First of all thank you all so much for your kind words and support over the horrors of rebuilding next door. It is very much appreciated.
Sorry for some reason I can't get the cover of the kindle book to show properly. This is the next book in the Cooper and Fry series. Very readable although I found the fox hunting fraternity a bit hard to cope with!
I am romping my way through the Miss Read Fairacre books. So annoyed with myself for getting rid of all my old paperbacks a few years ago. They really are a relaxing and lovely read.
I do enjoy the Anne Granger Mitchell and Markby books and read them pretty quickly!
I found the above booklet in my church guides storage box when I was looking for a guide to Hereford Cathedral. I bought it from Birmingham Cathedral which has several very lovely Burne-Jones windows and I don't think I read it at the time. An interesting booklet if you like stained glass and/or the Arts and Crafts Movement.
The above was a Christmas present from B and a surprise - he usually refuses to buy me books as I "already have too many"!!! You can never have enough books in my view! It is not a book I am reading from cover to cover but I am dipping into it regularly to read sections on counties I know well or have visited. It really is a superb book and highly recommended if you are interested in Pilgrim Places, Holy Wells, Churches etc. etc.
Two more Miss Read Fairacre books as you can see I am working my way rapidly through the series. Then I will move onto the Thrush Green books.
The above book is a new series I have discovered by the Joy Ellis (Jackman and Evans). This book was excellent and a clever plot and writing. I really enjoyed. I have also discovered there is a new Nikki Galena Fens story just come out which by a fluke I managed to buy for 99p.
Oh Joy! There is a new Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs book out. It was so good to return to Maisie's world.
I had promised D a trip out to Millisons Wood as it looked a good wood to walk round. It was probably a mistake to walk past that house I missed out on - in fact seeing it again from the exterior and location it would have been perfect and the interior was lovely too from the website. Anyway I have contacted estate agents to ask if they can let me know if by any chance it comes back on the market. Unlikely I know but worth a try and I have also registered with them to have details of new properties on the market sent to me. Although one piece of news I wasn't expecting was that your house has to be actually on the market before you can view a property :( So that means some hard decisions to make very soon. I suppose if I am honest I hadn't wanted to place our house for sale until I had found somewhere but it appears I have no choice. The thought of estate agents, surveyors and goodness knows who else visiting at the present time with the pandemic gives me the horrors and we shall have to do some rapid tidying up!
Anyway the wood was definitely worth a visit and we shall return perhaps when the bluebells are fully in flower. The wood was once part of the Forest of Arden and for that reason was awarded Local Nature Reserve Status in 2002. It was surprisingly quiet too - we only saw a couple of other people walking dogs and one of them was on a different path.
The wood covers 28.17 acres and we decided to take the signposted nature trail which was a circular walk round the edge of the wood.
A thicket of blackthorn in flower. I saw a Jay here. Birdwise we saw a Nuthatch, Blackbirds, Dunnock,Robin, Blue and Great Tits.
Wood Anemone - flowers closed as it was cloudy!
A few Bluebells were starting to flower. According to a sign they have native bluebells and the dreaded Spanish Bluebell.
Wild Arum Leaves
We walked for about an hour but we did dawdle along!
I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330