Thursday, 1 October 2009

West Country Wonders

Our Weekend Away in Cornwall and Devon

A good time was had by all in the West country. Victoria was given a red letter day for her 18th, which was a boat trip at Falmouth for two. So we decided to make it a family break. Tors brought her friend along aswell to share in the fun.
We arrived on the Friday afternoon and managed to find a quaint little B&B (sorry forgot to take some pics) called Moonlight Guest House. I was drawn to it by the name and it didn't let us down......wonderful. Falmouth is quite a big town plenty of eating houses etc.....we found a great pub to refresh the soul. Then of course Fish and chips out of the paper on the Quay side what more could you want?

Up and out by 9am, the girls were setting off at 10am.
They had a good two hour trip, but were a little dissappointed at not being able to leave the harbour as the sea was quite choppy. Which mean't they had less of a chance of seeing any dolphins etc, which they didn't. Well that's wildlife! Although they enjoyed the views and the whole boating experience.
Hubby and I spent the two hours looking around the shops and there were certainly plenty of them that kept us entertained.

Downtown Farm Lydford Devon

We found this Farm on the journey from Falmouth. We were running out of time in finding accommodation for the night, having called into various pubs on route advertising rooms, but were all full. I must admit panic was starting to set in at this point as it was getting late. We had a little knowledge of the Lydford area so remembering a pub named The Castle Inn, popped in to check availability but again they were fully booked, they asked if we had tried Downtown Farm replying, no we hadn't, they kindly offered to enquire for us. Success they have rooms "yipee" I replied ( that evening we returned to The Castle Inn and had a wonderful meal to show our appreciation for helping us). I'll leave the pictures to show you what a beautiful place we had discovered. We were made very welcome and the animals were an added bonus. I have to be honset with you I could have stayed there for a very long time. Such a tranquil and magical place. I am really in love with the area, so it's now at the top of my places to retire to list, well it's level with Glastonbury anyway.

Lydford Gorge and Dartmoor

Pixieland at Dartmeet Dartmoor

Check out the Pixie Hat
Worth a visit.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in Dorset

On the journey home we called in to Lulworth Cove on the Dorset Coast. It's a beautiful area, I hadn't been there since the mid 80's. The car park was still the same , but I felt it had changed into a far bigger tourist destination, more shops and eating places, oh and a visiters centre. I think it had taken away some of it's charm and tranquility, but you could say this about alot of places. The locals have to make a living somehow.

If you look closely you can see him and what a wonderful beast he is. We spotted him on the way through Wareham in a densely wooded area. A lovely way to finish a fantastic weekend away.

P.S. I can't take credit for all the photo's Victoria took the one's at Falmouth and Lulworth Cove.

Have a good weekend everyone.
The two of us are off to Glastonbury on Sat to meet Brian Froud and many other fantastic artists at the Avalon Faery Fair and Ball in the Town Hall.
I'm so excited lol.
Love and light


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