–by Kate Collier, writing as Katie O’Boyle–
A couple of weeks ago, Rusty treated us to photos from his bucket-list journey to France. I read his post just a few days after returning from a bucket-list trip of my own to Cornwall in the UK. My trip was also research for my current series: Lakeside Porches and The Tompkins Falls Mysteries. And since the title of our Road Scholar program was “Digital Photography in the South West of England,” you know I took a ton of photos.
I was expecting the coast and countryside to be gorgeous, and it surpassed my expectations. The color of the sea blew me away. Some areas of the coast are rich in slate, which creates an aqua such as you’d see in the Caribbean. In other places the sea is a deep blue violet. St. Ives and Port Isaac’s harbors are a mix of colors.
Is it true that Cornish men are charming, fit, and handsome? I’d say so! Their easy manner with weary travelers certainly put a smile on my face at every turn.
Since Kyle Pennington (hero of Lakeside Porches book four, Waking Up To Love, due for release by SMP in October), is from Padstow, in Cornwall, I am revising the current draft with details in mind— the quirky smiles we encountered, the twinkling eyes, the rapt gaze of concern quickly followed by a quip meant to ease worry. In fact, “No worries” was one of the most-frequently-offered phrases by the Cornishmen we met.
Some of the moments I captured suggested that “Life’s a beach!” in Cornwall. Vacations aside, life is real in Cornwall. Now I know that underneath the hardship, history, and mystery of the place is a spirit that loves fun, cherishes family, and feasts on the beauty all around. My kind of place! I plan to work much more of it into Kyle’s spin-off mystery series.