Trip Start Jul 27, 2009
Trip End Aug 20, 2009

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Hey All

Just spent three nights in a farm cottage in North Petherwin, Cornwall. Took about 6 hours to get there on Monday, after heading off at about 9:30 from Southend-on-sea. The drive down was quite nice, once we got into the rural areas further out from London it was surprising how green everything was, due to the drier conditions in Australia its easy to associate most farms with a far dustier, drought setting. Most of the fields and smaller roads are boardered by tall hedgerows, leaving you feeling quite confined as you progress down some of the narrower roads.

The cottage we spent the three nights in was a two story, three-bedroom house and it was really great to be able to spread out after being cooped up in the hotel for a week. After a great nights sleep, I spent a day in on tuesday reading and enjoying the peaceful setting. We got all our washing done which was a relief as I didn't exactly pack that many clothes. By the end of the day, despite a few thrilling games of Jenga lol, I was more than ready to head out and have a look around.

On Wednesday we left the cottage at 10:30am and drove first to the The Jamaica Inn on the borders of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Built as a coaching house in 1750, it is famous for being the base of smugglers in the past and known as the setting for Daphne du Maurier's novel of the same name.

It featured a museum that had a pretty corny audio tour (which was really just a summation of the novel with mannquins dressed up as characters), though it ended the section with a short film that had actors portraying the end of the novel. After watching the heroine saved from the understandably evil albino priest, we took in some cool examples of smuggling methods from the time in which the novel was written.

From the Inn we took a trip into Newquay, which is a beachside tourist town on the north coast. Filled with surfshops, pubs, pale tourists, and the occaisonal tanned local it prettty much looked like any beach tourism area back home.

Our last stop for the day was Tintalgen Castle, which despite being mainly ruins was quite interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly its claimed as the birthplace of the Legendary King Arhur and secondly it is placed mainly upon a small spit of land that is surrounded by cliffs and violent seas. The view, combined the remains of medieval dwellings made it a pretty interesting place.

I ended up going to sleep at about 6:30pm that night and slept right through to about 7am this morning when we got up and left for the drive back to Southend. On the way back we were able to stop in at Stonehenge, which I was really keen to do. The girls decided to sit in the car, but Mum, Alan and I walked around the area and took in the Stonehenge. It was pouring rain, but definately worth the look.

We got back at about 2pm this afternoon and have just been relaxing since. Planning to head out tonight with Louie, Charlie, Rosie, Charlotte and Rhys to hit the pubs. Hoping for a big night, as the evenings have been pretty quiet since we got here. Will post again sometime tomorrow! No big plans yet, looking to get an essay done before we jet off to Spain.

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