We’ve just returned from the most wonderful holiday on the Cornish coast and we couldn’t believe our luck with the weather! We had a couple of freezing days filled with fog but then the sun came out and, suddenly, it was summer! Here’s our idyllic cottage in Polperro – it’s the one right on the harbour by the steps with the bright blue door.
Molly and I definitely got fit whilst there despite the number of chip suppers and gorgeous Cornish ice-creams consumed. There were so many lovely walks from the cottage and my favourite was the coast path which was lined with violets and primroses.
But the main purpose of the trip was to see my lovely writer friend, Ruth Saberton.
Ruth lives in Polperro and has used it as a setting in her fabulous book Katy Carter Wants a Hero and I was lucky enough to explore some of the locations from her story. Alas, I didn’t meet Pincy the lobster but I did get to meet some adorable goats at the farm where Ruth keeps her horse. Now our hens are well settled, perhaps I’ll start thinking about goats…
There were so many wonderful places to visit and we got the little car ferry across to Fowey and I instantly spotted Daphne Du Maurier’s beautiful house right by the water.
Another gorgeous place was Port Quin where we had the most beautiful walk. I felt like I’d stepped right into a Rosamunde Pilcher novel!
Ruth and I also visited Bedruthan Steps which was used in the film version of Twelfth Night. The view was stunning.
Perhaps my favourite outing was to the lovely Elizabethan manor house of Trerice. Ruth and I practically had the gardens to ourselves and could have stayed there forever.
But every holiday has to end and, although it was awful having to say goodbye to Cornwall, I prolonged the holiday feeling as long as I could with a detour to Devon to see the church of St Mary in Berry Pomeroy which was used at the end of Sense and Sensibility staring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. It was the most perfect little village and the church wall was smothered with wisteria.
Now it’s back to work and it’s going to be a very busy week. I’m meeting my German agent at the London Book Fair, seeing my editor at HaperCollins, organising publicity material for the new book and trying to tidy the house so we can put it on the market! Phew! Think I’ll need another holiday after all that.