Farewell to Cornwall

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This was the view we had every morning whilst we were having our breakfast, I can’t really see why Steve and Sara like it so much myself but I suppose it will do for the time being!

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Every time you turn a corner down here in Cornwall you see another photo opportunity, and these days the camera on my phone is so good I don’t need to take the heavier equipment out with me all the time!

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I’ve mentioned geocaching many many times on previous blogs, and the above photo shows you an example of what you might be looking for.  Basically you either have an app on your phone or a separate GPS gadget on to which are loaded some co-ordinates and a clue which takes you to where the cache is hidden.  You then ferret around to search for it while your wife stands there with her hands on her hips and says “how much longer are you going to be”.  Actually we have both enjoyed the places this new hobby has taken us to!

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On our last treasure hunting in Cornwall we came across this clump of snowdrops………….hopefully not too long to wait until spring arrives!

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After a long day out in the fresh air it’s great to go back to The Old Watch House for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake (freshly made at the deli in Fowey), and then sit down and relax with time to suffer that view again!  It was a lot of hard work but I definitely think I could do it again…….. If you are interested in staying in this wonderful house, go to this website and find out more…      https://theoldwatchhouse.co.uk

 

 

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A Wet and Windy Walk

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Its just as well we have the right gear for walking in all conditions, so I suggested a short walk to get some fresh air and then we could sit in and have a lazy afternoon watching a film and not feel guilty!

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Well, when we got out to the coastal path it was really blowing a hooley and Jane was really worried, not only could her hair get messed up but we could get blown off the cliffs!

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However there were some benefits………..the wind did help blow us up some of the hills!

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It was quite hard trying to walk on the narrow paths with the wind trying to knock us over so the best strategy was to walk on the slopes next to the track, and that way you stood more chance of staying upright !

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And this is where the geocache was hidden….well worth the effort………now back for that lazy afternoon!

 

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The Eden Project

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Wednesday 16th January 2019

The weather looked bright and sunny this morning, so I thought I would attempt a geocache a little bit further afield as there seemed very  little chance of getting wet.  Or so I thought…….!

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As I neared the cache’s location I looked back to where I had just walked from and it didn’t look good – it seemed very likely that I was going to get soaked…………….

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Well, I had come this far and it was only a little bit further to the end of the headland so I decided that I might just as well go for it…………….

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So all I have to do now is climb down from these rocks, and there hidden amongst the nooks and crannies I will find the treasure……………well, a Tupperware container with a log book in!  It must look odd to anyone watching, but it does add a bit of fun to a walk and certainly takes you to places you might not normally venture to!

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Well thats another cache to add to my total, just as well because here comes the rain!!

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The Eden Project is a great place to visit when it’s raining………..it’s also lovely when it’s not!  It didn’t look too far on the map, but when you are driving down narrow lanes everything takes a lot longer, so I decided I would have to pay for the ferry on the return trip and save half an hour!

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We met up with a friend of ours that works there, Phillip.  He is the son of Kevin and Val, with whom we have enjoyed many adventures over the last few years, many of which have appeared in previous editions of this blog!

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It was great to see the array of colours outside of the biodomes…………..

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I am going to have to complain to the trades descriptions…………they didn’t have any pork and beef!

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And it was great to feel the warmth inside the domes, mind you when the simulation of how clouds are made shot up loads of steam, it did take Jane by surprise!  Not another ‘bad hair’ day!!!

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It was very quiet and with the exception of a few school parties we virtually had the place to ourselves.

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There is so much to see and we must have walked quite a few miles as we explored around.

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This photo was taken of a statue just outside the domes and I thought I would experiment with some different exposures and colours …….hope you like the effect!

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The Hall Walk

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Tuesday 15th January 2019

There are so many great walks which are easily accessed from Polruan, and with no need to use the car at all it saves a lot of time!  The Hall walk (pictured above) is a prime example – not too much map reading required, just follow the signs, put one foot in front of the other and enjoy the views!

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And the views are well worth the effort……………

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The pathways were nice and dry which made the going very safe underfoot!

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Another calm day without too much wind ………….this can’t last!

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The village on the left is Polruan and on the right is Fowey.  We should be back there in time for another pastie!

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The sea is nice and calm for the ferry ride back to Polruan………..

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We are staying…………

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Well it’s easier to show you than to explain……thanks Steve and Sara!!!!!!

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Cornwall 2019

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Monday 14th January 2019

A week in Cornwall is just what the doctor ordered. I had been suffering from man flu and a mild case of hypochondria for a week, so fresh air and coastal walks to blow the cobwebs away seemed to be a great idea. It is also very handy having a couple of great friends who own a fantastic house in Polruan and that they were pleased to lend it out for a week, so a plan was hatched……

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Cornwall is a wonderful place whatever time of year we visit. This time of year you benefit from the quiet roads and the empty car parks, the pasties taste the same and there are no queues to buy them!

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The coastal path was also remarkably free from people, its so great for the soul ………….

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and there is plenty of space to look for some geocaches and take a few photos…………….

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Then after expending all that energy, it’s time to take the short ferry trip over to Fowey to visit the local delicatessen for a pastie, and in this particular shop they sell a wide range of gluten free products, so Jane was able to partake as well. They also sell a large selection of gluten free cakes so I thought it would be rude of me not to join my wife in a large slice of crumble cake………….it was just as well we had done a long walk!

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Janes Birthday/Boxing Day

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26th December 2018

With the gym closed for the day I decided to get a bit of exercise by walking down to Romsey. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a car show in the car park of Aldi’s. It was great to see so many people making the effort to bring their pride and joy cars out for this charity event for Prostate cancer on Boxing Day.

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just in case anyone is interested this is my dream classic car…………but if I were to be a little bit fussy I would ideally like it in white……….just saying!

There were many many cars on show……………….

I’m sure that most of these cars have never been in better condition since they left the showroom !

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26th December is also Jane’s birthday and this year we were celebrating at Marisa and Chris’s house where we were joined by Tracy and Kev. It is always great when the three sisters get together as we always have such a laugh!

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The strange hand gestures in this photo are because the girls waving to Marisa’s grandson Rory, who is facetiming his nan!

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Christmas Day

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25th December 2018

After a hearty breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs there  was time for a quick walk to clear our heads before the preparations for Christmas dinner began.

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We had prepared a lot of the vegetables before-hand so with Jane, Charlotte and myself all working together it all went very easily.

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Zena was pleased that her Aunt Bessie had made the yorkshire puddings (everything else was homemade!)

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Dad really enjoyed having everyone around…………and he managed a huge meal!

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Eleanor seemed a little distracted………but after a little gentle persuasion she put her phone down and joined in with everyone else!

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A rare picture of Eleanor without her phone!

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I’m not saying that Zena and Esme are posers……….but a picture paints a thousand words!

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You can’t believe the noise that 6 women can make whilst playing cards…………so much so that Dad, Paul and I retired to the lounge to watch yet more Morecambe and Wise!

We all had a great Christmas and I hope you all did too!

 

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Geocaching With My Nieces

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My nieces Esme and Zena seem to like geocaching as much as I do, so I found a circuit of 12 caches close to us in the village of Braishfield.

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We managed to find all 12 of the hidden caches, but I think the most fun was had on a rope swing that we found !

Everybody had a go…………..except Jane and I (boring I know!)

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Even Paul had a go much to the amusement of Zena!

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Sally took her turn a lot more demurely than everyone else!

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Golf to Clear the Head

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Friday 28th December

An early start on the golf course is required to beat all the interlopers who are on a festive break and trying to disrupt our normal smooth running routine of a quiet game of golf!

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The weather was bright and well worth the effort of getting up early!

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A quick 18 holes is a great way of burning off some of the extra calories that I had taken onboard during the last week or so!

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Peterborough

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Friday 22nd December 2018

The Bell Inn in Stilton near Peterborough was our home for a couple of nights. I had stayed here many years ago when I was promoted whilst working for Nurdin and Peacock.  My then boss John Cover arranged for me to stay here whilst I looked for a house, and I have very fond memories of my time here. John and his wife Carol, along with their family, welcomed me with open arms and I immediately felt at home. John is sadly no longer with us but I have still stayed in touch with Carol, and I was delighted to receive an invitation to her 70th birthday party.

We drove up on the Friday so that we could have a bit of time exploring and visiting some of the places from my past. Along with traveling down memory lane we took time to visit a National Trust property .

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Lyveden New Bield is an unfinished Elizabethan summer house in the east of Northamptonshire, England, and looked great on a cold crisp December day.

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We had to wrap up warm to fully enjoy this house and grounds, and I think next time we come it should be in the summer!

Mind you at least we had blue skies which helped with the taking of photographs!

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The party was in the Bell so all we had to do was walk downstairs at the beginning of the evening, and then stagger up to bed at the end!  As well as it being Carol’s birthday it was her daughter Heidi’s 40th birthday and her granddaughter Charlotte’s 18th. Charlotte looks the splitting image of her mum Lucy and when I first saw her I thought I was in a time warp and that it was in fact Lucy I was seeing!  It was great seeing all the family and catching up with friends that I hadn’t seen for 25 years or more!

We will have to visit again…………but next time in the summer when its warmer………did I mention it was cold?

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