I live on Folly Island in the middle of Hertford. The photos below were taken on 1 April when the cherry trees in Thornton Street are just coming into blossom. It is a pretty sight and you don’t get many opportunities because the blossom on the older trees is almost fallen by the time that it appears on the newer trees.

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A Little Local Affair

A Little Local Affair

This book had its genesis in 2001 when eBooks were in their infancy. I updated it in 2011 and it has been consistently revised and amended since then. It has not always been well received; partly I think because of the way it was constructed. Each chapter was designed to be seen from a different character’s point of view. This final version takes a more lateral approach by following the police investigation rather than following the actions and views of the numerous characters.

Alan Price is killed when his car hits a lorry in a country lane. Although his death was actually the result of a fatal heart attack the post mortem revealed the discovery of an unknown drug in his system which caused his unusual actions. Suspicion falls on the woman he had lunch with but as DI Steve Harley and DC Miles Davis start interviewing those close to Price they find that although no one actually liked him, no one actually wanted him dead.

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This is an artists impression of the new Bircherley Green development looking north towards the Lea Navigation and Riverside.

There are a few problems with this.

North towards Riverside

This is a great misrepresentation. The new apartments will dwarf Riverside. The artist’s impression does not show the Lea Navigation or Riverside and tries to indicate that size does not matter. The real problem is that the photo above clearly shows Market Street as could be seen from Lane’s side window and the clock on Shire Hall and the Fore Street skyline quite visible. See full post: A Room with a View.

Sign of the Month


23 November – 22 December

Sagittarius – Robin Hood, St Albans

All twelve zodiac signs are now featured on a set of birthday and greetings cards for just £1.99 including envelope and postage:

View all twelve signs

You can view all photos and all readings for the twelve signs of the zodiac in my latest slim volume: A Drinkers Horoscope from Amazon.

Hidden Hertford Curios

A snuffer

A snuffer or to use its proper term a link extinguisher can be found on the wall of the former Beckwiths Antique Shop in St Andrew Street. A link was a pitch torch to help pedestrians on the footpaths during the seventeenth and eighteenth centur

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