Starting Married Life

It has been over two months since my last blog, I really must write more!

Quite a bit has happened since the New Year and first and foremost was my marriage to Bernadette on the 14th January. Some might say about time too! I have known Bernie for 16 years and we have lived together for 13, so we both thought that as we have settled in Cornwall and very happy, now was the time to tie the knot. We didn’t want a huge fuss and this is why we quietly planned the day and only had two witnesses in the form of my daughter, Tracy, son-in-law, Rich and of course my grandson, Sonny. The ceremony took place in St John’s Hall, Penzance and a lovely venue and lasted less than 30 minutes. The weather was fine and mild and we loved every minute.  We went back to Tracy’s in St Ives for a celebration drink and later took ourselves off to St Ives Hotel & Spa for lunch. Where better to get married?

I announced our marriage on Facebook and emailed my relatives and friends and this resulted in many congratulation messages. I lost track how many and was humbled by everyone’s best wishes. Many thanks to one and all……

Life continued pretty much as usual after this special event and we tried to maintain our walks, although sometimes this was difficult with Bernie’s work shifts and the weather. A few days later we walked down to the Millpond in Hayle and pleased to see that the swans were back in residence. There was no sign of the turtles; I think it was still too cold for them to come out but the ducks were as usual vocal hoping that we would feed them.

During half term we went with Tracy and Sonny to Tehidy Woods and had a lovely circular walk through woods with Max the Whippet. A bit muddy but very pleasant.

We are waiting to get our ‘official’ honeymoon sorted, probably a few days somewhere in Cornwall later in the year, meanwhile we spent a few hours in Falmouth while it was quiet before the tourist season. Lunch was at the award winning Harbour Lights Fish & Chip Restaurant; this just had to be done!

Last week we drove the short distance to Chapel Porth, part of the National Trust, of which we are members. After a little sustenance (coffee) at the small Café sheltered from the wind we took the short walk along the coast path, about half a mile, to Wheal Coates. Here we explored the ruins and took quite a few photographs. The weather wasn’t great but the rain kept off, the wind keeping it fresh. This was a gentle introduction to the tin mines of Cornwall and on our bucket list of places to visit are the Poldark Mine and the Geevor Mine. The choice is seemingly endless.

My nephew, Stuart, and his wife, Kerry, have moved down to Cornwall from sunny Walsall!! It’s been a long time in the planning and they are hoping to run one of the café/restaurants in St Ives. It is also a much better place to bring up Frankie-Jean who is 11 months old. Last weekend, my daughter Tracy drove me up to the Eden Project to meet them for the World Pasty Championships. We didn’t see much of the competition but took the opportunity for Stu and Kerry to register for their local passes to the Eden Project, well worth it, and a good look round the biomes. We find that there is always something new to look at and experience and no doubt we will be there again before too long.

To while away the dark, wet days I have taken up my childhood hobby of making pom-poms and to give it some meaning have made two pom-pom rugs. This is my second effort……



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