Friday, February 27, 2009
Looking at the South West Coast Path website it seems we've walked about 86 miles, so with the odd diversion or two I guess it's nearer 90. I'm really pleased that we've managed so well so far...and can hardly believe we've walked that far! I've been feeling more tired today than I was straight after the walk so it may be catching up on me.
I popped up to see Meriel on Tuesday and viewed the extent of damage from the leaking roof.
In fact, after much debate, and replacement of some of the lead and worsening of the leak, they discovered it was a leaking pipe which was set in a channel of the concrete roof.
By then the water had reached the kitchen ceiling and cupboards, and all down the wall in the bedroom as well as round the windows! It took much effort to correct, but is sorted. Meriel now has to deal with the consequences! She has had a dehumidifier going constantly, and they've thrown out gallons of water, a new carpet will be laid (though she has the excess to pay!), but first it will need redecorating.
I had great fun taking a stanley knife to the carpet, cutting into small sections to put in the bin. It was incredible to find that under the carpet, which by now appeared dry, the underlay was still wet! Anyway, that's all binned now so the room should finish drying out more quickly. It has been a real disruption and nightmare to live with - fingers crossed that the redecorating is done well and quickly so life can return to normal!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
... and this is what we saw...
After we had reached the headland and seen the lighthouse (land slips on the road meant that access to the lighthouse itself is barred), we headed for our B&B at West Titchberry Farm .
It's about 3 miles and it was getting near to sunset so we had to get a move on ... but what was wonderful was that we could go so quickly. We came to some steep steps up a cliff and Tim said "You go first 'cos you're a bit quicker than me." Off I went and couldn't believe that I was at the top so quickly. I turned round expecting to see Tim far below... and he was right behind me! Not carrying our packs had freed us and we were amazed at the difference. Carrying about 2stone extra weight really slows you down! This gave us food for thought.
If this pic will open for you... have a look at the coastline, see it disappear, and then to the right of the patch of sunshine, see if you can spot what looks like an island. Tim said immediately that it was the Penwith Peninsula - beyond St Ives. After studying it closely, and looking at maps and Google earth I'm certain he's right. An absolutely incredible view.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Don't wake the beast...
and show you the offending lantern!
Looks innocent doesn't it!
I felt like throwing things at it at two in the morning when I still hadn't gone to sleep... and when I actuallly did fall asleep, I woke up an hour later - I must have thought it was day... but it was only 4o'clock etc etc. I was not a happy bunny!
However, the sight of breakfast cheered me, and we were soon off again, slipping (literally) over the damp, early morning cobbles out of town!
What a gorgeous walk this turned out to be - we saw Angel's Wings,
and walked out to the most amazing viewing spot, peering over sheer cliffs,
past more wonderful trees...
and marvelling at the contortions of the cliff faces. It was stunning.
Often on our walk the sociable little robin would flit along in front of us, I managed to click this one!
through wooded areas - this tree is simply amazing -
I loved the way the latch doors locked, just by lifting and sliding in a little metal peg,
and this clock had the most delicate of chimes, a lovely gentle sound which made you smile.
Peter and Kim have two lovely dogs who were very fond of Tim, and they also housed rescued battery chickens which were happily scratching away in a run in the garden and producing eggs for breakfast.
we discovered over the next few days that Saunton Sands Hotel, the huge white building in the distance, was visible from almost everywhere!
and the fascinatingly shaped trees continue,
I'm certain this one holds great stories!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
some of the path was severely eroded