Hello, thank you for popping in, it's lovely to see you here. This is the second of my holiday posts, and I promised to share with you some of the magical places we visited in Cornwall. If you have read my last post, you will know that the Best Beloved and I spent a week camping there with our (grown-up) children and after two days of beach rest and fun, we were ready to go exploring.
The (grown-up) children took their own cars on holiday so that they could go off and do their own things while we were there and on the Thursday, that's exactly what they did: The Mathematician went off for another day with her friend in Truro, The Teacher and Flashman went to St Ives and the Best Beloved and I set off on a little tour of Cornwall's south coast. Our first stop was Cadgwith, a tiny, picturesque, working fishing village which hugs a small cove on the eastern side of the Lizard. Fisherman go out every day from here to catch crab, lobster and fish, pulling their boats back up onto the beach when they return. The sun was sparkling on the sea when we arrived.
Cadgwith was quite busy while we were there - it's on the South West Coast Path and so popular with walkers as well as kayakers and seafood-lovers. We lingered to soak up the sun and the atmosphere before getting back into the car and driving on westwards and as the road followed the broad sweep of Mount's Bay, the magnificent sight of St Michael's Mount appeared, rising out of the water. We parked up and got out of the car to wonder at it - and photograph it, of course!
Then we got back in the car and carried on round the bay, past Penzance, through Newlyn and Paul until we reached Mousehole...pronounced Mouzle! Mousehole is a tiny fishing village which huddles around its harbour, which is protected from the sea by two stone piers. When the tide goes out, there is a golden, sandy beach in the harbour and the sunshine turns the shallow water turquoise. It was absolutely enchanting.
We sat there in the harbour for a while, watching children playing in the shallow water and the light playing on the sea before walking round the sand and up the steep steps to The Ship Inn to find a late lunch. Would you like to see my lunch? It is the most expensive sandwich I have ever bought -
It cost £11.95! Yes, it came with a decent salad and a plate of crisps, but £11.95!! The filling was Newlyn crab and I have to tell you that it was worth Every Single Penny. I shall dine out on the memory of that sandwich for a long time. Then we wandered round the corner to Jessie's Dairy in Fore Street and bought delicious ice creams which we took down to the harbour to eat in the sunshine. Actually, that's not quite true: the ice creams certainly were delicious, and we did eat them down in the harbour, but we didn't buy them: I left the Best Beloved in the queue and snuck off to have a look in a little shop I had spotted on the way to Jessie's Dairy. Seawitch Stores was lovely and sold all sorts of tempting treats and treasures and I could easily have spent a long time in there, but I knew that I had to be out by the time the Best Beloved appeared with the ice creams, so I was very restrained and bought only these two postcards to remind me of a wonderful day -
We made some special memories that day: magical places, sunshine, delicious food and two adults in love with each other. Thank you, Cornwall.
I shall be back soon with Part Three, the day we gave the (grown-up) children a huge surprise with our most expensive day trip EVER.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x