April’s upon us

Post 11/2023 Cornwall UK Saturday 1 April . . . Today, in windy, changeable weather, we set out for lunch in St Erth. First we took the nine-minute branch line to St Erth Station, then walked 30 minutes to the village. We had a very nice lunch at the Star Inn, (fish pie for Marty, lemon sole for me). The Inn serves as a community hub, publishing its own monthly newsletter, The Times at The Star. We’ll return for the food and drink, the ambiance, the friendly reception, the sense of community. And the walk.

An easy quiz

How about a spot of tomfoolery? Foolish behaviour is less my deliberate demeanor than maybe an unconscious one. Be that as it may, check out these True or False choices.

Today I woke and:

—1. Knew all that would transpire in the day.

—2. Smelled the coffee.

—3. Addressed the world in an operatic voice.

—4. Had the impulse to go wild swimming.

—5. Dreamed a new proof for the Pythagorean Theorem.

—6. Invented an indestructible umbrella.

—7. Found a pot of gold under the rainbow.

Ha ha ha, can’t fool you, eh? No April foolery for you. Some friends and relatives might say, “Dream on John. We can see right through your fanciful ruse. You can prove us wrong by recording an operatic greeting on your phone.”

Let weak April foolery be forgiven and my day proceed in humble pace. Humble? Ha ha ha!


Monday’s walk from Penzance to Mousehole got us further afield than we’ve been able to do given unsettled weather. It was a fine walk, nice lunch at The Red Lion enroute (a big bowl of crab soup for me, fish and chips for Marty), and gratefulness as, late in the day, we walked from the bus to our home from home.

Another day we sloshed along a muddy path for lunch at Una Kitchen. We were able to clean our boots by walking through the grass verge just before Una. Being out in a rural setting does a body and spirit good.

A high sacred moment of the week was the service at St Anta on Friday of Thanksgiving for the Life of Michael John Adams (22nd June 1935-6 March 2023). Mike and his wife, Denise, who survives, over the years welcomed us warmly to St Anta Church. They shared stories, laughter, and related marks of friendship. It was good to see a wider circle of friends at the service and over refreshments at The Old Quay House, between Lelant and Hayle.

Happy April!


One thought on “April’s upon us

  1. Wow, we are thankfully into April now. No pranks were had for April Fools. Got a chuckle out if yours! Pansies are finally on the porch, our first spring flowers. Always love seeing the flowers blooming in your corner of the world.


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