Haiku: Looking South

Ripples like wet skin

Midday spangles looking south

Waders distant calls

Haiku and copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: ‘Inner Truths’

Man and nature meld

Horizons expanding minds

Truths beheld inside

Haiku and photo copyright Francis Barker 2020 Creator…

Small Beginnings — Long Gestation

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/dfbart

I have restarted my Etsy shop, which I’ve had since 2011.

There’s not too much in it at the moment. I intend to concentrate solely on digital downloads, affordable simple art and photographs. I used to put my finished artwork on there but with little success. Maybe they were overpriced.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Cafe View

Limpid cafe views

A pristine ocean of light

Cares are put on hold

Haiku and photo copyright Francis Barker 2020

*When we can travel properly again, Norfolk in East Anglia is a beautiful destination…

End of the Holiday Season at Hunstanton, West Norfolk

The crumbling two tone cliffs at Hunstanton, looking north.
The lovely beach at Old Hunstanton, just north of ‘new’ Hunstanton.
Looking south at Old Hunstanton
Promenading at Hunstanton.

*Autumn is here, so let’s stay on top of things.

All photographs copyright Francis Barker 2020.

‘The Unseen Sky’ by Milly Reynolds

When North Norfolk artist Eddie Fowler accepts an invitation from his business partner, Martin Hogg, to visit Venice, he finds that this beautiful, intimate city reawakens long-hidden memories.

He is reminded once again of Martin’s wife, Theresa, a fragile and intuitive artist, who mysteriously disappeared nearly twenty years before.

As he searches for answers to this mystery among the vast landscapes of the North Norfolk coasts and the narrow streets and canal-side cafes of Venice, Theresa’s daughter, Maria, asks him to help her with her own search to discover the secrets of her family’s history; a search that leads to discoveries neither of them expected.

A story about love and sacrifice, about secrets destined to remain hidden.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*Venice is such a sublime city, wouldn’t it be nice to travel in style…?

‘Goodbye, Mr Sallt’ Detective Jack Sallt Series, by Milly Reynolds

Forced out of the Police, former maverick Detective Inspector Jack Sallt still finds himself drawn back into investigating the mysterious disappearance of long standing colleague and friend, Liv Harris.

Continuing to probe privately, Jack begins to uncover links between her disappearance, ongoing Police and political corruption, along with the high incidence of missing young women in his new home town.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*You never know when you might need to defend yourself…

‘Twisted Gemini’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

In this third outing for DI Jack Sallt the stakes are raised.

Two children have been abducted on their way home from school. Their father, a man in the public eye, wants answers fast and Jack doesn’t have any.

All roads are going to nowhere. He doesn’t know who took the children and he doesn’t know why the children were taken. All that Jack Sallt knows is that it is up to him to find them, and find them alive.

Another story set in the beautiful North Norfolk landscape

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘The Second Death of Dr Finck’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

Two men are found in a beached boat, one dead, one seriously injured, stretching the resources of an already under-funded police force.

Suspended Detective Inspector Jack Sallt is reluctantly rushed back on duty to face his most perplexing and dangerous case yet, where old foes move in the shadows, threatening violence and controlling him with sensual taunts.

In the tense climax, Jack has to face his relentless enemies head on, risking not only his own life but also those of his colleagues and loved ones.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Rolling The Jack’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

First in the Detective Inspector Jack Sallt series.

When Jon McElvoy, a Liberal Democrat MP, is found dead in his North Norfolk home, DI Jack Sallt and his colleagues quickly decide that this is a murder made to look like a suicide.

However, when the Intelligence Services arrive, all of their findings are thrown into the air.

As Jack tries to uncover and expose the truth, he finds that his personal demons not only come back to torment and tempt him, but they also threaten to end his career.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Why the English Eastern Coast?

You may well ask – why the fascination with England’s eastern coast?

The south coast may be more affluent, at times very picturesque and very dramatic in places. The south west, Cornwall and Devon, are wonderfully atmospheric. Great Britain as a whole is blessed with a huge variety of coasts.

Of course, the reason I favour the east coast, and in particular the stretch from Lincolnshire down to Suffolk, is that it is local! It may all be relatively low-lying but there is a huge variety of seascapes, from the bleak beauty of North Norfolk, surely one of the best coasts in the world, to the archetypal English coastal town of Southwold.

Who would want to paint anything else?

Francis Barker 2020