08 June 2011

Royal Cornwall Show

Organised and planned teaching bookings in order to go to the Royal Cornwall show at Wadebridge, so an early start, dogs walked before they had breakfast and sandwiches done we headed up the A30 to the showground.

I am guessing we were lucky with the date and weather, by luck not coincidence. Apart from one heavy shower, we were blessed with blue skies and sunshine most of the day. A visit to the food tent saw us with new tote bags courtesy of Rodda's Cornish Cream having just launced their new design. It does grow on you, although it is so different from the old branding.

A wine tasting at another stand saw us have a taste of a wine made from the dornburger grape variety and a taste of Cornish Blue cheese, which I actually I liked (and I don't normally go for blue cheeses). I brought a block of beeswax for rethreading something.

We walked around to drop off some information to Pirate FM/Atlantic FM as well as BBC Radio/TV regarding a trip Darren Heaton is doing from the Shetland Isles to the Isles of Scilly in aid of the Colonel's fund. We hope to do some escorting while he is in Cornwall, which will be about the 28th June all being well.

After that, we saw some dog judging, lots of lovely black labradors out and about yesterday. Then across to the sheep, the pigs, the cows, rare breeds etc before looking at very expensive recreational vehicles including bikes, cars, mobile homes and various parts of machinery.

Finally we stopped for a pint of St Austell's new beer "Trelawney", very nice it was too and accompanied by a set done by the Fisherman's Friends a group from Port Isaac or to those more familiar with Doc Martin, Port Wenn. I even got a CD signed by the lads.

Lastly, we found some steam engines, old and older.. lovely and smelly.. couldn't ask for any better but by now we were getting cold and tired and the boys were waiting at home for us to let them out. We were greeted with great enthusiasm when we arrived home.


Asclepius said...

This ties in rather nicely with a question I was going to ask you.

My wife has not ruled out the possibility of our next home being in my birth county(cornwall). However she has never been there. I want to show her some good reasons to move there and start a family there. My love of the county lays in the farms and fields around kilkhampton where I grew up. The coastlines around Looe and Polperro. These all hold personal value to me.

If you as a current native to the county were trying to show a yorkshire lass the beauty of the place where would you take her?

also Cornish Blue is one of the best cheeses ever!

Sage said...

@Asclepius - I love the wilder end of Cornwall, St Just and the north coast around there. However, we live in Redruth and that has a lot to offer, our view is over to the North Coast at Portreath, the mining heritage and rough landscape is wonderful with the engine houses standing still some more in ruins than others fill the mind with what it might have looked like 100 years ago in their prime. There are so many small coves, beaches that there is always quiet space away from the many tourist locations. It will depend on your work, as the roads are not many and can be narrow in places but I find this adds to their charm as they often have some hidden gems along these lesser roads.

Any time you are thinking of coming down for a visit to see the area, I can recommend a B&B in Portreath called Dolphin House. Lovely couple Emma and Dickon run it and make it a home from home.