Venice – the City of Water

The most astonishing fact about Venice is that it exists at all. This ancient city is built on a series of low mud banks off the coast of mainland Italy that are subjected to frequent tidal flooding from the Adriatic sea. Using impermeable stone, timber piles and larch wood, early Venetian builders evolved a unique …

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Letting in the Light

Letting in the Light – Excerpt

It’s Publication Day for the paperback of Letting in the Light. A standalone story, this is the third book in the Spindrift trilogy, set in an artist’s community during WWI.

The Post Office in the Great War

I first became interested in how the postal service operated during the Great War when I came into possession of a handful of letters written by my grandfather to my grandmother in 1918, soon after they were married.

Port Isaac – A glimpse into Cornwall’s past

The Spindrift trilogy explores the lives, loves and friendships of a fictional, turn of the 20th century artists’ community. Their imaginary home, Spindrift House, is on a clifftop near Port Isaac on the rugged north Cornish coastal path.