'Oggie oggie oggie'

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Monday, January 24, 2011

As promised we ventured out to Cornwall again to visit the older couple we met in Volterra, Italy. We were to look out for Richard, our pick up at the Penzance station, and he had told us that he should be wearing an orange body warmer. We were confused to what that actually meant and half expected to see him in some kind of orange flannel body-suit. But alas, a body warmer is just a term for gortex vest.

Rich and Sue live in a tiny community nearby St. Ives called Zennor, a place we later found out was home place to the great mermaid myth!
Their little house was a renovated fisherman's cottage on a cliff overlooking the enormous ocean off the west coast. It had all the quaintness possible, a lush garden, epic views, a couple of fireplaces, and the most awesome kitchen.

The time we arrived the skies cleared up and to the absolute amazement of Rich and Sue, continued to be fair and sunny for the entire time we stayed (6 days) which apparently is unheard of this time of year.

In that time we were shown heaps of cool things in the area, one of the best perks of our stay was the wonderful willingness of our hosts to educate us on everything Cornish! Which inevitably included Cornish Ale and Cider! One day we went over to visit all the stone age monuments dotting the landscape. Many standing stones, some with runes, others were like narnian stone tables, a stone age village, and also a cool set of 3 standing stones in a row, the two on the outside were like big phalaces, and in the middle was a circular stone ring standing up. They say you needed to climb through the ring backwards and you are blessed with fertility. Sue had warned us not to go in the wrong way as something bad might happen, but she could remember which was the right way. So we both went in each a different way to cover our bases.

They showed us many of the tin mines that are still half standing all around the peninsula and it was hard to comprehend how Cornwall in the Industrial revolution was black with pollution with all mining and industry. Such a short time ago it was a polluted throw away place, and now it is probably one of the most green and natural places in England.

Jena reveled in all of the cooking lessons Sue could bestow upon her which also included us dissecting giant crabs, a grizzly task we both enjoyed and even though there were still some crunchy shell shards in our paella. We think we did a "Proper Job!"

Rich and Sue were avid art buffs so we really wanted to do something nice for them. So early on in the week we bought a nice pad of art paper and each evening Joel worried away secretly on a little artwork: A little picture of their cottage with rabbits sneaking in through the gate. This was a symbolic of the Turners, us, rabbits. And also a little poke at Rich and Sue as they were forever complaining about the rabbits in their yard. And we had been constantly trying to make Rich feel guilty for shooting them with his air rifle.

We had a really great time with the Allens in Cornwall. Many great laughs and epic Cornish ales at the pub. Another very memorable time in our trip and it was just the icing on the cake.. Or more appropriately, the Sauce on the Pastie.
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