Monday, 11 April 2016
We've just got back from a glorious week in Cornwall, where there were plenty of dancing daffodils and preening primroses gracing the hedgerows. There were flowering camellia hedges and magnolia trees to admire in everyone's gardens too.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the camellias as I can only grow them in a pot owing to my limestone clay soil. They truly deserve to be free to grow into large shrubs or trees as they do in Cornwall. Then there was the sight of magnolias at least twice the height of those grown around here... some with blooms as big as my head. Magnificent.
We stayed in the traditional fishing village of Mevagissey, in a cottage called The Salt House, which recalled its role in the heyday of the pilchard fishing industry. It was good to see the fishing boats still outnumbered the pleasure boats in the harbour, though that may change later in the season.
We happily whiled away many an hour eating locally made ice cream whilst we watched the boats sail out or land their catch. There were plenty of good fish restaurants too, which introduced us to the delights of gurnard and black bream, in addition to the freshest of fish and chips purchased on the quayside.
Most garden visit opportunities were sadly missed as NAH wasn't feeling that well, though I did manage the glories of the national collection of magnolias at Caerhays Castle. Actually, it was quite nice to forgo garden activities for once, and watch the ever changing seascape and the winking harbour lighthouse from our bedroom window instead.