I\’m researching Paris in 1939 during the \’drole de la guerre\’ or the phoney war at the moment. War is a grim subject to dwell on but a necessary part of exploring how people responded to it. I\’ve found it fascinating to discover how my characters react under these sorts of pressures but after several hours of that I need to get out and see a distant view. I\’m so lucky to live where I do on the Gower peninsula and the distant perspective of the sea relaxes my mind and rests my eyes after hours of staring at the computer screen. The days are short but although bitterly cold, they have been sunny this week. Here are a couple of pictures taken just before the sun slips behind the horizon.