A week in Cornwall

A right old mixture.  Holiday days merge into each other so here are some highlights from our trip.  The weather treated us quite well, and even if it rained you just dress for the occasion. The winds blew, for some of the time at about 30 miles an hour, and it was difficult to walk on these occasions but the human being is a tough old species and we can manage most things.

This is a painfully bad pun, self depreciating and just a bad joke. I guess it sounded funny at the time. It was probably conceived during a period of drunkenness.

Mousehole is a small seaside town somewhat to the south-west of  Penzance. There is theoretically a coastal path along the whole coast but it takes some finding and frequently goes inland due to the danger presented by some of the cliffs.visitors do not realise how narrow the roads are but this is the only way of contact between the centre of the village and the row of houses you see on the left. Obviously no parking at any time. You will see on the right-hand side gardens which directly overlook the sea and everyone has one small one. Whether they sit in it or use it is another question.

Remembrance Sunday has just passed so we have a fresh tranche of wreaths. If you look, every town or village of any size has one.Competition make sure that all the cafes are of good quality. This is particularly important out of season. We were served well. I remember the days when you were used to ask either coffee or tea and our standard order is decaffeinated coffee with oat milk plus a decaf tea and everyone is prepared for it.

Jumping back to the Sunday 10th, this was a war memorial service at Marazion. The road was closed for 10 min during the service and everyone and everyone who felt like it was able to lay a wreath and this after a short service.The Lizard. The picture below is actually a cove called, unmemorably, Kynance Cove (TR12 7PJ) about a mile from the southern-most tip, owned by the national trust.  Ideal for seeing the waves at their wildest, for having a good meal or a cup of coffee in the cafe and just enjoying nature.

Look towards The Lizard

For those who have no car, looking at the local bus maps will repay you. Even small towns and villages are connected. I’m sure there’s a local App. but to to give you an idea here is a map of the area bus-wise. However, some of these services are seasonal.

We went to a museum of tin mining, which unfortunately was not open at the time but were compensated by coming across a very interesting service called the incredible bulk. The idea is that items are recycled, the use of plastic is avoided wherever possible and items can be bought in bulk. For example cleaning items. There was a small queue of people waiting to buy their washing liquid. I just love the idea. They have a Facebook site and they have a monthly and weekly routine rather like a traveling library. See their web site. Not the way I would have designed it but it gives the info.

Good luck everyone.

I find that going to this area is like taking myself back 20 years where old-fashioned standards apply. No one need fear that they will be bored because there is always something to do and see. But be warned, in the summer, the roads are overcrowded and small villages are not designed for the parking of cars so if you see a park-and-ride facility, use it because there is a reason for it. For example, in St Ives it is virtually impossible to park and the roads are NARROW.