Friday, May 14, 2010

Ladies In Lavender

 Have you seen the movie?  It was filmed in Cornwall?   Just in case you want a taste of Cornwall, you might like watching Ladies in Lavender,  or perhaps you saw the Shell Seekers  or read the book.  It also takes place in Cornwall.   In high school I loved reading Victoria Holt books (my maiden name is Holt so I was certain it was written by one of my relatives!).  I was totally captivated by Bride of Pendorric and the mystique of the tide and fog in Cornwall.  Equally interesting and worth contemplating has always been the Merry Maidens and don't forget the pasty!

My dad's family came to the U.S. from the U.K. and after a brief stay in Boston his great, great, great, great, grandfather settled in York, Maine where he married and started his family.  As he grew older he eventually returned to Land's End, Cornwall and remained until his death.   His children grew up and one of his children's, children, eventually settled in Tennessee and this is the beginning of my family as I know it.  

Still, Cornwall will always be a place where I feel strong connection. 

It reminds me of the riddle we had to memorize in third grade...As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven  wives. . . .


  1. ........kits, cats, sacks, wives. How many were going to St Ives?
    Lovely family memories for you, and a nursery rhyme memory for me!

  2. thanks for planting that little riddle in my head where it will remain for the next five weeks!

    Have a good weekend...those were all great reads but I haven't seen "Ladies in Lavender," I'll have to look for it.

  3. Lovely family memories and above all respect of your roots. This is very important for a civilized society, to go further ahead!

  4. I just finished rereading Daphne duMaurier's Rebecca and feel as though I have been vacationing in Cornwall. Such a rich literary heritage there. I adored The Shell Seekers, too. And that sublime cottage in Ladies in Lavender is a dream... even on a stormy night!

  5. Isn't that sunset absolutely gorgeous! And how many cats, sacks, and wives did he have anyway?


  6. I, think that family memories are special to have. Beautiful pic.

  7. I loved the Shell Seekers and now I must look for Lavender Ladies. You have a fascinating background, Cheryl!