I’ve been revising Fragrance of Violets for re-publication (and eventually forced myself to stop tweaking and to submit it last Sunday!). The story is set mainly in the Lake District, an area in North West England, which is one of our national parks. Known sometimes as Lakeland, or simply ‘The Lakes’, it’s not a large area – about 32 miles from east to west, and 40 from north to south – but it contains some of the most beautiful scenery in England. There are dozens of lakes, of course, although only one of them has the word ‘lake’ in its name. Others are called ‘water’ or ‘mere’ and the smaller ones are called ‘tarns’.
|Windermere - the largest lake|
|Langdale Pikes from Tarn Hows|
Or from the tops
Here, for example, is the twelfth century church on a small hill above the village, and the grey stone building is the ‘Old School’ which caused some controversy in my story when the roof was damaged by heavy rain.
Here’s one of the small squares in the village
And here is one of the quaint, narrow lanes.
As well as giving the village a different name, I even ‘moved’ it into a different valley, because, ever since I was in my teens, this particular valley, dominated by its twin peaks (known as ‘pikes’ in Lakeland) has been my favourite place in the whole world. I may have fallen in love with Connemara in the last 10 years, but revising Fragrance of Violets has reminded me that I have had a much longer love affair with the Lake District, and especially with this valley!
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I'm happy to say that the new cover for Fragrance of Violets (finalised copy received today, just three days after submission of the ms.!) has a genuine Lakeland scene as its background and I am thrilled to bits with it!