It is so easy to get used to hot sunny weather. I share a beautiful large garden but the plants on my patio are my responsibility and it has meant being out with the hose every evening giving them a good watering. Yesterday I took an hour long walk in the sun – ridiculous I know – but I took it gently and had my sun-hat on, sunglasses and was covered up. I am reading a book about Agatha Christie, a writer I much admire who also loved Devon. The more I read her stories the more I appreciate the little touches of humour that are dotted through them. Sometimes, as a writer you find yourself analysing the way a writer is working and it can spoil the reading enjoyment.  As soon as I forget that and realize I am just enjoying the story then the writer has won me over.

Have been busy checking through the edits of a couple of books coming out as e-books but had to break off that for a trip to London. Sitting in the sunshine at Lords for the opening day of the test match against Sri Lanka takes some beating and it was a wonderful day. Persuaded next day by my son to go up to the viewing area at the Shard – 68 floors up – but a fabulous view over London on a clear sunny day. London Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral looked so small way down below. We followed this with a visit to St Paul’s and we climbed up all the steps (no lift this time) to the Whispering Gallery. Great day but, after all the hustle and bustle of the city it was lovely to be back in the calm and quiet of Devon.

Being away from the desk for a few days is a good thing – at least for me. I have been visiting the Welsh Borders. I don’t make notes as such but you can never be quite sure where the next idea is going to come from. It’s never just one idea but a collection of ideas that start to string together. Strolling round a grand country house and its vast gardens does tend to make the imagination run riot and I did just that a few days ago. Any ideas from that will have to go onto the back burner for the moment.