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Retrotrippin' the south coast (no "g")


21 September 2017

It's now Friday and our last day! Met up with Dick and Mags, Jan and Don and Mike and Babs and Will and Jon during the week. Had some pretty decent surfing and most days have been sunny and warm. Eaten and drunk too much and heard some brilliant bands during the arts festival. Attended a painting workshop with Paul Wandsworth which was great - and messy! Judy's done a bit of walking and we've enjoyed checking out the shops and bars, especially the Pilchard Press. Final day today, probably walk across to Carbis Bay and will check out the waves/ this afternoon. Early start tomorrow to make it up to Parkgate for Charlie's 18th bash.

17 September 2017

Judy got up at 5:40 to queue for the St Ives School of Painting "Spot the Artist". I joined her in the queue with a cuppa at 7am. 9 o'clock and we had bought 3 that we liked, a Jane Kell, Brian Bussell and Steve Crossley. Had breakfast in the sun at Porthmeor Cafe, then coffee on the wharf. Seemed like 2pm and it was only 10:30! Popped into the crypt gallery and had a look at Paul Wadsworths work and had a chat with him. I'm booked on a workshop of his tomorrow. Went for a surf, met up with Jan and Don and got ready for another night out! Who knows what music we will find!
Took a walk into Marizion for coffee before packing up and heading for st Ives. Our parking arrangements seemed to work as we took a taxi down to our cottage from the secure parking. Jude did a brilliant chilli (cos it's Saturday) and Dick and Mags joined us. We dropped into the Pilchard Bar for a few beers before checking out the Western Pub where the band Boundless Bros were playing and we caught up with Mike. They were really good. Mike Judy and I went on to the Queens where another, even better band were playing. 3 Old boys and a female singer played a few funky numbers at the end of the night. Jude went back and Mike and I finished in the Sloop with a guy playing guitar we had heard several times over the years. Before we knew it, it was past midnight and time for bed.

15 September 2017

Worst start to the day this week. It rained all night and didn't stop all morning. We decided to give Charlestown a miss and drove on to Penzance via the supermarket. By the time we arrived it was glorious sunshine! We have parked up at Long Rock, one of Jan and Don's fave sites. Free. We walked into Penzance enjoying the view to Mount St Michael. Sat out on our return and enjoyed a bottle of prosecco on the rocks. That is large granite rocks! Prepped dinner; an oven bake of peppers onions etc with chorizo, garlic, chilli and sausages wrapped in bacon. Yummy indeed. Now off to Mexico Inn for a beer. Not a bad day in the end!

14 September 2017

Walked back to the bus stop and guess what, there was a pub just next to the stop selling Proper Job and a bench to sit on! Don made me have a swift one. Jan's cooking a curry tonight so really looking forward to it.
Grey morning gave way to a beautiful sunny day. Found a great sign for Diana! Took the bus to Fowey. Coffee at the harbour front before wandering around the shops. Discovered the port had its annual open day today! We visited a dredger, pilot boat and tug - I know what you're thinking - but it was very interesting! Had a pasty on the wharf before walking to Ready Money Cove where Dawn French has her gaf. Unfortunately she wasn't in so settled for an ice cream.

13 September 2017

After a night time battering, the winds slowly died and the sun shone - albeit with a few heavy showers. We drove down the coast, did a bit of shopping and ended up at Carlyon Bay. Found a pub in Charlestown showing footy so walked along the cliffs to see the game and have dinner. Disappointed with the match but great pub.

12 September 2017

Good weather forecast today so took a long walk into Salcombe along the edge of the estuary. Passed through the pretty village of Batson and on for......coffee - at the waters edge. Lots of boatyards/ chandlers on the road in, giving way to posh shops pubs and bars. Found we could get a ferry to South Beach so we did! Lovely trip down the estuary and lunch on a bench - just like old retirees! Walked up the hill to Nat Trust Overbeck House. Otto, the owner was famed for his "Reviver", a device that gave you a small electric shock. We also heard his polyphon - sort of large metal disc with holes punched in to catch a tuned comb to make a melody. Cream tea, then a walk back and bus back to the site. By the time we got back the weather had turned and it lashed down! 60mph winds made for a rocky night but not before a great meal with Jan & Don with a bit of wine of course. Good night!

11 September 2017

We set off via the supermarket to Salcombe. We found a site on the estuary about 2 miles outside at Ilton. We arrived late afternoon and walked into Salcombe for a pint after wIting for the bus that wasn't going to arrive- we found this out when we read the timetable!! Good pub and beer. Got the bus back and made sea bass on risotto. Yummy.

10 September 2017

Woke up to sunshine but it turned out to be a warm grey day. Found a stone in my Hartley's jam!!! Must mention the showers on our site. Best anywhere we've found in Europe. Apart from spotlessly clean, the shower space is large, there is a soaker in the ceiling and two side jets and as if that's not enough, a full length hot air body drier - all in the cost of the site! Walked into Beer and had a look at the beach before going to the wine bar for coffee - too early for wine! Showed Jan & Don the shops, went to the craft gallery and antique shop - Jan bought a pretty chandelier and Judy more glasses. Back to the van for lunch then walked a bit of the coast path and picked blackberries. By then it was time for the pub and a proper job. Back at Jan & Don's for a chicken bake - delicious! Just time for a board game and bed.

9 September 2017

Lovely sunny start to the day! Had Hartley's damson jam for breakfast - lovely. £20 per night sorted. Took the cliff walk to Seaton, stopping for coffee in a lovely cafe on the seafront. Things went a bit downhill from there. Seaton was a bit run-down and then it started to rain as we walked back and then the football.......not a good afternoon! Then Jan and Don arrived and the day brightened up. Off to Beer for a beer tonight and some pub grub. Beef rib and pulled pork! Yummy!

8 September 2017

Took off on Friday Morning and drove down to Beer. We went via the Ludlow Food Centre so stocked up on essentials - salami, good cheese, pepperoni and spicy almonds! It was sunny most of the way and we found a cracking little site on the cliff overlooking Beer. Then the heavens opened! We think it might be £20 a night but I picked up a leaflet and it said per person. Should be an interesting conversation with the owner tomorrow! Walked into the village and found a pub selling Proper Job beer at The Barrel of Beer in Beer, can't be bad. Fish & chips are under a tenner - wallop! Oh and sky footy. That's manc city v lpool sorted tomorrow then!