Farm Diary (18)


May 3rd.

We did get away. It's been wonderful.

We drove down the back road from Callington to Tideford, and it was a beautiful evening, the hedgerows full of flowers, only a handful of cars, and the most beautiful hazy views over rolling countryside.

James did say later, as we drove on to Loo and beyond, that he was thinking 'what a long way for a meal, and I'll probably have to be the one to drive back'. But he didn't suspect a thing. We drove down a short private drive, and stopped by a gate in an old stone wall, and I asked him to carry the bag in.

James reading in the garden at Hendersick

We had a very warm welcome from Charlie and Jane.

The house is in an idyllic position just off the coastal path, a couple of miles outside Loo. You can go for a walk down to the sea before breakfast (worth doing if only to work up an appetite for an excellent breakfast) and watch a falcon hovering over the fields. Go to their website if you want more details.

We had a lovely relaxed time. We went to Heligan on Saturday. It actually took just as long to get there as it does from us, though much closer in miles. Rather busy, we hadn't been there on a Saturday before, but still magical as always.


Bluebells at Heligan

House at Bocconoc

We spent a lot of time just reading in the lovely overgrown garden, listening to the birds.

On Sunday we went to a beautiful garden at Bocconoc. It was miles down a private drive, set in wonderful parkland with beautiful mature trees. The house itself was uninhabited and in danger of falling down.

We didn't see the sea properly till Monday, as there was a thick sea mist all weekend. We had a very pleasant walk before breakfast.

Early morning at Hendersick


We ended up going home straight after breakfast on Monday. Paul thought that Big A was about to calf (she didn't). He and Mary had both seen roe deer in Barn Park.

Lots of resolutions to take more time off! I wonder.

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