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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance May 25th 2015

This morning we drove around Mount's Bay through Penzance to the small fishing village of Mousehole. It was pretty cool again today so we needed to put our coats on before wandering around the village. I put my coat on and Bernie pointed out something grotty on the front of my coat. Hmmn, looks like bird poo which I think I must have picked up when I leant against the sea wall in Marazion last night? Fortunately we had some antiseptic wipes to clean my coat with. We walked around to Mousehole's harbour where we stood looking at the boats bobbing on the water ... and the intrepid English holidayers sitting on the beach in their wooly jumpers and swimming in wet suits. Before we could head down the steps to the beach, Stephen flew overhead ... read more
Fishing at Mousehole
Mousehole coastline
The Castle, St Michael's Mount

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance May 24th 2015

This morning we set off down to Cornwall, specifically to St Michael's Mount which is linked to the mainland at Marazion by a causeway at low tide. When the tide is in visitors are taken across to the island by boat. We visited St Michael's Mount on our first trip to the UK in 1993 although I should say - attempted to visit - because when we arrived the rain and fog was so bad that we could barely see the mount. In the end we thought that it was just too miserable to be bothered going across to St Michael's Mount and we decided that we would just have to come back another time to make the trip across to visit the castle and gardens. But, I'm getting ahead of myself - first we set ... read more
Lyme Regis Beach
Bluebells in Dartmoor Forest
Dartmoor

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance July 18th 2014

16thJuly Departed Scilly Isles 0740. Phil had fun as he usually does pulling up the anchor, but this time it was more behaved. A nice sail across to Penzance, fairly light winds but we managed to sail all the way. Saw a couple of dolphins. We were too early for the lock opening, so we took up a mooring just outside. Boomerang boys were dropped off to our boat after they'd had an explore on land, so we had a video and dinner with them before the lock opened and we went into the 'inner harbour'. We are rafted up to other boats...four in fact and we're on the end. We have to climb across all four to then climb up a dodgy looking ladder to get ashore. However, we're only paying 15pound a night and ... read more
The ship moored sooo close
In the Lock
We were 5 rafted up, now just 4

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance July 8th 2014

I am absolutely exhausted, but today, our second consecutive annual trip to St. Michael's Mount was completely worth it! I'd recommend it to anyone, so have decided to post a bit about my adventures there, but any advice and information to those who want to visit! History Not only does the small tidal island off the coast of Cornwall have some beautiful panoramic views, but also boasts an interesting history. It's the perfect family day out and has something for everyone. As the http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/heritage-trail/heritage-national-trust/stmichaelsmount/Welcome.asp states, the mount has been involved in major historical events in English history, from the War of the Roses to the English Civil War, primarily down to its useful geographic position. For a history student like myself, it's a really interesting place to visit, and the architecture alone ... read more
The boat trip
One of the many beautiful views from the top of Saint Michael's Mount
British weather was on top form from the boat today! Poor driver!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance April 20th 2013

Many signs and business names at Land's End, and throughout this southwestern part of Cornwall, reflect the theme of "start and finish" or "beginning and end" or "first and last." This is because, for end-to-enders like us, this area is either the completion of a long, tiring journey or the initiation of the same. For us, it is the start. While we still have the energy, enthusiasm, and optimism of journey starters, still it required a bit of effort, and a few adventures, to reach the beginning today, and we are already feeling a sense of accomplishment for that. The flight over from Seattle via Iceland to Gatwick went surprisingly well even though we were surprised that Icelandair did not provide complimentary meals and we had to satisfy ourselves with mediocre chef's salads at $14 per. ... read more
Karen and Kathy getting ready to take bike cases to post office
Smoked fish and cheese seller at farmers market
Jim and Karen headed through the Cornish countryside towards Land's End

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance April 17th 2013

Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote, The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne, And smale foweles maken melodye, That slepen al the nyght with open eye- So priketh hem Nature in hir corages- Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages ... If our lives are a repeating cycle, like the seasons, then the springtime of life can happen more than once. The four of us: Kathy, Kit, Jim, and Karen, are experiencing new energy as we leave the world of full time jobs and d... read more
Jim, Kathy, and Kit
Jim and Karen

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance August 12th 2012

I was invited by my friend Daph to help with her stand 'Black Cherry' in a craft fayre at Praa Sands; I didn't pay too much attention to the fact that it was a Pirate day with raft race, never having heard of it before and not inquisitive enough to look it up. I was just so happy to be joining her in one of my favourite area's (West Cornwall). Of course I wasn't going to let the opportunity pass by without booking at least one night stay, much to her surprise! I booked a lovely B&B just outside of Hayle and offered to drive. There are so many lovely places to see in the area, all quite diverse and so beautiful, and all within a few miles - I believe I could stay a month ... read more
Black Cherry
King of Pirate Rafts
Raft Race

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance April 6th 2012

And so another year has passed and Easter is back... last year was Scotland and this year is Cornwall, another corner of this beautiful country in which we live on and that I have never seen before (Dax was there about 10 years ago as part of his 'tippelei'). We left home aiming for Glastonbury, to visit the carpenters that were working with Dax all those 10 years ago... we drove and drove and drove and, suddenly, we were in Exeter... waaaay past Glastonbury. This can be explained by the fact that I was the one reading the map and I was looking at the wrong road!!!... how embarrassing!... and I was saying all the time "we're still far away, keep going"... until Dax saw a sign that said 5 miles to Exeter... I wasn't even ... read more
Eden Project
Random beach
Eden Project

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance June 24th 2011

A diabetic, half-blind nine year old has done it. An eighty-three year old gentleman managed it for the sixth time. A lady tried it, beating a drum for the duration. Even Sir Ian Botham nailed it. Twice. Walking the length of Great Britain from Lands End to John o'Groats isn't as physically challenging as one might think. If these people can do it, then there's hope for everybody. The more I researched, the more I learnt about the variety of people who had completed this end-to-end walk. Others have rambled in the nude (taking five months to complete the journey due to repeatedly getting arrested), ran backwards and even trudged along with a wooden door tied to their back in remembrance of their father who was a carpenter. Walking from Lands End to John o'Groats isn't ... read more
Penzance Wildlife
First and Last Pub, Sennen
Sennen Parish Church

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance May 29th 2011

I had a good ride -covering slightly less miles than originally planned. I passed by Truro and enjoyed a coffee there and then onto Redruth for a pasty arriving in Penzance by late afternoon. Now looking forward to the very last stage of the journey tomorrow morning before meeting Sally-peter and Mary at Lands End.........perhaps I should turn around and start the journey once again.........................!!! Jim... read more




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