Gwennap is the village where my Dad based one of his novels, inspired by a gravestone in the Churchyard. Today we drove down there, parked outside the church and walked some of the route of the novel, alongside the stream, where, in the novel, “Jeremy Visick”, Matthew’s father washed his car, up the lane at the side of the Churchyard where Matthew picked blackberries, beside the avenue of yew trees and it was such a lovely walk. It was almost silent apart from the hum of bees and the gurgling of the little stream – the most peaceful walk we have had in months meeting not another soul. Join us along that walk and into the little village.
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For years we have wondered about having somewhere to commemorate my Mum and Dad and have thought that a bench near Gwennap Church where Dad found his inspiration for his best seller, “Jeremy Visick” would be just perfect. The stream that runs by is mentioned in the story too and the place really is special to all the family. Today, with the blessing of the Vicar, we met the Church warden to discuss how this can happen and where to site the bench – just to the right of the one that is there already. So delighted that this project is finally going to happen. I’ll keep you informed as things progress.
A friend sent a message today to say that in her clearing out she has found some single earrings and can I use them in my glass projects? Yes, I can! I’ve left a little bunch of sweet peas on the doorstep in exchange.
The following words seem right in these strange and discombobulating times. I have posted them before, some four years ago.
LiveWire 2 has just finished reading one of his Great Grandfather’s books, Jeremy Visick, and wanted to be taken to see the gravestone that inspired my Dad, David Wiseman, to write the story. We found the gravestone to the Martins, looked at the cottage where Matthew lived, walked through the avenue of yew trees, walked by the stream where Matthew’s Dad washed the car, found Wheal Maid…… it was wonderful to hear J quoting from the novel and asking to find the next place!
After lunch we went on another Open Studios tour, mainly because the children wanted to see Nicky throwing pots. They were totally engrossed! We were then encouraged to visit the other Open Studios in the village of Crowan and discovered such treasures – Cormorant Reconsidered Furniture where unique and beautiful furniture is to be found. I wish we had room for at least one piece. I just loved the mirrors made by Joanna Moran and the originality of her thought and creativity. From there we went to visit Martin Douglas Guitars, more beautiful work, this time handmade guitars which were inspiring! The children enjoyed each and every visit but loved the pot throwing the best. Open Studios continues all next week so there is plenty of time to go and visit!
This is the gravestone to the Martin Family and is in Gwennap Churchyard, Cornwall. It is the story of the family on this stone that inspired my Dad to write his best novel, “Jeremy Visick”. You could click on the photo to make it bigger and to make it easier to read. I’ve put the text under the photo too. Do read it through – what a life for that family, for Ann who lost so many children and her husband – and, indeed for many families in Cornwall in the 1800s.
OF TING TANG IN THIS
PARISH WHO WAS KILLED
BY AN ACCIDENT IN WHEAL
PINK MINE 1ST MAY 1848
AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO OF ANN, WIFE OF
THE ABOVE DIED 16 DEC 1866
AGED 65 YEARS.
ALSO OF PETHERICK CROSSMAN
3RD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 1ST JULY 1829
AGED 13 MONTHS
ALSO LAVENIA ANDREW 4TH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 9TH NOVEMBER, 1843
AGED 14 MONTHS.
ALSO WILLIAM PETHERICK, 2ND
SON OF THE ABOVE WHO WAS
KILLED BY AN ACCIDENT IN
WHEAL JEWEL MINE 19 DEC 1844
AGED 18 YEARS.
CAPTAIN NICHOLAS ANDREW
THE 5TH SON. DIED 14 FEB 1872
FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN THE
VARZIA MINES PORTUGAL AND
WAS THERE INTERRED. AGED 37 YEARS.
ALSO, JOHN ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 5TH JUNE 1876.
AGED 51 YEARS.
EDWIN THOMAS, YOUNGEST SON,
WHO DIED 22ND JAN 1878
AGED 33 YEARS.
I’ve read the novel at least a dozen times as it was on the reading list for the children I was teaching. (It was studied at schools all over the country, not only at the school I was teaching at!) We used to study this gravestone and the pupils would write a diary from Ann’s point of view. Their empathy was wonderful and the diaries often quite heartbreaking.
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1 We love the stream at Gwennap; it is a very special place for all the family and we were there today with Daughter No 1 and Daughter no 3.
2 There were raindrops like tears in the grass by the edge of the stream.
3 We had a walk around the churchyard where the stone that inspired my Dad to write his first novel, “Jeremy Visick” can be found. I found the wording on another stone, to Johanna Gray, very interesting:
She was an affectionate wife
and a tender mother
and a pattern of kindness
to her neighbours and friends.
A ‘pattern of kindness’ must be that she set an example and was kind to all. I like that. One of the definitions of pattern is ‘ A person or thing considered worthy of imitation.’
1 Inspired by something I read on a blog this morning http://enjoyingcreating.wordpress.com/ I got some half-dead fruit out of the compost and made these bird food treats to hang on our Christmas tree – which will be ‘planted’ outside as soon as it stops raining! I also made a pastry bird-seed cake in the hope of both nourishing the birds and luring them closer to my camera!
2 I do love macro raindrops on this tiny moss.
3 These Avalon Elf Coats are the most beautiful bits of clothing I’ve ever come across!
4 And, at last, I have my book list for the staircase of books (but as my big brother said, it could be a different list tomorrow!) I agree with Valerie that really I need the staircase in a lighthouse!
‘Under Milk Wood’ Dylan Thomas
Poems of Pablo Neruda
‘Othello’ Shakespeare (How can I choose just one play? Perhaps I should have ‘The Complete Works’ )
‘The Book Thief’ Marcus Zusak
‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ Thomas Hardy
‘Jeremy Visick’ David Wiseman (my Dad!)
‘Kes’ Barry Hines
‘Sophie’s Choice’ William Stryron
‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ A A Milne
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Harper Lee
‘Rebecca’ Daphne Du Maurier
Do let me know what your choices would be and thank you to those who already have.
And to all my Australian readers – I hope you and yours are safe as we hear the news of the terrible fires sweeping across your country.