It’s been a week since we returned home from Cornwall, and boy oh boy! I can’t stop thinking about the surprising beauty there. I expected it to be lovely and green of course, but what I didn’t see coming what the almost tropical looking ocean and sand! We were properly bundled up as it was mizzling…ah! A new term I learned. “Mizzle” is a term used in Devon and Cornwall for a combination of fine drenching drizzle or extremely fine rain and thick, heavy saturating mist or fog.
You can see the contrast below. The ocean looks down right ready to jump into on a warm summer day, yet next to that is a more appropriate dress code for the occasion.
Piet’s cousin Steve and his wife Sarah own the truly lovely Little Gwendreath Holiday Cottages in what is called The Lizard. It is near the most southernly point on mainland Britain. The name is said to actually be derived from the Cornish name “Lys Ardh”, meaning “high court”. However, coincidentally the peninsula is the home of serpentinite, a highly sought after rock for its decorative qualities. We hiked over to an old serpentine factory in Poltesco. We only found tiny bits of the rock, but I was more amazing by the gorgeous pink and grey rocks along the beaches in the area. I may have stashed a few away in my luggage.
The biggest surprise place we visited was The Minack Theater. Talk about inspiring. The theater was originally built in 1931/1932 for a performance of The Tempest. The group was looking for a venue, and Rowena Cade, and young woman who lived in the Minack House, decided that the cliffs below her garden would be the perfect spot. So she proceeded to carve a stage and seating out of the cliffside along with the help of her gardner Billy Rawlings. She made it her life’s work to transform the theater into what it is today. I highly recommend going if you are ever in Cornwall. It is gorgeous. We hope to go back in the summer and actually see a performance!
We also visited the site where the well known show Poldark is often filmed. The Levant Mine and Beam Engine was a copper, tin, and arsenic mine. The inner workings of which extend over a mile out under the sea bed. In 1919 the engine failed and 31 men died. The mine decline and eventually closed in 1930. I would love to go back and do a tour inside the buildings. I have all the Poldark books uploaded to my Kindle, and I did see that I can watch the show online…so I know what I will be doing next week!
Speaking of TV shows…we did have to at least make an appearance at Port Isaac whilst in Cornwall. Any Doc Martin fans might know it better as the fictional village of Portwenn. Just a sleepy little town like the rest in the area, but we did manage to find Doc Martin’s surgery, and we walked past the school, and I did recognize the small harbor that has been featured in many episodes.
All in all it was a fabulous trip! We ate our weight in Cornish pasties and fish and chips, and spent some quality time with Steve, Sarah and their newly adopted kitty Snarf (don’t tell Eskimo, but she is basically the sweetest cat ever). Oh and this horse. He was pretty sweet too <3