Blogs from Truro, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro October 3rd 2017

Today we set off- again with sunshine- to go to Tintagel. This is where the castle of King Arthur is supposed to have been. When we reached the village of Tintagel, it was our now familiar activity to find the parking area and pay and display. The village is at the top of a cliff, as is the ruined castle. You just need to walk down to the sea and then back up to the castle! Getting out of the car we found it was quite windy, and the wind was very cold. (Lucky the down jackets were in the car). We walked down to the beach, where we saw a number of caves, and then walked up many stairs to the headland where the ruins of the castle can be seen. In the ruins there ... read more
The beach below
Stairs across to Tintagel castle
The ruins of the great hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro October 2nd 2017

Today we woke up to sun! Our plan for the day was to go to the Eden Project this morning, then to Trelissick house and gardens in the afternoon. Reading up on the Eden Project, we found it was recommended to arrive well before 10am when it opened as you need to park the car and walk in to the actual area. So we got going fairly early. The Eden project took over a clay pit and rehabilitated it with the intention of creating a space where people could research and educate the natural world, and the best way to look after it. There are two huge Biomes - one a rainforest environment, the other a Mediterranean environment. The biomes allow the weather of the areas of the world that have rainforests, and then in he ... read more
Looking down on the rainforest from above
The kangaroo paw display
The harbour at Fowey

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro October 1st 2017

Up early to talk to the girls, then breakfast. Today was our last breakfast in Bath, so we enjoyed it. I had pancakes with fruit and yoghurt and Peter had scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. We packed the cases and put them in the car. The drive was going to take about 4 hours, and the weather forecast in Cornwall was for rain, so we decided not to stop to sightsee on our way. As we drove the weather deteriorated. There were a few spots where there were hold ups, but we didn't get lost (too much). On our way we stopped for a cup of coffee at a huge services area. There was a petrol station area, and below that a huge car park and a warehouse structure. Inside was a Costa, Cornish pastry company, ... read more
The owners house across the drive
Truro cathedral
The stream that runs into the bigger river

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro February 28th 2017

When we are on holiday we try to see as much as possible. We try to see different things and I had made my list of places to see and things to do. Trelissick Garden was on that list of to do places. In the past I had visited most of the Cornish sights but this one had passed me by. Perhaps when I was younger I did not enjoy going around gardens . Perhaps this has come to me later in life as I enjoy walking quiet paths and looking at plants that I may or may not be able to grow in my own limited patch. Whatever the reason this was going to be a first for me and a good reason to go was that it was National Trust and we would get ... read more
A gothic tower
another hint of colour
A view to the Fal

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro April 4th 2010

Some would say "I told you so" but Lawrence and I like to live on the edge; we decided on camping in the West Country despite a forecasts of heavy storms. In hindsight, weather forecasts are there for a reason - to warn us in good time of the forthcoming onslaught of rain, hail, winds and natural disasters. Change the plans? Er, no, we were feeling optimistic! I think you know what happened next... The upside is that we survived the ensuing 24 hour downpour: up at 5am to ensure a timely arrival at HFW's 'River Cottage' for a hearty breakie mid way, we avoided the waves crashing up over the cliffs at Portland during the journey down and safely dodged the chickpea sized hail stones. We are survivers, veterans of storms; and we now share ... read more
Portloe forage 2
Portloe forage 5
Portloe forage 7

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro March 13th 2010

Just finished my second week of upholstery. The town I was staying that was within walking distance of the class but was very small so the evenings were a bit slow....however I started reading "Twilight" and as predicted by anyone who has read it, I couldn't put it down so that kept me busy! The 20 minute walk to my upholstery course was lovely, through rolling Cornish farmfields. The fields were built up at the edges with wire-y trees and bramble hedges that made me feel like i was in a labyrinth.....I was just waiting for David Bowie to walk around the corner! The chair I worked on this week was awesome - I got to do Tufting (or deep buttoning as it is also called). I didn't get to the fabric part but I've attached ... read more
Tufted Chair

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro March 8th 2010

On Sunday morning after travelling to St. Austell the night before, I got up and took the bus to the Eden Project. The place was phenomenal, truly a sight to behold. It's basically a massive garde with huge biodomes and education center promoting good environmental practices, sustainability, eating and buying locally grown food, as well as sustainable agriculture. You can go to thier website at for more info. I was totally impressed. I was there for almost 4 hours and didn't even get to see everything. Also when I visited, being only the beginning of March there were only a few of the bulbs coming up, and I can't even imagine how beautiful it will be here in about a month. There must be hundreds of thousands of plants/bushes/trees on the property. They one massive ... read more
Eden Project Now
Eden Project Now
Exterior Gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro October 12th 2009

On the way down to Truro we stopped at Jamaica Inn (of Daphne du Maurier fame) on Bodmin more for those of you who do not know the story It's about an Irish orphan girl Mary who is sent to stay with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss in Cornwall. Joss is the landlord of Jamaica Inn and also the head of a gang of pirates who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast. Mary soon finds herself in trouble when she discovers the truth. When we arrived at the campsite there was a gale blowing but we managed to set up the tent with out taking off with it and then settled down for a rest after the 5 hour drive. Next day on the Sunday we visited Truro which is the capital of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro September 17th 2009

we chose the hottest week of the summer to spend a few days by the sea in cornwall. It was lovely. We went with friends and stayed in a caravan in the sand dunes. The weather was so good that we did little except amble about and swim in the sea. The coast is lovely there, cliffs and sand. Years ago, it was a tin mining centre, so there are many old chimneys on the cliffs. ... read more
playing boules

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Truro July 15th 2009

Left Falmouth for Lyme Regis. Now we should mention that we stopped in Trelliseck at a Nation Trust garden. Beautifull country garden. Journeyed on to Sidmouth for some picturesque shopping. Travelled some more skinny roads and went to Lyme Regis. Roads here extremely steep and narrow. Climbing the hill in the car feels like a rocket launch. Tomorrow .... Off to STONEHENGE!!!... read more

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