Helen and Ant wanted Libby to have a "seaside" holiday and had found a lovely holiday house in the village of Treyarnon, just 10 mins. walk from the picturesque Treyarnon Bay, one of the famous "Seven Bays" around Padstow. I joined them and so did Ant's parents, Dave and Jen. For once we were blessed with superb sunny weather, after a couple of showers early on. As has become the norm with our "multi-generation" holidays, we each go our own way, sometimes meeting up during the day but sometimes not until back at base in the evening. The back of our house was west-facing with the sea just visible in the distance - and perfect for sunset photos.
I visited Tintagel Castle on the Monday (English Heritage and seemingly over-run with German visitors!). I'm glad I've "done it" but found it slightly uninspiring photographically - and probably won't bother to go back.
Tuesday I spent at the house, waiting for a delivery of wine from Waitrose (ordered via internet sunday and confirmed for delivery on Tuesday). It never arrived. It eventually came Wednesday midday, so effectively a second day of my holiday "wasted". I am now awaiting a response from Waitrose to my strong letter of dissatisfaction with their service. (I had taken one bottle of this rose down with me. Helen and Ant raved about it so, as a holiday treat, I decided to order more.)
Wednesday was a beach day.
On Thursday, I drove across to near St. Austell and visited the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum and country park. Over the years, we have passed by or through the "Cornish Alps" on several occasions and I now wanted to learn more about this extremely important part of Cornwall's industrial and mining heritage. I found it fascinating, very well done and with a walk (hot sunny day) through what has now become a country park, up to a viewing gallery overlooking a working pit.
Friday 13th and a drive up to Launceston to visit the Castle (also EH and as I am a member, I must get my money's worth!). An impressive keep and excellent views out over the town and surrounding countryside. Sauntered round the town; a typical small market town which reminded me a lot of Dolgellau in mid-Wales (except for the accents!).
Saturday and all good things come to an end. I did briefly consider finding a B&B and staying down in Cornwall for another couple of days in the beautiful weather, then remembered the lawns needed cutting. Back to reality! On the way down, Helen and Ant had stopped off at Tyntesfield House, a NT property just south of Bristol, for a snack and to let Libby run off some energy - and had raved about the place. So I called in on my way home. An added bonus that day was a display of 50-60 classic cars, with owners delighted to tell you all about them! Had a long chat with 2 owners: one about his Jaguar E Type and the other his MGB. Nice restaurant there. NT always do very tempting cakes!! Then headed back to M5 and up towards home, stopping off at Gloucester to check out the new Gloucester Services, operated by the same people who created the very highly rated Tebay services up in the Lake District. I can confirm that Gloucester is following exactly the same theme, operating as a local community business with a very strong emphasis on the "local". All the wood used in the construction came from the nearby Forest of Dean and their food motto is "grown, not flown".
The album "Cornwall June 2014" has pics. of my week there with the family.