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Sunday, 11 December 2016


After the excellent reception of Ruth's first novel, "The Shaping of Water", the second one is about to be published. It is called "The Tin Heart Gold Mine" and is due for publication in mid-January, although we expect to have copies here in a week's time.

It will be available in hard copy and Kindle from Amazon and from bookshops and in it "Heart of Darkness" and “Lust for Life” collide as the Cold War in Africa gets hot. Lara, the artist, loves both Oscar, a suave, older entrepreneur, and owner of the Tin Heart Gold Mine and Tim, a journalist seeking truth. This is a dramatic story, about vibrant, intriguing characters passionate about art, love, the making of money and the African bush, whose lives become entangled in war and politics.

Here’s what to look for:-

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


We were told not to go to Propriano. "It's awful and full of people." Well, in late October it was fine. Only two hotels open, but most of the restaurants and very few people to be seen. The first two pictures are taken from the window of our hotel.

I can't actually remember where this was. I'd like to see how they get the washing in and out.

These photos were on the way to Campomoro.

Monday, 17 November 2014


In southern Corsica we visited the bronze/iron age settlement of Filitosa, set a few miles from the sea. The standing stones there are rather unique (purists may object to "rather unique" but, what the hell) in that humans and metal weapons are depicted on them.

This is taken from the top of the monument and shows 4 of the 5 standing stones in a group

This is one of the early shelters.

Here is some cow shit being eaten by dung beetles. Not to everyone's taste but I think it reminds Ruth of Africa.

A recently stripped cork oak.

Two pictures of "the dinosaur". This is a naturally-occurring formation, but it must have meant something to iron age man since it is situated in the quarry and is undamaged.

A view of much of the site. Unfortunately the picture doesn't give much sense of the scale. The stone/iron age village is situated in the middle of the picture and if I were standing at the junction of the bare earth and the tree line, you'd be barely able to see me.