Just got news that Looe’s men are Pilot Gig World Champions again. Great work guys the town should be proud of you.

At last the weather smiled on us and we have managed a couple of days in The Schooner Point garden and also managed to get out for a walk. This time we trecked through Tregargus Woods and back down to St.Stephen, near St.Austell. It took us through the old mine workings and past the waterfall. We did get a little lost for a while but we managed to find our way out in the end.

The current series of Beyond Paradise has come to an end but will be revisiting for a new series and Christmas special, as announced at the end of the last episode. Why not come down and have a look round Shipton Abbott. Come and stay with us and book direct at www.schoonerpointlooe.co.uk for best prices. There are loads of events on the horizon in and around Looe. Lostwithiel is staging Lostfest again in May, Looe Raft Race incorporating the new “Made in Looe Regatta” and The Polperro Festival is all happening in June.

Ben Palmer, owner chef of The Sardine Factory and recent star of Great British Menu will be demonstrating his skills, along with the rest of the South Wests finalists, at The Looe Food and Drink Festival on15th. September followed by the Looe Weekender Festival the following weekend. We still have some availability for these events so hurry or miss out and don’t forget we are taking 3 day bookings for The New Year celebrations.

The answer to who is The Thin White Duke better known as, is, of course David Bowie but can you name the guitarist who replaced Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones. This time, no t-shirt but I am proudly waring my Beatles “Hawaiian” style shirt .

We have been up to our usual things like going for dinner with friends, thanks Jus and Nigel for arranging the trip to The Mariners in Rock. A really, fabulous experience as a pub or restaurant and will definitely be returning to this Paul Ainsworth establishment. We have also, finally, got round to trying Yamas in Looe. It was great to catch up with visiting friends from Swindon. The co-owner, Ben Palmer, has recently been on tv. He is one of the contestants on Great British Menu, representing the South West and has been selected to through to the next stages of the competition. We have been reliably informed that, in the near future, a Tapas restaurant will be opening in Looe, just along from The Fisherman’s Arms. We can’t wait as we love Tapas. Come and stay with us at our No.1 rated Guest House, Schooner Point, when you fancy trying some of the wonderful restaurants in the town.

The second series of Beyond Paradise is soon to be run on tv, look out for the small fishing boat cruising along by The Banjo Pier during the credits. Our good friend Nigel, as mentioned earlier, is the master of the vessel. Mrs.B&B and I did see some of the filming for this series, so look out for Shipton Abbott as it is remarkably similar to Looe, in places!

We were fortunate enough to visit Caerhays Castle a couple of weeks ago to see their magnificent Magnolia display, we are so glad we didn’t delay as the following days were a total wash out. This really is worth a visit at this time of year as there are Camelia’s and Rhododendrons in bloom as well.

We are pleased to announce that Schooner Point Guest House will be open for New Year celebrations this time around. We are offering 3 night minimum, stays and remember, book direct to get the best price. Bring your fancy dress outfits, the more spectacular the better and let’s make it a night to remember in Looe.

The trivia question was about the members of The Doors. Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and Jim Densmore completing the line up. So, the next question is, who is The Thin White Duke better known as? T shirt of the day is The Jam’s Dig The New Breed album. A collection of live recordings to showcase what the band were about in the flesh.

Our last guests of the year have now departed and we are closed until the start of February. We have already started preparing the house for Christmas and Mrs.B&B has done a wonderful job with the mantle and window decorations in the dining room and also the stair garland, which is a new addition this year. I have put up the lights outside on the deck and installed the icicle projector, so all done now. Mrs. B&B is planning an alternative meal for the big day, not the usual turkey roast but a 6 course tasting menu. Already sounding awesome. For the first time in 6 years we will be celebrating on our own. We are visiting friends in Caerphilly and Cardiff and in The New Year we are venturing up to Swindon for a party and to meet up with friends. Really looking forward to catching up with people.

We attended the send off for Ruth, The local fiddle player, and what a talent she had. The Fishermans Arms did her proud with a lively send off from the pub she played at so often. Tom and the guys from Black Friday were awesome as usual and the other bands were a welcome bonus. It was like old times as “The Fish” was absolutely packed, God bless you Ruth.

Before you know it we will be focusing on getting ready for next season and all that that entails. Mrs.B&B has given me a pasty making tutorial and the results were pretty good, for a first go, if I may say so myself. Perhaps I will be ready, come the new year, to be the main pasty maker in the household, will need to master the crimping though. Watch this space.

The answer to the last trivia question is, off course, Mick Jagger, providing backing vocals on Carly Simons You’re So Vain hit. This time around, Who is Douglas Trendle better known as? A multi image, grey Jimi Hendrix t shirt is likely to be the last featured shirt, unless of course Santa brings some at Christmas.

Finally, Mrs. B&B and I would like to thank all our guests for their continued support. You have made sure we are rated No.1 B&B in Looe and 9th. in Cornwall, on TripAdvisor. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and the very best of wishes for 2024

2024 is upon us and we are open from the 2nd. February. We are both looking forward to the new season and can’t wait to see old friends and, indeed, new ones.

We were fortunate enough to be able to meet up with friends before and after Christmas. It was great to catch up with Karen in Caerphilly and Cardiff was an absolute blast but we realise we are a little long in the tooth to party like that but thanks Harry. Our trip back to Swindon in the new year was a bit of an eye opener, the town has gone down hill badly since our last visit. It was great to meet up with Sue and Phil for his 60th. birthday and I’m sure some of you will have seen the costumes Mrs. B&B created for the pirate themed party. The things we do! A big thank you to Roz and Mark for finding time in their busy schedule to meet up for drinks and letting us meet their new grandson Ollie. My word Laura he looks like you! It really was great to catch up with them, real friends.

We are now starting a quick programme of refreshing the décor in the guest rooms and then we will be up and running again. We did manage to get our own bedroom re-decorated, which resulted in a few brownie points, from Mrs. B&B, for me. We have also decided it is time to lose a bit of weight so, excepting visits by friends, we are embarking on a low fat diet. Mrs. B&B has already been trying some recipes and the results have been tasty healthy meals. I’m sure there will be some pictures soon.

The year ahead promises all the usual events, Looe 10k run, Looe Raft Race, Looe Music Weekender, Duloe Cider & Ale Festival, The Island Swim, Carnival Week, in particular the fancy dress 3 legged race and the newly introduced food festival. As always the boats will be running all kinds of trips and pasties, ice cream and of course the best fish and chips will be readily available. Book a meal in one of the many restaurants for wonderful seafood and much more. Take in some live music in The Fisherman’s Arms, The Bullers or The Ship Inn for a banging night. Come and join in the fun and stay with us at Schooner Point Guest House, the No.1 rated B&B in Looe, as voted by our guests on TripAdvisor. Don’t forget to book direct for best price.

Last time we asked who Douglas Trendle was better known as, of course it’s Buster Bloodvessel from Bad Manners. This time who were the four members of The Doors? I have mentioned that the T shirt slot would be coming to an end but NO! A few new T  shirts were gladly received at Christmas and also two new short sleeved shirts arrived and they are the business and will be  featured. Mrs.B&B has already put up pictures of these. So this time round I am wearing the iconic Back in Black AC/DC T shirt, what a great album it is.

Looe has seen the newly instigated Food Festival come and go. Some interesting stalls took part and also a cooking demonstration took place outside The Catch. A good start and hopefully will be built on over the coming years.

The Looe Weekender has also been and gone with a great weekend of live music throughout the town taking place, however, Looe was dealt some sad news more recently as Ruth, “The” Fiddle player has passed away suddenly. If you have been to Looe on a Sunday, you will have seen her playing along side Tosh or more recently with Tom from Black Friday, in The Fishermans Arms. What a talent she had and this lovely lady will be so sadly missed by locals and visitors alike.

Fame at last, as I was quoted in The Telegraph regarding Cornwall Council selling The Lifeboat Cottages in West Looe to Looe Trust so they can be renovated and set aside for social housing. This has to be a good thing as there are far too many second homes or Air B&B’s here. Local people need somewhere to live.

Tuna fishing season is here and we have had a returning fisherman stay again. Not successful this time but his enthusiasm has not been dampened. There have been numerous reports of Tuna in our waters and numbers seem to be increasing and some fish have been spotted just out past the island. The rules have changed, slightly, and some licensed boats are allowed to land and keep the fish, the first one has already appeared on the slab of a local fishmonger. Hopefully this will bring more people into the town at this end of the year.

Looe has seen flooding once again with the water topping the quayside on four consecutive days and there may be more to follow when storm Ciaran hits us. However, the town is resilient and a swift clean up takes place each time we are hit. Most of the shops, bars and restaurants will be open for business as will we at Schooner Point Guest House.

The rock n roll t shirt slot is nearing the end as I have almost run out of them, however, this time I am featuring a new Keith Moon one. A double image of The Who’s drummer extraordinaire, for me he really was the man.

The answer to the last trivia question, who is Marvin Lee Aday better known as is Meat Loaf. Apparently, his father was a big fan of Lee Marvin. This time can you name the rock n roll icon that sings backing vocals on Carly Simons hit You’re So Vain. 

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