a plug. Great pub, good food, live music, and very friendly hosts Sally and Jimmer. Thanks, guys.)

This is Burrow Mump, a local landmark.

Swan. Appearing most serenely from behind the reeds as I was getting ready to press the shutter.

Wetlands at dusk.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Various images

Readers of The Touchstone Trilogy will know that the books are set on the Somerset wetlands - the areas around West Sedgemoor and King's Sedgemoor, often called The Levels. I'm frequently asked, 'are the places in the books real?'

Yes and no, is the best answer I can give. The locations are based on childhood memories, and some that were real have since disappeared, but it doesn't take long to find images very similar to those in the story. I've just returned from a working holiday in Somerset, where I rented a little place for a week in order to get some edits finished. Here are a few of the photos I took.

Now this one is real. It's the sheep gate that features in The Various - and it's the actual one that I was thinking about as I wrote the book. Still there, just as it was when I was a child.

The barn where Midge finds Pegs is fictitious, but here's one very like it. Just down the road from where I was staying.

I haven't seen one of these in years. It's a side-rake, the same piece of machinery that Pegs was trapped under. Again, it was within a very short distance of where I was staying. Looks like it's being used as a makeshift fence.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


I've just come back from a long week in Somerset. Took lots of photos of the levels, got some work done, met up with old friends. Will post more pics when I get properly unpacked. This is Glastonbury Tor, by the way.