From bacon baps to a cream tea

Cornwall Cogitation #10, Sunday 10 April 2016–“From the ridiculous to the sublime,” Marty says of the title. From a white coffee and bacon sandwich at Sullivan’s Diner in Penzance on Monday to a cream tea at the Carbis Bay Hotel  today, we’ve found pleasure and profit in both the ridiculous and the sublime.

Scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream (unsweetened), hot tea and it was Mmm, Mmm today at 4pm.
Scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream (unsweetened), hot tea and it was Mmm, Mmm today at 4pm.

During the week we covered 57 miles on foot. We encountered muddy footpaths; had a brush with brambles; steered clear of a bull in a field; got wind burn; chatted with other walkers; saw seals, a hare and wild horses; visited a rural church; enjoyed pub lunches; tapped our feet in an evening of jazz (with a fish and chips dinner) at the West Cornwall Golf Club –what’s not to like about the week gone by? Even though my eyes watered in sea breezes strong enough to carry away the tears and my boots occasionally made that distinctive suction sound of being extracted from mud, sublime and ridiculous both win.

After 10 days here, niece Rachel Bender returns home to Canada tomorrow. We’ve enjoyed her stay and her enjoyment of Cornwall.

Tide's in at St Michael's Mount, Marazion.
Tide’s in at St Michael’s Mount, Marazion.

Here’s a prayer from Saint Pol de Leon Church in Paul, where we stopped on our walk from Penzance to Mousehole. “Dear Lord, be with us on life’s journey wherever our particular road may take us, near or far. Keep us obedient to your will, brave in your spirit, and always responsive to new challenges in your name, so that we may share your blessing with all we meet.”

 Godrevy Lighthouse, visible from sea and shore.

Godrevy Lighthouse, visible from sea and shore.
The seals always delight us as we pass by from Hell's Mouth to Godrevy Café and on across the sand dunes to Hayle.
The seals always delight us as we pass by from Hell’s Mouth to Godrevy Café and on across the sand dunes to Hayle.
There's beauty all around.
There’s beauty all around.
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The South West Coast Path runs 600 miles through Devon and Cornwall. We’re not planning to cover the whole distance, just our favourite bits.

The footpath from Penryn (near Truro) to Flushing was a mess. I called it “Mud River.” Thankfully, the BBC helped me put the path in perspective. Someone on  BBC Breakfast talked about Random Acts of Wildness, that is, how venturing out-of-doors even in less than ideal conditions can be good for you. I think that’s the gist of the argument.

Marty and Rachel on the Flushing Ferry.
Marty and Rachel on the Flushing Ferry.
"Mud River" I called our walk to Flushing.
“Mud River” I called our walk to Flushing.

 

 

 

 

 

The path to Flushing was muddier than we anticipated, but we pressed on. Our act of wildness included coursing through the mud, feeling the breeze and sun, hearing the birds, smelling the remains of a cauliflower field, greeting other walkers–altogether stimulating body and mind.  Further refreshment awaited at the Royal Standard Pub in Flushing, where, thankfully they served lunch until 2:30. After an al fresco lunch we caught the ferry across to Falmouth.

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With these photos I say good night and a good new week to you. -John

A hare stopped long enough to get this long distance shot.
A hare stopped long enough to get this long-distance shot.

 

6 thoughts on “From bacon baps to a cream tea

  1. John, This is a wonderful post. Absolutely love all the photos. And they make me so homesick for Cornwall. So many of the places sound familiar and I am pretty sure we were at quite a few of them. Wonderful to be reminded. Glad you stayed clear of the bull for sure! Sounds like you had a high quota of mud to deal with this week!! Glad your niece, Rachel, enjoyed her visit. Of course, what is not to enjoy? Was it her first visit? Did she reside with you in Ahoy There? Love to you and Marty.

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    1. Yes, Emily, we revisited many familiar places. Some took on a new, still engaging, look in mud. We’ve had more strong winds than previously. This was Rachel’s third visit, twice before at Avoca Cottage. Best! -John

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  2. Hello Everyone,

    The scenery looks so beautiful and your time is going so quickly! It was nice to see the pictures of Rachel as well. We went to visit Brian and Viv yesterday. I’m sure Rachel will have lots of pictures and stories. We had snow last night and it is supposed to warm up by the end of the week. Everyone is longing to see spring flowers so it is nice to see your pictures of flowers!

    Kaye

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    1. Yes, Mary, even a few steps along the footpath enriches the soul, and a cream tea at the end would be rich, too. Best! -John

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