The visit to Trelissick in Cornwall, a property now owned by the National Trust lived up to its expectations. The gardens lead down to the river and they were full of rhododendrons and azaleas, the sun shone on us most of the time although it was chilly as we waited on the pier for our ferry to take us up the river Fal to Truro. A gleaming white vessel moored on the Fal is kept in pristine order by its skeleton crew and was apparently used in the film Mamma Mia. I have tentatively started a new book – 8 pages in – this stage is always difficult as I am feeling my way and trying to get to know my characters. I am happy though with the opening paragraph so that is a start.

After finishing the last novel which is to be published as an e-book with the new title What Friends Are For, I have been in that peculiar writing state as I wait for another idea – anything – to crop up. In the meantime I have been writing short stories to build up my collection. Next week I am visiting a National Trust property over in Cornwall called Trelissick House followed by a river trip setting off from the Quay and am  hoping for inspiration to strike as I take in the gardens, the gracious house and the beauty of the river.  The panoramic view from my home across the Walkham valley is at its spring best just now with the trees in leaf. There are so many shades of green that it must be an artist’s delight.