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Clue Go! ‘Murder, Now and Then’ Game with prizes ….

Just another hint about ‘Clue Go!’ which will take place in October 2015.CLUE GOMap

There will be three parts and the first one you can begin right now!

Get your cameras and your copies of ‘Murder, Now and Then’ to the ready because in order to win the biggest prize you need to get out and about and snap photos of yourselves on location with a copy of ‘Murder, Now and Then’

Those of you in and around Bedfordshire, why don’t you pop to Thurleigh Museum and Twinwoods before they close for the winter.

There are loads of interesting places in Bedfordshire to visit and places to drop into for refreshments.

Or – If you are in Canada, Jersey, on Alderney, in Godalming Surrey – in fact locations in ‘Murder, Now and Then’   – or anywhere else in the world to be honest, there will be smaller prizes for you too.

So go on – Get Snapping!

Copies of the book can be bought at Waterstones, Bedford, ordered at any bookshop in the UK or bought on Amazon in most places of the world!

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More hidden treasures close to home ~ The Greensand Ridge Walk

Living on the Greensand Ridge Walk I’m ashamed to say that I had no idea until I looked it up last week where it began and where it ended, but I’m so glad we finally did.

The Woburn Hotel

The Woburn Hotel

On Sunday, a beautiful spring day, as a taster we chose the route between Woburn and Eversholt, parked our car in the free carpark at Woburn and walked along to George Street turning left at the cross roads. The Woburn Hotel stands at the junction and features in my murder mystery.

Woburn Abbey

Soon Woburn Abbey is in view across Woburn Park, the boundary marked by a red brick wall stretching as far as the eye could see, a sign of the successful brickworks near Bedford in the last century.  Taking the clearly marked footpath at Ivy Lodge at the kissing gates, although I defy any human to kiss over them – they are far too high – we were delighted to be walking right across the park, passing grazing deer, towards the abbey – not a religious establishment in fact, but the name of the stately home owned by The Duke of Bedford.

Eversholt Church

Eversholt Church

You could pause here for a comfort break and coffee. We didn’t in the instance, pushing on over the brow of the ridge and then down through pine woodland which marks the boundary of the park. From there we crossed a field and we were soon on the lane to Eversholt – our destination, The Green Man pub was a couple of hundred yards on, passing the unspoilt houses and church and thankfully it was open. I’m sure that the Sunday roast would have been delicious but instead we opted for a lighter

The Green Man Eversholt

The Green Man Eversholt

soup and filled baguette combination of salmon and cream cheese. Perfect, without making us too full to enjoy the walk back.

Our only detour, having passed Woburn Abbey on our return, was to take a right hand path and walk across towards park buildings, a path which detours around the left hand side of a small lake. Watch out for this. If you keep close to the stables you will see a collection of Bedford red brick houses in front of you and a path next to a cattle grid. After this the path is clear, taking you to the main cattle grid at the entrance to the park.

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Woburn has cafes, pubs and restaurants for refreshments and after you can browse in antiques and china shops. The other famous place to visit in the area is Woburn Safari Park which you can access by turning right at the end of the street and it in about half a mile on your right hand side, also featured in ‘Murder, Now and Then’.

Our walk was about six miles, perfect for a Sunday stroll rather than a serious ramble. The website suggests a variety of forms of public transport if you would prefer not to return the same way. We were so pleased to view a familiar place with new eyes, so close to home. It is a treasure in the heart of Bedfordshire.

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Snowdrops ~ Is it Bennington Lordship or Anglesey Abbey? ~ no, it’s Shefford in Bedfordshire!

Chicksands Snowdrop Trail

Friends asked us last week if we’d like to join them on a snowdrop walk. We’ve enjoyedDSCN1806[1] the delights of Bennington Lordship and Anglesey Abbey in the past but were surprised to be told that we would only be driving a few miles from where we lived, to Shefford in Mid Bedfordshire. Choosing the day in the week which held the most promise, we agreed to meet today, Tuesday. True to forecast the sun has shone all day and the sky has remained a crisp clear winter blue.

I’d often noticed people walking in woods near the entrance to the Chicksands Base andDSCN1802[2] Priory but never stopped. Parking a little way into the village of Shefford and taking care to cross the busy A600, we entered the woods beside the roundabout with the A507.?????????? Within a couple of minutes a bank of snowdrops fell before us and soon we were not only following a snowdrop trail but a delightful wood carving one too.

There were blankets of tiny white beauties at every turn, some areas more striking than others and with the sunshine penetrating the canopy above, it was a lovely walk and quite a surprise to so close to our home in Bedfordshire. If I’d known about it I might have included it in my murder mystery ~ only joking 🙂

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