“How old is he?”
“I believe he’s about your age,” Mama said.
“Did they find his boat?”
Mama shrugged. “Your father found an abandoned boat matching the description the family gave, down at the edge of the Atchafalaya Swamp early this morning. If he’s lost out there,” she bowed her head, “God help him. That swamp is thousands of acres.”
“My teacher, Miss Algood, said it’s over a million acres, and it’s the biggest swamp in the whole United States.”
“That is huge,” she said. “Well, your father is studying the currents down through there to see. If it is his boat, it might have drifted there on its own.”
“I’m sure it’s the current.” I wrinkled my nose. “Why would a kid want to go up in a big ole swamp, unless he thought the fishing was better there?”
“That’s what they are trying to figure out.” Mama stood up and brushed her hands across her apron. “Most of all they are concerned with where he could be now.”
I followed her back into the houseboat.
Papa sat staring at the maps. He rolled one of ’em up and ran his finger over the lines on another one.
“Are you going to eat something before you head out, Jack?” Mama asked him. He didn’t answer. His tanned forehead pulled his bushy brows down over his blue eyes.
Jesse jumped down from his chair at the table. “I’m sorry I colored in your book,” he mumbled with his head down. “I needed some paper to draw on, and it’s aw I could find.”
“Next time, ask me,” I said. “I’m sure I could have found some for you.” I glared at him. I wasn’t ready to forgive The Spaz just yet.
I walked over to Papa, trying not to interrupt his concentration. Lying next to one of the maps was a small key. I reached for it but Papa slapped his hand over it.
I’d grown an attraction to keys. Keys meant someone had secrets and secrets meant adventure. “What does that go to?”
Title: The Secret in Mossy Swamp
Series: Nikki Landry Swamp Legends, Book 3
Author Name: Rita Monette
Genre(s): Juvenile/Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery
Length: Approx. 204 pages
ISBN Paperback: 978-1987976168
Release Date: Septemer 17, 2016
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing (http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/)
About The Secret in Mossy Swamp:
Living in a tiny houseboat, Nikki is stuck with sharing a room with her little brother, Jesse, who does what little brothers do best…torture their sisters. Fed up, she decides to build a place of her own…a tree house where no boys are allowed. Meanwhile, something strange is happening on Bayou Platte. Things and people are coming up missing…and little stick dolls covered in moss, known locally as “signs” from the legendary Rougarou, are showing up in their place.
Is the Rougarou really to blame? Can Nikki get to the bottom of the mystery before things get worse? Find out in this third instalment of the Nikki Landry Swamp Legends Series!
Mirror World Publishing ~
Behind Every Legend Lies the Truth!
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I love outdoor living but gardening is not really my thing so I decided to brighten up the garden by other means.
After a trip to Budapest, I was inspired by the colourful and quirky ruin bars, particularly Szimpla Kert, pictured below.
I purchased some spray paints in a variety of colours and gathered some items to spruce up. I already had dining room chairs, terracotta pots, a hammock stand and a lantern and I picked up a child’s bike (purely for decorative purposes) and a table from the local recycling centre.
Our rabbits like to eat the grass in the back garden and probably wouldn’t like the taste or toxicity of spray paint so I lay down a sheet in the front garden, moved my car well out of the way, and started spraying.
I was really pleased with the results.
I found an unusual plant pot to add extra decoration but Fozzy, our mini-labradoodle, did not approve.
The newly painted furniture was arranged in the corner of the garden and flags added to brighten up the wall.
The garden was now ready to be enjoyed by friends and family at the barbecue of the year.
Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Kathryn Galan
Publisher: Faeriemoon Press
Number of Pages: 234
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A red-headed, pink-loving mortician who speaks to the dead.
A moody, unsociable funeral director.
Poppy and Dante from Struck are back.
Something is lingering around Skyview Funeral Home—and it’s stealing souls of the dead.
With Dante in tow, Poppy is determined to put a stop to it.
Can she protect those who are trying to cross over, or will her soul be next?
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Meet the Author:
Clarissa Johal is the bestselling author of paranormal novels, Poppy, The Island, Voices, Struck and Between. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing, taking pictures of gargoyles, or swinging from a trapeze. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep.
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I’m not going to Glastonbury this year but here are my tips for those who are.
They say you learn something new every day. Here are some things I learned at Glastonbury 2015:
- Baby wipes are your friend but they don’t taste very nice.
- Weather apps lie.
- Lionel Ritchie is, a) popular, and b) American.
- The stinky unwashed feeling eases after a few days.
- A pint of Brothers cider is cheaper than potato wedges.
- A bit of mud never harmed anyone.
- If a sign says don’t enter, do enter. Especially if a mud caked Irish man guards the entrance while hurling abuse in a friendly manner.
- Cardboard shewees are not to be trusted.
- Backwards is forwards, up is down, and fun is to be found in the rabbit hole.
- Holding an inflatable sperm high in the air while navigating the crowds is an effective way of keeping a group together.
- Glastonbury rocks!
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St Neots Film Festival is calling for submissions. And with the amazing technology in smartphones, and a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can shoot a great movie.
Film makers can be any age and do not need to be experts. Why not press record and have a go?
Once you have an idea, write out a script, assemble your cast and get filming. Practise makes perfect so don’t expect to film a BAFTA winner first time around. Experiment with your phone, try filming in different lights and test out the settings on your camera.
It’s possible to edit your film on your phone and there are many apps available. However, you may find it easier to edit on a PC using Windows Movie Maker or another programme. Again, there are plenty to choose from. Check out techradar’s article: Best free video editing software: 2016’s top movie making applications.
Submit your short film (up to 20 minutes) online here: http://stneotsfilmfestival.co.uk/ and you could see it on the big screen at St Neots Film Festival this Autumn.
Happy movie making.
UEFA Euro 2016 kicks off on 10th June 2016! Excitement is mounting as football fans wonder if their team can actually win it this time.
The answer is, yes they can! Games can be won by wonder strikes, super saves or creative passing. Even top-class teams occasionally win by a fluke goal or dodgy decision. And there have been some even weirder ways teams have won important matches:
By winning a coin toss – Italy got through to the 1968 UEFA Euro final by winning a coin toss after the semi-final ended in a draw. The final also ended in a draw but this time it went to a rematch and Italy won to lift the trophy!
By scoring an own goal – Barbados deliberately kicked the ball into their own net to qualify for the 1994 Shell Caribbean Cup. They were winning 2-1 but needed to win by two goals. Time was running out so they booted the ball in their own goal to take the game to extra time. They then scored in extra time where goals counted twice and qualified!
By failing to qualify – Denmark failed to qualify for the UEFA Euro tournament in 1992. However, they were offered a last minute place when the Yugoslavian team was kicked out due to a war in their country. Denmark went on to win the tournament.
So, whoever your team, there is always a chance! Enjoy the tournament.
Gone are the days when we attempted the legendary Crown to town pub crawl through Eaton Socon to St Neots town centre. Not only have we attempted and failed this many times but we also have responsibilities now. These responsibilities come in the shape of a fluffy white dog named Fozzy. This Saturday, in honour of Lemming’s birthday, we decided to try a dog friendly pub crawl instead. Here is the route we took:
We often walk Fozzy from St Neots, through the campsite and along the river to this pub. Dogs are welcome downstairs in the bar area, and a jar of treats can be found on the bar. If it’s a nice day it’s great to sit outside and look out at the boats on the river. Doggie water bowls are available and most of the benches are smoke free (which to me is an unusual bonus for an outside area) but there are a couple of benches at the end for smokers.
The White Horse
A short trot across the green took us to The White Horse. The outside bar was open but the music was way too loud and the decked area around it was empty. Small people played on the bouncy castle and ran around with toy guns. The beer garden is huge so we found a relatively peaceful bench on the grassed area. Dogs are welcome in the bar area which is quiet and traditional.
The Old Sun
Not far down the road is The Old Sun. Dogs are welcome in the bar and football is often shown on the many TV screens. The decked area at the back of the pub tends to be in the shade but the pub has created a roped off, astro-turfed area with benches and doggie water bowls next to the car park. Although it’s not particularly scenic it did allow us to sit in the sun a little longer.
The Waggon and Horses
Across the road is another regular haunt, the Waggon and Horses. This is a Cask Marque pub which apparently is good news for ale drinkers. There are a couple of benches outside in the sun but they are next to the main road. The sun was starting to drop now anyway so we headed inside where dogs are welcome in the bar area. By this time we needed food and this was a good place to get it.
The Barley Mow
We walked along the Great North Road towards town and dropped in at the George and Dragon, where dogs are usually allowed. However, a live band was due to play so dogs had to take a night off. We carried on down to The Barley Mow where treats were immediately offered to Fozzy. This is also a Cask Marque pub and was showing the Champions League Final.
The Bridge House
We made it over the bridge and into town where we finished our pub crawl with a couple of games of pool in The Bridge House. Dogs are welcome in the bar and the landlady brought a treat over to Fozzy. It was dark and chilly by now but this is another good place to sit outside and look out across the river on a nice day.
We thought about continuing on to Ye Olde Sun, where dogs are allowed in the bar, but made a rare but wise decision to call it a day and head home.
Please feel free to comment with any other dog friendly pubs near St Neots.