Posted by: John Colby | Sunday August 24 2008

Celtic Terrors Holiday Dogblog 2008

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We’re taking over this blog…

…as he hasn’t been doing much on it lately and there’s this holiday to report on. So we’re doing it for him. I’m Sandy…

and I’m Kerry. I’m the one in front on the pic. And that’s Cape Cornwall in the background.

Dogs at Carn Gloose - just south of Cape Cornwall

Dogs at Carn Gloose - just south of Cape Cornwall, Kerry to the front, Sandy to the rear. A rare still life! (mouse over each image to link to a larger version)

As usual we went to Cornwall again. This is the story of our trip.

Suppose we’d better say why we’re the Celtic Terrors. I’m an Irish stray

…and I was born in Glasgow. The reason for the rest of the name we think you can work out.

Saturday 19th July

Do you think we’ll get away on time this year, Sandy?

Not a chance, Kerry – although last year, to be fair, it was a little bit wet.

But they seem to be slightly more advanced this year – things are getting packed.

Including some rather superior dog food, if my eyes don’t deceive me.

Bet it was only because it was on special offer.

You’re probably right.

Are you packed?

Tennis balls – check. Thrower – check. Tug ropes, check. Water bowl – several. Biscuits, check. Leads, check. Blankets, check. Yes, I’m packed. You?

I’ll just share all yours.

You usually do.

View from the normal lunch stop at Carn Gloose. This is The Land's End. The village is Sennen Cove and the hill to the left is Chapel Carn Brea. When the weather permits the Isles of Scilly are visible on the horizon to the west (out of this shot). The weather did not permit this year.

View from the normal lunch stop at Carn Gloose. The furthermost headland is The Land's End. The village is Sennen Cove and the hill to the left is Chapel Carn Brea. When the weather permits the Isles of Scilly are visible on the horizon to the west (out of this shot). The weather did not permit this year.

Sunday 20th July – morning

Kerry!

Yers?

They’re actually loading the trailer!

Shall we help?

We’d better – don’t want them to forget anything.

Why’s she saying yes … yes … yes … at the back of the trailer?

They’re checking the lights.

But they’re still there.

They’re checking they’re working. Honestly, where’s your technology brain got to?

Oh!

Sunday 20th July – afternoon

Ready - but not in my own seat!

Ready - but not in my own seat!

My seat’s in the right place, Sandy. How about yours?

They don’t move. And yes, as long as you give me some space we’ll be OK.

They’re taking our safety belts?

Don’t they always?

Of course, but you missed it from your check list.

Didn’t!

Did!

I included it within leads.

You’re making that up!

Not!

Are!

Why can't we just get going?

Why can't we just get going?

Monday 21st July – early morning

They’re getting up!

Breakfast!

Do you always only think of your stomach?

Yes – for a long time I had to.

Monday 21st July – morning

We’re off!

Give me some seat!

Are we on time?

Only an hour late!

Something of a record, then.

You’re learning!

Monday 21st July – on the road near Evesham

Is that you?

No, is that you?

Smells odd, though.

They’ve noticed as well.

I think they think it’s one of us.

They’re pulling over to let us out.

Great – could do with stretching the legs.

It wasn’t us – it was that cartload of spring onions.

Monday 21st July – Michaelwood Services

Don’t like all these lorries.

Neither do I.

But there’s loads of scents here.

From all over – Scotland – Highlands.

Lancashire.

Dudley.

How can you tell?

Read the side of the truck.

Monday 21st July – Okehampton

This is quick.

Better than last year.

Monday 21st July – evening – campsite

It’s still here!

It has been for me – four times.

It’s Wheal Rodney. What’s Wheal mean?

Cornish for work.

How do you know that?

When you’re a top dog you have to know these things.

Stop paraphrasing Monty Python!

Just wondered if you’d spot it.

The number of times we’ve sat through the video it’s sort of ingrained.

Always look on the bright side of life!

Wrong film.

Just testing.

Shall we help them put the tent up?

I think they’d rather we didn’t.

Kerry running - her hobby

Kerry running - her hobby. Long Rock beach, between Marazion and Penzance, is a wonderful place to let them just do as they please.

Monday 21st July – evening – Long Rock

Remember the beach?

Rather.

Bit rough for swimming, though.

Don’t care – I can RUN!

Tuesday 22nd July – afternoon – Penzance

Nothing doing this morning – just putting everything together in the tent. Managed to blag some of their lunch, though.

Then went to Penzance – didn’t mind it as must as I do most towns -must be getting familiar with it.

Penlee Lifeboat station - unused since the loss of the Solomon Browne in 1981 - now a memorial to those lost.

Penlee Lifeboat station - unused since the loss of the Solomon Browne with all the crew and those they'd gone to assist in 1981 - now a memorial to those lost.

After that we went to Penlee – along the shore.

They’ve been talking about lifeboats and the one that was here.

The one’s that now in Newlyn harbour?

That’s the replacement.

Is that why they support the lifeboats?

Some of it.

But we’re here and its now.

Rocks, rocks pools, scrambling, exploring – just being dogs, really.

Posing with St Michael's Mount - a possible site for Ictis of the tin traders in the Iron Age. Sandy and tennis balls come as a unit - she has a large collection.

Posing with St Michael's Mount - a possible site for Ictis of the tin traders in the Iron Age. Sandy and tennis balls come as a unit - she has a large collection.

Tuesday 22nd July – evening – Long Rock

Tide’s lower – hasn’t come in as much – more beach!

Enjoying yourself?

I would be if he’d throw that tennis ball!

Another dog over there – I’m off!

You don’t smell that bad!

Fifth century evidence in Phillack Churchyard of the influx of educators. This is possibly one of the identifiable remains of the original dedicatee, St Piala who came from Ireland.

Fifth century evidence in Phillack Churchyard of the influx of educators. This is possibly one of the identifiable remains of the original dedicatee, St Piala who came from Ireland.

Wednesday 23rd July – morning – Phillack

They’re off about history again.

Different this time – churches, not chapels.

Her stuff again?

Think so.

Don’t care – we’re with them.

The Methodist Chapel at Gwithian, of the very few that are thatched. This was restored and rethatched in 2007.

The Methodist Chapel at Gwithian, of the very few that are thatched. This was restored and rethatched in 2007.

Wednesday 23rd July – Gwithian

Hang on – this is a chapel.

What’s the stuff on the roof?

Looks like straw.

And now where?

Along the road to the church.

Can’t she make up her mind?

He says she can’t.

She says that of him as well.

Wednesday 23rd July – Tehidy

Lunch!

Look cute and you’ll get some.

Ice cream!

Look cute and you’ll get some.

A damp dog - although originally unsure of water it now, if she can feel the botton, holds no fear.

A damp dog - although originally unsure of water it now, if she can feel the bottom, holds no fear.

Wednesday 23rd July – Penzance

Looked over her shoulder – the book she bought has some blank pages. She’s taking it back.

Wednesday 23rd July – evening – Long Rock

Tide’s even further out! More beach!

And more dogs – I’m off!

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. She does snore, sometimes quite audibly.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. She does snore, sometimes quite audibly.

Wednesday 23rd July – evening – tent

Sandy?

Sandy?

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Stained Glass, St Just Church. This also has its origins in the fifthcentury, although many rebulidings and modifications have taken place. Evidence of earler buildings comes in the forms of fifth century carvings and a Hiberno-Saxon carved column now used as a lintel.

Stained Glass, St Just Church. This also has its origins in the fifth century, although many rebulidings and modifications have taken place. Evidence of earler buildings comes in the forms of fifth century carvings and a Hiberno-Saxon carved column now used as a lintel.

Thursday 24th July – St Just

Her twin addictions together – coffee shop and book shop in the sameplace.

Then down to the Church. With that nice chap who was telling them of the history, where he lived and what all the houses were originally.

Then the bakery.

Thursday 24th July – Carn Gloose

Bet I can blag more lunch than you!

Bet you don’t – they make sure we get everything equally.

Nice view, though. Can’t see the Scillies today.

You’re changing the subject.

Thursday 24th July – St Sennen

She’s not all that happy. Extensive restoration here, can’t tell the history.

And there’s no guide books.

Bit windy though.

No, it’s Thursday.

The 1747 sundial on St Buryan church. The inscription was centred - and caused a little bit of a problem when the carver came to finish of the last word!

The 1747 sundial on St Buryan church. The inscription was centred - and caused a little bit of a problem when the carver came to finish off the last word!

Thursday 24th July – St Buryan

Who’s this Athelstan they keep going on about?

Some king, apparently. Founded this church.

But what’s special about here? She’s been mentioning Mick Aston and monasteries.

Before we came to live with them she was going to lectures by him and that inspired her to do all this.

So it takes two years?

Longer

So what’s she doing now? Thought she finished.

Extending the research, apparently. She’s got to get another article together by September.

So we get to go to all these places with them. Like it

And me.

Thursday 24th July – evening – Long Rock

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky…

See you’ve renewed your poetic licence again!

Friday 25th July – morning – Penzance

I like this. She goes off into town, we sit with him on the harbour wall.

They don’t want to drag us where we don’t like.

Sunbathing?

Yep!

Friday 25th July – Tredavoe

Nice little place.

She’s enthusiastic about it.

Chapel again?

Looks like it.

Fifth (?) century carving, Sancreed churchyard.

Fifth (?) century carving, Sancreed churchyard.

Friday 25th July – Sancreed

You’ve been reading the signposts, where are we now?

Sancreed – Cornish for St Crida. We’re going to look at the church.

How do you know that?

Read her new book over her shoulder.

Friday 25th July – Carn Gloose

Lunch! Sausage rolls!

Get in the queue!

Who are all these people?

The gear they’ve got looks like his.

Film stuff, then.

BBC film crew watching and waiting - and waiting - and waiting - and ... - at Carn Gloose.

BBC film crew watching and waiting - and waiting - and waiting - and ... - at Carn Gloose. Not a single basking shark made an appearance while they or we were there.

I think it’s TV. They make it all sound so amazing and so urgent. Why’s he saying “…the very edge of Cornwall”rather than “The coast”?

Luvvie talk.

Prefer English.

And me.

What do you think they’re trying to film?

Basking sharks. Dolphins.

But there aren’t any round. Not like last year.

News has spread, probably – or the appearance fees weren’t enough.

Space and freedom to roam.

Space and freedom to roam.

Friday 25th July – Long Rock

Not many dogs tonight.

You can still run.

And you can still chase the ball.

And be free.

That’s what so great. Space! Sea! Sand!

How much royalties are you getting for all that?

Extra gravybones.

Friday 25th July – evening – tent

Kerry.

Yers?

Remember that Irish setter at Long Rock tonight?

Yes – poor dog!

Not being allowed to say hello, dragged off, then stuffed in the back of the car. And no water to drink.

Heard him say that he’d never do that – the back’s the crumple zone – collapses if there’s a collision.

And any dog there would be …

Exactly.

Saturday 26th July – morning – tent

Washing and housekeeping. And they’re still deciding where to go. Mullion was mentioned. And the Lizard.

That’s where those beaches are where we can explore!

Lead on!

Sundial at Breage. Sundials are to local noon - and as this one is about 5.4 degrees west it means that it's about 21 minutes behind GMT (UT)

Sundial at Breage. Sundials are aligned to local noon - and as Breage is about 5.4 degrees west it means that it's about 21 minutes behind GMT (UT).

Saturday 26th July – a little bit later in the morning – back at the tent

He’s forgotten something. On the way then turn round and come back, then off again.

Is he always like this?

You’ve been here long enough to know the answer to that.

Saturday 26th July – Breage

Why are we visiting all these churches?. Last year is was chapels, this year it’s different.

Now she’s done her MA she’s after the next stage up, but has to put a proposal together. That’s why she’s been visiting that bookshop and we’re being taken to all these places.

So we’ve got several more years of this?

Look like it.

Landewednack church. It is built from a mix of granite and serpentine. Serpentine erodes quite quickly as its origin in deep in the crust. Protection is afforded by the many lichens coating the surface.

Landewednack church. It is built from a mix of granite and serpentine. Serpentine erodes quite quickly as its origin in deep in the crust. Protection is afforded by the many lichens coating the surface.

Saturday 26th July – Landewednack

What’s up?

They haven’t stopped and got us anything to eat today.

Let’s blag some of their lunch, then.

Another church yard.

The dog door in the door of Mullion Church. This church previously had carved beams and rafters from oaks of the Goonhilly Forest, now long felled, but a portion is preserved and on display.

The dog door in the door of Mullion Church. This church previously had carved beams and rafters from oaks of the Goonhilly Forest, now long felled, but a portion is preserved and on display.

Saturday 26th July – Mullion

And another.

Hey, must have a look at this – just heard him talking about the dogdoor.

He’s saying that when the drovers went to church they took the dogs, and if the dogs got bored they could go out into the churchyard to play.

Bet his students wish they could do that in his lectures.

Saturday 26th July – Long Rock

Heard him say that they may not take your ball onto the beach.

Fat chance! I’ll insist!

Sunday 27th July – morning – field near campsite

You warm enough, Kerry?

Getting that way.

Plenty of sun.

And rabbits!

Gottem!

Got away!

Sunday 27th July – Marazion

What’s she doing?

Filming.

She never had before.

She’s learning.

Smile, you’re on candid camera!

With Penzance as a backdrop - Long Rock beach at low tide.

With Penzance as a backdrop - Long Rock beach at low tide.

Sunday 27th July – Long Rock

Not many dogs round. None of the usual crowd.

Must be just the tourists, then.

But we’re tourists.

Partially!

Sunday 27th July – coming back from the pub

Sandy, walk straight!

I am – it’s them who aren’t.

Why’s that?

Cider.

Ah!

Monday 28th July – morning

Bit cloudy today – and it’s been raining.

Never bothered us before.

Swallows next in Church porches, and the majority ae welcomed. Churches take steps to keep them out of the churches themselves because they get trapped and die, and the nestlings then do not get fed, and also die. Towednack Church caters for their visitors with imagination.

Swallows nest in Church porches, and are welcomed. Churches take steps to keep them out of the churches themselves because they get trapped and die, and the nestlings then do not get fed, and also die. Towednack Church caters for their visitors with imagination.

Monday 28th July – Towednack

What’s that smell.

Burning!

The hedge is on fire! Only a small one, though.

He’s going back with water!

It’s too much for that … he’s calling someone.

Fire brigade

Hear that? Says we did exactly the right thing.

And now for the church – small one this time.

Monday 28th July – Zennor

Another church. She’s on a roll today.

Monday 28th July – Carn Gloose

See – he has got the sausage rolls! That’s why we stopped in St Just

On top of the world? The view's better from up here.

On top of the world? The view's better from up here.

Monday 28th July – Chapel Carn Brea

Remember this from last year?

Rabbit time! And talking of rabbits … Sandy where’ve you gone?

… Sandy!

‘s OK – he went back to the car so I went to make sure he was all right.

And he was.

Yes.

You worry too much.

Don’t you?

Probably. Now about these rabbits…

Monday 28th July – Long Rock

Here again.

You didn’t think he’d let a little spot of rain put him off bringing us here, did you?

Tuesday 29th July – very early morning dogwalk

Cleared up again after the rain.

Nice moon.

Waning crescent.

What’s that up there – that line of light?

The Milky Way

But we aren’t allowed that type of chocolate.

It’s the view through the centre of the Galaxy.

We aren’t allowed that type of chocolate either.

What I mean is … you’re having me on, aren’t you?

Yep.

Tuesday 29th July – Constantine

Church closed – very short visit

Mawnan Smith chiurch, In the churchyard is a small headstone with, we read, a skull and crossbones engraved. This marks either the grave of a pirate or someone who had dies from the plague.

Mawnan Smith chiurch. In the churchyard is a small headstone with, we read, a skull and crossbones engraved. This marks either the grave of a pirate or someone who had died from the plague.

Tuesday 29th July – Mawnan Smith

This is more like it.

Yes, better walk.

And she enjoyed it more, especially that old gravestone.

But why didn’t she sniff it like we do?

Dunno – they miss so much.

Tuesday 29th July – Penzance

We missed the beach!!!

Too rough – they want you back and not carried away in the waves.

Wednesday 30th July – morning – tent

A little damp today – so my partner in crime and I are taking our ease.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Wednesday 30th July – Mousehole and Paul

Bet I blag more lunch than you.

Bet you don’t.

You’re right!

The chapel in Mousehole has its history displayed.

The chapel in Mousehole has its history displayed.

And now she’s found another chapel.

Windy here. And wet.

And now we’re moving on.

A church – but they’re keeping us in the car.

Warmer.

By 1905, the chapel had become a church. Quite why this transition occurs is open to debate.

By 1905, the chapel had become a church. Quite why this transition occurs is open to debate.

Wednesday 30th July – evening – tent

I don’t like this rain.

Remember last year?

How could I forget? A week of squelching.

Might clear up by morning.

Hopefully. Then they won’t have to towel us dry when we come in.

Thursday 31st July – morning – tent

Didn’t clear up by morning. Still in bed. Sandy is practicing sleeping. Maybe she’ll get it perfect one day.

Thursday 31st July – Penzance

A Bookshop – where else?

Thursday 31st July – Chapel Carn Brea

Sausage rolls!

Rabbits!

The top!

Explore!

Rain!

Wet!

Very!

Friday 1st August – St Keverne

Monastic site this.

How do you know?

Heard them talking.

And she’s found another chapel.

In the west door of Runan Minor church there's an arrangement similar to that at Mullion - a cat flap. We could not discover why this is here.

In the west door of Ruan Minor church there is something akin to the dog door at Mullion.

And now to somewhere different – we’re on the road to Ruan.

Sandy, that was an awful joke.

It was his – I’m only repeating it.’

You could have kept it to yourself.

Friday 1st August – Ruan Minor

Swallows in the church.

They don’t mind.

The swallows or the vicar?

Friday 1st August – – Porthustock

Beach – lunch.

Not in that order, though.

Do you always only think about your stomach – don’t answer that – I suppose you would with your history.

Yes, it’s different now – but old habits die hard.

The tower of St Anthony is build directly on the Devonian slates of the Meneage, which itself means "The Place of the Monks". There is an Ordnance Survey benchmark carved into the wall of the church.

The tower of St Anthony is build directly on the Devonian slates of the Meneage, which itself means "The Place of the Monks". There is an Ordnance Survey benchmark carved into the wall of the tower.

Friday 1st August – St Anthony in Meneage

Another old one – nice place.

Bit too much concentrating on the yachts for them, though.

Friday 1st August – evening – Chapel Carn Brea

Knew they’d bring us here – still too rough at Long Rock.

Saturday 2nd August – morning – Tredavoe

The former Bible Christian chapel at Tredavoe is now owner by a trust in the village. They take great (and justifyable) pride in their treasure. It is simply one of the nicest buildings we have had occasion to visit.

The former Bible Christian chapel at Tredavoe is now owned by a trust in the village. They take great (and justifiable) pride in their treasure. It is simply one of the nicest buildings we have had occasion to visit.

Haven’t we been here before?

Yes, she enthuses about this place.

I can see why.

Saturday 2nd August – Cockwells

She’s enthusiastic about this one as well.

But it’s a ruin.

Cockwells Pimitive Methodist Chapel of 1858 is a ruin. However it has been bought and being sympathetically preserved and stabilised by the owners of an adjacent house. They ahve been given permisison to crate a garden within the chapel. Comparing this picture with one taken in 2007 (below) showns just how much work has already been done. the purchase wes completed in approximately September 2007 and at Christmas they pt up a large Christmas tree in front of the entrance. The viillage gathered to sing carols round the tree. Ts has the potential to be one of the most sympathetically preserved non-conformist buildings in the country.

Cockwells Primitive Methodist Chapel of 1858 is a ruin, having been out of use since 1940. However it has been bought and being sympathetically preserved and stabilised by the owners of an adjacent house. They have been given permisison to create a garden within the chapel. Comparing this picture with one taken in 2007 shows just how much work has already been done. The purchase was completed in approximately September 2007 and at Christmas they put up a large Christmas tree in front of the entrance. The village gathered to sing carols round the tree. This has the potential to be one of the most sympathetically preserved non-conformist buildings in the country.

Exactly.

Bit like him then.

Yes, but don’t let him know you said that.

Saturday 2nd August – morning – Long Rock

Early here today.

We have to catch the tide.

Didn’t know it had run away.

Saturday 2nd August – Carn Gloose

Lunch!

Sausage rolls!

Cockwells Primitive Methodist Chapel, August 2007

Before - Cockwells Primitive Methodist Chapel, August 2007

Saturday 2nd August – Nancherrow

Hey, this is new.

Tin processing valley. Used to use water power a lot.

How do you …?

Heard him say.

What’s that?

Nancherrow Valley - Arsenic works. Arsenic is a secondary mineral of tin and had to be removed from the ore before smelting otherwise the tin would be very brittle. It did have a use as an insecticide and for Victorian medicines, and for the treatment of syphyllis

Nancherrow Valley - Arsenic works. Arsenic is a secondary mineral of tin and had to be removed from the ore before smelting otherwise the tin would be very brittle. It did have a use as an insecticide and for Victorian medicines, and for the treatment of syphyllis.

Old arsenic works. He’s taking photos.

Isn’t that what she threatens to put in his coffee?

Yeah – and he in hers.

Saturday 2nd August – Long Rock

Tide’s in – not much beach.

They much have caught it and brought it back, then.

Sunday 3rd August – St Just

She’s enthusiastic – must have been that person they talked to at that chapel.

Apparently he’s told them a lot they didn’t know.

So we’re off for some more, then.

Sunday 3rd August – Borah

So the rain’s set in. It’s heavy and we’re off back to the tent.

Afternoon snooze time.

Sunday 3rd August – Back from The Fire Engine

Oh, I get it now – pub for a meal then unsteadily back home.

Yep!

Dogs at play, Porth Kidney Sands

Dogs at play, Porth Kidney Sands

Monday 4th August – Germoe

Another church – with some sort of thing in the corner of the churchyard.

Monday 4th August – Porth Kidney Sands

Hey – remember this – big wide open spaces

Chase you.

Godrevy Lighthouise from Porth Kidney. The light was reprieved last year following ocal protests, but the range reduced from twelve miles to ten. It also features in the Virginia Woolf 1927 novel 'To the Lighthouse'.

Godrevy Lighthouse from Porth Kidney. The light was reprieved last year following local protests, but the range reduced from twelve miles to ten. It also features in the Virginia Woolf 1927 novel 'To the Lighthouse'.

Long way to the sea.

Some of this sand is soft, some hard.

Hey – they’re coming in!

Only to paddle.

Now where?

To the cliffs at the far end. They’re off again about dune systems and medieval ports.

Don’t care, this is fun.

Best walk we’ve had in ages because of the weather. Kerry, where’ve you gone?

Returning, eventually, from the dunes. Obviously been up to no good!

Returning, eventually, from the dunes. Obviously been up to no good!

Up in the dunes.

I‘m on the way.

Come on – we’ve got to tell them its lunchtime.

Bit to go yet.

Monday 4th August – Uny Lelant

Some chance to sit while she does another church.

Swallows nesting in the porch.

But what about lunch?

A by-product of copper smelting was slag. This was waste, but made adequatebuilding stone for walls and small buildings, as it was cheap. There was a chapel in Hayle built from this material. This wall is at St Uny church.

A by-product of copper smelting was slag. This was waste, but made adequate building stone for walls and small buildings, as it was cheap. There was a chapel in Hayle built from this material. This wall is at St Uny church.

Now who’s thinking of her stomach!

Monday 4th August – Long Rock

Bit damp.

Never mind. Where’s my ball!

You’ll have to send him back to fetch it!

You’re not as fast today.

Neither are you!

Never mind – we had that time at Porth Kidney.

Modern Stained Glass, St Uny.

Modern Stained Glass, St Uny.

Tuesday 5th August – morning – very wet tent

Kerry.

Yes?

You know the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?

The one with webbed feet? Why?

I think I’m turning into one.

Tuesday 5th August – Madron

Quick visit – the church is locked.

Tuesday 5th August – Gulval

And this one’s only open in the afternoons.

Tuesday 5th August – Ludgvan

Bit more for her to see here.

Above the porch of Ludgvan church is a figure that appears to be holding the tools of a miner. We could find no corroboration, however.

Above the porch of Ludgvan church is a figure that appears to be holding the tools of a miner. We could find no corroboration, however.

Did you hear her say – the parents of Sir Humprey Davy are buried
here.

Why?

Probably because they’re dead.

Tuesday 5th August – Hayle

Lunch!

Sausage rolls!

Tuesday 5th August – Gwinear

Quick, wet visit. She’s not enthusiastic about this one.

But she has noticed that the Harvey family are here in the churchyard.

Are they famous?

They put Hayle on the map.

So, they owned a pen!

Very droll!

St Hilary Spire (one of the few as most churches in thie area have towers) undergoing renovation. the church itself is curions, being an old church undergoing quite radical modernisation. Some of it seems really out of place to our eyes.

St Hilary Spire (one of the few as most churches in thie area have towers) undergoing renovation. The church itself is curious, being an old church undergoing quite radical modernisation. Some of it seems really out of place to our eyes.

Tuesday 5th August – St Hilary

So this is the white thing we can see from the campsite – they’re repairing the tower.

Tuesday 5th August – Penzance

Bookshop again. Book on place names.

This is better – apparently the Cornish for dog is ky if it’s part of a place name

So Carnkie is Dog’s Tor?

That’s it.

Have to get back there, then!

Tuesday 5th August – Long Rock

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Have we tired him out, yet?

Geevor Mine is now a museum. But the difference is that for most of the displays tere are names of the people - so it becomes live rather than simply a record. You really have to experience it.

Geevor Mine is now a museum. But the difference is that for most of the displays tere are names of the people - so it becomes live rather than simply a record. You really have to experience it.

Wednesday 6th August – Geevor

Mine!

What do you mean it’s yours?

No – tin mine!

Oh.

Wednesday 6th August – Carn Gloose

Lunch!

Sausage Rolls!

Knew they’d remember.

Gulval church is half granite, half sandstone, being necessarily rebult in the nineteenth century. The architect was St Aubyn, who also was responsible for Marazion Parish Church. The painted chancel ceiling is ony one of the superb features here.

Gulval church is half granite, half sandstone, being necessarily rebuilt in the nineteenth century. The architect was St Aubyn, who also was responsible for Marazion Parish Church. The painted chancel ceiling is ony one of the superb features here.

Wednesday 6th August – Gulval

Looks like we’re consolidating the last bits she wants to see.

Wednesday 6th August – Mousehole

Ice Cream!

Have they bought us one?

Nah! We’ll just have to blag!

Worked!

Wednesday 6th August – Long Rock

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

He’s tired us out this time!

In 1595 Mousehoe and Penzance were destroyed by a Spanish raid. This was only seven years after the unsuccessful Armada.

In 1595 Mousehole and Penzance were destroyed by a Spanish raid. This was only seven years after the unsuccessful Armada.

Thursday 7th August – early morning walk

Kerry?

Yes?

Notice the sound?

You mean ” Squelch, squelch” when we walk?

That one.

Yes. Damp, isn’t it.

Thursday 7th August – breakfast time

Sandy – there’s a strange light in the sky.

I know – I’m sunbathing.

Thursday 7th August – Marazion

She’s gone shopping.

St Just Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is the largest painted chapel, certanly in the West Country, if not from a wider area. The beams in the ceiling are continuous and not scarf jointed, a feature which amazed surveyors recently, we are told. As long straight timbers were used in mining structures this is not perhaps surprising, but seeing the roof span in place certainly is impressive

St Just Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is the largest painted chapel, certainly in the West Country, if not from a wider area. The beams in the ceiling are continuous and not scarf jointed, a feature which amazed surveyors recently, we are told. As long straight timbers were used in mining structures this is not perhaps surprising, but seeing the roof span in place certainly is impressive

Thursday 7th August – Chun

Mud!

Run!

That’s my line!

Thursday 7th August – St Just

Coffee stop.

Can we blag some cake?

Can try

Succeeded!

He’s taking more pix – she’s directing

Prior to the 1883 chapel this building was used. It is now a studio.

Prior to the 1883 chapel this building was used. It is now a studio.

Thursday 7th August – Escalls

Took us a while to find.

But took us a while to confirm it’s been demolished.

It did go out of use in 1900!

That’s 756 dog years! Long time.

The Old Chapel has a discontinuous roof ornament. This was caused during the Second World War by being struck by the engine of a Luftwaffe bomber that crashed nearby. The crash destroyed a house but the residents crawled out from under the wreckage. The site is now occupied by garages. We were not told the fate of the plane's crew.

The Old Chapel has a discontinuous roof ornament. This was caused during the Second World War by being struck by the engine of a Luftwaffe bomber that crashed nearby. The crash destroyed a house but the residents crawled out from under the wreckage. The site is now occupied by garages. We were not told the fate of the plane

Thursday 7th August – Carn Gloose

Lunch!

Sausage Rolls!

Thursday 7th August – Morvah

Nice little place, they said.

They also said it means ‘By the sea” in Cornish.

In Morvah Church there are three memorials to organists who total 107 years of service. The church is dedicated to the Swedish Sancta Brigida (St Briget), the only one of this dedication in the UK.

In Morvah Church there are three memorials to organists who total 107 years of service. The church is dedicated to the Swedish Sancta Brigida (St Briget), the only one of this dedication in the UK.

Thursday 7th August – Long Rock

Last day – shall we play them up?

Need you ask?

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Have we tired them out yet?

Not yet.

Tennis Ball!

Tennis Ball!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Tennis Ball!

Run!

Don’t know about tiring them out – I’m knackered!

Run!

Run!

Friday 8th August – early morning walk

Last morning

Kerry, where are you off?

Just going to say goodbye to the rabbits.

Look, you haven’t even seen one, let alone caught one

You can always hope.

True. And I’ve been using that excuse longer than you.

How d you know that?

I’m older.

Friday 8th August – packing

I don’t think we’re being allowed to help.

So we just laze round. What are you going to do?

Sunbathe.

Friday 8th August – On the road

Hope we’ll be back next year.

We will.

How are you so sure?

They’ve booked.

Friday 8th August – Bodmin Moor

Lunch!

Sausage rolls!

They haven’t forgotten.

Friday 8th August – M5

This road’s boring!

He thinks so as well.

Friday 8th August – home

That wasn’t so bad.

You slept most of the way.

I would have if you’d have given me some room.

I only took half the back seat.

Yes, the middle half!

Saturday 9th August – back lawn

Long grass.

What are you doing?

Looking for rabbits.

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Responses

  1. Well if that’s a dogs life then I hope I come back as a dog. They are so lucky (and so lovely)

  2. Brilliant I love reading their adventures!

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