The Heat of Africa

‘My imagination was caught by a tin heart fastened to a tree in a tiny 1914 – 1918 war cemetery in Marondera, Zimbabwe.’    (‘The Tin Heart Gold Mine’ Ruth Hartley) A chance discovery in a far-off country by author Ruth Hartley was the perfect starting point for a story involving that deadly combination of love, murder and art. A suspenseful story mainly played out … Continue reading The Heat of Africa

The Wind of Heaven

The complete quote, of Arabic origin, reads: ‘The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears’ and Mefo Phillips is well-placed to comment, having spent more time than most looking out on the world from the back of her Appaloosa horse, Leo. We were delighted to welcome Mefo onto Girls Do Coffee on Ex-Pat Radio where she recounted stories from her journeys … Continue reading The Wind of Heaven

The Storyteller Next Door

Word that the local doctor was leaving hadn’t reached my ears so I was surprised at seeing the little waiting-room packed to the rafters with patients. I finally managed to sit down and the elderly woman next to me explained, ‘He’s leaving on Monday so everyone is here to get their prescriptions. He’s writing prescriptions left, right and centre.’ Doctors in France have something of … Continue reading The Storyteller Next Door

What a Song and Dance!

    Who would have known? Tony Nyland, frequently on our screens in programmes such as Emmerdale and Shameless, and most recently as the postman in Coronation Street, has an alter ego of folk singer of some years’ standing. While Charles Hanson, real-life auctioneer and TV antiques expert from Bargain Hunt and Antique Road Trip, has a yearning for Strictly Come Dancing and has apparently … Continue reading What a Song and Dance!

New Landscapes, New Eyes

I could be wrong. There might be scientists out there who are sent into transports of delight simply by looking at the periodic table. And why not? But, for me, it’s the map that combines practicality and imagination in such delightful unison. No doubt for some, those lines on Googlemaps or Mappy do the job so why look for more? But for me it has … Continue reading New Landscapes, New Eyes

The Mountains Are Calling…

  Reading through the catalogue of Rosemary Bailey’s books one might come to the conclusion that it is she who is drawn to the mountains, in particular the Pyrenees, but this would not be the whole story. Readers no doubt have their particular favourites…for me it is ‘Love and War in the Pyrenees’, the true story of a newly-married couple divided by war with its … Continue reading The Mountains Are Calling…