Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Boscatle to Tintagel March 22nd

I have Wimbledon on the tele, it is blisteringly hot, and have done nothing all day, so, guilt prompted, I've decided I really should finish writing about the last stages of our Coast Path walk!

So come with me back to Margaret's at Crackington Haven. She had offered us such a haven of rest - I loved the bed I slept on - a futon that seemed to wrap its arms around me so cosily, so after a good sleep and another good breakfast, Margaret took us back to Boscastle to continue our walk. We will definitely come back to Margaret's, we feel like she's part of our family.

We set off along the cliff path at Boscastle in beautiful sunshine,

Blowhole at Boscastle.

the blowhole was very active and we had glorious views to see and colours to enjoy.

We took it at a very leisurely pace, and had a lovely walk via Ladies window

and valley of the rocks where a stream tumbles down a narrow valley and crashes into the sea.

We walked on to Tintagel where we had more delicious soup at Tintagel castle, (celery and apple) another cream tea :-) and some wonderful fudge from Granny Wobbly's Shop...definitely worth a visit.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

At home

Since I got back from Wales I've thrown myself into the gardening, I took this picture a while back but you can see what's going on... and I've begun digging next to the fence because I have no room for the runner beans otherwise!

Mangetout, red onions, potatoes,leeks and sweetcorn seem to be doing well :-).

The only problem I've had is with the raspberry canes... only 5 have sprouted, I need to talk to them at the garden centre as that's poor return on 20 canes!

Other than the garden, I've been playing a lot of golf, still nowhere near my old handicap but it's lovely to be playing.

Also helped Katy with her back garden, she had a weird gravel 'patio-square' that was just awful so we took it out...

.. there was masses of small gravel, then a barrier matting underneath.The ground beneath was as smooth as concrete. We began filling up a huge builder's bag with the pebbles - then realised we wouldn't be able to shift it! Instead we used little bags to transfer it to the pathway at the side of the house and laid it along the edge of the path and around the herbs.

Laying the turf was great fun as more helpers were on hand - Paula and Alan offered to help - not sure they realised quite what was in store! Alan dug over the 'concrete' soil, we all picked out stones...

then came the turf laying...

... only to find that someone hadn't done their Maths correctly(!!!!) and we were one turf short.

Anyway - we put that right the following day. I'll put in a pic of the completed grass at some point.

However, all the golf and gardening has taken its toll, I began to feel extra tired at the beginning of half-term week, and by this Thursday was aching all over again. So I've spent the last two days resting completely in the hope that I can catch it before it gets too bad.