Monday, July 16, 2007

Last night I dreamed I went to Toad Hall again




Fowey (rhymes with Illinois) is another pretty little seaside village within the St Austell area, and the perfect destination for yet another cold, wet Cornish summer's day. Rising steeply from the water, it is necessary to park at the top edge of the village and cautiously shuffle down to the mini-maze of streets below.

Fowey was home to Daphne du Maurier, her seaside house Menabilly inspiring Rebecca's Manderley, and the savage (s)eagulls undoubtedly having some input into The Birds.

Fowey Hotel, where Kenneth Grahame recovered from a bout of pneumonia and began writing Tales of the Riverbank, served as a template for Toad Hall in the fully fledged Wind in the Willows.





Tony and Maureen joined us mid-afternoon for a romp on Par Sands.



Early dinner further west at the fishing village of Mevagissey, which has operated under this name for about 700 years.





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