Saturday, 5 December 2020

5th December - Advent Photo + Floods

Like yesterday's book this one was also reprinted as a Pan Heritage Classic in 2016 after first being published in 1985. A clever story set in the Cathedral close of the fictional town of Litchester,  and another that's been on my shelves for a while and will be a giveaway in a couple of days.

Litchester Cathedral, usually an oasis of cloistered calm, suddenly finds itself at the centre of an acrimonious dispute over the proposed sale of its 1225 copy of the Magna Carta. Merchant banker Mark Treasure is invited down to sort out the squabbling cathedral chapter. But before he has been there a day a fire destroys the ecclesiastical library - Magna Carta and all - and a body is discovered in the debris.

But it wasn't fire that killed the Dean's verger. And as Treasure's murder investigation unravels evidence of some most unholy mayhem and dark skulduggery, he realises that Litchester is a place where sins and secrets abound . .

 David Williams wrote 17 books featuring Mark Treasure between 1976 and 1993.


Yesterday was another dull, grey day with snow, sleet and more rain. I had to deliver something to youngest daughter and just kept running into floods whichever road I took. 4 times I had to turn round and find another route - good job I know the roads over there in Suffolk Coastal. I came home by a longer route on an 'A' road but once again came to a long stretch of flooded road. I stopped to try to think of another way round and then a small car like mine risked coming through from the other way, So after they'd passed I took a chance and got through. An idiot in a 4x4 started coming the other way as I was three quarters through - I though road etiquette was to wait and go through floods one at a time. I gave him a black look as we passed!.......but I doubt he even noticed.

First card and present arrived in the post yesterday. Thank you to my penfriend W, you even beat my cousin to first card of the season, first time she's been beat forever!

Feeling guilty that I'd not even started on card writing I fished them all out of the Christmas drawer and got them as far as the table downstairs.  Next I will write them..............sometime - I can't get up any enthusiasm for Christmas jobs this year.

Back Tomorrow



  1. The book review is great. I must try to get it from the library, which has just re-opened. I did a 24hr trip to Norfolk and back, as I had things to deliver, and other jobs to do. Thursday (going) it rained for the entire 200 miles. Friday (return trip) I had heavy snow down the A11, then more rain. Travelling in bad weather is no fun. Keep safe, Sue

  2. I agree - one at a time is only courteous and I would also expect it. We had some heavy snow here yesterday before daybreak but it was very wet and didn't settle at all.

  3. We did not get any snow but it was very damp and about 2.00 the sun came out and we had a lovely sunset. My God-daughter sent my first card last week but I am like you I have not started on mine yet. Well it looks a nice day and my daughter is coming latter on to put my lights up and several other jobs.
    I was lucky enough to get a book on Scotland yesterday that somebody did not want anymore, it had big photos and a lot about the places. I thought it was an extra for my GS has he is going to visit his GF family who live in Scotland.
    Hazel c uk 🌈🌈🌈

  4. Taking our dog out for a walk around the village my husband has noticed that it's the ones who drive 4x4 who are the least considerate. Others will slow down and where possible give them a wide berth.

    We had heavy rain again last night, but the day was dry and cold and my husband took our grand-daughter to the park for a ride on the swings although they weren't there that long.

    I can't get any enthusiasm up either for card writing. In fact my love for Christmas seems to be on the way out.

  5. It is odd isn’t it, how weird Christmas thoughts are this year. Most of us seem to be sadly lacking in enthusiasm.

  6. We've had rain and wet snow for much of the week - although it should be dry for the next few days.
    I know what you mean about the cards. I have them out on the dining table and plenty of stamps on hand - it's just getting started that's the problem!

  7. Lovely new header, Sue, I'm slowly getting in the mood for Christmas. I received my first card today and posted the first batch out yesterday. Just a few more to write and post.
    Have a great weekend.

  8. Think of them as Winter jobs instead of Christmas ones...Can't think Christmas is going to be up to much this year...this is how I'm hoping to get through a very different festive season this year. x

  9. Yes it is hard to get into the Christmas spirit this year, which is understandable.

    That novel sound very interesting.

    God bless.

  10. You were brave going through the flood waters, something I really hate to do even if I see others doing it.
    Good luck with your card writing :)

  11. That's alot of rain in your area! Glad you made it through the big puddle. Some drivers aren't the kindest, as that's happened to me as well. I had someone turn on their bright headlights behind me as I was in fast lane driving on interstate highway, me passing a truck. He finally gave up on me, thankfully and didn't ram into me. Crazy drivers!! Bleah! Hope you are safe and enjoy writing Christmas cards. I've started on some of mine. I read a part of your flood story to Phil, as we were in that area 40 plus years ago. Never had rain like that! Take care!

  12. That's actually St David's Cathedral on the cover of your mystery!