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What I did on me Holidays. With the wife and kid.
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:02:22 PM »
This year, after concerns earlier in the year that being rammed into an aircraft seat might not be a 'good thing' with me newly fixed back, we went to Cornwallshire, which is in England.

We rented (I thought we'd bought it when I saw the invoice, apparently not) a cottage on the edge of Bodmin.

We covered the 200 miles in three hours cosseted in the heated leather armchairs, (we required no stops to recharge), that pass for seats in my latest appreciating classic.

I knew the location was a tad remote when the SatNav gave up and simply stated the road we were on was called 'road'. That happened quite a lot and instructions to turn were often a bit 'off'.

The cottage was the usual low ceiling affair and my head bouncing off the beams made a noise like a kid dragging a stick along a fence. Though p'raps kids wouldn't say 'Feck, not again!' every time it happened. Again.

Cake and tea were waiting which was a nice touch.

I hurled my case at the wardrobe and we set off for Mevagissey just to stretch the legs, catch some early afternoon rays and neck some fish and chips. Standard price seemed to be about 8 quid a pop everywhere we went, but Lordy they were nice. Swift double scoop each of vanilla and that was a nice day.

Next day it was down to the village for eggs, bacon and The Mail, Co Op was open at 09:00 on a Sunday, read the helpful notices around the cottage. Evidently properties in Cornwallshire, even those located down a road called 'road' in the arse end of nowhere get their feckin bins emptied weekly.

The instructions on what you couldn't put down the toilet was quite illuminating.

Went off to Tintagel where I swear they've steepened the paths, I went to the top of every stair though I did get hacked off beating off the unwanted attentions of first aiders. I always wheeze like that and purple is my natural colour, Cracking day out but you've got to be reasonably able to get about. Best pasty of the week as well, on the outskirts of the village for just over three quid it looked like a stegosaurus with it's legs pulled off. They do mail order and I got the address. I'll do you some for a fiver each.

Next day we went to The Eden Project which is clearly run by a particularly avaricious branch of the Green Mafia. 23 quid each! And the attempts to squeeze more dosh continued with very careful placement of the restaurant and no money making opportunity left unexplored on the way round. I was really looking forward to the Eden Project and I suppose it is a version of Eden as imagined by a marketing man. Big disappointment. I'd sooner give 10 bob to have a gander in K's greenhouse.

We schlepped off to Lands End and my SatNav amused me no end, I liked it there but the 10 quid a pop to have your photo taken by the barriered off sign gave me the hump, we relied on my magnificent stature and clever use of angles. I think this is the point my fixation with car stickers started to take off.

Then we popped into Mousehole. I like Mouseho;e. It's quaint.

I then exposed the missus to Newquay because she thought it might be nice, once we sorted that out we went to Padstow which is owned by a chap I quite admire called Rick Stein, nice fish and chips though. Bass in batter, very pleasant. Looked like the queue could be a bugger though.

Then we wandered off to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which aren't, there's bloody signs everywhere. Completely brilliant day out and we will go again. We may have picked up some plants and the fact they weren't as cynically commercial as Eden made for a much more relaxing atmosphere. Exceot for the sodding great hills on the woodland walk.

Finished off with a day out at Port Isaac which I liked, fresh crab, pasty and ice cream. Nice scenery with interesting diversions like the hopelessly lost tourist in the 7ft car down the 6ft road and the absolute peach. We were watching the fishermen bring their catches in, the big boat parks up, they sling the catch into a smaller boat which they beach. They then trundle down in a 4x4 with a trailer and float the boat on, back up the beach and job done. As we were watching a chap went hacking down the beach, turned hard to line up with his boat then watched, with the rest of us, as one of his trailer wheels continued past amd wobbled gracefully into the sea. I nearly sicked up me crab.

3 hour thrash back up the motorway watching all the queues in the other lane, we'd seen the caravan that ate the tow car on the A30 but it must have been many, many hours before the poor sods heading west did.

Lovely week, nicely quiet for us, maybe not for those trying to make a living from tourism, maybe the weather will perk up.

Then two blokes delivered our new cooker but wouldn't install it until I'd stripped a chunk of kitchen, good to be back.


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Re: What I did on me Holidays. With the wife and kid.
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 12:02:36 AM »
We very much liek Ilfracombe

Agree with Eden Project...too pricey

Lost gardens of Heligan restores your faith after that. We like there a lot as well as RHS Rosemoor

Did Rick Stein's gaff 2 years ago, overpriced, small portions also the food was cold and tasteless (given it was crab with wasabi dipping sauce, i expected a little too much? like flavour?)Missus wasn't impressed when I sneaked off and came back with a 'large' (****ing enormous) proper cornish pasty to top up with.


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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 05:39:17 AM »
A few years ago me & mrs ICDT got aquainted with Cornwall.

We became End To Enders (ooh er!)
We did Lands End to John 'O' Groats, on a classic motorbike.

As I don't take the old technology over 60 mph, we took a carefully planned, motorway free route.

We took our time so that it would be more of a holiday than an endurance.200 miles per day, 100 miles, tourist stop, 100 miles, B&B.

It rained all the way to the Lake District.
At Tintern Abbey, all the cooks had been sent home (too much rain / no tourists) so it was sandwiches only.

We'd already spent a mortgage on new improved waterproofs travelling up through Taunton.

At Carlisle we made a left detour to avoid the Glasgow and Edingburgh regions.
Finally enjoying sunshine, we took a short ferry trip from Gourock to Dunoon which meant we travelled the entire length of the Caledonian Canal.

I kept singing "It's A Long Way To Inverary". How mrs ICDT laughed (not)

It was actually sunny all the time we spent in Scotland.
The Highlands, in sunshine (place yer bets), on a motorbike, is the best place in the world.

We spent a couple of extra days at the start and finish locations.

The weather also managed to be pleasant when we were actually at Lands End (which is free to End To Enders)

In the Lands End Area it's also worth checking out Minach Open Air Theatre and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.

Porthcurno is ironically the birthplace of rapid international communication, but has no mobile phone signal.

We had a puncture on the way to Lost Gardens Of Heligan, but that's another story.

Proud to be gone

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 08:12:42 AM »
We too, we bought a AA Book of the Seaside back in the 70's and over the years have visited every bay, cove, beach, landmark in Cornwall. Later when they brought out the next edition of the book, they didn't have so many places in it. Too many 'emmets' pouring over the place I expect.

We visited the Eden Project the first year it opened and have been back a few times since (seems the price has gone up somewhat though) an amazing feat of engineering.

Haven't seen the Lost Gardens of Heligan yet, though as they were found a relative short time ago, I suppose all the signs are there to make sure they don't lose them again?

Best ever day there, and Rich might remember this, was the first time we went, Mr Muggins had a prang in the car and we had to make last minute arrangments to go by train and travelled around Cronwall on the buses - usually double deckers, which meant we saw more, a lot more. We took the bus to Lands End calling in at Whitesands Bay and Sennen Cove, so instead of getting the bus back direct from Lands End, we took the footpath over the cliffs back to Sennen - Wow, wow, wow!!!   Even the kids didn't grumble.

Best view was coming in to Penzance BEFORE they built the new road when St. Michaels Mounts suddenly appeared before you - that's spoilt now it's not the same on the new road.

We used to be able to take the dog, and at Pendine Lighthouse I saw my first Adder slithering across the road.



 

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Re: What I did on me Holidays. With the wife and kid.
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 04:01:37 PM »
Can't stay away from the place...love it! But not in the summer. Saw a lizard at Minack, and another in the middle of West Penwith- on the cross country lane to Penzance.

One of my favourite places is the Tate at St Ives- I watched it being built and remember the old gasworks which stood there before.

I even painted a picture of a favourite cafe- from inside overlooking St. Ives (sold it recently too!)

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 04:32:55 PM »
Mart didn't say about the clear blue sea at Porthcurno and that the beach is not sand but crushed sea shells and the wobbly Logan's Rock, we always used to go to the sheepskin factory at Redruth and I bought bags of bits to make sheep skin rugs.   Oh and Lamorna - where that writer of cat books - name defeats me at present - lived - well along the cliffs there somewhere.  Mind, in his books, it showed how much he loved the place but obviously didn't want anyone to share it with him.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 04:55:46 PM »
Yes- its clear blue sea and nearly white shell sand in many places- found a photo of the painting!

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Re: What I did on me Holidays. With the wife and kid.
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 08:09:33 PM »
Love Cornwall.
In fact it was the last holiday I had about 5 years ago.
We visited Padstow, Port Isac, Boscastle - they have a witch museum there.

We also visited a tin mine .

Pasties were a big feature in the fortnight we stayed.

We stayed in a holiday home called the Pink Flamingos with my brother and his kids.

Never did the Eden Project though or the Space station on Goon hill or something like that.

Glad you had a lovely week Mart  :)
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2012, 06:18:37 AM »
We are great fans of Cornwall too and many other counties in Britain come to that! The best part of Cornwall is the Lizard peninsular with its quaint fishing villages and the beautiful Helford River - Daphne Du Maurier country. It's worth reading her books whilst staying in the area to get added atmosphere. If you haven't visited Kynance Cove (National Trust) you are missing a real treat.

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Visited the Eden Project for the first time last year and hated it. There's a lovely tropical house at the Cotswold Wild Life Park which is much nicer and you get a chance to see a two-toed sloth. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2012, 07:40:05 AM »
I'm wondering if I enjoyed the Eden project so much more because we visited it when it first opened.  When we got out of the car, we could see nothing except the car parks, but as we walked towards the quarry the flags were the first thing we saw, those sort of silk sail types.  Then all of sudden down below, there were the domes, obviously it was all a bit raw and although most of the plants were in they hadn't grown that tall and you could see the domes all the way down,  and the art works, it was all 'interpretted' all the way down, on what looked like cowhide held up by small branches.  We were queueing to get in when it opened and from the queue wwe saw the littel ceremony they do with the staff, I suppose to gee them up for the day, but everyone was left smiling and helpful, so it must work. 

It was all more sophisticated the last time we went.  Perhaps that's what spoils it.

That's Goonhilly Earth Satelitte Station Chav, and it's worth a visit, the grounds are a Nature Reserve. 
Try Porthleven and Loe Bar too.
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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2012, 08:04:54 AM »
You might be right about the Eden Project, Muggins. It is a victim of its own success. It was noisy, over-crowded and full of kids. I'm sure that it is a pleasant place to visit when there is no-one there. The domes are a stunning sight.
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2012, 12:58:32 AM »
I'm wondering if I enjoyed the Eden project so much more because we visited it when it first opened.  When we got out of the car, we could see nothing except the car parks, but as we walked towards the quarry the flags were the first thing we saw, those sort of silk sail types.  Then all of sudden down below, there were the domes, obviously it was all a bit raw and although most of the plants were in they hadn't grown that tall and you could see the domes all the way down,  and the art works, it was all 'interpretted' all the way down, on what looked like cowhide held up by small branches.  We were queueing to get in when it opened and from the queue wwe saw the littel ceremony they do with the staff, I suppose to gee them up for the day, but everyone was left smiling and helpful, so it must work. 

It was all more sophisticated the last time we went.  Perhaps that's what spoils it.

That's Goonhilly Earth Satelitte Station Chav, and it's worth a visit, the grounds are a Nature Reserve. 
Try Porthleven and Loe Bar too.

Ah yes Goonhilly.
I've been to loe and perranporth, and tintagel (not to sure on the spellings  :D )

I loved Boscastle and the witch museum, the whole community was amazing as a couple of years before I went the whole of the community was almost washed away by a landslide

They all pulled together and rebuilt the shops and houses.
Lovely people . :fence:
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2012, 10:36:36 AM »
I loved Boscastle and the witch museum[/i

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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2012, 10:47:03 AM »
Which Witch museum.
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2012, 03:50:27 PM »
I didn't go in it, couldn't find 12 others to accompany me.  :o
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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2012, 05:15:30 PM »
For something different go for a long day out to Clearwell Caves and the Dean Forest Railway O0
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2012, 06:01:36 PM »
our works social club is going down to the swanage railway in Sept which should be worth a visit if it is as good as the mid hants, where we went last month..

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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2012, 07:35:44 PM »
Which Witch museum.


This one
http://www.museumofwitchcraft.com/

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