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I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t got round to sharing our lovely visit to the north coast of Cornwall in September this year. We found a cottage near Crantock with the sea in clear view from the front garden:

and from a footpath behind the cottage, we could walk down to this empty beach on Jolly Poke Bay.

This is the the West Pentire peninsula, which I discovered after reading (in Gardens Illustrated) about a garden here. The owner’s details were given at the end of the article, with dates when he opened his garden for the NGS (Yellow Book), “also, by appointment”. So, I sent David Eyles an email, explaining that we would be staying almost next door, that we were a quiet, retired couple(!) and wondered if we could possibly pay him a visit. On the very first evening of our holiday, he knocked on our door and arranged a time! It was a beautiful garden, and he enthusiastically showed us round his beloved “Arundell”.

The worst problem, he said, was the constant wind, but he had found various ways of overcoming it.

I loved this area which he called his Beth Chatto gravel garden.

The next day we visited a Japanese garden with a Bonsai nursery.


At the end of the week, Steve (who lives in Falmouth) introduced us to Becky, who has now moved in with him. This is them at the Minack Theatre on Cornwall’s south coast.


Hope you’ve enjoyed a brief trip with me to help forget the winter weather!

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wow sheila, that looks a superb place, what an enviable position! when a holiday venue is that good ~ you hardly even need to go out! thats what i really love!

6 Dec, 2012

 

What a lovely place. Sounds like you had a smashing time. That Japanese garden is incredible! Great that you were able to visit the other one too. I'm not sure I could have torn myself away from that view.

6 Dec, 2012

 

It was lovely to see a picture of the Minack theatre. I have read several books about a family that lived there, and the adventures of its various cats. We have passed it on the road but never actually seen it and now I really really wish we had gone inside!

6 Dec, 2012

 

Hello, Shiela ! For me 2nd picture was the best, Wonderful shots, And it shows how you really enjoy this visit too,:-))))))))))))

6 Dec, 2012

 

wonderful trip & photos SB! I grew up on the west coast of Devon & visited Cornwall often, it's magical isnt it?
Beautiful gardens.

6 Dec, 2012

 

Fantastic photos of Cornwall. I still have connections down there. If I retire a rich man I would like to go and live down there, but as I won´t I will have to stay where I am.

7 Dec, 2012

 

Lovely pics, Sheila! Lovely to see the dear old Minack Theatre still doing buisiness ...... my memories go back to late 50s/early 60s. Amazing place!

7 Dec, 2012

 

gorgeous Sheila - what a stunning place and that garden - wow

7 Dec, 2012

 

What a beautiful garden,Sheila..and lovely weather you were lucky enough to have..it was foggy and cold on the coast, when we were there in June..we love Crantock,and remember that beach well,and the climb back up! Glad to see the Theatre is still attracting lots of visitors...Is Steve your son ? ..they make a good looking couple..:o)

7 Dec, 2012

amy
Amy
 

What a beautiful place for a holiday ,it ticks all the right boxes for me , thanks for showing your lovely photos Sheila ,the garden are stunning ,I would love to copy some of those ideas .. :o))

7 Dec, 2012

 

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments.

Sticki and Scottish . . . the trip to the bonsai place was a must for me, but that was the only time we left the cottage, apart from local pubs each evening!

Stera - I'd love to find those books! Yes, the Minack is an amazing place; I've climbed around it twice and enjoyed the video, exhibition and views, but not seen a performance.

Junna and Bampy - yes, it was a fabulous place, one of the best out of all Cornwall and Devon!

Rogi and Nariz - I seriously fancy living there too; will definitely return.
Thanks Paul!
Glad you know the place Bloomer; yes Steve is our younger son - thanks for the compliment.
Amy - it was a dream-come-true for me . . . perfect to have the sea so close, and no crowds. :))

7 Dec, 2012

 

now that is a perfect holiday ~ couple of trips plus the pub!!

7 Dec, 2012

 

Oh Sheila what a delightful place to stay and that view!! and also to have such a beautiful garden next door..ish, perfection. i adore that japanese look and his planting wonderful. Lucky you to have had a private viewing. Thanks for cheering us up in all this cold, wet & windy weather. :)

7 Dec, 2012

 

What a lovely place you found there Sheila, and those gardens look stunning! I enjoyed seeing all of your photos, thanks for sharing!

7 Dec, 2012

 

You did have a lovely time under such blue skies. Your views were splendid and you managed to do so much whilst you were there.
We were on the beach in Bude earlier in the week, alas, no blue skies but lovely sea air and spray from the waves. Cornwall's coast is truly spectacular and I am pleased you brought us all some sunshiney memories!
x

7 Dec, 2012

 

Thank you very much Gill, Karen and Chris for your comments . . . there's not much to beat Cornwall's coast! We were lucky; glad the visit made you smile :))

7 Dec, 2012

 

Brings tears to my eyes to see the county where I was brought up from a young child.The Minack is majical on a good day!Will have to visit again shortly.

8 Dec, 2012

 

Oh Julia . . . Steve's girlfriend, Becky, was also brought up in Cornwall (St Austell), and "has" to go to the Minack every year on her birthday - luckily in May!

Hope those tears were in a good way :))

8 Dec, 2012

 

Most definitely in a good way,Sheila.......Don't know St Austell very well.....I grew up at Marazion where St Michael's Mount is.

9 Dec, 2012

 

Becky more-or-less said not to bother visiting St. Austell(!). But I remember Marazion, where Steve and I had a picnic on the beach enjoying the view - still can't say it correctly though.

10 Dec, 2012

 

I think I agree with her if my memory serves me right LOL.Mount's Bay is lovely.....our house was on the hillside overlooking it!

10 Dec, 2012

 

Lovely blog Sheila ... I remember climbing the many steps up to the top of St.Michaels Mount ... OH would move to that area tomorrow if he could! Pleased you enjoyed your holiday and lovely to see some sunny photos on this dreary afternoon ... :o)

15 Dec, 2012

 

Thank you very much Shirley. Yes, I wouldn't mind living in Cornwall either, but at least we have younger son living there :))

15 Dec, 2012

 

Children ... they have their uses don't they?!!!!

16 Dec, 2012

 

:))) They do indeed Shirley. And we're so glad that he's prepared to drive 5 1/2 hours from Falmouth to see us for Christmas, as ever.

16 Dec, 2012

 

Try this link to the cat books Sheila.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Tangye

If the link dosn't work just try googling the author

16 Dec, 2012

 

Thanks very much Stera . . . it worked! I will let my "Cornish" youngsters know.

17 Dec, 2012

 

Wow Sheila...how did I miss this?? That looks to be a fabulous spot you found, and the wonderful garden nearby, just perfect......gorgeous photos and your son and partner look very happy?..:)). Yes the Minack Theatre, weren't the stories written by the Tangyes, Derek and Jeannie?? I must have read them all and all the animal adventures....my favourite being Lama the tiny black pusscat......

24 Apr, 2013

 

Thank you so much Janey :))) I am now smiling happily, as you have brought me back here and reminded me of our lovely holiday! And I really must read those Minack stories . . .

24 Apr, 2013

 

Oh such happy memories, spent a lovely holiday in a small bungalow B &B in Crantock, and we had scones with clotted cream and jam....after our eggs and bacon!! strange but after the first week we got used to it!!
We have been to the open air theatre at Minack, as we have friends who live in Cornwall, near St Kevern, so we have spent many happy holidays with our children when they were young, thanks for the memories.

5 Jun, 2013

 

Thanks Dotty - it is such a great place.

Janey - many thanks for telling me about the Minack stories . . . I now have the first compilation (of three) by Derek Tangye, and it's fascinating.

5 Jun, 2013

 

Sheila, the books are by Doreen Tovey. One is called Cats in May and another Cats in the Belfry. Hope you find copies!

6 Jun, 2013

 

Oh, right Stera . . . different Minack stories! I've obviously been led astray, lol. I will look out for these, as Becky will be interested: thanks very much.

I now know that the Tangye ones are about their life in a cottage called "Minack".

7 Jun, 2013

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