Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Rainy Cornwall

Well, Peter, Badger and I have just come back from a long weekend in Cornwall. What delightful weather we had. The rain in Cornwall is very similar to the rain in Cheshire. And Scotland. And Wales. And any bloody where else!


Rainy Cornwall.

We stayed with Jane, Peter's sister who has the sweetest little house imaginable, in Padstow. I had never been there before and I had no idea how wonderful it would be. The first evening we sat (in the rain) eating fish and chips, looking over Padstow harbour.


Peter, Jane and Badger (in the rain).

Next day we went for a long walk along the sands (in the rain). Badger hadn't seen the sea before, and had great fun chasing seagulls, swimming, digging holes and rolling in wet sand. Walking on the cliffs became a nightmare at times especially when seagulls were about. She hasn't yet sussed out heights, depths, gravity, rocks and splat.



We went off to Tintagel (in the rain). This is somewhere I have always wanted to see, but unfortunately I didn't get much of the spirit of the place, partly because of the crowds of people and partly because of a Victorian monstrosity of a hotel. Plus also loads of crap shops selling crap wizzards.



Camelot Hotel! This hotel reckoned it had the finest coffee in all of Cornwall, so we put it to the test. They are wrong but I won't be reporting them to the Trades Description Office because they were very nice to Badger and brought her a bowl of water in their exceedingly posh lounge. Outside the hotel was a very brave cat who refused to be cowed by Badger's attempts to round him up.



The warm, damp and pure air of Cornwall is condusive to all sorts of plants and lichens. Some of the lichens were so beautiful and I would love to have the knowledge about natural dyes.





Sloes and honeysuckle (in the rain). My dear old Mum used to make the most amazing Sloe Gin.



Even in the rain the scenery was wonderful.









One afternoon we saw the Air Sea Rescue Helicopter out and about (in the rain).



We were on the way to see the new Padstow Lifeboat Station (in the rain).



I can't finish without a birdie for Maalie (in the rain).

34 comments:

ann said...

You are right - the scenery is stunning, even in the rain.

Shammickite said...

I love the coastline of Cornwall (and Devon) to bits. I love the rocks, the seagulls, the Cornish pasties, the coastal path, the sea, the spray, I even love the rain.
I'm so envious when people say they've had a holiday in the West Country... it's my spiritual home.
I don't love the King Arthur Tea Shop, the Land's End Oyster Bar, the Pirates Gift Shop, the Old Post Office Mini Golf, the Cornish Fisherman's PaintBall Range... etc etc etc
By the way, did it rain?

Rob Hopcott said...

Apparently, there are lots of folk musicians singing in the pubs of Cornwall.

Which is probably why the locals are standing outside ... In the rain :-)

Martin Stickland said...

There you go again misss skool teecher!

*********!!!!!!!! how many stars is that?

Like the lifeboat building.

Did you buy me a pastie????

hennhouse said...

That gray cat looks just like my Lenny (who is also wary of other four-legged creatures).

Beautiful photos!

Ju's little sister said...

So what was the weather like?

lorenzothellama said...

JLS: it was a bit rainy actually.

Martin: no I didn't buy you a pasty. I had one of Rick Stein's Leek and Potato Pasties while Peter and Jane had Meat and Potato. It was delicious but funnily enough I had a Cheese and Potato Pasty at a garage in Devon on the way home and it was just as delicious as the Rick Stein. You certainly gnow how to cook down there.

We made the mistake of coming home the scenic route, going all along the north coast and picking up the M5 Bristol way. What with the rain, the caravans and lunatic Devon drivers, it took rather a long time!

Rob Hopcott said...

Oooh! You must have passed through Minehead.

Did you see me on the road out with a big sign saying:

'Letmeouttahere!!!'

Rob Hopcott said...

Ahhhh! I feel so much better about it now I know I was splashed by the Llama :-)

tut-tut said...

It's all so grandly sweeping. Beautiful, maybe especially in the rain. Interesting you'd wonder about natural dyes; I'm taking a dyeing workshop this weekend with a raggle-taggle group, one of whom does not stop talking . . .

Angie Davis said...

I'm sorry you had such a wet weekend here, though as a totally biased local I have to say that the coastline takes on a special beauty in the mist and rain.

As for Tintagel, come back in the winter when it's deserted. Much nicer!

simon said...

Oh how I wish it would rain here....

Ju's little sister said...

Llama, it has been raining in Dallas, but it's not nearly as pretty in the rain here. It stopped yesterday though and now it's just cloudy and muggy.

How is Scaredy and the ganag? I haven't heard from Plumpy yet, and hope he is doing okay without me.

Ju's little sister said...

Scaredy and the gang, even.

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

You make it all seem incredibly appealing....even in the rain!!! You could always come here for more rain: the place is sodden. Though we did have some frosty, sunny days earlier this week which made a nice change- from the rain!!!

Martin Stickland said...

Hello my good friend, sorry I will not be about for a week or so.

I hope you are well and have a great weekend!

Byeeeeeeeeee

The Lone Beader said...

I love all your nature photos, as well as the photos of Badger! :D

Maalie said...

Yeh, the farmers have been crying out for rain.

Raelha said...

Don't worry, it's been raining here too, although the garden needed it, my cabbages are getting very plump and I'm overrun with broccoli.

A very valiant cat, I like him! Although that's easily acheived with me where cats are concerned.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Hello dear Llama!
1) I'm finally by in internet range
2) I have left you multiple comments on my own blog
3) It is a very sincere invitation to the US!
4) I miss you!

Merisi said...

Beautiful pictures, even if caught in the rain (better, because they were taken in the rain)! Cornwall is about the only coast I always dreamed of one day visiting in GB. I must say I imagined it sunnier (I once read "The Shell Seekers" by Dame Pilcher *g*).
It looks as if for sunshine, you'd need to come to Vienna and the surrounding countryside.

lorenzothellama said...

Merisi, I would LOVE to come to Vienna, and I once more extend an invitation to you to come here! I can't promise Cornwall in the sun though!

Harmony said...

i like the lifeboat view and cat--ohh!ha ha!cute pics!take care!

Ju's little sister said...

WAHOOOOOO!!!!

Ju's little sister said...

... and yes, it is meat. I am a NZ farmer's daughter, it would shame my family and insult both my culture and heritage if I stopped eating meat. And I love it.

But I guess you have a point, I suspect the cattle in US barns might not be as happy and carefree as the cows in the paddock back home.

I will, from now on, try not to post pictures of my insensitive eating habits.

Hyde DP said...

Cornwall would't be as green without the rain - a dog-friendly hotel is a good find.

Maalie said...

The lichen in the fifth photo is Xanthoria. I believe Xanthus is Greek for yellow.

lorenzothellama said...

Did you know Maalie the solar plexus chakra is also yellow?

Merisi said...

Yours and Maalie's latest post would go together beautifully! ;-)

Thank you for the invitation,
one of those days .....
meanwhile, here in Vienna,
the sun's been shining and shining and shining. I get a guilty feeling, seeing how you have been under the rain so much of this summer.

Ju's little sister said...

Speaking of rain, check out this post http://californiarefugeesinnz.blogspot.com/ it is by a friend of a friend, she lives in Auckland where I come from. Under the latest post is some rainbow magic.

Also Llama dear - apart from giving away my underwear to stoic yet incredibly drunk vikings - I have been to Graceland in Memphis. Keep an eye out for my next post. And I posted a couple of emails on Plumpy's blog which Scaredy might be interested in...

Abraham Lincoln said...

You could just call this, "Rain."

I posted a rain man picture myself on my brookville blog.

I liked all of your pictures and marvel at their quality considering the weather conditions.

Barbara said...

Having come over to catch up I find more rain. We had a trip to Yorkshire in August and we had one completely dry day out of 9.

I see some blue sky there in Chjeshire though!!!

Martin Stickland said...

Hello me old fruity nut cake!

Woof to badger too!

Thanks for keeping the troops happy at the party .......

"I rest my case me lord, she is as nutty as a nutty nut!"

It is nice to know I have such great friends out there!

xx

Thesaurus Rex said...

Hi there Llama chops.
Just popped in to say that Peter and Jane have changed a great deal since those books in the 70's with the tricky plots and pictures on every page.
good old Cornwall eh!
Lumpy round the edges and full of pasties in the middle.
Au revoir, ruminent quadroped.