Finding new places to visit and explore is one of my favourite things, and you may already know that if you follow my blog… This weeks snapshot comes from midway up the peninsula of Manche to Annoville. Annoville Dunes, were the first classified dune site in France. The dunes overlook the beach which reveals oyster and mussel beds at low tide. The area, protected since 1995, … Continue reading Snapshots #24: Annoville Dunes
Before the exciting second lockdown, I was able to manage a couple of little coastal adventures. This one is Pointe du Hoc, outside of Criqueville-en-Bessin. Pointe du Hoc for me is one of the reminders of the importance of the Normandy coastline in the 20th century. It is the littered ruins of structures both on and offshore alongside reels of barbed wire. It is pretty … Continue reading Snapshots #25: Pointe Du Hoc
Wow things have moved fast this year… surprisingly given the worlds seems to be ending… Continue reading Living in Normandy #2: Has it Been Over 6 Months?
Since my last review I have been busy working on projects and taking time to find indie authors (mainly on twitter) and I got such an overwhelming response! Thank you to everyone who linked me their books. My first read off this long list of the twitter writing community, is a supernatural, detective horror by Chrissey Harrison, Mime.
Chrissey Harrison describes herself as “a wearer of many hats. Metaphorical hats, that is, not so much real hats. Although sometimes real hats. At the moment I mostly wear my writer hat, my designer and my crafter hat.” This can be seen in her writing, especially in the characters. Chrissey is predominantly a writer of supernatural thrillers and other spec genre fiction. She is also the proud owner of an 18 year old goldfish called Ambition, something I am astounded by seeing as my goldfish never lasted more than 5. (RIP all my fishy friends).
From first glance at the cover, I was getting some serious “It” vibes with the creepy cover, but from reading the first few pages I was delighted to find a writing style that did not reflect my Stephen King preconceptions. (This is not a bad thing in anyway as I am not big fan of King’s writing style!) Books, like with films, I don’t watch trailers or read the blurb as I like to go into a book with no preconceptions. Trying to avoid the cover however is a problem, the same with film posters so I let myself have that one. I had no idea of the plot, characters or themes of the book when I started to read and I am so glad I made that decision.
Mime looks like it is going to be the first book of a killer series. I mean that in both terms of the word. Usually I am not a fan of a book flipping from different perspectives, but the way this is written with both characters being almost on the same plotline makes it more of an insight into each characters mind rather than a flip-flop about a complex world. The characters are very unique meaning that you can follow them with ease and get engrossed quickly. The story did not take long to start, something I love in a book. There is nothing worse than waiting around for 100 pages waiting for something of interest to happen. Straight in there with what’s happening and the weird.
In terms of the three “Cs” in the thriller genre: the contract, the clock, and the crucible, I feel this book checks all three. I want to go into more detail but I don’t want to give too many spoilers away, so if you don’t want spoilers, look away now!
Another local adventure with my camera, this time venturing to La Fosse Arthour! Continue reading Snapshots #23: La Fosse Arthour
Normandy is known for being pretty flat. Lower Normandy is known for this in particular. There are of course hills and miles of fields, but the general topography is pretty flat. Why am I telling you this? It happens that I live near two of the only waterfalls in Normandy! These two waterfalls are aptly named, Little and Big Waterfall (Petite et Grande Cascade) and … Continue reading Snapshot #22: La Petite Cascade Mortain
Now that restrictions have started to wane and normality is starting to return to Europe, I took the opportunity to take my new car out on the road and drive down to the friend’s place in Burgundy. I’ve been familiarising myself with the local towns and places around me here in Normandy and have become quite used to the flat landscape, deep lush greens of … Continue reading 5 Days in Bourgogne
Since my long review last year I have definitely gone on to read more books and my count for 2020 is well over 30 now and well I’d like to share some of the smaller authors on separate posts. (Please go check them out on social media!) *** The Thriller genre is usually characterised and defined by the emotions they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings … Continue reading Book Review: Midnight Vigilante
This #Traveltuesday is brought to you by a soaked to the skin photographer who thought it was a fabulous idea to go to the beach during a storm and now wear fully waterproof clothing… However, it was a good idea as the photos I got were absolutely stunning and I will be sharing those in my next snapshots post! How’s the weather where you are? … Continue reading Ducey, Ville Étape
Welcome back to #traveltuesday, with me your host Briony-Molly. All jokes aside, being a local tourist has really made me value the part of France I live in. I am sharing with you the highs and lows the best and the better places in Normandy. Today’s post we are looking at one of my favourite spots year-round – Domfront. *** A Brief History … Continue reading The Amazing History of Domfront