On Friday, 7 February Marty and I did an illustrated presentation of our visits to Cornwall, UK, at the quarterly Greencroft Goshen resident breakfast. I said, “In Cornwall you relax, enjoy getting closer to nature, imbibe a greater sense of community, and rather than focus on sight-seeing you go sight-doing, that is, learning about people, place, history, current challenges, the arts–and getting around without a car.”
We titled the program, “Carefree and Car-less in Cornwall.” Angel Miranda, sitting next to me at breakfast, humorously posed the thought that maybe the presentation would mean they’d have to sell their car. Greencroft offers campus transportation options and the urban trolley stops at two points on campus. One can use one’s car less, is what I gathered from Angel.
It’s the tenth time we’re headed to County Cornwall for a winter/spring stay. We go about daily living there as we do at home in Indiana. That means cooking or going out, daily walks (often with the weekly walk of the West Cornwall Footpaths Preservation Society), interacting with friends, church, library, galleries, special events, and one or two overnight excursions elsewhere.
We stay in a self-catering flat in Carbis Bay, two miles along the coast path from St Ives. As the Cornish say, it’s home from home.