The Secret of Creek Cottage is a tale that follows the lives of two families, almost a century apart.
1916: While the Great War rages through Europe, in the small coastal village of Trunrowan, Cornwall, life for Loveday Nance could not be more different. With her husband Will away fighting, the reality of having a longed-for child of her own seems to be slipping away with each day that passes.
Present-day: Kitty and Ben Gridley decide to leave their busy lives in Bristol hoping for a quieter way of life in the pretty village of Trunrowan, Cornwall. Little do they realise the impact that moving into Creek Cottage will have on them. When Kitty begins to experience strange things happening at the cottage, she is certain there is a secret harboured within its stone walls.
As you will know if you have read the book, Loveday was partial to a good old cuppa of nettle tea. An acquired taste you may think, but coastal and country folk would make do with their surrounding flora in many ways, from medicinal cures to food and drink. The Cornish also make a delicious Yarg cheese that is coated with nettle leaves and is very yummy!
Nettles are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are high in Vitamins A & C, as well as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Potassium. They are earthy in taste and similar to spinach and best eaten when tender from early to mid-spring.
Make sure you wear thick gloves when picking and pinch the tips of the young leaves.
Lay on a tray to wilt or wash in hot water (once wilted they lose their sting).
They must always be cooked (never use them fresh in salads).
Crush leaves, add water then steep for 5-20 minutes depending on personal taste.
Add a squeeze of lemon or/and sugar if required.
A sprinkle of magic.
Drink no more than 4 cups per day.
Check with a Doctor or Herbalist if taking medication to ensure there are no interactions.
Side effects can and sometimes do happen. Always test a small amount first. Be sure to only pick what you need from nature and also that you are sure you know what you are picking.
Tina M Edwards has loved reading and words in all forms from an early age (a love encouraged by her late grandfather who was also a writer and poet). She eventually began writing seriously, many moons after the year of her birth. Her poetry, flash fiction and short stories are now published in the U.K. and America.
She currently lives in the South West and spends as much time as possible by the sea. She is editor at The Beach Hut, an online platform for therapeutic writing which celebrates the benefits of nature, the coast and all the inspiration it brings, acknowledging the positive effects it can have on our wellbeing.
Tina enjoys writing ekphrastic poetry and flash fiction and her debut novel, The Secret of Creek Cottage, is available from July 10th 2020, published by SilverWood Books (you can order direct from the Shop page). Unsurprisingly, the time-slip novel is set in Cornwall, one of her favourite places, and follows the story of Loveday & Will Nance during 1916 and Kitty & Ben Gridley in the present day. It is steeped in folklore, tragedy and hope, but what is the secret of Creek Cottage…?