I feel I must say how sad Paula and I were to hear the news regarding the passing of our queen, Elizabeth 2nd. She was the most iconic, dedicated and professional states woman and such an asset for this country. Rest in peace ma’am. Our thoughts are with The Royal Family at this time.
We celebrate the new Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and look forward to seeing then in the county.
We are sure King Charles 3rd. will be a worthy successor and believe Camilla Queen Consort will support him as his father supported his mother. God bless them and long live The King.
There is no rock t shirt this time as a plain black one has been adorned in respect for Her Majesty.
Since the last blog Mrs. B&B has been busy in the kitchen. We can now boast home made jam and marmalade for our guests. The jam is mixed fruit and the marmalade is three citrus, lemon, lime and orange. The latest addition to her offerings is homemade baked beans. We were not happy with the leading brand containing too much juice and too few beans and the alternative does not seem to be available in catering packs. Along with the occasional muffins all her homemade produce is going down a storm with our guests, good work Mrs. B&B.
We were delighted to welcome a young man into our home just a few days back. Paul Minter is the founder of “Heads Up”, the mental health charity for the armed forces. Paul is running the whole coastline of Great Britain to raise funds and awareness for the plight of our military veterans. Being an Afghanistan veteran himself he is well positioned to know the plight of these men. In all he stayed with us for three nights during one of his very few rest periods and we were happy to sponsor some of his stay with us. Check out his Instagram posts that are made daily @paulaminter_uk_run .
The Looe Raft Race was held last week and what a great fun day this was. The weather was kind to us all and there was a big turn out of rafts and visitors alike. There was even a boat full of The Looe Pirates causing a stir on the water. The day was in favour of The Looe RNLI. Cornwall has a rich history of celebrations and Looe is no exception. We are now into The Looe Carnival Week with a host of events taking place, Childrens Sand Modelling competition, Ukelele Extravaganza, The Polperro Fisherman’s Choir, Fancy Dress Three Legged Race, always a scream and culminating in The Grand Carnival Procession on Saturday 30th. July. As usual the pubs will be hosting live music.
Looking forward to September, Friday 16th. – Sunday 18th., when one of our biggest events is held. Love Live is a festival of music with Live Bands performing on two stages and of course in many of the pubs and even on the street. The line up is still being confirmed but the likes of Reef, Smokey’s King Shufflers, a particular favourite of mine, Soul II Soul and The Lightning Seeds have all been pencilled in. Tickets are selling fast so get yours soon. Finally on a musical note todays T shirt is of an all time Eagles classic - “on a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair…..” you know what it is and are going to be singing it now!
Spring has arrived in Looe, daffodils abound and the sun is out. Mrs.B&B has been out in the garden and front planter has been refreshed with yellow and blue flowers to show our solidarity with the brave people of Ukraine. May Putin be put back in his box, sealed preferably, before too much longer.
Schooner Point Guest House is already taking guests and has been doing so since February. There are still vacancies for spring and summer, so if you are planning a holiday in Cornwall why not spend some time in Looe. We have a safe sandy beach, The Banjo Pier, some of the best fish and chips, amazing seafood and Cornish Orchards Cider. Remember to book direct for best price. Although early in the season we have already had returning guests, which is always fun and very rewarding. One of these couples, Mags and Pete, enjoyed an afternoon tea in our dining room. If you are interested in one of these or a Cornish cream tea or even a packed lunch just request one when booking on the website.
I have been lucky enough to have been well fed over the last couple of weeks. Mrs. B&B has made liver pate, short rib with red wine sauce, a full roast pork dinner, hake with white wine and cream sauce and so many more. Tonights meal is Greek beef Stifado, yum! I am a lucky boy and will be behaving myself even more as the making of pasties has been mentioned. In the same vein we are now offering our own citrus marmalade and mixed berry jam. Our usual supplier has retired so Paula has stepped up to the plate and in my opinion has done a very good job.
Before signing off, a quick mention for the t shirt of the day. The Jam’s A Town Called Malice. Brings back great memories of teenage years. Mrs. B&B reckons I have never grown up as I am always in shorts but perhaps I am becoming Cornish!
Well, Mrs. B & B and I have been out and about recently to continue our South West Coast Path odyssey. You have to take the opportunity when the B&B allows. We have done a short circular walk from Lansallos towards Polperro and up the valley and back to Lansallos. During this short trek we came upon a black Adder, no word of a lie, apparently it is the opposite of an albino. This is the first Adder I have ever seen. We have also walked around the headland out past Padstow to Stepper Point, past Pepper Hole and The Butter Hole, didn’t get too close as long steep drops to the water. From there we drove back to Padstow for lunch in Paul Ainsworth’s Caffe Rojano, very good food and wonderful service, you get what you pay for! The last sojourn was out to Golitha Falls, not coast path but beautiful in it’s own right and we finally got to try an Inkie’s Smoke House burger, fabulous and will go back for sure. From Inkies we went to see Doniert’s Stone, Trevethy Quoit and St.Cleer Holy Well, take the time to look them up if you don’t know what they are. All ancient sites situated close to Schooner Point Guest House, Looe and worth investigating during your next Cornish short break.
At this point I feel the need to give a mention to the Looe Men’s Gig Pilot rowers who retained their World Championship at The Isles of Scilly earlier this month. Well done guys, putting the town on the map again. Staying with the nautical theme there are new boat trips available Looe harbour side. Looe Sea Safari offer a number of trips around Looe Bay and even out to The Eddystone Lighthouse, really fancy this one myself but need to find my sea legs first.
Todays t shirt is another from Credence Clearwater Revival showing the lyrics from Down On The Corner, what a great sound from a great band.
Well Christmas has been and gone, thank you to good friends in Swindon who invited us in for the festive season. It was much appreciated and gave us a different perspective of Christmas.
Back in Looe for New Year. Most pubs are closed to the public after 18.00 and the fireworks were cancelled some time ago, so the town was relatively quiet this year. It is a shame for the town but it was probably the right decision. We popped down at lunch time and then saw The New Year in at home in our B&B.
At this point I would like to thank all our guests who supported us through the uncertain times of 2021 and to extend an invitation for guests old and new to come visit us in 2022. We are looking forward to the new year and all it will bring. Hopefully all the usual events will return, such as The Looe Raft Race, The Lugger Regatta, Looe Carnival, Looe Live Festival and many more here and nearby. The South West Coast Path is still here along with many other beautiful scenic walkways. Cornish cream teas, the freshest fish & chips, pasties and ice cream all have to be eaten still. Boat trips to and from Looe Island, around the Looe Bay or to Polperro and beyond are to be experienced. If this is all too much, just spend sunny days relaxing on Looe Beach. We have it all, right on the door step of Schooner Point.
Finally, not forgetting my t shirts. New ones received this Christmas, thanks Mrs. B&B. Today I have chosen one of the new ones, a bright red one with a white image of my favourite drummer, Keith Moon.
Mrs. B&B and I would like to wish you all a very happy 2022 and would love to see you spend it with us. Don’t forget to book direct for best prices.