This is the second book in the Matthew Venn series set in North Devon and I really enjoyed it. Ann Cleeves is a very good writer and I loved her Shetland and Vera books although I never really liked either tv series.
This is book 10 in the Inspector Banks series set in Yorkshire. This book is one that I found hard to put down - again it is another series I really enjoy.
I haven't read a Cooper and Fry book for some time. In this one Cooper is off work on sick leave but still manages to have a hand in solving the crime! I do like Ben Cooper as a character in the story although I must admit I really do not like Diane Fry!
I enjoyed this book far more than the first in the series. Sometimes I think it takes a while to get used to new characters.
I really loved Leif Bersweden's book called "The Orchid Hunter" and therefore when his new book was published I am afraid I was a little naughty and treated myself. This is another delightful book which I highly recommend. Leif's love of plants, trees, flowers and mosses etc just shines out of every word he writes. The book tells of a year when he travelled round the UK on train and bike in search of flowers meeting many other naturalists and botanists on his journey. When you read this book it just makes you want to get out of doors and look for plants where ever you are which is what I think the author wants you to do.
Christmas Cactus flowering in the porch.
Angela Harding Advent Calendar - it is always a joy to open the windows on this and see her lovely illustrations.
We always have an advent candle too.
We spent 3 nights in Herefordshire last week as we wanted to visit the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival. We had planned to come back next weekend or the week after but then had to dash back yesterday as very low overnight temperatures have been forecast so we have decided to close down the caravan for the winter. We did turn the water off last week but forgot to drain the water hence the rush to return. It will only be a stop of one night just to give the place a good clean, bring home fridge and freezer food, strip the beds and vacuum bag quilts and pillows and the clothes we leave there. So sadly we won't have time for trips out. It is going to be a long 3 months before we can return. At the moment with the building work next door I have come to rely on trips to Herefordshire as a way of escaping and a place of refuge.
I'll write about the Herefordshire trip last week in a few days.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
The parakeet photo was taken by my son.