Sunday, 4 November 2012

our Manderley

Time again to return to Cornwall. 

Visiting dear Aunt and tending to her home on her behalf.
Late October such a quiet, unassuming but beautiful time of year.

The orchard following the grass cut and collection of the fruit fall ...

“When I sound the fairy call, gather here in silent meeting, 
Chin to knee on the orchard wall, cooled with dew and cherries eating. ”
~ Emily Dickinson

Mr Bingley

Official orchard clearing inspector!

Mr Darcy

Official Spider patrol

.. and the reason for coming ...

“May you find serenity and tranquility
in a world you may not always understand”

When we left Aunt, we went down into Looe to have a drink in the old Salutations with friends and while walking there we saw this cat in the window of a posh clothes shop. It was after hours but clearly he had sneaked in and was bedding down on an angora jumper .... 
We have seen him in Looe many times and have been told he lives - mainly - with one of the shop owners in the street, but shares himself with others, as and when. 
In this case... he felt in the mood for a night of luxury.

“There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best Bus Stop ever! (Fowey).
Underneath the painted figure it reads...

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again..."
~ Daphne  du Maurier, Rebecca

Coffee and a spot of time out ...

Darcy                     Bingley

.. for all concerned ...

..  and then when we left, we locked up to this from the sitting room window.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.”  
~ Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Farewell Cornwall... for the moment


  1. Lovely photos, I hope the visit was a good one. If I remember correctly, your aunt has Alzheimers or another form of dementia. I don't know how far it's progressed, but I wish you all universal Blessings and Mercy and Peace.

  2. Dear Helen and Boys...

    What a wonderful glimpse of your world today.

    Hugs to you and purry scritches to the boys.

  3. Good no one was squashed under blankets in the making of this post haha and lucky kitty, getting to go outside on your trip.

  4. I've never read Rebecca, but I've recently bought it and it's now in the pile waiting to be read. I loved the film though. We've been to Cornwall for holidays for the last few years and I love it there, though never to the South coast. I'd really like to visit the places you mention. Glad the cat in Looe has found his own little piece of luxury, and it looks like Mr.Darcy and Mr.Bingley have too.

  5. Thanks for the beautiful tour! I always love a good spider patrol!!!

  6. What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your time in Cornwall with us.

    The Chans

  7. Such beautiful pictures. We hope your Aunt is doing as well as can be. Love how the Looe kitty found himself a nice and comfy little spot to spend the night. :)

  8. What beautiful pictures! We always love it when you share your lives with us. :)

  9. Would you believe I photographed the very same cat in Looe whilst we were there in September last year? It came out of an alleyway between shops and strolled down the street in front of us. Good work Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley with your orchard clearing supervision and spider detection:)

  10. Magical!

    And send the spider patroller to my house.

  11. Hello lovely Haven family
    A beautiful and poignant post and I loved images and quotes. Sending you big hugs and serenity in these uncertain times with Aunty.
    Much love to you all

  12. That was such a lovely post. Timeless and beautiful.

  13. Awwwww Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy! You are from a family of creative souls! We are so glad your auntie is surrounded by such love and beauty.

    Take care

  14. What beautiful pictures! Darcy and Bingley, we can see you both did a good job snoopervising!

  15. A loverly, heart warming post. Love the bus shelter. Daphne du Maurier is one of my favourite authors. Love the spider catching photo. Cornwall is a magical place.

  16. Wonderful post. We're still looking for the spiders.

  17. My very dear Helen and Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley, I have never been so enchanted as with this blog today. XXXOOO for it and all of the pictures and the excerpts. You have made mine and mommy's night brighter.

  18. So nice that you go there and take care of her place. Great that the two helpers, D and B, could go with you.

    As I will never get to that part of the world, I do enjoy seeing it through your many views.

  19. Lovely photos and I love the bus stop very much!
    I hope the kitty enjoys curling on angora jumper and has a good night sleep.

  20. Cool Bus stop :)
    Loved all your pictures from Cornwall <3

  21. Thank you for your blog comments Helen. Sorry I have been slow to respond. It has been manic working in Bristol on the auction. Thank you for the comment re the verification thing. I hate it, so will try to get rid of it from my blog as soon as I have caught up on a million other things! Lizzie

  22. I love that first capture - such tranquility!! I think it is due to the golden light!
    And wouldn't you want an angora bed every once in a while?
    I also love that last quotation. I will have to put that one on the wall...

  23. It looks so pretty and you two had so much fun! Hope it wasn't full of desperation and murder though. I mean, Manderley?

  24. Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley !
    I have a blogaward for you at my bloggie :)

  25. What lovely photos =)
    I'm glad to hear that your work was being being properly supervised by two dashing felines!


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