I always look forward to Virginia Spiers’s Country Diary articles in The Guardian, and am always particularly pleased when they describe her native Tamar Valley, as this is an area I am very fond of. I also look forward to the next exhibition of paintings by Mary Martin, the artist who paints glorious pictures of the same area. Anyone who’s been to the restaurant in the barn at Cotehele must have noticed the enormous painting by her on the end wall.
So, I have been waiting with anticipation for Silver River, a new book collecting some of Virginia’s pieces from The Guardian, published in association with the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and illustrated by Mary Martin. If you’ve seen their previous collaborations, Burcombes, Queenies and Colloggetts: Makings of a Cornish Orchard and Olives, Lavender and Vineyards, a Cornish painter in the South of France you will know what to expect.
The book was launched at the Tamar Valley Centre (at Drakewalls near Gunnislake) on the 12th of November 2010. I’d love to have been there to get hold of a copy, but I’ll have to get one by other means. It’s for sale (£14.99) at the Tamar Valley Centre (they will post copies) and local bookshops, and will be available at the exhibition of Mary’s paintings next year.
Update: it’s arrived and I’ve written a new post about it.