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.
Cove at Talland Bay
We visited Restormel Castle at Lostwithiel, the County Town of Cornwall
Another day out, this time walking through spectacular Lydford Gorge, in search of the mystical Gubbins!
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!