A day in Cornwall

Trip Start May 18, 2013
Trip End Jun 15, 2013

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the Rashleigh Arms
Brittany Ferries

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Well hello from Charlestown!!

Today in Cornwall has pretty neat. After a relaxed start (sleep in) we headed out to see what we could find, not wanting to venture too far, because a) we were pretty tired and b) it just felt like the countryside was telling us to slow down.
Well that we did. We found a tiny little fishing village called Mevagissy, where we went past the signs telling us the roads were too narrow fore cars! Crikey! They weren't joking! One house even juts out over the roadway. So neat.
We eventually got to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, something that I had heard about when I was about 12 and wanted to see ever since.
The story goes that the gardens were made by a talented horticulturist in 1810 and kept in the family until the war, then they moved out and the gardens were 'lost'. It wasn't until 1995 that the gardens were discovered under mountains of weeds and vines and restored to their former glory.
It was really neat to see. and it was a great day wandering around looking at all the plants from all over the world. Lots of Australian plants like Grevillia's, Gums, and even a native Frangipani - certainly not like the rain forest varieties we get (they get to 20m in North Queensland) but growing all the same!
There was a section of garden dedicated to NZ as he traveled there in the early 1800's, with some living tree ferns traced back to the 1820's when they were transported as ballast in the ships returning to England. Didn't ever think they would live that long!
Apparently the gardens are over about 200 acres and I think we walked over most of that! Down hill and up dale as there is no flat land here!!! Still it was a really good day and we really enjoyed it.

We didn't quite know what to do next so we just went driving, heading towards Truro. This city is a mix of olde worlde charms - lots of narrow lanes and one way streets, and then lots of new buildings and shopping center's. We wanted to find a museum that apparently another Rashleigh founded, but the roads aren't that well sign posted, and our map book didn't have Truro in it, so we just drove around.
Heading back to  St Austell I saw a sign for a tea plantation that we had seen and tried at the Chelsea show, so off we went!! Crikey!! You should have seen the road!! Another little lane way but this one had 6 foot rock walls either side of the road plus all the over growth! Have a look at the photos!
It was lots of fun as once we had been to the tea plantation, we had to find our way out again!!
It was just lane way after lane way! I'm sure Rainbow Beach was just around the bend!!
All I know is that we were somewhere in a triangle on the map between Truro, Falmouth and Tregony! Still don't know where!

I've put some photos on for you.

Anyway It is time to sign off.
Tomorrow night we'll be on the boat to France. ARRRGH!! France!! Je suis non parle vous francais!!
But I have the guide book. It'll get us through!
So I may not be able to send a blog but you will hear from us from Bordeaux!!
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Bruce and Annie on

At least the sand wasn't blowing in ya face at the end of that short cut ?

Kath on

You didn't find the Ship Inn and church at Fowey or Menabilly or the Rashleigh Mineral Gallery at Truro Museum? Pity, they weren't far away at all...next time

Hayes on

That looks really boring, where are the beer taps?

Viv and Muzz on

yeh - I thought you'd look up the Rashleigh Arms etc... i bet you're saving it till last!

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