Well, our man Boris has given the go ahead to re-open, as of July 4th. It is obviously the news we wanted but we are filled with trepidation as we know Corona Virus is still out there. We have done our risk assessment and this will affect how we operate, there will be some changes. However, all said and done, we will be ready to welcome our guests, not exactly with open arms as the hugs and kisses will have to wait for another day.
The deck is complete, planting done and furniture has arrived all ready for our guests. In light of the restrictions in place in the town, Mrs.B&B has decided to provide, for a small fee, Cornish afternoon teas or just cream tea if you prefer. We can also offer a beach picnic hamper or a rucksack picnic for your walk, don’t forget our normal packed lunches are still available as well.
Many of the wonderful Cornish attractions are opening up but don’t forget to contact them before going, as a lot have to be pre booked. We suggest putting some time in planning your trips, restaurants and maybe even the pubs. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of things to see and do without having to book. Spend some time on Bodmin Moor and visit the stone circles called The Hurlers before going onto Cheese Wring!!! Walk the coast path, Looe to Polperro is a favourite or checkout the beaches all around our wonderful coastline. Take a walk by the river at Golitha Falls, stroll around Kingsand & Cawsand perhaps going on to take in the grounds of Mount Edgecumbe. There really is so much to see and do, if unsure just ask and Mrs.B&B can send you on a merry jaunt, hopefully far from the madding crowds. Why not take one of our picnics with you, so no need to queue for food or drinks then!
Corona Virus or not, the on-going theme of band t-shirts remain and todays is a new one to the collection but a little less than current. A psychedelic design from Cream, no other than Disreali Gears.
What a glorious May and early June it was, allowing us to get on with outside jobs. We have now completed the decking, first coat of paint on, ropes installed, gravel and cobbles down and even the planting is done. We think it looks great and we are sure our guests will enjoy taking in the views from it. The Echium is still in full bloom and covered in bees, however the wind did get to it so looks a bit sad now. We are hopeful that the second one will still flower, as it can be as late as July to come into bloom.
Have to report, with great sadness, that Looe Live has now been cancelled. It is obviously the right decision in the current climate. A big thankyou to the guests who have asked for their bookings to be carried over to next years event. People are becoming more confident though and we are seeing bookings picking up. I am sure there will be lots to do as lockdown is relaxed. We are going to keep our doors open into December, for people to be able to see The Christmas Lights switch on. We are aware you need to be able to get away from it all after this unprecedented situation. Mrs.B&B and I are eagerly waiting to welcome guests into our home in Looe.
We are preparing to re-open, currently set for the 4th. July but we are awaiting a definitive statement from the government. New routines are being considered to ensure our guests are kept as safe as can be. Sanitizers and paper towel dispensers ready to go and our Covid 19 risk assessment has now been formalised. The town has started to open up, in line with recent announcements.
We have managed a couple of days out. Penhallam Manor was visited, a moated Norman manor house. Very small scale but in such a lovely setting, not far from Crackington Haven. We then went onto Trebarwith Strand and visited the beach there. Latterly spent time at Holywell Bay and visited The Holy Well and then onto West Pentire, to see the poppies. Both places were absolutely beautiful and we would recommend visiting them. The South West Coast Path has remained open and is always worth some time, whether to go to Talland Bay or all the way to Polperro. Buses are running, don’t forget your face masks though.
Todays t-shirt shows Huey helicopters and the lyrics of “It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no military son. It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate son”. Classic from John Fogarty’s Credence Clearwater Revival.
Well, very nice couple of days in the sun. Had the opportunity to take a walk on Friday and decided to do some of the coast path, Talland back to Looe. With the sun on our backs it was beautiful. Raised a drink for VE Day 75 outside The Jolly Sailor and had a distanced catch up with friends while there. We have also had a video catch up with our friends Sue and PJ and today with Heid and Pete. Really good to “see” you guys. Looking forward to being able to meet up with friends and family but only when safe to do so. Eagerly awaiting Boris’ statement on Sunday. As much as our living depends on visitors coming to Looe we hope the rules are not relaxed too early, for everyone’s sake. Cornwall will still be here with everything it has to offer, beautiful coastline, boat trips, fishing, pasties, some of the best beaches in the world, cream teas (jam on first of course) and delicious fish and chips. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful county and hope you will all come to see us when this is all over with.
Kitchen redecoration is almost complete, we just need to finish the new boxing in of the consumer unit and we will be done. We will then be back onto the decking project, assuming we can get the materials now.
First paella of the year prepared and cooked by Mrs.B&B outside. Washed down with a jug or 2 of sangria, very nice indeed. Sat outside taking in the view whilst being eyed up by seagulls. I think they are missing fish ‘n’ chips and ice cream so were on the hunt for something different. They were unlucky this time.
Todays t-shirt is of the founder member of Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green. A true guitar legend and writer of Green Manalishi, Oh Well, Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Man Of The World and many, many more. You don’t get many of these tracks to the pound !
Social distance, keep safe and we hope to see you soon.
We have now received all the materials for the deck project, which means I’m going to be busy over the next few days. We are hoping for the dry weather to continue.
Our Echium is now coming into flower, a strange spike of a plant, with hundreds of small pale purple flowers. Mrs.B&B has always wanted to grow one and for the first time it is happening. The Bees are all over it. A bit of a drama when it nearly up rooted itself in the wind. The second one is doing well but has not shot up and is showing no signs of flowering. More succulents put into the rockery and Mrs.B&B bought a “DeepBlack” Iris for me that has been planted in full view of the decking, absolutely stunning, I love it. We now seem to have a hedge hog in the garden. Little deposits being left for us on a regular basis. Mrs.B&B is wanting to install a hedge hog house in the undergrowth. All the veg is growing rapidly, excepting runner beans, that are not even showing yet. Not sure what is going on there.
Would like to think we may be able to see Paul Weller in Plymouth during October but really not convinced it will go ahead. So in light of that, todays t-shirt is from The Jam, The Sound Affects album. Some really great tunes on there including one of their best, That’s Entertainment but also a brilliant song called Scrape Away. Takes me back to being an idealistic teenager, such a long time ago now.
Just had Thai Sticky Chicken burgers, wow! Served with a sticky sauce in a seeded bun with salad. Something to check out for sure.
Must be going now, so in these uncertain times, keep yourself safe.
The latest star dinner was roast lamb with homemade Yorkshires, what an amazing triumph. Unusually for us we had a pudding, fig, plumb and stem ginger tart with ice cream, really yummy, thank you Mrs.B&B. During one of our rare visits to the supermarket we came across Thatchers lemon cider. What a curiously refreshing drink. Like drinking lemon pop, will be great on a hot day.
Meanwhile, back in the garden. The veg we planted a few weeks ago is starting to show signs of life. Both lots of onions, leeks, cabbages, cauliflowers, broad beans, carrots and lettuce are all making an appearance, happy days. The low note, though, cannot believe somebody has helped themselves to a brand new, unopened, bag of compost from our back terrace. We feel it is someone illegally using our rear access or a delivery driver. Who ever you are I hope it is put to better use than the tomatoes we had planned for it! I must get round to making a gate. In the front garden the first mound of earth moved, 41 bags so far. Guestimated 70+ bags for the second mound still to do. Need stone to finish the walls though and all the rest of the materials. Ballast, posts, joists, deck boards, sleepers and screws. Mrs. B&B has started planting the rockery, looking good already.
Absolutely gob smacked, we had a request from Australia for a Dire Straits t shirt but sorry,can’t oblige at the moment as I don’t have one. I love this band and I used to have a Money For Nothing t- shirt. I saw them live in ’85 at The NEC and was blown away. Watch this space for t shirt news. However, todays shirt is of the best drummer ever. Sadly no longer with us, he departed far too soon but Moon the loon, for me, lives on. I could watch Keith Moon for hours and The Who are a personal favourite of mine.
Cannot believe my eyes, we have holiday makers and second home owners arriving in Looe. How selfish can some people be, really. Why is it that some people think the guidelines are only for other people.
On a brighter note we have received bookings for later in the year, bit of a surprise, but very welcome. Thanks, we hope we can open our doors to welcome them in.