Monday, 4 August 2008
Here are some pictures of Ferryside, taken when I was in Fowey recently. It's the house that Daphne's father, Gerald du Maurier, bought in the 1920s, for family holidays, and where Daphne wrote her first novel, 'The Loving Spirit'. Daphne's son, Kits Browning, lives there now, and it's a wonderful place, with views over the Fowey estuary. The village you can see in the background is Polruan, and Fowey is on the other side of the river. The only way to cross over to here from Fowey is by a little ferry -- hence the name of the house -- unless you've got your own boat. It's here that Daphne learnt to row and sail; here, too, that she felt a kind of liberating freedom that had evaded her in London. You can see why she started writing in this environment -- it's one of the most beautiful and inspiring views I've ever seen, with a big open sky, and light shining on the water. It's peaceful, yet there's also a sense of the wide world beyond, as ships dock at the harbour opposite, before making their journeys out into the open sea.