Saturday, July 22, 2006

Our Time in Cornwall

Cornish FlagAfter a couple of days with Mark's sister, we drove the 266 miles to Cornwall. Cornwall is in the south-west of England. The Cornish flag is a white cross on a black background. The local language (which I have never actually heard anyone speak, but appears on town-name signs) is Cornish.

The Cottage

Click here to watch the videoMark in the kitchen and Emily in the sitting roomWe stayed in a tiny little two bedroomed cottage -- barely larger than a static caravan. It was a lovely little cottage, but very dusty. Antihistamines and inhalers were needed to get us through the first couple of days. However, a bit of vacuuming and a couple of days of airing it out made it a lot better.

Cornish Pasties

LaurenMark and Emily enjoy Cornish pasties

Mark and Emily eating Cornish pasties in HayleWhat is a trip to Cornwall without Cornish pasties? OK, one can buy them pretty much anywhere in the UK, but nevertheless, when in Cornwall one must have Cornish pasties. It's actually an unwritten rule.

Hayle Estuary

Mark overlooking Hayle estuaryMark, Emily and Lauren at Hayle estuaryHayle is a small town on the mouth of the Hayle River. When the tide is in, the beach is fairly extensive. When the tide is out, the entire mouth of the river becomes one big beach.

St. Erth

The street where we stayedSt. Erth churchWe stayed in a tiny cottage in St. Erth. I love looking around old churches and St. Erth happens to boast a nice church that was built in the year 1211.

St. Michael's Mount

Mark, Emily and Lauren at Marazion with Saint Michael's Mount in the backgroundView of Saint Michael's Mount harbour from the chapel

Click here to watch the videoSt. Michael's Mount is an island at high tide, but is accessible by foot at low tide. At it's top there is a medieval castle. St. Michael's Mount has a sister island in Normandy called Le Mont St. Michel. When the tide is high, one accesses the mount by boat, from the mainland town of Marazion. I have visited St. Michael's Mount three times now (caught up with Le Mont St. Michel, which I have also visited three times so far) and have never yet walked across the causeway -- perhaps next time.

St. Ives

Emily and Mark at St. Ives harbourA street in St. IvesSt. Ives is a very bustling and touristy little fishing town -- good for pubs, shopping, cream teas and crabbing (off the harbour wall). After some lunch and shopping, we decided to take a boat ride to see the seals that tend to inhabit the rocky outcrops that lie just off the coast. We had the bonus of having a few wild bottle nosed dolphins swim alongside the boat for a while.

Lauren on the boatMark on the boat

Dolphins off the coast in CornwallSeals off the coast in Cornwall

Cream Teas

Although one can actually have a cream tea anywhere in the country, there is something quintessentially Cornish about the cream tea. Scone, jam and clotted cream come together to create a fat, sugary, artery-clogging version of heaven.

Coastal Walks

The church at ZennorCornwall is great for scenic coastal treks. Some don backpacks and walk from youth hostel to B&B. We did a circular walk that brought us back to the tiny village of Zennor, where we had parked.

The inside of the church at ZennorZennor itself boasts a lovely old church with a Norman tower, that dates back to 1150 AD, although previous churches on the same site are known to have existed from as early as the sixth century. There is also a lovely old pub (13th century) that serves good, old fashioned, hand pulled, real ale (all the more lovely after having been in America) and is famous for having D.H. Lawrence live there. The village is also home to a number of dairy farms and Cornwall's oldest privately owned museum.

The coastal walk to Pendour CoveWe went on a very beautiful coastal walk along the cliff tops. There were some beautiful coves en route In the pub at Zennorand if the tide were out we would have spent some time on their beaches. As it was, we just enjoyed the view. Back at Zennor, we rewarded ourselves with a well deserved pint or so of real ale at the Tinner's Arms.


Renata said...

What a beautiful place. I think if I ever go to England, I will seek out places like this to visit, instead of spending the whole time in the larger, more popular cities. Thanks for opening my eyes to a beautiful England!

crystal said...

Great pictures - thanks :-)

Lorraine said...

Great pics. But now I want pasties for lunch and a good clotted cream tea.

Anonymous said...

I love what you put about pasties.
And I loved what you put about the
Dolphins and Seals. Their are 2 Seals and2 Dolphins. You can bearly see the second Seal because it is far away from the other Seal.
I have never ever seen a real life Dolphin before i have only seen them on T.V. So that day was my chance. I have seen real life Seals before because I went to the Seal Sanctery. But I havn't seen wild ones before.

{dauter of Viola}

Anonymous said...

I like the photos of me standing in
front of the flowers and the photo of Dad, Emily and me on the the beach near to Cosey Nook cottage.
I had a hair cut in Cornwall at
Stawberry Blondes. But I am not a Stawberry Blonde.


Whit said...

As I have mentioned to Mark, my wife is from Montana. Many of the miners there were from Cornwall and pasties are big there.

Joe's in Butte are the best...

Have a wonderful trip.

jacqui said...

looks like you are having a great time in England. We had a wonderful time in Brittany, Paris and Gordon's home town in Scotland.

Couldn't believe the weather, it was glorious, much to Emily's disappointment as she had been looking forward to some cooler weather in Scotland. With no air conditioning and high humidity, even 88f was hot!

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting Mont Saint Michel, so enjoyed your St Micheal's photographs.

Basher said...

I came across your blog and really enjoyed it. As a young Cornish person it's great to hear what people have to say about their experience of it.It makes me feel really lucky xxx