b. 1986, HK.

Wilson and Fay on the pier

Wilson’s story

“It’s a dog’s life…”

“My name is Wilson and I’m an English Springer Spaniel. I live at Pier Cottage in Coniston. My idea of a perfect day out is bounding up and down the Lake District fells near home and swimming in the lake. 

It’s true that I have a reputation for getting into mischief.  But with so many hills to climb and interesting places to explore, what else can I do?

All I know is that I have a very happy life, living with a wonderful family in a beautiful and fun-packed place. 

It really is a dog’s life!

p.s. I hope you like my book! You can find out more about it here


Fay and Wilson

Fay’s story

“Follow your dreams, whatever they are…”

“I’m Fay, the writer of Wilson & Fay Sail The Wayfarer and the person who spends the most time with our adorable dog, Wilson. He’s not just a dog to us. He has his own unique personality and is a much loved and valued member of our family. We simply can’t imagine life without him (including his muddy paws all over the house). 

We feel very blessed to be able to live in the picturesque village of Coniston in the Lake District. I was born and brought up here. Pier Cottage is our home and it has been in our family since the 1950s when my Grandparents bought it from the Furness Railway.

When out walking with Wilson, I feel at peace with the world

Our family business is a caravan park in Coniston, which I run with my Mum. Wilson always seems to be the ‘star turn’ with our visitors. They love his friendly, fun-loving nature and laid back personality. 

For many years I talked about, thought about and dreamed about writing children’s stories centred around the idyllic life at Pier Cottage. Sadly it took a tragedy to make me realise that life is too short not to follow your dreams. My favourite poem is Desiderata by the American poet Max Ehrmann. It always inspires me and I hope it inspires you too.

Wilson & Fay Sail The Wayfarer is the first book in what will be a series of children’s stories based in and around Coniston. My goal is to show children the joy of living in a natural environment and perhaps to create a sense of nostalgia among adults about a time when life was simpler.

I do hope you enjoy our stories.

With love








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