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.
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.
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.
Work continues in the Schooner Point garden. We have now completed the rockery, excepting planting. The work on the dry wall down the side and front paths has been started. The decking area has been cleared of weeds and levelled, almost. We seem to have an excess of soil now. This will be shipped to another part of the garden ready for the terracing planned for that, no rush though. It has to be said, I think we are too out of condition and too old to move that much soil by hand. We managed to have showers but can now barely move. Dinner was microwaved leftovers from the freezer. To wash this down we had beer and wine from our good friends Deb and Danny. They left it as a surprise on the door-step today, Debs retreated and we had a distanced catch up. What a wonderful thing to do. Thankfully it is supposed to rain tomorrow, Friday, so no more moving soil and rocks for a couple of days.
Mrs.B&B is still promising to make pasties, however, lack of lard and flour was to blame, she says. I am sure they will appear soon but to make up for it we enjoyed scones, jam on first of course, the Cornish way. Things are a bit lacking in the kitchen while Mrs.B&B is assisting me in the garden.
We did manage to get out for a walk yesterday. Mrs.B&B decided we should investigate Kilmanorth Woods a little further, so off we went. This time straight up the hill to the top, around the style and into the field. We were expecting to come out onto the Polperro Road but no! We ended up just doubling back through the woods, it was so peaceful with lots of birds singing, including a woodpecker, he was obviously shy as we couldn’t locate him. It was a beautiful walk surrounded by wild garlic, Primroses, Campions, Violets and Celandines. For most of it we were completely alone, as it should be in the current situation. Since last writing we have even been up to see the sunrise over Rame Head. First time we have managed this since being in Looe, only taken three and a half years. All down to sleep patterns being interrupted by the current situation playing on our minds.
We lifted our weary bodies off the sofa to clap for The NHS, as we all should. A good turn out by Looe. It was really heartening to see Boris leave hospital and we would like to convey our sympathies to those who have lost loved ones. The lock down has just been extended for a further three weeks and Mrs. B&B and I feel for everybody struggling with the situation. Stick with it guys and come out the other side safe and well.
Lastly, todays t-shirt is The Wall from Pink Floyd. Not a band I have particularly got into but love this track and the film too.