Flat hunting in Fowey…..

I have always had a desire to live in Fowey…and on this beautiful February day who could gainsay me? I had after many years of looking found on-line a flat that seemed to be in our price range. It, or rather they, for we looked at four or five flats, of one and two bedrooms, in the same building, were located at the Bodinnick ferry crossing. They were very nice but unfortunately just too small. Anyhow another good excuse to come to Fowey…….20190225_114614 copy.jpg20190225_123302 copy.jpg20190225_123631 copy.jpeg20190225_124052 copy.jpg20190225_124535 copy.jpg20190225_124544 2 copy.jpeg20190225_123959 copy.jpg20190225_124032 copy.jpegOn the way back we called in to the Cormorant Hotel at Golant  for a drink. This is the view from their car park….20190225_130606 copy.jpgand terrace…wonderful. Unfortunately the hotel was closed for a few days for renewal, but we had a nice chat with the owner and will certainly be back.20190225_130706 copy.jpg

Doors and Surfaces in Fowey……

20190218_132914 copy.jpgYet another trip to the tip and another trip to Fowey as a reward. Parking free at this time of year. Great. Some Edwardian houses we hadn’t really noticed before gleaming in the bright sunshine on this February day. Fairly quiet although half-term, and a pleasure to wander around the streets.20190218_133649 copy.jpg20190218_132934 copy.jpgI thought I would use this trip to take some shots of the typically Cornish surfaces, and doorways. Interesting I think.20190218_133226 copy.jpg20190218_133234 copy.jpg20190218_145233 copy.jpg20190218_133251 copy.jpg20190218_133312 copy.jpg20190218_133729 copy.jpg20190218_140746 copy.jpgThis time we wandered down through town to the Bodinnick ferry with a view across to Daphne Du Maurier’s house Ferryside.20190218_142655 copy.jpegLiveable houses down here too!20190218_143003 copy.jpgI liked the idea of having my boat slung under the house ready for action and a quick get-away! Good view of Ferryside on the opposite bank….20190218_143040 copy.jpgThis shot shows that Fowey and environs isn’t all about pretty houses and views…you can just see the china clay works downriver……20190218_143051 copy.jpgThe statue at the ferry terminus is rather good…20190218_144639_001 copy.jpgand always interesting to look inside the RNLI station….we donated.20190218_144445 copy.jpgYou are nearly always guaranteed a good view with a pint in Fowey….here from The King of Prussia……20190218_134453 copy 2.jpeg20190218_142205 copy.jpegNow for some doors…..and door-knockers….20190218_142217 copy.jpg20190218_142524 copy.jpg20190218_142539 copy.jpg20190218_143224 copy.jpeg20190218_142554 copy.jpeg20190218_150851 copy.jpg20190218_145516 copy.jpg20190218_150041 copy.jpegThen on the way back I noticed the old house of Q, or Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, with its plaque.20190218_150408 copy.jpg

Heaving spent a little time as a journalist in London he returned to Cornwall in 1891, and settled in Fowey. In addition to publishing a series of critical articles, he completed Robert Louis Stevenson’s unfinished novel, “St Ives”. He was also known as a writer of excellent verse and a compiler of poetic works, most notably the “Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1900”, which appeared in 1900. This book is often quoted by John Mortimer’s “Rumpole of the Bailey”.                                                                                                             Quiller-Couch was an active worker in local politics for the Liberal party. He was also Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club from 1911 until his death. He was knighted in 1910 and received a professorship of English at Cambridge in 1912. He retained this post for the remainder of his life. He later became Chair of English at the university and oversaw the beginnings of the English Faculty there.                                                               Many of Quiller-Couch’s fictional works have been long neglected but contain a wealth of Cornish folk lore. He was a noted literary critic, and published several volumes of criticism. He died in 1944, leaving his autobiography, “Memories and Opinions”, unfinished. This was published the following year. His novel, “Castle Dor” was also unfinished on Quiller-Couch’s death, and his daughter asked her friend Daphne du Maurier to complete this version of Tristan and Isolde, set in 19th century Cornwall.

Landing craft in Looe, lunch in Fowey….

20190206_112454 copy.jpgOn our regular walk in Looe we saw a landing craft hover in the retreating sea outside Looe (the tide was almost at its lowest), and then make up its mind and beach. We have absolutely no idea what all this was about, but it did attract attention! Having then to take some garden rubbish to the tip we used the opportunity of going on a bit further to Fowey one of my all-time favourite places. We had lunch and a pint at the Ship Inn which we had never been in before – a traditional pub with roaring fire – perfect on a cold day.20190213_132916 copy.jpg20190213_132920.jpgAfter a nice stroll through town we climbed the steps to the hotel now renamed as The Fowey Harbour Hotel  where we had a coffee.  Part of a group, but with reasonable taste….20190213_145706 copy.jpgand great views from where we were sitting in the bar\lounge…..20190213_145711 copy.jpegthey seem to have copied the ‘wellies’ idea from Olga Polizzi’s Tresanton Hotel in St Mawes…..20190213_152432 copy.jpg