Wednesday 20 July 2011


When we returned from Amsterdam back in May we had five weeks at home before we were off again.

I had expected that the time would fly by and it did. By now it was the second week in June. I am not sure which gave me the bigger headache, getting the garden ready to survive a week without any attention or deciding which clothes to take away with me for our unpredictable English weather.

We set off late on Saturday morning, destination Cornwall, stopping en route at my alma mater, where one of my university flat mates still lives with her husband. Then North Devon where husband's grandmother used to have a house. So first stop Bath, where we stayed two nights. Late afternoon we managed to have a walk around which gave me the chance to take some photographs and immerse myself in the once familiar surroundings. Here is the abbey with the Roman Baths in the foreground.

By the time that we reached the Royal Crescent the sky had clouded over and looked to be threatening rain. At that point we returned to our hotel as we were without coats or an umbrella.

Later we enjoyed a meal and a good evening with my flat mate and her husband. Sunday was a very wet day. So wet that we spent the afternoon in our hotel room reading the Sunday papers, which is actually quite a luxury as it usually takes me until about Wednesday to read them. On Monday morning we headed off to the village of Parracombe in North Devon. Husband wanted to see the house that his grandmother had owned and I had never been there so it was all new to me. Having arrived at our destination we decided that we would deposit our luggage at the hostelry where we where staying before going to investigate the village. If only I had known what I was letting myself in for.

The Hunters Inn (above) where we were to spend the night was accessed from the main road by a single track road with no passing spaces. Luckily we did not meet anything coming in the other direction. Afterwards I found that there is another slightly wider road to the inn. As you may have realised it is fairly isolated which meant that we had a peaceful night, a good meal and a bit too much to drink!

Next morning we had a late breakfast, then set off for our final destination of St Austell in Cornwall where we arrived early afternoon. This was to be the best day weatherwise. After settling ourselves into our hotel where we had this view over Carlyon Bay from our bedroom window, we went for a walk along the coast path.
The following morning we awoke to blue sky and sunshine. We set off to the Lost Gardens of Heligan armed with anoraks and umbrellas and it was not long before needed them. I am sure that these gardens look better in the sun but the sleeping Mud Maid

and the Giant's Head were oblivious to the damp weather.

By the afternoon the sun was out again and we stopped off at the picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey

on our way back to St Austell. Thursday again dawned bright and sunny but the rain clouds rolled in even sooner than the previous day. Fortunately this was the day that we had decided to visit the Eden Project, much of which is under cover in the biomes which was just as well, as there were several downpours whilst we were there.

That afternoon we visited the attractive port of Fowey.

Friday, our last day in Cornwall, dawned wet and windy and that is how it stayed all day. Eventually we plucked up the courage to venture out and took ourselves off to St Mawes and Truro. At St Mawes the wind blew my umbrella inside out and we took refuge in a coffee shop. Truro was thoroughly wet and miserable. On Saturday we made the long drive back home.

We were home for five days. Just enough  time to wash two suitcases full of clothes, go to work for two days and do some more washing before packing a bag to head off down to Surrey on the Friday. We were staying at The Ship in Weybridge where we had our wedding reception, twenty years ago almost to the day. We had a good journey down and stopped off at the Royal Horticultural Society's Wisley garden to stretch our legs.

The next day we were off to Wimbledon. We had tickets for the Centre Court. As we had guessed our seats were up in the gods under the roof. They were actually the back row. We had to climb about five flights of stairs to get to them. I suppose that we had what you would call a birds eye view of the tennis. This is the view with Roger Federer serving.

I was very surprised when he lost the following week as he looked to be in a class of his own. From our vantage point I began to understand why the tennis commentators wax lyrical about his game. We had a very good afternoon seeing seven hours of tennis, finally leaving the All England Club about 8.30 pm. On Sunday it was back home once again.

No more trips planned now until September, when we are going to Brittany for a week. That was booked last Sunday on yet another wet and miserable summer's day. We have to keep our spirits up somehow!


mrsnesbitt said...

Loved this xxxx

Rob-bear said...

Such an interesting adventure. Thanks for sharing it.

Jennytc said...

Wow! No wonder you haven't had time to post recently. ;)

Gilly said...

You have been busy! Its years since I was in Amsterdam - that shot brought back memories!

Akelamalu said...

I enjoyed your meanderings and your photos! :)

the fly in the web said...

I did enjoy that!
I have not been in Cornwall for years...but your itinerary brought it all back, though that was long before the Heligan gardens and the Eden project.

And then Wisley, just to top it off!

Thud said...

Ah...I see now the reasoning behind your comment, the pursuit of a sunny day is a terrible thing.

cheshire wife said...

Thud - yes, our week in the west country was rather wet.

Cynthia said...

Thank you for this journey via your
beautiful pictures. I have learned

Valerie said...

I took Hubs on a surprise birthday visit to Amsterdam. Lovely place. I haven't done the Lost Gardens of Heligan which is a big regret for me. I would love to see the sleeping giant.

Maggie May said...

Oh...... lucky you. You went to all the places I know & love..... in Cornwall of my most favourite places. Bath is beautiful too & I know it well.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

LindyLouMac said...

You have been busy on your travels, i enjoyed the virtual tour of some familiar places. Thanks so much for sharing.
I also appreciated you commenting on my Amy Winehouse tribute.

Jan said...

What a time you had! Souinds wonderful Chesh Wife!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Likewise, we travel to get out of the heat. Sounds like you had a delight time. Such a varied group of sites. Water, giant gardens, a delightful inn.

Enjoyed traveling vicariously with you.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I love those gardens! The kids will have to see those. And Bath...sigh...
Thanks for the lovely little "holiday" you've given me today. Much better than packing :-)

Anonymous said...

have not been in Cornwall for years...but your itinerary brought it all back, though that was long before the Heligan gardens and the Eden project.
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