I'm off to the Devon County Show tomorrow. 

I love the show for so many reasons.  At its heart, it's a great tribute to the south west's wonderful farmers, a stoic bunch whose important work isn't always appreciated.  All our fine food and drink producers are there too, and so many other companies and organisations - it's a showcase of all that's best about Devon.  And there's lots of it.

It's also a great place to pick up ideas for new characters, plots and quirks for the TV Detective books.  I've got some thoughts about future stories having countryside elements, so if you see me wandering around, looking thoughtful, that might be the reason.

Or it might just be sampling too much of the fine fare on offer!

Here's hoping for the blessing of good weather, and a great 2010 show.