I'm immensely proud and grateful to Janet Ruth, an American authoress, for using one of my photographs of Scorhill Stone Circle as the front cover image for her latest 300 page Romance Novel, Benin's Crown. I'm a slow reader so haven't read it yet but the text below taken from the rear cover describes the novel. Copies of the book are available from the publishers Booksurge at booksurge.com or by email firstname.lastname@example.org Or Amazon at Amazon.com
ISBN is 978-1-4392-6605-2
Janet with her book this Summer when
she and her family visited Devon.
As the daughter and only child of Queen Morveren and King Brenin, young Addien leads a life of
luxury and security. But when all she loves is torn from her, she must learn to survive by relying on her own courage and strength of character. In doing so, she also learns about trusting others and holding onto her faith. Growing to womanhood in dangerous times, she must face disappointment, betrayal, and isolation while keeping a secret many would die to discover. For she alone has the power to choose who will take her fatherís place as king. Set in the Dark Ages of British history, the story moves from a Roman-built city, to a ring of standing stones, to a Celtic stronghold, each based on real historical sites. In this land of contrast merged the passion of the Celts, the intelligence of the Romans, and the influence of the early church. This is where faith and fantasy meet, where good and evil are not always clearly defined, and it is not always possible to know the right thing to do.
Below are just 2 of the many sculptures on display (and for sale) at the Mythic Garden and Birch and Alder Arboretum near Chagford.
Open all year but the sculptures are seasonal from May. The low light at this time of year (late Sept) makes it a wonderful place to visit.
Mythic Garden website for more info. Or visit picasa for more pictures and a slideshow.
Castle Drogo sits on top of the Teign Gorge, and from Furlong, where we live, dominates the horizon. Jill was asked by the Okehampton Times to take photos of visitors enjoying the guided tours of the roof, which is not normally open to the public. However, quite a good covering of snow had fallen overnight which left the roof very slippery and a danger to visitors so we were alone (great) on the roof to enjoy the views. Here's a couple of pictures from the morning, More on my photography page.
A day out on the South Devon Railway. Brilliant! From Buckfastleigh to Totnes, only a short ride but fantastic fun. Hats off to the volunteers who work tirelessly to make this all work so well. We had intended to do the boat trip on the Dart but Totnes took up most of the day
Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain cycle race, Tavistock to Glastonbury.
Came past our house today 15th Sept 2010. There seemed to be as many Police motorcyclists as racing bicycles. But here are a few shots on the A382 as they rode up towards Whiddon Down. Click each to enlarge.
2011 Tour 11/09/2011 - 18/09/2011. Devon section on 15/09/2011 starts Exeter Cathedral Yard at 10.15
Click here for pics and a short video of the stage.
Devon Air Ambulance Trust, motorcycle fund raising run across Dartmoor 12th July 2009
Just a few of over 500 motorbikes that took part in the fund raising run across Dartmoor on Sunday,
all sizes all types, all ages, all sexes of riders and pillions.
To see more pictures please follow this link to my Picasa album.
The UK has had it's fair share of bad weather for this time
of year. When it snows heavily on Dartmoor life becomes difficult.
The farmers are having a terrible time, not only with the blanket of
snow but with temperatures never getting above freezing during the day
and falling to -15 at night all the indoor drinking water for the
livestock has frozen solid. Our farmer is having to let the stock back
into the fields to drink for a short time before bringing them back in
again, difficult enough normally, but testing in these conditions.
We haven't had the car out for over a week now, fortunately we stocked
up with provisions and should be ok til after Christmas. Our village is
within walk-able distance and the main roads to it are now passable for
HGV deliveries so alt least the shops have enough to keep stocks up.
Here's a few pics of our village.
This pic taken on Christmas day. All the snow has gone now, (31st Dec)
Quite a weight of snow on the greenhouse roof. Didn't want to leave it
in case we had even more.