Saturday, 20 August 2011

That's all for now folks!

Blogging will be temporarily on hold again now until mid-September (ish) due to lack of internet resources. Enjoy what's left of the summer!

Tresco Gardens

The famous gardens on Tresco (Isles of Scilly) are so lovely they deserve their own post:

We travelled over with Tim the boatman on Calypso II

How fab is this tree?!

Valhalla - a collection of figureheads from ships

A tailless fish

I love this sculpture from David Wynn

There is so much to look at - these gardens are worth more than one visit

Is this Neptune?

Gaia - Mother Earth - by David Wynn

The birds are so tame and cheeky!

Sweet peas in a sweet garden

Silly for Scilly!

As part of our Cornish mini-break (it's amazing how much you can fit into a week!) Dr X and I spent a few days on the wonderfully different Isles of Scilly:

We travelled by helicopter  - a scary 20 minutes
We opted for St Mary's island for our first visit

The Star Castle is a lovely hotel which offers some of the best food on the island

This picture doesn't capture how slopey the room and bed were!

Old fashioned charm


Prince Charles has a home on the island, but I don't think it was this one

This beach was full of amazing pebble sculptures

You can always find a quiet bit of the coastline to relax in 

Has anyone seen King Arthur?

As we were down in Cornwall we thought we might as well visit Tintagel to see if King Arthur and court were staying at their summer residence this year. Unfortunately there just seemed to be tourists instead of Royalty. Never mind, the views were still magical:

No double glazing in those days

Where's Arthur?

The rock of ages

Tranquillised by the view

Merlin's magical cave

Left or right? hmm

Signs of an ancient settlement

Steep climbs are not for the faint hearted

Lost at Heligan!

Dr X and I finally managed to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. A project by Tim Smit (who also did Eden Project) these gardens are the largest privately owned gardens in Cornwall and well worth the trip. A few photos for your visual pleasure:

The Land of Sea & Smugglers!

Dr X and I have just come back from a fab mini break down on the north-coast of Cornwall. We stayed in a National Trust managed cottage (Droyden House) that was right on the coastal path (Port Quinn) and had amazing views of the rugged coastline from the windows. I'll let the pictures do the talking:

The view from our cottage

Cornish snails in the garden

A place to relax with a cuppa

Space for the dogs to run

Droyden House

The wild Atlantic

Our lovely bedroom

The warm bathroom

Droyden is a home away from home!

Melanie (NT housekeeper) leaves a special welcome tray for guests

It's hard to leave the cottage at the end of the stay