Last few days in UK
09.09.2008 - 13.09.2008 14 °C
Its been a bit tricky to get the rest of the UK blog bit done ... Cornwall isn´t the hotbed of internet cafes that you all might think and finding a computer requires a half hour journey into Truro. When you have a dodgy car its not the top priority.
After getting the car fixed by Johnny Harris Garages (pronounced Arris) we decided to risk all and a day out with Marlene and Marian (who works with Marlene on the farm). First stop Clovelly, which meant driving out of Cornwall into Devon.
Clovelly is a lovely little place. Pity about the summer showers (we´re in UK remember). One family owns all the houses in the village (and there have only been three familys that have owned the village since the norman conquests). Somewhere around 100 houses! plus the restaurants and pubs etc. Not a bad earner! Entry to the village is 5.50 pounds each, and unusually no reduction for senior citizens. Very steep cobbled path down to the bottom but you can get a landrover drive back if needed.
Next stop Tintagel Castle. Bit of a ruin ... in fact Sarah spotted a lovely looking hotelly castle thing and just assumed that was Tintagel. when she saw the real thing, the whole visit soured and was a bit of a disappointment. A long drive to see not much. Would have been a lovely walk around the rocks, but we didn´t have the time, as we needed to get back for the animals.
Next day we took Marlene and her friend Gwen (around 80ish and it was her birthday - Simon kept wanting to ask her age, thankfully I could steer him round) to Southern Cornwall. First stop was to be the Lizard - which is the Southern most point of England. Ann´s Pastys as featured on Rick Stein is a popular haunt for pasty lovers. Stocked up with 6 but not all for the one sitting. Next stop was to be Mullian - for lunch and to check out the Chocolate factory. Not a patch on Cadburys but you never get a bad chocolate.
Interrupting our soujourn was a few temperamental car problems with the mercedes AGAIN. visited a few garages and we got to our final destination. However on the way home, disaster struck and we were stuck by Coldrose Helicopter base on the side of the road for about an hour and a half. Thankfully Fiona (sister) was able to check phone numbers on the computer via texting and when the mechanic from Johnny Arris came out we could get going. Turned out that one sparkplug lead needed changing (done on Monday) but also the fuel filter needed replacing. The car had only travelled 11 miles between MOTs (WOF for Kiwis). Seems to only get an outing when we´re over.
Back to London now.
Visited Kelvin´s rugby club - down towards Tilbury and lost count of the drinks, but didn´t feel too bad the next morning. Visited Borough Market. Excellent food market - with different cheeses, breads, meats, fish, veges, drinks.
Well worth a visit. Find your way to London Bridge underground stop and you´re there. Took us a wee while as every train-lightrail etc seemed to have a problem and would terminate its stop just one stop before we wanted to get off. Thanks to Kelvin´s local knowledge (with help from Aunty Fi ' yeh right) we found our way there.
In the afternoon watched the Kiwis win the Bledisloe cup and TriNations yay. Poor Kelvin, he supports England and any team playing the All Blacks.