Last Saturday, we drove 12 hours to Dorset and back (August. Motorway. No comment...) in order to sort out our unit at The Customs House before our holiday. August is the busiest month in West Bay and people are very careless indeed - the unit very quickly looks messy if we do not keep on top of it. We are a small venture but we want our space to look its best at all times...
As a reward for all our hard work at the unit, we managed to spend an hour or so at Abbotsbury, the location of my third novel and work- in-very-slow-progress, The Right Place.
It really is my favourite place in the whole world. I am still genuinely heartbroken when I think about our aborted house purchase in the spring: we would have lived 20 minutes away from Abbotsbury...
The light and the atmosphere around the village and Chapel Hill are truly unique. Each time I catch a glimpse of St Catherine's chapel from the top of Abbotsbury Hill whilst driving on the B3157, I get goose bumps.
The ancestral landscape is magical - there is an eeriness to the place, an inexplicable otherworldly quality which I will try to capture in my novel.
Once again, the niches in St Catherine's chapel were empty of prayers to the saint. It has been the case on several of our visits now, when before the two small recesses were always full of messages.
On Saturday, there was a lone Post-it note stuck to the rugged wall next to one of the niches. It illustrates well the small passage below, taken from the first draft of The Right Place.
The Right Place, first draft manuscript
Even though we have had to pause our house purchase in Dorset, we hope to resume as soon as possible. We'll keep you posted!
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All pictures on this blog by Matt ArtPix.
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