Walks, Books and Professor T – a week in August.

A road less travelled

This week has been filled with walks, sunshine, rain and lots of wind. We travelled to Cornwall. It is a place I instantly feel at home – perhaps because I have been so many times but also because I have visited it so often in the books I read.

We avoided the crowds and instead walked in solitude amongst The Rumps. We did pass one or two walkers (and runners) along the way but the sunshine and warm day sent many to seek the beaches rather than the cliff top walks. It was beautiful and for an area that was heavy with holiday makers, we managed to find a little peace and tranquility.

Stunning views is all directions

There are walks suitable for most fitness levels here. It can be steep in parts but how high you go really depends on your own personal choice. The walk from the car park is fairly easy going and you can easily reach stunning views such as this.

The walk we did was just under 5k but lots of variation in gradients. It was a slow walk though as these walks should absolutely be – every moment savoured.

Books of course…

Reading wise I revisited one of my favourite authors, Joanne Harris. On this occasion I read Gentlemen and Players – which I believe was first published early in 2006. I read it then but it was so long ago that the story was now fresh and new again. I was inspired to revisit it as I had preordered a copy of Joanne’s latest novel A Narrow Door which is also set in the same fictional town of Malbrey and also revisits St Oswald’s school. My copy is waiting for me at my local Waterstones which I will collect tomorrow but before I read it I also want to read Different Class and Blueeyedboy, so I’ll be all caught up with events in Malbrey before disappearing into A Narrow Door. Each novel is a stand alone so you don’t have to wait if you’d rather just dive in with any or all.

Anyway I digress… Gentlemen and Players was highly enjoyable. Classed as a psychological thriller it kept me on my toes and even on this second reading (some years later) I was still surprised by the plot. I love the way Joanne writes, there is real beauty in her use of language and an incredible skill for storytelling. She is a master of characterisation too. I thoroughly recommend.

Whilst in Cornwall I paid a visit to the local independent book shop in Wadebridge. Wadebridge Bookshop is a delight and I have spent many visits browsing the shelves of both new and second hand books.

On this visit I purchased two books that would enable me to take a little of Cornwall back to Sussex with me.

The Feast by Margaret Kennedy (published by Faber) and Cornish Horrors curated by the British Library

Home again…

A wonderful week was had by all and we were, as always, sad to leave. Maddie was here to welcome us home though with lots of purr and cuddles.

Sunday was spent relaxing in front of the television – we watched some vintage James Bond with Dr No, followed with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and then last weeks episode of Professor T. I have to say I am enjoying Professor T immensely. I very much enjoy the unconventional character of Professor Tempest – brilliantly portrayed by Ben Miller but there are also a whole host of complex characters that we are gradually discovering more about as the series goes on. The cast in general is super and it is a delight to see the wonderful Frances de la Tour back on our screen. It is welcome viewing for a Sunday evening and I am resisting binge watching the lot on BritBox. I do hope they’ll be another series.

So that, dear reader, is a round up of my week. I have also found time to do a little writing and embroidery and it has been rather lovely. The week ahead is still a holiday for me and I am looking forward to more of the same but on home ground this time (so fewer cliff top walks:). I am planning a trip to Standen as I have been looking forward to seeing their The Joy is in the Making exhibition for an age but haven’t quite made it there yet.

Currently reading

THE FEAST by Margaret Kennedy

Cornwall, Midsummer 1947. Pendizack Manor Hotel is buried in the rubble of a collapsed cliff. Seven guests have perished, but what brought this strange assembly together for a moonlit feast before this Act of God – or Man? Over the week before the landslide, we meet the hotel guests in all their eccentric glory: and as friendships form and romances blossom, sins are revealed, and the cracks widen …

Available from all good bookshops but please visit the publisher website for further information here.

Coming soon on Tales Before Bedtime…

I shall be talking about Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

Categories: Books, Musings and Wonderment, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Summer Reads, Time to talk, Travelling Tales, Walks with nature

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