The day I supplemented a seagull's diet
Trip Start Jun 18, 2005
26Trip End Jul 26, 2005
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We dropped Fleur off at uni, (she's just finished her PHD about natural selection) and then it was Mary's turn to drive the diesel demon we'd hired. Admittedly she got the more tricky driving, as Cornwall is full of narrow streets that SHOULD be one-way, but are not. But after a terribly amusing stalling incident in the middle of a roundabout, we were safely on our way to St Michael's Mount...an amazing place, where we were able to check off much of our list all at once...gorgeous quaint village, cornish pasties with the bonus of a gorgeous castle on an island just off the coast. Very Famous Five.
After boating over to the island and checking out the view from all angles (you can walk to the island at low tide), we had our pasties and then drove on to Penzance, which was disappointingly pirate-less
We then crawled down the narrow cliff path ourselves (suddenly understanding how someone had come to grief there...they don't seem to believe in handrails here!)to the gorgeous beach. Yes, that's right kids, not all English beaches are ugly, grey, pebblelined and grim. The water was bright blue, the sand was a sandy colour and the water was...ok, it wasn't exactly warm, but it was quite bearable. So yes, we went for a quick dip, just to say we had swum in the English sea.
The southern most tip of England is called Lands End and has been lumbered with an ugly seaside theme park development, which does nothing for the surrounding desolate cliffs, so we did a whistle-stop tour and keep going to St Ives. This was more in keeping with the quaint town theme.
I indulged in a cornish icecream, which is possibly the nicest icecream I'd ever had...which was why I was devastated when a seagull the size of a wedge-tailed eagle swooped in between Mary and I and took THE WHOLE THING out of my hand, and then swallowed it in front of me
In my feeble defence, the lady at the icecream shop did say that the seagulls were freakishly large in St Ives (see, I'm not exaggerating) and that it happened to lots of people. I wouldn't be surprised if dogs and small children had also fallen victim...