Ghosts and Ghouls

Makeys Ghost and The Scorpion Conspiracy cover designed by Bruce Rushin
Makeys Ghost and The Scorpion Conspiracy cover designed by Bruce Rushin

A quick and business like blog today to mark some interesting times. Firstly we’ve just had the “great storm” of 2013 which, frankly, fell a little flat here but I am acutely conscious that it was bad in places so I’m not going to be one of those alleging that “Wolf” was cried. The warnings were entirely appropriate and timely.

This is the first time that I have shared a blog between my own site and that of the Aylsham Navigation. I have done so as one of the two purposes of this blog is to introduce what will be my third Halloween story set on the Aylsham Navigation which I have entitled The Mary P and it can be found here. I hope you like it; I have tried to make it a more traditional ghost story than previously.

Finally, and perhaps not fully appropriate to the Aylsham navigation site but never mind, I can announce that my first novel is now published. It is in the crime / mystery genre and is largely set in and around Norfolk. Entitled Makey’s Ghost and The Scorpion Conspiracy it contains two stories introducing us to my character, Makey. The cover is illustrated by Bruce Rushin who has been involved in BNCT from the start. There is a Facebook page for the book and also a website from where it can be purchased.

 

New Facilities on the Bure

This is a very overdue Bure Blog and I apologise for the delay. Footpaths and access still cause us some distress so it is nice to be able to report some good news for once. Buxton Parish Council, the Bure Navigation Conservation Trust and the landowner have co-operated to fund, supply and install benches for walkers and others to sit on in the field below Buxton Mill along the existing footpath. This is a start but you know what they say about small acorns? It is not our intention to turn the Bure walk in to a linear theme park but rather to promote the existing footpath and provide some basic comforts for walkers to help encourage their enjoyment of the scenery and footpath. You will see from the photographs that the benches are basic. This is deliberate to allow for transitory use but not to detract from the overall beauty of the area. Our thanks go out to Haydn Claridge, the landowner, for his foresight and understanding in not only agreeing to these benches but also by taking an active role in their introduction and installation.

One of the new benches on the Bure at Buxton in the process of being installed
One of the new benches on the Bure at Buxton in the process of being installed
Job nearly done
Job nearly done

How this compares with a mile or so upstream where the landowner at Brampton Island seems to positively discourage use of the path through his land by fencing, signage and also by allowing downright dangerous conditions to prevail for walkers. I have always harboured a feeling of sorrow for this landowner as I believe he purchased the Island to enjoy privately without realising that generations of folk had enjoyed access. We had to get an order to establish the existence of the path and that should have been an end to it but sadly it has not been. Please, Sir, take note of what can be achieved by co-operation.

Island footpath as it was. copyright Roy Wheeler
Island footpath as it was. copyright Roy Wheeler

On a personal note I have now retired from work which you might think gives me more time but somehow it doesn’t. I don’t know how I ever had time to go to work. I also have a personal blog at this address so that can bring you up to date on what’s happening. Finally on the personal front I am in the process of publishing my first novel (see www.makymysteries.com)

 

Over the last two years I have expressed a view that I would like to get involved in seeing a Norfolk Keel built as a working part of Broad’s heritage. I still plan to get involved in such a project but I can’t do it on my own so if you would like to help please let me know. I will be progressing this somehow before the end of this year.

A Norfolk Keel from a David dane painting and used with his permission
A Norfolk Keel from a David Dane painting and used with his permission