A Birthday in Cornwall

Surely I have written a blog in the last couple of weeks! If not then my time clock has become mightily confused. I think in the frantic efforts in getting my new book published successfully all sense of timing has gone astray.

It was my birthday at the end of October so we decided to spend a few days in Cornwall. I’d assumed we’d booked to stay in a Premier Inn but when we arrived in Truro, I was surprised when we turned in to an imposing castle- like building with landscaped grounds. My young friend had, in fact, booked us into a lovely hotel called The Alverton. It used to be a nunnery and has an amazing Great Hall.

We stayed in the new courtyard.


It rained every day but the one day we had booked to go to Tintagel Castle – luckily, as we made our way through the medieval ruins and across the new footbridge which has reconnected the mainland to the headland. There’s a 55 metre drop between the two sides and is formed of two 30 metre-long cantilevers. The original bridge was lost sometime between the 15th and 16th centuries

Here are some of the views as we walked along the winding pathways.

We stopped by Tintagel’s old post office

And then drove a short way to Boscastle – a beautiful little town in Cornwall which, in 2004 was tragically flooded to a very high depth – nearly half way up the buildings you can see here.

On my actual birthday myf treated me to an amazing meal at Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant in Padstow.

Definitely the very best fish meal I’ve ever had. The first course of smoked salmon from Ireland was exactly the nicest texture I can imagine and the taste superlative. Then followed by a lovely lobster Thermidor and a delightful sweet. Just great.

On our last day in Cornwall we visited Glendurgan gardens. A truly tropical setting. Long, winding pathways through trees and bushes reminding me a lot like the Singapore Botanic Gardens. And when we reached the bottom it opened out into a little cove. The way back up to the start was a bit tiring and hard on the knee and hip but well worth the effort

I mentioned before that my new book has finally been published. It’s very well printed and I’ve sold nearly 50 copies so far. ‘My Life in Miniature’ is the fifth book I’ve written. Just the novel to complete and then I think that will be it!

This is the book. Any of my blog followers interested in buying a copy? I so please contact me directly.

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