This is for Kunuma and any other lovers of the Swallows and Amazons series. I was staying at Coniston Water in the Lake District (North West England for those of you outside the UK) which is the place where Arthur Ransome set his Swallows and Amazons series of books. I've taken pics of some of the real places places which became landmarks in the books.
This is Bank Ground Farm, the farm where Arthur Ransome stayed when he got inspiration for the books, and it became the place the children lived in the stories. It also featured in the older film of Swallows and Amazons, though the recent one used a farmhouse in Yorkshire - apparently the owners wanted too much money for them to film there! It's a lovely spot and it houses the 'official' Swallow and Amazons' teashop!
Next up is Peel Island on Coniston Water, which is Wild Cat Island in the books. You can still get on it!
Next is the mountain called The Old Man of Coniston (the tall pointy one seen from the lake) which is by popular consensus considered to be Mount Kanchenjunga in the books.
And last pic is The Gondola, a Victorian steam launch which is thought to be the inspiration for Captain Flint's boat.
I hope you S & A fans enjoyed the pics. I'd also be interested to know if anyone else has read/likes the books, particularly our US and Australian members - were the books popular over there too? So please post if you have any comments about the books.
Thanks for that Claire, lovely to see - if I ever actually get to go on a holiday, that's where i would go - I gather they are currently remaking the original film - but if it follows the way of most remakes, it will be a let down, not endearing itself to me if it's setting the home base in Yorkshire instead so off to a bad start with me already! Still sulking over Poldark! lol
Lovely pictures. It looks beautiful there. I wouldn't say I am a huge fan of the books but I did read the first one in my childhood and enjoyed it. Also enjoyed the old film version. Kunuma, I think the new version is already out!
You are correct darkhorse, the new film is out. It was playing in the local cinema while I was there! Not sure how much of it is set in Yorkshire, I think some of it is still set around Coniston. Found this article about the Yorkshire part of the filming. There's another change too: Titty has become Tatty in the film. What is really good is that I found at last the reason for the name Titty in the book!!! Here it is:
"Titty was a nickname for a girl called Mavis, who was from a real family. She was called Titty Mouse."
I just realized I never got 'round to posting on this thread! Yes, I've enjoyed the books from the series that I've read, I still have some to go. Favorites so far would be the first book, Swallows and Amazons itself, and Swallowdale. I've got the early US hardcovers, which had different cover art, though the same text.
One of the most respected reviews of children's books in the US is The Horn Book, which began it's "Horn Book Fanfare" list of the best books of a given year in 1938...and they had a lot to cheer about that year! Here's a link to the full list which includes, among others, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome, The Far Distant Oxus by Katherine Hull and Pamela Whitlock, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein:
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