I thought I would introduce you to my lovely monks this week. I found them in a country auction in North Yorkshire and they reminded me so much of the wicked friars in Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand that I knew I had to have them.
The monks were under a table, in a box lot of ceramics.
Sadly all did not go according to plan at the auction, and the bids went higher that I expected, so the monks went to someone else.
Unknown to me at the time, my lovely husband got busy with some behind the scenes negotiations. The auction house put him in touch with the successful bidder, who accepted an offer for the monks. Deal done!
We agreed to meet at his stall in the antiques fair at Lincoln Showground the following weekend.
I felt ridiculously proud to see my monks taking pride on place on his stall with a ‘sold’ sign on them.
The dealer and his wife turned out to be a lovely retired Spanish couple whose love of antiques had prompted them to set up a business selling antiques. It was fascinating to hear their stories of all the antiques’ fairs they attended, and the problems of storing all their ‘stock’ in their garage.
I remember that couple now every time I admire my monks.
I don’t know anything about them, so if any of you recognize them and can shed any light on their history or origins I would love to hear from you.
Writerly news – I’m trying to maintain a 2,000 words day target for my latest Loveday Ross Cornish Christmas novel. I also have a Mellin Cove sequel on the back burner – so busy, busy.
For all you Poldark fans – I know you’re still out there. Here is a lovely interview with Robin Ellis (aka Captain Ross Poldark) on Radio 4. Enjoy!!
His book, Making Poldark is pretty good, too.
Happy reading and writing, everyone.