Last week, we went back to one of our (numerous) favourite spots close to our new home on the Isle of Portland: Fleet. This is a stunning and very tranquil natural heaven, away from the hustle and bustle of Weymouth (where the season is kicking off big time!). Moonfleet Manor is now a successful hotel and provides welcome free parking spaces to those who wish to enjoy a lovely walk on the banks of the Fleet Lagoon. The rapeseed plants are currently in full bloom and we definitely needed our shades to prevent us from being dazzled by the explosion of yellow (rapeseed) and blue (the sky, the water) colours all around us. There were birds everywhere, including terns and shelducks.
If the name "Moonfleet" sounds familiar to you, it is because it is also the name of a famous novel written by John Meade Falkner - a fantastic tale of smuggling and shipwreck set on the Dorset coast (and of course, another inspiration for my third novel The Right Place).
Along the road leading to Moonfleet Manor, one can stop off at East Fleet and pay a visit to the lovely Butter Street at the end of which you can find the Old Parish Church. The church was used by Falkner in Moonfleet (this is where the crypt so important to the plot is located!) and the whole area is the backdrop to young John's adventures!
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