Book Review: Lake of Dreams by Crispina Kemp

Sammi Loves Books

My thanks to Crispina Kemp for providing me with a copy of Lake of Dreams in return for an honest review…

Lake of Dreams is the second book in The Spinner’s Game series by Crispina Kemp.

Quick Review (read on for full review)

Enchanting and magical, this historical fantasy series goes from strength to strength. The characters, setting and story kept my attention from the very beginning and did not let up until the last page. A fantastic read.  Highly recommended! 5 / 5

Summary (from Goodreads)

Powerful visions… but can their dreams reveal the truth of Kerrid’s fantastical origins?

In the first book of The Spinner’s Game, Kerrid explored and developed her powers, gained a glimmering of what she might be, discovered the source of the accusatory voice, and worked to transform her status to that of a genuine shamanic wise-woman, able to enter the Spinner’s Otherworld Web. At…

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CCC 90: Little Clogs Clatter on Stairs

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #90

Fredrik clumped and clattered his way up the stairs. “Come on, Trudie, there’s plenty of room up here.”

Trudie wasn’t so sure, but she followed him up, nose twitching and sniffing.

“Something’s missing here,” she said after another sniff of the air.

“Nah, it’s cool. No one else here, no fight for the food.”

“No food,” she remarked, now she’d figured what was missing. “This isn’t a mill for grinding grain. No wonder there’s no one here of our kind.”

Fredrik stopped at the top step and looked around him. “Hmm. Not agricultural land, only grazing.”

“Plenty of room… but no place for mice.”


St Olave’s Mill is a windpump, for draining the marshes

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #90

CCC#90

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.


FYI only, it’s not a windmill, but a windpump used to drain the marshes.

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I Remember Well

10 July 2020

I remember well the day we met
Beside the turbulent sea
With seagulls loud
And wind that screamed
The surf breaking at our feet
Our dogs far away and chasing
And your words as nuanced as the clouds


38 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Prompt: Nuance

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Sunday Picture Post: Green Lanes and Pines

I invite you to walk with me. Inland this time, along green lanes and over hills (okay, not high hills but hills the same).

We’re going to Lound where we’ll pick up the Snakes Track that’ll take us to Asby: 14 July 2020

Humph! 14 July 2020

The start of Snake’s Track. But it’s okay, there’s a clear path to the side of this nettle-grown gate.

Snake’s Track: 14 July 2020

Chicory growing wild: 14 July 2020

A full halfway along, there’s a break in the hedge (new trees being planted) and we can see into the fields. Wildflowers form wide borders, intended to attract pollinating insects and bees, and thus also birds.

Scabious: 14 July 2020

Scabious had become rare but again is flourishing thanks to the farmers and their field-edges

A typical cornfield in N E Suffolk: 14 July 2020

Cornflowers, corn-marigolds, poppies, ox-eyed daisies, wild geraniums, self-heal… some of the flowers I identified here

A riot of colour: 14 July 2020

Loud with the humming of bees

Hemlock: 14 July 2020

As we turn off the track, to pick up another to take us to Ashby, there is an incredible smell. It doesn’t find favour with most people, but it makes me think of roasting coffee. It’s hemlock in the sun

Lound Lakes

Beyond Asby, heading back to Great Yarmouth, Lound Lakes are a reservoir managed by Anglian Water. And private property. This was all we could see.

Pine cones… 14 July 2020

Pine isn’t native to Norfolk and Suffolk. These have been planted on the hill that rises above Lound Lake (a former Board).

Pines: 14 July 2020

Pines and bracken on a hillside; it could be Scotland. No, it’s Suffolk

Rowan: 14 July 2020

And you can’t have pines without Mountain Ash (Rowan)… all heavy in berry

Pylons. And rain clouds: 14 July 2020

The weather had remained fair for us, so we couldn’t complain if the clouds started to mount as we were heading for the bus home.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. Deciding which to use out the 300 I took was a major challenge!

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Water Under the Bridge

Transportation, another title achieved in Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek

The bridge is at St Olave’s on the Waveney River. Part of the Broads area, the river forms the border between counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

I liked the double-take, of both water and road transport

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Because I’ve been asked…

In 1998 I stayed a week in Wells, in Somerset. I visited Glastonbury, climbed the Tor. I walked the Mendips. I visited Cheddar, famous for cheese… and explored the caves there. I took some 72 photos of those caves (2 x 36 exp films, back in the day). Here are a few, quality not digi-perfect (these are scans)

Sept 1998

Sept 1998

Sept 1998

Sept 1998

Maybe one day I’ll go back to Cheddar… with a digital camera and take 700 photos more

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CCC89: Vertically

Crimson’s Creative Challenge

Nah, you’ve got that wrong.

Six foot apart LATERALLY, not vertically

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge 89

CCC89

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

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My Thanks to a Saracen

I dwelt upon the shore
With tides and rhythms
Known and sure
I didn’t venture far
An occasional dip
Into the forested hinterland

That wondrous place invited me
In forays brief
Delights I saw…
Yet when rather I’d be exploring
I fled the dangers I heard roaring.

What lay beyond those first few steps?
Others dived in
It seemed they could swim
While for me, fear turned me back each time
Until an unexpected Saracen met
With great care did take my hand
And led me there


87 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Hinterland

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