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St Mawes and The Hidden Hut

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The Hidden Hut,St MawesWe travelled to The Roseland Peninsula to stay to St Mawes. Our main reason was to visit The Hidden Hut which we discovered last year. This Beach Cafe is situated alongside the coastal path and is basically a posh shed. Here they make the best food. Simple and tasty. By coincidence The Hidden Hut was featured in The Saturday Telegraph today. I told you that we had good taste!

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When we were here last year Tom Kerridge was being filmed as a guest chef, which was very interesting. We are returning tomorrow for FOOD and I can’t wait!

Benji Beach Babe

The Beach Babe Benji had a wonderful play in the surf and roll in the sand. He can’t wait to go back tomorrow.

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St Agnes and Mines

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Wheal Coates is a former tin mine situated on the north coast of Cornwall, England, on the cliff tops between Porthtowan and St Agnes.

imageIn 1881 138 people were employed at the site to mine a seam of tin just below sea level. Whilst walking along the coastal path you cannot miss these sentinels of a past era. These mines are clinging to the cliff edge along the coast. The mines often went far out under the sea in there quest for tin. What a life! It must have been very hard and probably very short. (Poldark?)

imageWe walked, or rather were bloimagewn, along the path to the Cornish village of Saint Agnes. It was very invigorating. The views were fabulous. Benji dog really enjoys running along the cliff path. He’s certainly not worried about the weather! The path was lined with the most beautiful wild Spring flowers. I bow my head in shame when I think about how little I know about flowers, plants etc. I can only say that there was a great mix of colour and type of flowers

imageIm finding time to do a little knitting, a lot of reading and plenty of internetting! Ah such a lovely life. See you all soon.

Steps in Cornwall and Nepal

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imageThis walking would be easy if it wasn’t for all the steps! This is the Cornish Coastal path going towards Boscastle. The views are stunning, the wild flowers amazing and the bird song fantastic. What more could anyone want? Benji dog is in heaven, always ready for another walk.

Blue bells lining the Coastal Path

This picture doesn’t do the Bluebells justice as the colour is much more vibrant.

This walking made me think of the trekking that we did in Nepal. That was all steps, steps and more steps but absolutely wonderful. I am so lucky to have been there. Today I had an email asking for doctors to go to Nepal for at least three weeks to help with the injured. I am a Radiographer and if I could be of any use would go straight away. I don’t suppose that Radiographers have a place out there at the moment as no electricity or even generators. They must be setting the broken limbs without XRays. Sad. All we can do is our best so I continue to knit and even pray.oh! and donate what I can. Sad.

Bos Castle Walk

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We walked along the Cornish Coastal Path to Bos Castle today. This is the second time that we have walked this path and I was 15 minutes quicker today so fitness must be improving. It is not a particularly difficult path but has some very steep steps to negotiate, so I feel fairly smug with myself.

There’s more to Boscastle than a picturesque natural harbour and village.

The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and  tea-rooms.

Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust. Venture beyond the picture-postcard harbour and a cliff path takes you to the Willapark headland and an intriguing ex-folly, now used as a Coastwatch lookout.

Nearby walks around Forrabury Stitches offer a rare glimpse at a surviving farmed landscape showing ancient celtic strip fields. If you wander further afield, you’ll discover the half-forgotten churches of Minster and St Juliots – once made famous by Thomas Hardy.

There is a definite lack of craft shops in this area. Indeed there are many titled “craft” but seem to involve Witchcraft, fairies, magic and King Arthur. My idea of “craft” involves yarn, fabric and hand made items (should I say hand crafted?)
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on this note it is for me to say a very smug CHEERS!

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WIFI less and Nepal

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I can’t believe how much I’ve missed the Internet these last few days! How amazing that someone of my generation, at my age, on my pension is so hooked on to the internet! How life has changed this past half a century!!

Hubs and I have travelled down to Devon in Damnvan1 ( I love that van!). Journey down was good and campsite fantastic with amazing views. Just no WIFI.

We walked into Woolacombe along the Coastal Path which was lovely and just far enough. We caught the bus back.-lazy! No craft shops or charity shops here. Just surf shops and surf doods. Lots of surfing going on and I would have loved to have a go! A few problems there:

1) no swimsuit.

2) no surf board

3) no wet suit and

4) no idea how.

Well I just can’t imagine myself getting into a wet suit anyway!!

Yesterday it was WINDY gusts of up to 60 miles an hour. Benji dog was delighted that he had to join us in the van overnight whilst his kennel tent took a battering. But tent is now repaired so he’s very sad that he has to go back, but only at night.

We were very lazy yesterday as the weather was so bad that watched too much TV. Still no WIFI! It did give me the opportunity to finish my Nepal scarf. You remember! The scarf that was a secret Christmas present for my darling daughter? I am now sending it to Nepal as their need is so much greater. I just need to darn the ends in and find a pattern to knit mittens to go with it- and/or a hat.

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We have travelled further south to Tintagel Cornwall and this is the scrummy view  from Damnvan1 Isn’t it lovely? AND the sun is shining. More about Cornwall later.

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Sand Between My Toes

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Sand Between My Toes

This will remain a fond memory of this beachy, sunny holiday in Cornwall. Sand, sun, beach, hot, sea, paddle, ice cream, beach cafe, swim, surf, sun bathe, read, camp, campervan, hedgerows, flowers, breeze, relax, sun tan, smile, happy!

We have moved to the other side of Cornwall, an area I’ve not been to since childhood (quite a while ago!) we have only visited The Roseland Penninsula. This is an area about fifteen miles from Truro. We haven’t had long enough here but will certainly return. It is an area of pretty coastal villages, gorgeous coves, and hidden beaches.

Today we walked a very small portion of the Coastal Path after our second visit to the Hidden Hut for lunch. We met a guy walking in the opposite direction in aid of Prostate cancer. We had a great chat, made a donation and said good bye! He’s well on the way to raising £5k for this good cause so good luck to him. His blog is paulbeevers.wordpress.com.

Padstow,Watergate and Porth Beach Cornwall

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Padstow,Watergate and Porthole Beach

Saturday in Padstow was hot and busy but very enjoyable. This beautiful harbour, made famous by chef Rick Stien, is surrounded by a backdrop of Quaint cottages and lush restaurants. I indulged in people watching(there was even a wedding photo shoot to watch)and retail therapy. The shops are typically beach and yacht emporiums, many out of my price bracket,but I did find a cute top to purchase. I really must get my sewing machine out when I get home as I could run up half of the garments for a fraction of the price. Nice day with nice ice cream and nice bus ride to get there.
Sunday we decided to walk the coastal path along the cliffs of Watergate beach onto Porth Beach. It was only about four miles but my dodgy back did well and I got the bus back. The scenery here is awesome all rocks and caves and surf. I would love to test the surf but I don’t think my back would enjoy that!Watergate Beach

In The Dog House

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Sorry picture didn’t seem to attach the first time!

This year,because we have Benji dog with us, we have been using a porch awning which attaches to the rear of Damnvan1. We went out for a walk one day last week and on our return two of the poles had snapped and tent was in a heap. Fortunately it hadn’t blown away! Now this meant that Benji was invited to sleep inside the van. He was in seventh heaven and tried hard not to climb onto our bed with us but he is a very friendly hound. As soon as we could we bought a new dog annex and he moved into it. This is one of those pop up festival tents. It’s much better than the porch tent as it pops up so quickly and (allegedly) goes away quickly. It is also lighter to carry with us and not so bulky.
We have now arrived just off the North Cornwall Coastal Path near to Newquay. The weather,location and outlook is fantastic.

Bos Castle Cornwall

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Today was sunny,hot and positively tropical. Hubs decided to walk along the Coastal Path to Bos Castle and I drove in Damnvan1 to meet him for lunch. I guess I got the better deal.
Bos Castle is a picturesque Cornish village with a natural harbour and a medieval past. Many of you may remember the flood of ten years ago which rushed through the steep sided valley,engulfing the village within minutes. It is good to see it today beautifully restored to its former self. All that I noticed was flood markers at the TOP of the cottages
No crafts today. Most of the so called craft shops appear to be full of fairies, wizards and crystals. Not my cup of tea but I guess it’s a modern nod to the areas medieval past. The legend of King Arthur is said to have originated in this area.
Moving on tomorrow to Newquay so not sure if I will have Internet. Watch this space.