Category Archives: Porthtowan

Curly Hair, 67 and Local Lifeguards

What a delightful time we have had in The Blue bar tonight having supper in our favourite place overlooking the beach at Porthtowan. There was a lovely family whom I fell into conversation with as their three year old looked so much like me in early photos.  They were very happy for me to take a photo for my blog, back view as always of children, though she did move a bit!

Curly head

Our table number was 67 which pleased me as that is the year we married!

50 years ago

As we were finishing our meal, dozens of young people arrived in fancy dress and on bicycles. They were in the bar for a short time and then went out to start what looked like a race and I managed a couple of photos. When I went back in I asked at the bar what was going on as all I had heard was, “Welcome to the 2017 ….” and the rest was drowned in cheers. It turns out, all these young people were Life Guards from local beaches and they have an annual cycle ride from pub to pub called The Tour de P*ss. They were certainly having a good time and this was just the start!

The start of the ride





Singing, Eco Park and New Cook Book

I went to a Sing for Your Heart, Sing for Your Soul session with Claire today and it was glorious! We sang indoors, then in the courtyard and finally in the field and it was wonderful!

There was post waiting for me when I arrived home – a beautifully written card from T, LiveWire 3, to accompany the  International Cook Book that has been put together by her school community to celebrate the multiple nationalities who attend there. I shall be trying lots of the recipes which sound delicious. I’ll share them with you as I try them.

Northside School International Cook Book

Cook book sent by LiveWire T


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Teddy Bear, Carn Brea and Brodiaea

Before supper tonight at The Blue Bar we walked on the beach and passed by a Teddy Bear being hauled up the beach on a miniature surfboard.

Teddy on a surf board

Driving home from Porthtowan it is always a joy to see Carn Brea with its castle and monument.

Carn Brea with castle and Bassett Monument

A lovely friend brought me an enormous bunch of Brodiaea which are now on the hall table in a beautiful Jane Hamlyn pot.



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Breakfast, Door No and Bike on the Beach

What a delicious Blueberry Pancake breakfast!

Driving through Truro we were stopped at some temporary traffic lights and for the first time I noticed a lovely door plaque.

It has been a beautiful evening and we walked along the beach at Porthtowan before having supper at the Blue Bar – a lovely way to spend the evening together prior to my solo trip to Barcelona tomorrow. 



We’re In Charge!

We have the Live Wires to ourselves for a day and a half as their parents away celebrating their 10th Wedding Anniversary and what a day we have had – making, baking. playing hide and seek, helping to fix the fountain,  a picnic in the garden, a late visit to the beach to play and stories read to us and by us. I think (and hope) we will all sleep well tonight.



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Shakespeare’s Birthday Stamps, The Sea and A Sonnet

Today is Shakespeare’s birthday and, as it happens the 400th anniversary of his death.   Some beautiful commemorative stamps have been issued in his honour and I just had to have a complete set of them.

Beautiful commemorative stamps

Beautiful commemorative stamps

On Monday we start our journey to America for a family visit and then a road trip from Atlanta through the Appalachian Mountains along the Blue Ridge  Parkway into the Shenandoah Valley and then on to Washington. Am I excited? Oh yes!  You can travel along with us through my blog if you would like to though I doubt I will be posting every day.   So, today we had to go to the sea as we won’t be seeing the sea for three weeks.


I used to tell my dubious  teenagers that love at first sight, or love at first sonnet as here, is really possible. It happened to us across a crowded room in October 1966 and we have been together ever since. I love how Romeo and Juliet begin to intertwine their words as their first love engulfs them.

ROMEO [To JULIET] If I profane with my unworthiest hand
  This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
  My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
  To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
JULIET Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
  Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
  For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,
  And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
ROMEO Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
JULIET Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
ROMEO O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;
  They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
JULIET Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake.
ROMEO Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take.

My Sister-in-law sent me Shakespeare’s Obituary which was in The New York Times today. It is very entertaining. Thanks V.


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