In Autumn 2012, Les and I spent a long weekend based in Truro and one day were exploring the Roseland peninsula. We had lunch at the Rising Sun Inn. Back home we decided we wanted to spend more time there and so I booked for us to spend Les' 65th birthday there. Then, with Les in hospital, I had to cancel but they agreed to carry my deposit forward for a future visit. I decided that I would go back there at the same time this year. I knew it would be very emotional; and it was.
I had a rough plan; drive down Wednesday (via the King Harry ferry - Les loved ferries!), get my bearings and have a wander round. Thursday, catch the foot ferry from St. Mawes into Falmouth, wander round and "do" the National Maritime Museum. Friday, mooch around the area. Saturday, "do" St.Mawes castle, then back across the King Harry ferry and back home.
Talking to Jo, manager of the Inn, I discovered that St. Mawes has quite a strong connection with the motor sport world. Frank Williams, founder of the Williams F1 team, has a house in the village but even more interesting is that David Richards not only has a house there but also now owns two hotels in the village, the Idle Rocks Hotel and the St. Mawes Hotel. David was a very successful rally navigator who then went into the "business" side of motorsport, established Prodrive (running rally teams for several manufacturers) and eventually became chairman of Aston Martin. He bought the first hotel in 2012, gave it a multi-million pound refurbishment and it opened last summer. Currently it is closed again for another refit as the recent storms smashed up the ground floor pretty badly (see pic.)
Jo reckons that possibly as much as 60% of the village is "non-residents".
For anyone with an interest in the sea, water, boats, weather, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is well worth a visit. I spent 4.5 hours there! Not as mind-blowing as Yeovilton last month, but much more "up-to-date" and family friendly than the Haynes car museum. The NMM also remembers the WW2 raid (combined RN and commando) which set off from Falmouth to destroy the dry dock at St. Nazaire in France. FIVE Victoria Crosses were awarded as a result of this successful sortie, the largest number ever for a single action. The jetty used by the St. Mawes ferry has inscriptions relating to the action, some of which (particularly the humorous ones) are in my photographs.
Friday was a bit of a dead loss as the weather was cold and rainy. Spring had definitely not come early to the Roseland! I did a lot of reading.
Saturday, I explored St. Mawes castle (with the aid of a handheld personal audio guide) which I found fascinating. A few of the photos are of the "purely a record" type but with others I have tried to capture (sorry!) the way the light, shapes and textures all interact with each other. Then, I did manage to buy some local Cornish daffs (which Les loved) for the family, back across the King Harry ferry and back to home.
And the Rising Sun Inn - yes, I can recommend it. Comfy bed, friendly staff, good (pub) food and a superb waterfront location. Watch the ferry come and go from the bedroom window, and the enthusiastic gig racing team practicing.