Amidst the Madding Crowd

Fistral Beach near Newquay in Cornwall is mainly known for one thing: Surfing. The beach isn’t long, around a half a mile. But it is generally full. On a recent visit, we watched a constant stream of surfboard-lidded cars arrive at the end of the beachfront road where our friend there lives, turn, and look…

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Serendipitous Walk

I read some time ago about a new whisky produced in Cornwall, the first in 300 years. Small-batch, impossibly difficult to get a hold of, and well out of my normal price range. Hicks & Healey, who spell their whisky with an ‘e’. Cornish whiskey, made with Cornish barley and local spring water. It’s a…

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Different Bubbles

I took the family to visit Camel Valley Vineyard in Cornwall last week, where we tried out every type of sparkling wine they had on offer. I stand by my first assessment – my favorites are the CV Rosè and the CV Cornwall Brut. The others – including an oddly satisfying pinot noir sparkling wine…

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Cornish Bouquet

Here are a few shots of a walk we took yesterday in Newquay, Cornwall. I have never, I think, seen a hillside so spectacularly, thoroughly, ridiculously carpeted in flowers as this hillside on Pentire Headland. The photo doesn’t do it anywhere near justice. It looked like a computer graphics intern had been practicing and hadn’t…

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Good Mood Restored

I am generally a happy driver, by which I mean, I like driving a car. Especially through beautiful countryside. I grew up on the coast of northern California, which has some pretty nice roads for driving, and I guess I just got into the habit of being happy behind the wheel, most of the time.…

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The Morning Run – Cornish Coast

On Carlyon Bay, Cornwall. We stopped by here after visiting the Eden Project, which will be the subject of a post for another day. But for now, after a long cold winter and spring, the coast is in a reproductive riot of blossoms, pollen and birdsong. The path led along a cliff, and there was…

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