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.
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.
Sunday 20th July – morning
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?
Sunday 20th July – afternoon
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.
I included it within leads.
You’re making that up!
Monday 21st July – early morning
They’re getting up!
Do you always only think of your stomach?
Yes – for a long time I had to.
Monday 21st July – morning
Give me some seat!
Are we on time?
Only an hour late!
Something of a record, then.
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.
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!
Shall we help them put the tent up?
I think they’d rather we didn’t.
Monday 21st July – evening – Long Rock
Remember the beach?
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.
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.
Tuesday 22nd July – evening – Long Rock
Tide’s lower – hasn’t come in as much – more beach!
I would be if he’d throw that tennis ball!
Another dog over there – I’m off!
You don’t smell that bad!
Wednesday 23rd July – morning – Phillack
They’re off about history again.
Different this time – churches, not chapels.
Her stuff again?
Don’t care – we’re with them.
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
Look cute and you’ll get some.
Look cute and you’ll get some.
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!
Wednesday 23rd July – evening – tent
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.
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?
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
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.
Friday 25th July – Tredavoe
Nice little place.
She’s enthusiastic about it.
Looks like it.
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.
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”?
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.
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?
Friday 25th July – evening – tent
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 …
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!
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.
Saturday 26th July – Landewednack
They haven’t stopped and got us anything to eat today.
Let’s blag some of their lunch, then.
Another church yard.
Saturday 26th July – Mullion
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.
Sunday 27th July – Marazion
What’s she doing?
She never had before.
Smile, you’re on candid camera!
Sunday 27th July – Long Rock
Not many dogs round. None of the usual crowd.
Must be just the tourists, then.
But we’re tourists.
Sunday 27th July – coming back from the pub
Sandy, walk straight!
I am – it’s them who aren’t.
Monday 28th July – morning
Bit cloudy today – and it’s been raining.
Never bothered us before.
Monday 28th July – Towednack
What’s that smell.
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.
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
Monday 28th July – Chapel Carn Brea
Remember this from last year?
Rabbit time! And talking of rabbits … Sandy where’ve you gone?
‘s OK – he went back to the car so I went to make sure he was all right.
And he was.
You worry too much.
Probably. Now about these rabbits…
Monday 28th July – Long Rock
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.
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?
Tuesday 29th July – Constantine
Church closed – very short visit
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.
Wednesday 30th July – Mousehole and Paul
Bet I blag more lunch than you.
Bet you don’t.
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.
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
Friday 1st August – St Keverne
Monastic site this.
How do you know?
Heard them talking.
And she’s found another chapel.
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.
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
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.
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
Saturday 2nd August – Nancherrow
Hey, this is new.
Tin processing valley. Used to use water power a lot.
How do you …?
Heard him say.
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.
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
Long way to the sea.
Some of this sand is soft, some hard.
Hey – they’re coming in!
Only to paddle.
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?
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?
Now who’s thinking of her stomach!
Monday 4th August – Long Rock
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.
Tuesday 5th August – morning – very wet tent
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.
Did you hear her say – the parents of Sir Humprey Davy are buried
Probably because they’re dead.
Tuesday 5th August – Hayle
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!
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?
Have to get back there, then!
Tuesday 5th August – Long Rock
Have we tired him out, yet?
Wednesday 6th August – Geevor
What do you mean it’s yours?
No – tin mine!
Wednesday 6th August – Carn Gloose
Knew they’d remember.
Wednesday 6th August – Gulval
Looks like we’re consolidating the last bits she wants to see.
Wednesday 6th August – Mousehole
Have they bought us one?
Nah! We’ll just have to blag!
Wednesday 6th August – Long Rock
He’s tired us out this time!
Thursday 7th August – early morning walk
Notice the sound?
You mean ” Squelch, squelch” when we walk?
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.
Thursday 7th August – Chun
That’s my line!
Thursday 7th August – St Just
Can we blag some cake?
He’s taking more pix – she’s directing
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.
Thursday 7th August – Carn Gloose
Thursday 7th August – Morvah
Nice little place, they said.
They also said it means ‘By the sea” in Cornish.
Thursday 7th August – Long Rock
Last day – shall we play them up?
Need you ask?
Have we tired them out yet?
Don’t know about tiring them out – I’m knackered!
Friday 8th August – early morning walk
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?
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?
Friday 8th August – On the road
Hope we’ll be back next year.
How are you so sure?
Friday 8th August – Bodmin Moor
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
What are you doing?
Looking for rabbits.