Thursday, 3 June 2010

In search of the perfect pasty!

We've had an action packed two days here in Cornwall. Yesterday we visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Wow! It was absolutely fantastic, and a place that I'd definitely return to. There is so much to see, from a truly impressive walled vegetable garden, to woodlands .....

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......and a sub-tropical Jungle.

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Even though there were lots of visitors, the gardens are so big that it never felt crowded. There are some lovely sculptures to be spotted, hidden in the woods. My favourite was the sleeping Mud Maiden.

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Afterwards, we drove down to the little fishing village of Mevagissey. It's another picture postcard place.

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Lots of little streets, packed full of arty, crafty goodies! It would be sooooooooo easy to spend lots of money very quickly! I did find a little bead shop, The Bead Store, and bought a few tubes of beads. I will learn to knit with beads this year!

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Last night, we had supper at Rick Stein's cafe - the most informal of his dining establishments. I had a cod fishcake with watercress to start, followed by a tomato and feta tart with caramelised onions and basil, and to finish, summer pudding and ice cream. It really was very nice food, and pretty reasonably priced.

Today, we headed down to the south west tip of England, to Land's End. It is pretty commercialised, but the coastline is spectacular - rugged coastline.

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After that, we drove round the coast to St Ives. It was packed with holidaymakers, making the most of the sun!

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We asked a local where to find the best Cornish pasties in town, and weren't disappointed! We ate them overlooking the beach, keeping a beady eye on the watching seagulls! I wasn't going to share my pastie with anyone!

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We then drove to Mousehole, a driver's nightmare, full of narrow, twisting lanes, and tiny cottages all packed in on top of each other higgledy piggledy!

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Mousehole is famous for the legend of Tom Bawcock, a local fisherman, who braved terrible storms to catch fish for the starving villagers. The result was Star Gazy Pie, eaten on Tom Bawcock's Eve (December 23rd). The fish heads poke through the top of the pie, looking upwards to the skies!
We ended the day at Marazion. The tide was out, so we were able to walk across the causeway over to St Michael's Mount.

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Tomorrow is our last day! I'm hoping that we will wake up to a sky like today's! Have a good day, wherever you are. Hope the sun is shining for you too!

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Helsie said...

Thanks for a lovely time revisiting old haunts.
A word of warning - those pasties are addictive...... and fattening too!! So are the cream teas !!

Clicky Needles said...

I love the mud maiden. Thanks so much for taking us on holiday with you and Mr JK ~ I'm really enjoying it.
Shame it's coming to an end.

Maria said...

Thanks for sharing the photos - picture postcards. I love the little fishing villages

Jenny said...

I just caught up with your trip, how nice of you to keep us posted. You do seem to be having a good time, nice mix of gardens, craft related shopping, seaside and food, well quite a lot of food but you are on holiday, enjoy.

Stadtwaldvogel said...

Again your pictures are so nice and I want to go on holiday, too!
Knitting with beads (and a crochet needle) is easy, you will learn it for sure!
Greetings from Julia

melissa said...

goodness! each picture is more gorgeous than the last! thank you for letting me live vicariously through you and your fabulous vacation!!

snoopydog said...

Lovely photos! That pastie looks very yummy. Lovely to see you went to Mousehole. I teach a lovely three weeks of literacy around the children's book version. XRos

Permission to Unwind said...

Again, what lovely photos! I am delighted to catch a glimpse of your adventures. :)