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Truro House

Truro House

 

 

Cornwall - January 2017

 

Truro Map

 

Based on our visit there last June we bought a house in Truro and spent much of January taking possession and getting some works done, including some re-pointing, installation of burglar alarm and some cosmetic work. As the house was empty we camped inside it during the week and spent weekends visiting friends in London, Verity in Bristol and a childhood friend in Somerset.  This gave us the opportunity to test the south west rail network to destruction, including multiple trips to and from London's Paddington station.  The journey can be done in under 5 hours during the day but there is a Night Riviera Sleeper Train leaving London Paddington just before midnight and arriving in Truro at about 7.00am.  See video of the service.  Having used public transport all over the world I can say with great confidence that the railways servicing the South West of England are excellent. 

 

 

Paddington Station Paddington Bear Statue

Paddington Station                                                                                           Statue of Paddington Bear at Paddington Station

 

Night Riviera Train Sleeper cabin

Night Train Cafe  / Bar                                                                                      Sleeper Cabin

 

Train View Truro to Paddinton Train View Truro to Paddinton

Train views between Paddington and Truro

 

Train View Truro to Paddinton Pullman Service

Train views between Paddington and Truro                                                     Pullman dining service on selected trains.

 

Boscowan Street, Truro

Boscawan Street, Truro

 

A Truro Street A Truro side street

Truro

 

For reasons of fitness we are trying to walk 10,000 steps per day.  In Dubai this entails walking from our villa and along the Dubai Canal and turning back home somewhere past Sheikh Zayed Road.  About 45 minutes each way. From our new house in Truro the turning point is the Heron Inn in Malpas, part of the Fal River estuary. Quite a contrast.

 

Heron Inn, Malpas

Heron Inn, Malpas

 

Heron Inn, Malpas

View from Heron Inn, Malpas

 

Fal River Estuary, Malpas.

 

Heron Inn Malpas Drinka at The Rising Sun

Morning Coffee at The Heron Inn, Malpas                  A massive G&T next to a pint glass at The Rising Sun

 

The Heron Inn opens at 10.00am, is at the end of a refreshing walk, had a welcoming log fire, a truly beautiful view and a comprehensive menu of coffees.  The Rising Sun in Truro served its usual superb Sunday lunch preceded by an enormous Gin and Tonic. The "hand-crafted, artisan gin" was first-class and made by Tarquin at the local Southwestern Distillery.  The one we had went very well with Fever Tree tonic and a large slice of orange.  The roast beef, homemade horseradish sauce, colossal Yorkshire puddings and vegetables with a Mornay sauce was up to their usual high standards.  Our knowledgeable waitress recommended a dark, sweet sherry to go with the cheese board, which was a perfect choice.  It seems boutique gins and sherries are very fashionable. 

 

Hall for Cornwall Ballet Hall for Cornwall Ballet

Ballet at Hall for Cornwall theatre in Truro

 

The St. Petersburg Ballet danced a creditable performance of Swan Lake at Hall for Cornwall.  The stage is much smaller than The Royal Opera House, which restricted the number of dancers, but it had the advantage of being £100 cheaper per ticket and a 10 minute walk from our new house. 

 

Bristol vs Bath Rugby Bristol vs Bath Rugby

A freezing night at Ashton Gate, Bristol - Bristol vs. Bath Rugby match

 

Taunton Railway Station Waiting Room Taunton Railway Station Waiting Room

Changing trains and a pint in the waiting room at Taunton railway station. 

 

Dinner with Warren

"Boys cooking" with my oldest friend.  Not a vegetable in sight.

 

Malta - February 2017

 

Maltese Coastline

 

Visiting a much loved sister (3/4) in Malta.  Much rain has added greenery to the island. There are more photos from our visit in 2014.

 

Vicky and Stuart Chappell Chappell Girls

The Chappell Family at home.

 

Maltese Harbour

Maltese Harbour

 

Maltese Street

Maltese Street

 

England - February 2017

 

Visiting family.

 

French Horn, Steppingley

Friday Lunch at The French Horn, Steppingley

 

Fine lunch at the French Horn with parents and sisters 4/4 and 3/4.  We also had an excellent Sunday lunch at The Birch in Woburn.

 

Woburn Abbey

Winter walk around Woburn Abbey

 

Black Horse, Woburn

Morning Coffee, The Black Horse, Woburn

 

Cornwall, Spring 2017

 

Truro River and Cathedral

Truro Cathedral from Boscawan Park

 

A fortnight based in a Truro holiday cottage whilst we had more works carried out on our new house gave us a chance to explore the local area as a family. My idyllic childhood memories of a Cornish Spring were not disappointed by the pleasantly cool sunny weather and early flowering bulbs and bluebells set in beautiful countryside.  We've lived abroad for so long that England is now as exotic to us as anywhere else!

 

Truro River and Cathedral

Truro Cathedral from Boscawan Park

 

Truro River Wreck

Boat wreck, Truro River.

 

Walk to Malpas from Truro

Walk from Truro to Malpas

 

 

Walk to Malpas from Truro

Walk from Truro to Malpas

 

St. Ives

St. Ives

 

St. Ives' beaches are reachable from Truro by train in less than an hour - less by car if you want to forgo a glass of wine or Cornish cider with your lunch.  We had a picnic on the beach. Clair and Verity thought St. Ives deserved a second visit for the shopping. 

 

St. Ives

St. Ives

 

St. Ives

St. Ives

 

St. Ives

Railway to St. Ives

 

St. Ives

Railway to St. Ives

 

 

Fal River Ferry

Fal River Tour on Enterprise Boats

 

We bought a three day Mussel Card that gave us unlimited travel around the Fal River Estuary and Roseland Peninsula - classed as areas of outstanding natural beauty.  The card gave us unlimited travel on all the ferries on the Fal River estuary, the Falmouth / Truro railway line and the local bus services.  It also came with three consecutive perfect days of sunny weather.

 

Fal River Tour

Fal River Tour on Enterprise Boats
 

Fal River Tour

Fal River Tour on Enterprise Boats
 

Trelissick House

Trelissick House

 

Enterprise Boats took us from Truro to Trelissick Gardens.  This gave us the opportunity to introduce our children to a Great British institution - The National Trust.  This is an organisation that owns and cares for countless national heritage sites, nature reserves and wild life preserves. They manage 50 such sites in Cornwall alone, including Trelissick House and Gardens.  We've been family members of The National Trust for decades but we were able to buy our children their own annual membership giving unlimited access to all their sites for little more than the entry fee for this site. 

 

Trelissick Garden Trelissick Garden

Trelissick House                                                                                               Trelissick Garden

 

Trelissick Garden

Trelissick Garden

 

Trelissick Garden

Trelissick Garden

 

Trelissick House Trelissick Garden

Trelissick House                                                                                                  Trelissick Garden

 

I have many ancestors from Cornwall and have researched them back to 1551.  Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries policy destroyed many church records between 1536 and 1541 making earlier research difficult.  I've inherited land in Roche, which has been in the family for hundreds of years and have relations with the Vivian (Vyvyan) family and links to the Trelowarren Estate.  Nevertheless it was a surprise to find a doppelgänger for Edward in a portrait of the family "black sheep" in Trelissick House. 

 

Trelissick House

Trelissick House

 

Trelissick House

 

Trelissick House Trelissick House

Trelissick House

 

Trelissick Garden

Trelissick Garden

 

Iicnic, Trelissick Garden

Picnic, Trelissick Garden

 

Fal River Tour

Falmouth

 

Falmouth is accessible from Truro by river boat and made a pleasant day trip punctuated by lunch at Rick Stein's Fish Restaurant, which makes as good a traditional Fish and Chips and Rhubarb Crumble as I've had. 

 

Rick Stein's Fish Restaurant, Falmouth

Rick Stein's Fish, Falmouth

 

The river boats also took us to St. Mawes, a surprisingly "quaint" traditional fishing village.  Another "ferry" (an open topped motorboat) then took us on a 10 minute ride to Place, for a walk to St. Anthony's Head through pretty countryside with dramatic views of the river estuary and coastline. 

 

St. Mawes

St. Mawes

 

St Mawes

St. Mawes

 

St Mawes

St. Mawes

 

Place Ferry, St. Mawes

The Place Ferry comes into St. Mawes

 

St. Mawes

Place Ferry, St. Mawes
 

Idle Rocks Hotel, St. Mawes

The Idle Rocks Hotel, St. Mawes

 

Idle Rocks, St. Mawes

The Idle Rocks Hotel, St. Mawes

 

Idle rocks, St. Mawes

The Idle Rocks, St. Mawes

 

The Idle Rocks Hotel provided front row seats to the beauty of St. Mawes.  We arrived between the lunch and dinner menus but friendly and helpful staff from New Zealand and Germany quickly settled us on to the front terrace.   We were able to sample their excellent Cornish Cream Tea, BLTs and Cornish Cider whilst leisurely enjoying the views.

 

St. Mawes

St Mawes Castle, an artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII between 1540 and 1542.

 

Place, Cornwall

Place House, Place

 

Place, Cornwall

Place

 

Place, Cornwall

St. Mawes Castle from Place.

 

Place, Cornwall

Place

 

Place, Cornwall

Beehives, Place

 

Place, Cornwall

Place House

 

Sennen Cove

Sennen Cove, Cornwall

 

We hired a car for the day and drove to Sennen Cove, where we parked and walked to Land's End and back along part of The South West Coast Path.

 

Sennen Cove

Walk between Sennen Cove and Land's End
 

Land's End

Land's End

 

Picnic, Land's End

Land's End

 

On the way home from Land's End we took in St. Michael's Mount

 

St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount

 

St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount

 

Truro River Sunset

Sunset over the Truro River.

 

Truro provided excellent city amenities.  We had an enjoyable evening at the theatre for an excellent, well acted and intimate performance of Jessica Swale's Nell Gwynn at Hall for Cornwall. St Mary's Singers and orchestra put on an evocative performance of Bach's St. John's Passion at the Cathedral. This was "free" with a "retiring donation" but was excellent value and well attended. The Old Ale House provided some excellent pints as the official tap room of the local Skinner's brewery and The Rising Sun cooked us its excellent Sunday roast. 

 

A Walk to a local Pub - June 2017

 

The quickest walk to the Heron Inn from our house is through St. Clement......

 

St. Clement, Cornwall

St. Clement, Cornwall. May 2017.

 

.....and then along a public footpath to Malpas........

 

St Clement to Malpas

Public Footpath between St. Clement and Malpas

 

Public footpath St. Clement

Public Footpath between St. Clement and Malpas

 

 

...and then along the Tresillian River....

 

Malpas

Tresillian River, Malpas.

 

....arriving at the Heron Inn.

 

 

The Heron, Malpas

Heron Inn, Malpas

 

The Heron, Malpas

Heron Inn, pre-dinner drinks.

 

Total walk is 2 beautiful miles (3.22km).

 

A Day Trip to Agnes - June 2017.

 

A number 87 double decker bus leaves Truro about every hour and takes 35 minutes to arrive in St. Agnes.....

St. Agnes St. Agnes beach pathSt. Agnes                                                                                                             St. Agnes path to the beach.

.....where one can find the beach path.......

Day Trip to Agnes



A number 87 path leaves Truro and takes 40 minutes to arrive in St. Agnes.....St. Agnes path to the beach.

...and walk down it a few minutes......

St. Agnes beachSt. Agnes beach

...to the beach.....

St. Agnes coastal pathSt. Agnes coastal path.

......or walk a little way along the coastal path.....

Verity. St. Agnes coatal path Verity at St. Agnes.

.....and find a quiet place to read. 

 

A pint of cider at St. Agnes

A pint of cider with my daughter in St. Agnes.

 

Tresillian River Walk - June 2017

 

A stunning shady walk along the Tresillian river.  It's a circular walk of just under 8 miles starting from our house, but mercifully passes the Heron Inn for an emergency pint of Cornish cider.

 

Tresillian river

Tresillian River

 

Tresillian River

A shady walk along the Tresillian River

 

Tresillian River walk

A shady walk along the Tresillian River

 

St. Clement on Tresillian River

Tresillian River at St. Clement, Cornwall.

 

The walk passes St. Clement, where a typical English scene can be seen, complete with thatched roofs and red letter boxes.  A few miles further on is the Heron Inn. 

 

A Cornish Summer - 2017

 

Verity reading

Verity half painted the steps in our back garden.  Then stopped to read.

 

Cornwall Gin Festival

Cornwall Gin Festival

 

Cornwall Gin Festival

Gin made with clotted cream!

 

 

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