Saturday, 22 September 2012

Land's End or bust

Oh, I see blogger have changed things again... new posting screen. I might mess up here, but will try my best. Here we go ...

First of all, my birthday boy, had a great surprise seeing all your beautiful comments wishing him a happy birthday. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE .:-) Thank you.
We had a day out instead of a birthday party, Tony does have a birthday cake that we have yet to shower with candles.
We have visitors on Sunday so it will be shared then. I promise to share pics with you.

We decided to go slightly further than we normally travel on a day out in the South West of England yesterday.
 It was a special birthday, Tony enjoys driving so much, it was his special day, I left the driving to him.
We are lucky we live in a great part of the country, Cornwall and Dorset are within easy reach. We travelled 270 miles yesterday, there and back to Land's End.
We met Frankie de tabby as we crossed our little bridge back to Soggibottom cottage and home last night........... Little sneak, he doesn't normally go across our bridge. He wasn't just walking along the bridge, he was balancing on the edge, he is too old to do that.....

The cottage in the photo is at Sennan Cove in Cornwall.

So was this one, just along the street. A new thatch. I never really noticed the thatch, I noticed the Collie dog. He obviously belongs to the Thatcher and is used to hanging around. No cookies in my pocket either !

I'm sure someone will tell me I am wrong, we have so many thatched cottages in Devon that they now go unnoticed by us. To have a thatched hat to your house can be very expensive, the insurance premiums double for a start. The fire aspect doubles. The normal life time for a thatched roof is roughly 25 years.
A thatched roof on an old cottage looks stunning. I have a feeling because this particular house in Sennan Cove is right beside the beach the life span for this particular thatch is shorter than 25 years.

Sennan Cove has narrow streets as most of the Cornish villages do.....  Devon has very narrow back lanes. We know most of them.

Sennen Cove doesn't allow dogs on the beach at certain times of the year... OUCH... beautiful beach and all that sand too.

The people that actually live there aren't great with tourists either. Can you tell ?

We moved on further down the road to Land's End.

It's 34 years ago since we were both at Land's End. It's not the place we remember.

You can still pass the last and first Inn in the Country.

It still has a rugged coastline.

There is still a guy there changing the sign post. You have to pay to have your photo taken showing how many miles it is to your home town.

It's still the same rugged coastline of Cornwall.

See what I mean ?

We moved further along the coast nearer to home and came across St Micheal's Mount. Here I know I should have done some homework to tell you about it, I was never a good student. But I will find out and tell you another time. There is a causeway that you can walk across from the mainland to the Island at low tide.

We were there late in the afternoon just as the tide was turning so there was a dash for the mainland.
The alternative was to wait for the ferry or wait until the tide turned and it was low enough to walk over the causeway.

You can tell by the leisurely way Tony's hands are in his pockets, we made a frantic dash.

There was one thing we never actually saw on St Micheal's Mount... it was behind a high wall. If you ever come to a high wall, just take your camera, aim high and at arm's length................. click.

This beach also has a dog ban at certain times of the year...Although the causeway over to the Island is a footpath, so dogs are allowed along it, just not on the beach.. Lucky for us there were workmen on the causeway and Freya had a run along part of the beach... No stones to throw and catch, she wasn't happy....

That's my girl.
Freya can be found over at Catflap Cavalier. with her own photo's and point of view..

Phew, think I might have got away with that lightly ref a post from a new layout from blogger... HEY GUYS.. well done !


Chatty Crone said...

Just want to say I enjoyed your photos - your area is so different from mine!

WoolenSails said...

Really beautiful photos and fun to see the thatched roof being done. I love the photos with freya on the side, makes a nice dogs eye view.


WendyCarole said...

Beautiful coast

and Freya of course

Sandee said...

What a fantastic way to celebrate another year older!

Mary Ann Tate said...

I love thatched roofs but as you say the insurance it very expensive. A relative of mine had her cottage de-thatched and a regular roof put on. That was quite an expensive little project too. Lovely pictures:)

Sue Doran said...

Such a lovely commentary, I was so giggling at the point your camera over a high wall bit, have NEVER tried that before and now I absolutely cannot wait to have a go! :-)
Glad you had a nice day but it's crossmaking when you can't go on beaches with dogs. Lots of them in the South Eastern corner are like that - Southwold in particular. Oh well, it will soon be October!

Joanna said...

Nice trip you took although Freya doesn't look happy with all of the bans. Now to show my ignorance-I didn't know there was an actual place called Penzance. Thought it was made up:)

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

Great post, Midge! I always seeing your pictures, sure wish I was there! Sure looks like a fun way to spend a birthday.

Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

Molly the Airedale said...

We love the thatched roofs. They are so beautiful! Thank you for the info on them. Your photos are gorgeous.

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Charlene and Storm said...

glad you guys had a great day, that is some drive for a day out!

Charlene and Stormy

that snakes sign isnt real you think? i would of just took it at face value but you think the people that live nearby are trying to scare us off? grumpy bums

i love frayas little scowly face at st micheals mount, stormy sat in exactly that spot just 1 year ago when we took him on his first trip to cornwall at 6 months old x

Bark'n About said...

A real thatched roof!! I was so excited to see that! Seriously - don't judge me :)

Houseelf said...

Lovely tour. I've not been to St Michael's Mount in over 20 years!

Love the friendly local's signs. Just for kicks you should've added "Beware of locals" to their list. :-)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We love all your photos! The beach- oh my gosh!
Those thatched roofs are very interesting!