I'm just back from Germany where I had some quality time with my daughter and two grandchildren. We spent a week in a holiday park in the Eifel. There is an extinct volcano here and the country is rich in thickly wooded forests and deep valleys. It is very pastoral. Here's an impression from my not-very-technical camera:
We visited a falconry and watched the eagles, kestrels and owls being fed and learned a bit about them. We drove through another park and had to negotiate scores of deer and wild pigs and a few donkeys as well.
Here's a picture of the falconry but as usual I missed the action bit where the eagles were taking off but maybe you get a feel for the atmosphere?
Here's another shot of the town.
Now I am back to grey reality - literally. Today it is raining, it rained yesterday, and it is slowly getting chilly. Which all means that I will not put my nose outside the door today. Instead I will knuckle down to writing the second novel in my Sergeant Alan Murray crime series. I'm about halfway through the first draft - in other words there is a load of work to be done. I usually revise about five times before I feel I can publish. If you like a cozy crime novel to while away the evenings, you could try the first novel in the series: Death in a lonely Place: Here's the U.S. link http://www.amazon.com/Death-Lonely-Place-P-B-Barry-ebook/dp/B00LSP1I2U and the Amazon UK one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00LSP1I2U/
I write under the pen name P.B. Barry to distinguish from my other novels.
I'm off to make a cup of tea and then I really will get down to some writing. I'll just have another look at my not-quite-perfect holidays pictures first, just to remind myself that two short weeks ago I was sweating in a hot sun with a blue sky overhead in the company of my daughter and two very lively grandkids. Ahhh!