We have finally put Damnvan to bed after spending seventy nights away this Summer. It has been so good.
We visited Devon and Cornwall
There was a trip to Scaborough Sea Life centre with Gorgeous Grand daughter
There was a break with Darling Daughter and Grandson to the Isle of Anglesey
We walked up mountains
And along coasts
We flew kites and paddled in the sea. There was the Lovely Lake District, interesting Buxton and fabulous Yarndale. All in all a great summer. As the nights get longer and the days colder we tuck Damnvan up for the Winter and make plans for next year. Let’s hope that we can beat the seventy night record!
I travelled into St Mawes again today as I’d seen a car boot sale advertised. Hubs came with me and tolerated my amble around the car boots. It was situated on the quay and quite small but I found some treasure! I bought the above cutlery for a knock down price. The teaspoons are silver and will polish up beautifully. They will compliment my collection of shabby chic collection of China cups and saucers beautifully (Well I’ve got to collect something!)
I will sort and sell what I don’t want and hopefully cover my costs. Now that’s a bargain. We also enjoyed a late breakfast on the quay at St Mawes. A lovely location, lovely place and lovely pastries.
We also walked to the Hidden Hut Beach Restaurant again but we were too late for lunch. Our fault should have gone earlier. We had a sandwich instead! No problems the walk and beach were good. How can a walk seem up hill in both directions?
We 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!
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!
The Beach Babe Benji had a wonderful play in the surf and roll in the sand. He can’t wait to go back tomorrow.
A Classic Seaside View of St Ives
We travelled down the Cornish Coast to Hayle, near to St Ives. There are HUGE sand dunes between us and the sea, but it is a lovely location. I decided to catch the bus to St Ives. I walked over a mile to the bus stop and all was well. St Ives was busy and pretty. I searched every charity shop (and there were lots) but couldn’t buy many treasures due to a space restriction in Damnvan. I found the bus stop and got onto the correct bus. Explained where I needed to get off But the Driver forgot to tell me where the stop was and stopped in a village I know not where!
Working on the principle that there would be other buses if all else failed I hopped off. Totally lost! I asked a busy lady the way to our camp site and she looked amazed that I intended to walk! She very kindly offered to take me back to the van where I arrived early for my dinner. Life is an adventure. Don’t forget “Adventure before dementia!” not so sure about the dementia!!
Everywhere in St Ives there were Cornish Pasty shops. I began to think that the people of St Ives eat nothing but Cornish Pasties!
WHAT IS A GENUINE CORNISH PASTY?
The mandatory filling ingredients for Cornish pasties are:
– sliced or diced potato
– swede (often referred to as turnip)
– diced or minced beef
– seasoning to taste, primarily salt and pepper.
No meats other than beef, and no vegetables other than those listed in the mandatory ingredients are to be used in the filling. The meat content must not be less than 12.5% of the whole pasty and vegetable content must not be less than 25%
The listed mandatory filling ingredients must be uncooked at the time of sealing the product.
The above information came from http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk
Wheal Coates is a former tin mine situated on the north coast of Cornwall, England, on the cliff tops between Porthtowan and St Agnes.
In 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?)
We walked, or rather were blown, 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
Im finding time to do a little knitting, a lot of reading and plenty of internetting! Ah such a lovely life. See you all soon.
This 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.
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.
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?)
on this note it is for me to say a very smug CHEERS!
At last WIFI again! How I’ve missed it. Sorry to miss Wordsmith Wednesday but I will get back to normal as soon as I can. Not sure what “normal” is as we travel around Devon and Cornwall. The scenery is stunning, the weather OK and the company not bad! Hubs, Benji and I have walked quite a bit of the Cornish Coastal path. Well Hubs and Benji have walked the most, whilst I’ve walked some of the shops! The path is well way marked and well maintained as well as well used.
We are currently staying near to Tintagel Cornwall. Tintagel is associated with the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Mysterious history indeed which all shops milk to the extreme. Still it’s all good fun.
Because of of no WIFI I have been “forced” to read real books and try to finish my knitting. Actually this was a real problem as the knitting pattern that I am following was on the Internet. I am still Knitting for Nepal and had started a pair of fingerless mittens to go with the scarf already completed. I have been using http://www.ravelry.com and a pattern of “knits by britt”.An uber easy pattern which I MAY finish tonight. I may then knit a “Beany” hat to make a trio of items. Then what??
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.
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.
January saw Grandsons sixth birthday and “whale of a cushion”
February found Mum, Sis and myself in Blackpool having a gel manicure each for the first time EVER!
March I taught my Grand daughter to knit ( or tried to!)
April we held a cake sale in aid of Help for Heroes.
During May we walked through Bluebells.
June was enjoyed in Cornwall, sun, sea and sand.
July we returned to Blackpool Tower Ballroom for Mum’s 88th birthday
August we had a bucket and spade holiday in Wales.
September a girl friend and I went to Port Patrick, Scotland.
October we saw Autumn in the Lake District.
November there was the village Bonfire.
December we had Shepherd and Snowball fights, family and friends, gifts and gratefulness for a wonderful year. Happy 2015 to you all my friends.