Our Second Year in Cornwall

Once again I have been neglecting to keep my Blog up to date. I guess it’s because of my keeping busy with other things and time waits for no man!!

Settling into life in Cornwall is a continuous process and we are still discovering new things in Hayle and never tire of our walks around the area. The summer season has now finished and there are fewer visitors (tourists) to be seen. Although we go to St Ives on a regular basis, visiting my daughter who lives there, we rarely venture into the town at the height of the summer as it gets very busy with the narrow streets blocked. It’s a delight to visit in quieter times and we look forward going there over the winter/spring. We also occasionally go to my daughters to walk their dog, Max the whippet.

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Bernie with Max the whippet

In August, the Man Engine came to town. The largest mechanical puppet in Britain was in Hayle celebrating the areas mining history.  A great show in the centre of the town.

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The Man Engine coming alive in Hayle

We did visit St Ives for the Music Festival in September. We had tickets to see Fairport Convention and Rick Wakeman on consecutive days. Both were excellent evenings and very enjoyable with a good atmosphere generated in the Guild Hall. With unreserved seats we made sure that we were early in the queue to ensure we could get good seats and managed a front row view for Fairport and second row for Rick.

We still like to get in a walk if we can but with Bernadette now working this sometimes proves difficult. I often walk her to work and carry on for another 50 minutes, usually taking in the beautiful King George V Memorial Walk and on to the North Quay.

We recently spent a couple of days in Padstow, which is only about an hour’s drive away, but I suppose it was classed as our ‘holiday’. We stayed at the lovely Victorian Metropole Hotel located on the edge of the town and an ideal location for the local amenities.

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We took the short ferry trip across the estuary to Rock and enjoyed a couple of hours walk through the main part including a coffee break. Although sometimes dubbed ‘Kensington by the Sea’ or ‘Chelsea by the Sea’ because it’s a favourite destination for the jet set we found no evidence except the lovely houses.

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The Padstow/Rock Ferry

The rest of the time was spent enjoying Padstow including the Lobster Hatchery, especially the lobster called Brian!

On the way back home we visited Port Isaac (Port Wen in the TV series, Doc Martin), a beautiful little place if a bit hilly!!

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Doc Martin’s Cottage

Meanwhile we continue to enjoy the unseasonable warm weather going into our second  Cornish winter.

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