Sunday, 30 August 2009

Adventures in Cornwall

Linda and I have just returned from 3 days in Cornwall. We have been at Cowslip Workshops again with our vintage French textiles. We had decided that we would leave earlier than usual and give ourselves some extra time to have a look around instead of going straight to Launceston. We set off about 10 a.m. Thursday morning in beautiful sunny weather and decided to go to Port Isaac as neither of us had been there before. We arrived there about 1 p.m. and were looking forward to a good lunch. We drove into Port Isaac and saw lots of people on foot ascending and decending steep hills but thought nothing of it. I saw a sign that said 'Beach Car Park' so said we might as well go and park there!!! Alarm bells started ringing as we slowly inched our way down the steep narrow road swarming with visitors. At the bottom there wasn't room to swing a cat and the car park was the beach and it looked as if the tide was coming in!!!!!!!! My poor car was groaning with the weight of its load of textiles and would definately have sunk into the sand if there had been room!!! Oh dear, what to do now?? No room to turn around so the only way out was up the virtually perpendicular road on the other side of the port!!! The sign said 6' wide. I had no idea how wide my car was but the chap in the car behind said we could get up there, so up we went - in 1st gear!!!!!!!!!!! Poor old Renee - the old girl did good and made it.
We decided to follow the coast and went on to the next village, Gaverne, I think it was. We hung around waiting for someone to move off so we could park and watched a Boat being towed into shore by a Tractor. After parking we went to the Pub only to be told we were 10 minutes too late to order any food. The joys of England!!!!!!!!! So that was it - feeling absolutely starving we decided to high-tail it back to Launceston where we knew we could get something to eat if we got there before 4.30 p.m. We were not disappointed, we tucked in to the most delicious quiche and salad, all made with their own produce grown in their organic garden. Then it was time to get to work and unload everything and set up for the morning customers.
We had a busy couple of days and it was lovely to be in such peaceful surroundings. The nights are so still and quiet. Jo gave us a lovely home cooked meal Thursday evening and Friday evening we ate in the Restaurant. It is always a treat to be at Cowslip where we can truly mix business with pleasure.
This is Jo our lovely hostess with her two boys! 'Winston' the Golden Retriever and 'Mr. T' the Flat coat Retriever. They absolutely adore her and she them. Mr. T takes 'Ducky' everywhere with him and when they went on holiday to Exmoor recently Ducky went too.


Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

What a lovely place for a workshop. I love Cornwall, it a wonderful plavce to go to. I go there to recharge my batteries and for some peace and quiet. I hope Renee has recovered!
Isabelle x

Lizzie said...

I love Cornwall too, Isabelle. Yes, Renee has recovered I am pleased to say. I would be lost without her!!

Linda said...

Oh well done your blog is brilliant I was able to re live it all again thank you xx