Nadelik Lowen! Happy Christmas!

Travelling home through Liskeard last night, I realised that now the Christmas decorations are up the town looks almost exactly as it did in my imagination when I wrote The Solstice Blade.

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Liskerard Town Christmas tree viewed from The Parade on Barras Street looking towards Greenbank Road
Liskerard Town Christmas Tree

“The rain continued as they made their way through the town, blurring and streaking the Christmas lights that were strung across the roads and wound around the town’s Christmas tree that stood by the fountain.”

When this photograph was taken the rain was a drizzle rather than the heavy rain that features in the story.  Strung across Greenbank Road in the centre of the picture are the words Nadelik Lowen, which as you probably inferred from the title of this post, means Happy Christmas in the Cornish language. (When first erected this year it did read “Lowen Nedelik”, which although a literal word-for-word translation actually reads as “Christmas Happy,” fortunately this was soon spotted and rectified!)

Did you notice that there are no light bulbs at the bottom of the tree? Read Chapter 1 – Rain to find out why! (don’t forget that “Rain” is included in the free preview and can be found here )

Looking from Barras Street down Pike Street towards the Guildhall clock tower.
Looking from Barras Street down Pike Street towards the Guildhall clock tower.

At the base of the Guildhall clock tower is the small arcade of shops where Travis first thought he heard footsteps following them.

The Guildhall Clock Tower at the foot of Pike Street. The clock face is illuminated in red and green at Christmas
The Guildhall Clock Tower at the foot of Pike Street

“No one else would be stupid enough to be out in this weather,” said Liam. “You’re hearing things, there’s no one there. Come on, let’s just get finished and get home, I’m fed up with this.”

View along Fore Street from the bottom of Pike Street at the base of the Guildhall clock tower.
View along Fore Street from the bottom of Pike Street at the base of the Guildhall clock tower.

“Above them the sky was aflame. The wavering curtains of coloured light of a spectacular aurora rippled across the narrow band of sky between the two opposing rows of shops.”

Looking up Pondbridge Hill from the junction with Fore Street.
Looking up Pondbridge Hill from the junction with Fore Street.

“Above their heads the aurora still shimmered and rippled across the sky like a wind-blown flag.”

I hope that you have enjoyed this short tour of Liskeard by night following the route taken by Liam, Evan and Travis in the opening chapter.

Nadelik Lowen ha Bledhen Nowyth Da!

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