Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Sensory Overload


Bluebells at Enys gardens, near Penryn, taken last week. There can be few more luxuriant examples of bluebells en masse.

On Monday morning I was staggering around, like a drunken sailor, reeling from sensory overload. What a weekend. Friday night I’d been to the pub in Devoran, then on to a Steve Knightley gig – what a great musician he is, and thanks to Rich for a lovely evening.

On Saturday Viv and I took Mollie and Titch to the dog show at Port Eliot where I was due to interview Lady St Germans for Cornwall Today. Given the torrential rain we’ve had recently, we were unprepared for a day of fabulous sunshine (just as well given that everything was outside). Port Eliot embodies the very best of Cornish estates – a jewel tucked away near Saltash, resplendent and glorious in a thousand shades of spring green. It really is magical and otherworldly – I almost felt I was Alice, having fallen down that hole and landed in Wonderland.



I interviewed Lady St G sitting on the lawn watching some of the dogs take part (and missed entering Moll for Prettiest Bitch, but all in a good cause) but Moll won 3rd prize in the Veterans Show. As she’s on the Culm Valley website now, and a mate recently described her as “exceptional”, I fear this will Go To Her Head. We didn’t have time to look round the house, so I can’t wait to go back and explore further.




But back to Saturday, and by the time I’d driven Viv home, then Moll and I got back I was so tired I could hardly speak. Next day I set off with Sally to do a walk for Cornwall Today around Black Head, near St Austell. We were both tired and having done the walk before (but it was in thick fog, so we got lost), I thought this would not present a problem.

Those of you that have been on walks with me will know the warning signs. Yes, we got very lost. Took 3 hours to get back to the car, but we found this incredible secluded manor house overlooking the sea, and met the people who were staying there – they paid £300 for the week. Must investigate that…..

Lastly, thanks to the mate who suggested the wireless mouse. It works a treat.

Excuse me if I go and lie down. I have to write these articles up, edit the pictures, then have a rest because I’m having a party on Saturday….. Very sorry those of you who can’t come, but it was impossible to find a date to suit everyone. I might well have one at Christmas, so come to that instead.

18 comments:

Jenny Beattie said...

What a wonderful time you're having. I love the crenelations in the first picture (at Port Eliot?) I'd like a house just like that please!

Flowerpot said...

JJ - yes, that's Port Eliot - much bigger house than it looks from that side but very impressive in a fairytale way!

ADDY said...

Gosh, you've been busy. Congrats to Mol for her prize.

Flowerpot said...

Addy - no wonder I'm shattered! Doesnt she look good with her rosette? As a friend said, "much more chic to win 3rd prize"!

datacreata said...

Well, despite getting lost, again... you sound as though you had a wonderful and fulfilling week-end. What more could one ask for!

Flowerpot said...

Getting lost is almost a prerequisite, datacreata!

Melissa Marsh said...

Oh, it all sounds lovely, especially stumbling upon a hidden manor house. What a treat!

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - the manor house is amazing. Might have to book a holiday there pronto!

Rena George said...

Blimey, Flowerpot, I feel exhausted just thinking about all the stuff you do.
The bluebells are fab – and Port Eliot certainly looks worth a visit on one of our annual trips to Cornwall. (My very favourite house is Godolphin, it’s just magical)
I’ve been reading some of your accounts of your walks. I particularly loved the Frenchman’s Creek one. You make them all sound so much fun.

liz fenwick said...

What a stunning photo!

Congrats to Molly :-)

lx

Flowerpot said...

Rena - you can see why I feel so tired right now! I love Godolphin too - haven't been there for a while as ou can't take dogs, but will go again sometime. Delighted you enjoy my walks that's fabulous.

Flowerpot said...

Liz -thanks on both counts!

Akelamalu said...

Crikey you've been busy! We really enjoyed our visit to Devon and Cornwall last week - keep a lookout on my blog for what we got up to.

Well done to Moll!

Flowerpot said...

Ak - glad you had such a good time, will check out your blog now xx

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I'm tired just reading what you've been up to! You sure make the most of your days!

Hope Saturday's party was a huge success.

CJ x

Flowerpot said...

CJ - yes it's taken me all week to get over it! And the party was great, thanks. A real success.

Philipa said...

Glad you're having some great and exciting times, Sue. The weather has been gorgeous this week! I'd rather it was like this on half term but I'm hoping for the best. That hidden house sounds lovely!

Flowerpot said...

It is lovely Phil - and here's hoping you have good weather for half term!