Friday, 4 April 2014

Scarborough to Ferryside _Sepia Saturday

This week's prompt suggests a number of topics to me, but as I have retired I'll ignore working at heights.

Looking down at harbours is a favourite pastime of mine, so where better to start than in North Yorkshire.

Scarborough Harbour
That shot was taken from way up at the Castle.

At Whitby we were up on the 199 steps to the Abbey.

Whitby Harbour (between the houses and the 'pier'.)
Neither are as exotic as the harbour at Monaco.

Monaco Harbour (from the way up to the Palace)
In our prompt the resting workmen were looking down on a ferry station. From Monaco you can catch boats to Rome, Nice, Barcelona and Corsica but I flew in and out by helicopter.

When in Fowey, Cornwall I have only watched the ferry cross the estuary to Polruan.

Fowey - Polruan Ferry
(Trevor Harris; CC BY-SA 2.0 = Geograph Collection)

In "Vanishing Cornwall" Daphne du Maurier wrote of arriving in a hire car when she was 19 and seeing Fowey harbour for the first time from the Bodinnick side. The car deposited them at the foot of the hill by the ferry (The Bodinnick/Fowey ferry not the one from Polruan). 

'Before climbing the hill to lunch our eyes were caught by a board saying "For Sale" on a gate just above the ferry. Behind the gate was a rough piece of ground and a house by the water's edge, a strange looking house built like a Swiss Chalet.

"Yes," said the ferryman standing near by, "they call it Swiss Cottage." '

Swiss Cottage
The du Mauriers later bought Swiss Cottage and it was there that Daphne wrote her first novel, "The Loving Spirit" which was published in 1929.

Because of its location the du Mauriers renamed the house Ferryside, the name it still bears today.

The road up to Bodinnick is on the left hand side of the photo: that's where the ferry docks.

If you study the next photo taken from a different angle -

you may be able to make out a figure on the right hand corner of the house.

This is the figurehead from the schooner Jane Slade.

Daphne was inspired to write "The Loving Spirit" after discovering the wreck of the schooner in nearby Pont Creek. The figurehead was added to the house at a later date.

The Slade family were shipbuilders in Polruan. Their life and history were used by Daphne to create the saga, in "The Loving Spirit," of four generations if shipbuilders and mariners in the fictional Cornish village of Plyn.

Daphne du Maurier's son and his wife live at Ferryside today.

If you check out the links at Sepia-Saturday-222 you can see where others have been.


Jo said...

We anchored in Monaco once, many years ago and one evening I went to the casino. I was very disappointed it seemed more like a railway station to me. Had some fab meals there though.

Love the Swiss Cottage. Cornwall is such a lovely area.

La Nightingail said...

Some nice pictures of harbors - especially Monaco; & Ferryside was lovely in its original colors when it blended with its surroundings, but the current harsh blue & white is not my cup of tea. I'd restore it to its former softer tones.

Alex Daw said...

Rebecca has been on my "To Read" list for a long time. I really must get on with it.

Kristin said...

Looking down! I have no up in the air on a beam, but I have some I could have used that I took out of the window looking down. I like those photos too. Guess I will save them for next time.

Brett Payne said...

I've not read a single of Daphne du Maurier's novels, but I rather like the look of Fowey harbour.

Mike Brubaker said...

Another great perspective on the theme, Bob. Ferries on the water are much better than fairies in the back garden.

Boobook said...

I enjoyed this post, Bob. And learned a few things as well.

Wendy said...

I've never read anything by duMaurier, but I'm loving the history of that house and how it inspired.

ScotSue said...

I enjoyed your travelogue. It brought back memories of holidays in North Yorkshire. We climbed all those steps up to the Abbey at Whitby and wee almost blown away by heavy winds at the Castle in Scarborough.

anyjazz said...

Fun collection! I've actually been to three of them.

Doug Peabody said...

I like those harbor views. Great take on the prompt. Thanks for sharing!

Jackie van Bergen said...

Oh dear - yet another couple of places I have to add to my must visit list!

boundforoz said...

Those were some interesting snippets on Daphne du Maurier. I wonder what Monaco Harbour would look like if there were no boats moored there. Not much water showing in the photo !

Little Nell said...

Once again you've visited some of my favourite places - Whitby, Scarborough, Fowey. All favourite holiday destinations for my family. It must be why I live near the sea now. Thank you for the memories you've awoken.

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

You stirred me to reread some Daphne de Maurier after reading this and seeing the photos. All these lovely places I have never seen and can enjoy here from home.

Jo Featherston said...

Nice views, and a very interesting story about Swiss Cottage and Daphne Du Maurier, thanks.