The scaffold is still up as unexpected issues have been uncovered and associated expense is being incurred, not good at this time. It is hard to believe I could get to the top and be able to work though, as I am petrified of heights. A big thanks to friends for lending a considerable hand, Mike and Julie you are stars. We are also very thankful for further help from Govt., much appreciated.

Unfortunately, Christmas celebrations have been muted this year due to a double bout of very sad news from our friends from Swindon. As we have now been put into tier 3 our personal New Year festivities have been affected. We were going to be spending time with the only “friends” we associate with during these difficult times, at a distance outside of course, but that will have to wait for another time now. Revised plan is for the two of us to be in front of the tv with a few drinks and may be a scrabble board, lol! Mrs. B&B and I are looking forward to next year, hopefully we will be able to participate in all the usual Looe activities such as the Raft Race, Great Duck Race, Duloe Cider and Ale Festival, Looe Live Festival and the festivities at New Year.

Todays T shirt is The Who’s Quadraphenia, Four Faces. This iconic album and film is absolutely brilliant. For my 50th. Birthday I was taken to see The Who at Hyde Park, a few years ago now, thanks Mrs. B&B. Amazing concert with Paul Weller and The Chaiser Chiefs as support acts. Only the two faces left now but Daltry and Townsend were amazing and also very humble and grateful for the life that music has given them. I had some new T shirts for Christmas so they will feature soon.

Mrs.B&B and I wish you all the best for The New Year. We hope that 2021 proves to be a better year than 2020 and we look forward to seeing you in Looe. Don’t forget to book direct for our best price !

Ride out the storm, stay safe, remember hands, face, space and hopefully we will see you this coming year. 

Winter has arrived in Looe. Most of the leaves have gone from Kilmanorth Woods and the boats have been lifted from the water. The temperature has noticeably dropped as well. Due to the second lock down the town and Schooner Point went quiet, has now reopened though.

Redecoration of our Foredeck room is nearing completion. New lamps, light fittings, chairs and art work are already here. The painting is now complete, curtain rail is up and brand new curtains hung. Gone are the turquoise chairs and throw, to be replaced by tones of grey and dusk pink. Hmm I thought when Mrs. B&B said this was the new colour scheme. I have been proved wrong many times before though, so no kicking and screaming from me, yet! A number of small jobs have been completed in the kitchen and there are many more to tackle elsewhere, oh what fun. Scaffolding has just been erected and I was a bit daunted by the height of it. However, to my surprise I have managed to get to the top without panicking so bodes well for the work I need to do.  

Mrs. B&B put the Christmas Tree up in November, to spread a bit of cheer. I’m a firm believer of keeping Christmas in December, however, in these troubled times what the heck. This year the tree is in the dining room, as we are not open for New Year this time. The tree can be seen through the window and we also put lights up around the decking. There seems to be a feeling in Looe, perhaps elsewhere, of brightening the town up early, so we have done our bit.

Just before shut down we managed to get out for a little exercise. First we drove to Bodmin Parkway, parked up and did a circular walk up to Lanhydrock and back. Got a little wet but never mind. A few days later we went off to Mount Edgecumbe. We had decided to walk towards Kingsand and got to within a mile and a half before my knee problem forced us to return. On the way back we were fortunate to see a deer in the woods, beautiful and then back to Mt. Edgecumbe. We were surprised to see a number of camouflaged Marines. We hadn’t noticed them until we were virtually upon them.

The t shirt today is a new one from a band I saw way back in 1985. The shirt is of the Alchemy album from Dire Straits. I was fortunate enough to see them at The NEC, Birmingham during their “Live in 85” Tour, promoting the widely acclaimed Brothers In Arms album. They were such a brilliant band to experience live and The Alchemy album is a tribute to this. 

 

Schooner Point Guest House was the happy recipient of an invitation to a pre-opening visit to the re vamped Bodmin Jail. We were able to visit the day before the official public opening and Mrs. B&B and I were eager to see the renovations.

We arrived for our 13.40 tour ahead of time and took a while to have a look round the courtyard and discuss what was new. When we checked in we were advised there had been a hitch and our tour was delayed, this was handled professionally and we had a chat about the “new” attraction with staff.

Our last visit was over a year ago but the new plans were already in place then and we were able see what the vision was. I have to say that we noticed an immediate difference as the old hospital block had been replaced with a new modern building but “in keeping” with the old. When the tour started we were led through the bookcase wall and down into the depths. Mrs. B&B and I were blown away with the first displays, state of the art, we would say. For us, the rest of the tour was interesting but not quite at the same level. There was a surprise at the end but that would be spoiling your experience.

The days t-shirt was another Rolling Stones one, Grrr! A large gorilla with Stones lips features on this one and the album is a celebration of 50 years of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.

It has been a strange season here at Schooner Point and indeed the rest of Cornwall, if not the country. Once we were released from lock down things got busy, very busy and we are thankful to all ours guest who have ensured we will survive and see the start of a new season. November was due to be our busiest yet but Boris has had to take action, so we will be closed from the 4th. and our apologies go out to those that, now, cannot join us at Schooner Point. Perhaps we will see you next year.

Things were worrying to say the least but we have got through difficult times and our plans for renovation are in tact. Our King room is to be re-designed, bedroom and bathroom. We also have plans to brighten up the exterior of the house and if things go well some work terracing the garden as well, so no rest for the wicked during the winter. Not sure if we can fit Christmas in ! We have had a new window fitted in our back bathroom and a new unit put in the shed as well. Lighting has been fitted to keep people safe on the rear stairs and hand rails for the same area are being sourced. Oh yes, its all going on here.

Todays t shirt is something special, featuring “Blackie”. For the Eric Clapton fans out there you will know this is the famous black Fender Stratocaster he favoured for many years. I was lucky to see EC back in 1990, truly memorable and would love to see him again some time.

Before I go Mrs. B&B got round to making pasties, yay, whoop whoop. Well worth the wait and were consumed quickly, didn’t manage to save any for later, never mind. She is currently making king prawn pasta and we are going to try razor clams for the first time, I’m a little trepidatious of these things. Will try them though.

    Mrs. B & B and I managed to get away from Schooner Point Guest House for a few hours the other day. We had been talking about the amount of stone circles, burial tumuli and quoits in Cornwall and decided to go and investigate. We initially headed for Carn Euny Iron Age settlement near Sancreed, Penzance. Carn Euny was easily found and turned out to be well worth a visit. Unfortunately some of the original stone has been used in more modern times to erect a cottage but there is still enough to see including the “tunnel” and underground chamber. From there we headed for The Merry Maidens stone circle near Lamorna. This is quite a large circle of medium sized stones and it is easily found, just through the gate and across the field. From the same layby we ventured down the road to see Tregiffian Burial Chamber. We have driven past this site in the past and not even noticed it. It is right on the verge of the B3315 literally just a stones throw from the Merry Maidens. For our final stop we went to see Lanyon Quoit, a large flat horizontal stone held in the air by 3 large upright stones.

On the way down we passed through Hayle and just had to stop at Philps pasty shop. We bought two traditional pastys, large of course. They were piping hot so we waited until reaching Carn Euny before attempting to munch them. They were still hot but we did manage about half. Each time we got back in the car we were enveloped by the delicious smell of pastys. The remains were consumed when we got home later that evening. It was a really interesting day made better by Philps pastys.

The days t shirt was London Calling from The Clash. Interestingly the design for the album cover leans heavily on Elvis’ first album.

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