Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Postcard from Polperro

Polperro Harbour, Cornwall

There's nothing quite like hiking over rugged Cornish cliffs to clear away cobwebs and that's exactly what I've been doing of late; in case you were wondering why bear production and blog updates have ceased recently, I've been away on my hols!

View from our Daisy Cottage: Polperro Harbour, early evening

Looking out to sea from the beach at Polperro

The weather in Cornwall was what the Met Office politely described as 'changeable', which really meant 'be prepared with flip flops, cagoules and umbrellas, because the weather will do almost anything from blazing sunshine at you, to hammering down torrential rain and hail on you, in any one day!'

Prepared for all weathers! Flipflops, shorts, shades and cagoule - a very soggy Paula at the Talland War Memorial in torrential rain!

The perfect setting for Talland Memorial - I returned to take this photo on a sunny day!

Despite the unpredictable weather, we had a wonderful time and only suffered one washout day, spent in Port Isaac wandering up the cliff path clasping my umbrella against the tug of the wind, in search of Doc Martin's house ... (for anyone unfamiliar with the Doc, he's a character played by lovely Martin Clunes in one of my favourite tv shows 'Doc Martin', filmed in Port Isaac - aka 'Port Wen').

Doc Martin's house is the stone house in the middle with the black door!

The harbour at pretty Port Isaac

Cliff walk to Talland Bay

1911 lighthouse at Polperro

We stayed in my favourite historical Cornish fishing village 'Polperro', on 'The Warren', which is a terrace of ancient fishermens' cottages built on a winding cliff path overlooking the harbour. The view from 'Daisy Cottage' was picture postcard perfect and the cottage hadn't changed at all since our last visit five years ago. That's what I've always loved best about Cornwall since first holidaying there twenty four years ago, it retains all the charm and mystery of its rich heritage and makes absolutely no excuses for not moving with the times.

Talland Bay

Cove at Talland Bay

We visited Restormel Castle at Lostwithiel, the County Town of Cornwall

On the ramparts at Restormel Castle

Another day out, this time walking through spectacular Lydford Gorge, in search of the mystical Gubbins!

Stuart at Lydford Gorge

And finally, the two of us snapping happy holiday memories, on the bridge at Polperro

We've had yet another wonderful holiday in Cornwall and for now, it's time to return to reality, but I'm certain we'll be wending our way back to the West Country again someday soon!


  1. It looks a lovely trip despite the rain. We just got back from Scotland and it seems that we stole all the sunshine, sorry!! We had the most gorgeous weather for 2 weeks long, couldn't believe our luck :) I love Cornwall, I used to go there as a child on holiday. Love the bears you've created lately, especially the old time guy :) Hugs, Catherine x

  2. Looks like a beautiful place . It's very similar to the landscape on this side of the Atlantic, minus the brick buildings. Also looks like you are having the same weather :(

  3. this has been like taking a mini vacation without having to sit on a plane for 13 hours....

    how lovely to holiday by the sea.....

    ta Paula!!

    xx Vee

  4. Lovely pictures Paula, looks a fab place to be rain or shine. Makes we want to go there. Love the new banner by the way.


  5. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed my holiday snaps ... this is such a beautiful area and well worth a visit if you get the chance!

  6. Paula, thanks for sharing your lovely trip with us! It looks like you had a fabulous time despite the weather. Cornwall is now on my list of places I really want to visit!

  7. Hi Paula!

    Thank you very much for sharing beautiful photos of your holidays.
    This place really reminds me Brittany!
    Absolutelt beautiful!
    I am glad you had a great time there.



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