A typical English summer day!

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Well every sleep we have we feel the jet lag fading! It is so lovely and quiet here and the bed is superb! We decide to drive the south coast and as per my request visit the village of Port Isaac which is where the series Doc Martin is filmed, one of my favorites. Sam and Maggie know the guy who owns the farm where a shed houses the film sets and have arranged for us to come! But the closer to the coast we get the worse the weather becomes, it is I guess typical English weather, raining and then the fog sets in and we cannot see a thing. We manage a visit to Tintagel - King Arthur country and look through the 600 year old post office which is wonderfully kept, and houses beautiful cross stitch samplers mostly made in the 16th and 17th centuries. I am glad Sam is driving these narrow country lanes - he often has to back up to let another car through and just takes it in his stride as he has been doing it all his life. Purple fox gloves are everywhere amongst the green hedges.
Maggie thinks it would be foolish to pursue the visit to Port Isaac in these conditions so we head back to Launceston, finding a pub on the way for lunch. The boys drop us off at Cowslip, a local patchwork shop/farm/workshops/coffee shop. I had been here last time also but this time it was more leisurely and after a pot of tea I was able to purchase some bits of material (!) and a local pottery salt and pepper set. When the boys returned from their visit to the best local butcher shop, we set out for Sam and Maggie's other daughter Tracey and her partner Ian and their three gorgeous kids Harry Trinity and Phoebe. Tracey took us on a tour of the farm and we saw the barn conversions that they were just beginning when we were last here 3 years ago. All finished now and magnificent.. Barn conversions are huge in England and very popular to live in. It is a great side line to farming and if you have an old rundown building it doesn't seem to matter in what state of repair it can be made into something beautiful.
Harry at ten, is really interested in the photos of our home and machinery I have on my iPad and is keen to keep in touch via email, Kevin has promised him a job on our farm at his pick of harvest or seeding when he gets a bit older! He will certainly be a farmer when he grows up, very much involved in their business already, reminds me of our sons at that age.
Finish the day with meeting some more locals who have come to buy one of Sam's border colley pups that he breeds for sale. Mads would love one they are so cute.
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