Morning to all the Craftymonkeys out there! All I can say is the weather back in Essex is much kinder than the weather in Devon and Cornwall! We set off for Woolacombe Bay last Thursday evening around 7.30pm and decided we would drive around half way and stay over in Wincanton. Lovely hotel, then a nice coffee in the local pub and tucked up for the night ready for the remaining drive the next morning! We got up at 7am and we took ourselves off to Cheddar Gorge for the morning, very windy but it was dry so we didn't mind that and we had a fantastic day looking in Gough's and Cox's Caves. The scenery was spectacular going in to the gorge!
The road in to Cheddar Gorge
In these shots you can see how deep it gets
and the creations inside the caves were even more so!
Stalagmites and Stalagtites meeting in the middle
caused by drips of water finding their way in through cracks!
On to Woolacombe Bay in Devon, we arrived at 3.30pm in time for the beach party with Tri Sport Epping's new Surf Club and then up early Saturday morning for a spot of Surfing for Kevin and Rock Pool hunting for me!!
Kev just finishing a wave on the sand and Debbie who stayed
upright for a few seconds just about to fall off!
TSE Surf Club Lesson
That board looks Gross!! But it's Wax to keep you
on the deck rather than in the water!
When we left Woolacombe on Sunday around lunchtime, we made our way on to Tintagel, the legendary home of King Arthur, Merlin, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot and the nights of the round table. Wow! What spectacular views we had from Tintagel Castle, the cave where Merlin supposedly found Arthur lapped with turquoise waters and was soooo pretty, the ruins of the castle laid out over the vast expanse of rocks high above the see, waterfalls, wells, caves, lush greenery.... It was Stunning!!
Alas!!! The weather did not hold and poor Cornwall had torrential rain and thick fog, the last 5 days sadly ruined what could have been an amazing 10 day break! I went to Lands End, but unfortunately I couldn't see it!!
Then on to the Lizard!! By the time we reached Lizard, the weather had cleared a little
so we did get to see some of the beautiful view, but still not much sunshine and we
discovered when we walked all the way to the lighthouse that it was shut! Oh
Well never mind, we felt a touch of The Goonies here, just waited for One Eyed Willy's ship
to come sailing out from behind the rocks!
We spent our next morning in the beautiful Fowey (FOY as in JOY), nice little village nestled at the bottom of a rock face, very very steep hills and then travelled across on the ferry to Boddinnick. From here we drove on to St Austell, where we had arranged to stay for the night, not what I imagined! We had a rough nights sleep in a really noisy hotel, staff crashing around at 4am in the morning, throwing bottles from the bar into a skip, urgh!!! From St Austell we travelled on to Looe, which was gorgeous and we were hoping to be able to sit and soak in the wonderufl views, but Mr Rain wasn't having any of that and instead we ended up trudging around yet more shops and coffee shops trying to stay dry! We drove on to Tarpoint in Cornwall and sailed across from here to Plymouth, took about 10 minutes and we parked up near our hotel and wandered around this old naval town. Still torrential rain, soaked to the skin through our waterproofs, we walked down to the harbour to discover that all the attractions were closed lol! But as luck would have it the Gin Factory was open, so we paid a visit and had a taster - be rude not too!! Ice and a slice anyone!?!
After a really nice meal in Morgans Brassery, we squished our way back to the hotel to get warm and dry, spending our evening watching films ready for our next journey on to Paigton, Torquay and Dorset. Alas, we had another bad nights sleep and woke up to yet more torrential downpours and decided enough was enough!! Especially when friends at home were posting how nice the weather was, we decided at 4am yesterday morning (2nd October) to come home. By 5am we had reached the M5 and by 6.15am had just about got to the top and passed junction 20 going on towards junction 19 when on the radio they announced that the M5 had been closed in both directions between 19 and 20!! Arghhhhh!!! dead standstill.......
7.15am........ 8.15am ...........9.15am.......... and finally at 10.15am we moved on
once the lorry had been lifted upright and the fuel spill on the road was cleaned up
We finally arrived home at 2.30pm - 9hrs 18minutes after leaving Plymouth for what
should have been a 4hr 50minute drive! Home Sweet Home where I am hoping today to
spend some time colouring and making cards with my new Teddy Bo & Co Digis for the launch of their new images!! Yay can't wait!!
Crafty hugs Woo xxx