Travels in Southern England

October 27, 2014

This Sunday the clocks went back and I returned to the Mill House Cider Museum in Owermoigne.

Cider Making Demonstration Sign

I first visited the museum in August and was so impressed with what they are doing there that I left them some copies of the Peatmore Press book, Cogrill’s Mill, to sell. This time I was treated to awesome demonstration of traditional cider making. The cider makers were very knowledgeable and highly proficient at their craft and the on looking crowd extremely enthusiastic. It was a great day out and some images of what I saw are presented below.

Preparing The ApplesPreparing the Apples

Mashing The Apples
Mashing the Apples

Loading The Press
Loading the Press

Pressing The Cider
Pressing the Mashed Apples

Decanting The Cider
Collecting the Cider

In addition to cider making we were treated to a demonstration of iron tool making on a portable forge.

Forge
Forge

Forging Iron
Forging Iron

When the day was over I purchased some Schnapple, a local Liqueur specialty made from apple juice, as it seemed an ideal treat for Christmas.

SchnappleSelling Schnapple

Further details about the Millhouse Cider Museum van be obtained from their website at http://www.millhousecider.com.


Dark Stories

October 17, 2014

Now in England we are entering the shortest days of the year. It is a time for Dark Stories. At the end of this month, 31st October, it is Halloween which has become an annual celebration of spooky events. There is no better time to begin reading or telling tales of the extraordinary or supernatural. To start this off Peatmore Press presents, “But if,” a story of disbelief from its new short story collection, “New Beginnings“. It is available to read free of charge at http://peatmore.com or by clicking on the link in the side panel.


Reinvigorating the life of a great Victorian artist

September 15, 2014

I spent an inspiring day Saturday at the Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey at day one of the Gallery’s Heritage Open Days. The Gallery celebrates the work of the artist G.F. Watts and his wife Mary but other artists’ work is also displayed.

Watts Gallery taken in August 2012
The Watts Gallery taken on a previous visit in August 2013

Watts’ nearby home, “Limnerslease”, and his adjoining studios are about to be renovated and I felt privileged to take part in the House, Studio and gallery tours.

Watts House and StudioLimnerslease and adjoining studio

Watts made his living mainly from his portrait work but alongside these produced some ground making paintings such as Hope (a reproduction of this was reputably kept in his cell by Nelson Mandela) and the Minotaur (currently on loan to the Watts Gallery from the Tate). He was meticulous and some of his most paintings took over thirty years to complete. I could identify with this as I am still working on a novel I started in the early 1970s. The Watts Gallery is well worth the visit. Details can be found on their website at:

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk.

Keith Jahans
Editor, Peatmore Press


Providing entertainment and quality writing

September 7, 2014

Peatmore Press was originally setup to provide entertainment, information and quality writing. Unfortunately, the information aspect of this mission statement has been taken too generally as we are receiving many comments asking about website development and computing. I am afraid our expertise in this area is extremely limited as we concentrate solely on promoting writing and hopefully provide entertainment along the way.

We welcome the comments we get about writing (particularly our writing) and try to answer most of them. Please address your technical questions about websites, blogs and computers elsewhere (you will probably get a better and more accurate reply if you simply type such questions into Google) and note that the word “information” has been removed from the mission statement on the Peatmore Press home page at:

http://peatmore.com


What’s in a name

August 19, 2014

Peatmore Press has just released a second ebook short story collection as a follow up to Crime and Passion. C&P brought together two writing styles, one dark and one light that also manifested itself in the first two Peatmore novels, Cogrill’s Mill and Victim of Compromise, and because of this two different pen names were used. This was always going to be difficult to sustain with the second short story collection particularly as it encompassed just one central theme, namely that of starting over. Thus it was decided that the new book would be put out under my real name and the title New Beginnings.

This does not mean that the names Jack Lindsey and Luke Johnson will no longer be used. There is a third Jack Lindsey novel, written in the same light vein as the previous two, currently in the planning stage.

NBcover

New Beginnings by Keith Jahans is available on the Amazon Kindle Store and as an Apple ibook on the iTunes Store via the Peatmore Press website at http://www.peatmore.com


Travels in Southern England

August 14, 2014

14 August 2014

Yesterday I took the 1 minute tent to Dorset and camped at a small, very basic site at Owermoigne. In the morning I visited Weymouth once more as I had fond memories of the town when I visited it in June. It has one of the best public libraries I have encountered. Because of the free wifi access I was able to work unhindered for most of the morning and I donated a copy of the Peatmore Press novel, Victim of Compromise, to show my appreciation.

Weymouth LibraryWeymouth Libray

In the afternoon I visited the Cider Museum, which is a short distance from the campsite. There I gave the friendly owners three copies of Cogrill’s Mill to sell as the novel’s central character makes his own widely praised cider and it would be interesting to see how the books would sell in their farm shop. I also bought a litre of their dry cider. Unfortunately, I was unable to connect to the Internet at the campsite so I was not able to post my blog.

Mill House Cider PressInside Mill House Cider Museum

This morning I heard the sound of Thunder and the weather forecast was for heavy rain so I broke camp (I’m sure it would just have taken the required minute to take down the tent if I did not have to wipe away the moisture from the overnight rain and due) and packed the car.

Minute Tent at OwermoigneMinute Tent in Owermoigne (just before it was taken down)

Before I set off I returned to the Cider Museum and bought another litre of their tasty dry cider and some home made marmalade (I’m very partial to the stuff). I was pleasantly proud to find that Cogrill’s Mill was on display in their book section. They hold open days in the autumn so it will be good to visit there again when one is in progress. Information about the Cider Museum can be obtained from their website at www.millhousecider.com.

On the way back to Surrey I stopped off at Bournemouth Public Library and donated a copy of Victim of Compromise. It seemed only right that they should have one seeing that a small part of the action takes place in the town. I was also pleased to find it yet another excellent library with very helpful staff, great internet access and an excellent place to study. Please support our British Public Libraries their contribution to our culture cannot be measured. It will be a tragedy if many are lost during the current round of Government austerity measures.


Audio Books

August 6, 2014

Audio Books have become popular recently.  This may becaucse the increases in digital mobile platforms available make it easy for busy people to asimilate their books while on the go.  Peatmore Press has managed to sell a few copies of its audio books without even actively promoting them.  Now, all three of its audio books, Returning Love, The Queen’s Screech and The Christmas Turkey, are available at audible.co.uk, amazon.co.uk and Apple’s iTune Store.  It will be interesting to see how well they sell.

To find the links to the audible, amazon and itunes websites go to http://peatmore.com and click on the links to the audio books mentioned above.


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