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Cornwall

Posted by robjwall on March 2, 2010

As I write this we have been in Cornwall for just over two weeks.  I have been mostly working between struggling with internet connections (free wireless in a barn with no heating = too cold.  Vodaphone SIM = too slow (33kbps, but they didn’t tell me that before I got it!).  Now I am using a 10 pound 3G dongle which is fast enough but flakey!).

We are at Merthen Manor (TR115RU into google earth will find it) in  our barn ‘The Forge’.  I haven’t been here for 4.5 years: its all the same but different.  The various ruins  / building sites are all smart barn conversions.  Sister in law Jane kindly made the kids and I dinner the night we arrived. Its great to be here!.

The first weekend we spent with Australian/Brit mates Jack and Penny and family.  It was good to catch up with them after so long,  and go for a longish walk around the Southern tip of England (Chuch Cove to Kynance.  Kynance is one of my favourite Cornwall places: its where Demelza and I thought we saw a Dragon when she was two!).

On the 2nd weekend Kira and I  did another 1/2 day on the Coastal path ending up at Porthlevin.  The swell was about 3m with a high tide, so you got completely wet walking along the harbour front – its amazing how those villages survve!  I have set myself the goal of walking all of  the Lizard peninsular in the time we are here – its really scenic and varied.  No good rock to climb unfortunately.  BUT my big news is that I bought a new Mountain Bike (Whyte 905).  Its a fantastic bike to ride, light, responsive – you really notice how good hydraulic disc brakes are on the hills around here, and having 9 speeds on the back means you don’t get the big gaps in gears like my Freo bike.  Adjustable front shocks are a neat idea too.  I really enjoyed the hours ride to Falmouth through the farmland yesterday.  Its HILLY here.    We have all bought some new fleeces, jumpers, jackets as planned because the quality and prices of winter clothing here is so much better than Perth.  The $AU is up to 59p today which helps too!

The kids have discovered tennis & I love hitting the balls to them when I get a chance.  Tonight Kate and I played ‘doubles’ with them (for the first time) which was better than expected – I think Tark has a much better ‘eye’ than I ever had as a kid.  The kids are in school now and have written some stuff at http:// fourwallatlarge.blogspot.com.  There are less photos in this post because my small Panasonic Camera has developed a focusing fault which is annoying given that it is less than 2 years old!

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