Thursday, 15 November 2012

In a Cornish fishing village

When we went down to Devon back in September we visited the Cornish fishing village of Polperro.  My Granny used to live close-by in Fowey, but I'm sure I never came here as a child.


The roads are quite narrow and cars are not allowed in the village, which makes a pleasant change. It must be quite a tourist attraction in the summer, but for a cloudy day in September it wasn't too busy.




Fishing still takes place, but on a much smaller scale than in the past. We watched this fishing boat heading back to harbour.



Many of the houses are built on the sides of the hills. We met the local post woman as we were walking along a stretch on the coast path close to the houses, and we stopped to chat.  Her post round can be quite a challenge some days!  It reminded me of the books by Tessa Hainsworth who lives further down the coast, who left a hectic life in London and writes about her new life as a  post woman in Cornwall. Has anyone read any of her books? I would recommend them.


I couldn't resist this picture of two furry friends looking out the window!



The cottages are so pretty, we also we visited the local smuggling and fishing museum. There were many wonderful photographs of the village around the turn of the century, including one of a post woman delivering letters!  The fishermen used to wear Knit- frocks and there were some wonderful examples of different knitting patterns with wonderful names. I wish I could remember them! Each family had a distinctive pattern so that if any man was lost at sea they could easily identify them.

We then made our way home stopping at Whitsand bay, where we had the whole beach to ourselves. Daisy had a good run on the beach, as this is one beach that allows dogs on all year round.


It was a spectacular spot.


Where is your favourite beach? I think this one must be in my top 5.

Sarah x

35 comments:

  1. Oh Sarah what memories you've evoked. We spent our honeymoon in Polperro 42 years ago and stayed at an old coverted mill The Mill House Hotel overlooking the sea. Your photos are lovely and it looks exactly as it was all those years ago. I remember there were lots of potteries and art studios. In fact we have a few pieces still. Thankyou for sharing this visit.
    Patrica x

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  2. This post makes me long to see the sea again. The gentle sound of the waves, the crying of the seagulls, and the pretty cottages snuggled along the cliff edge.

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  3. Hi Patricia, I'm so glad my post bought some good memories,it must have been a lovely place to spend a honeymoon. There can't be many places that look the same as they did so many years ago. Sarah x

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  4. This beach looks wonderful! And the village is so very cute. It even reminds me a bit of Santorini with the white houses and some blue touches and the way the houses are built all the way up from the coast.
    Bye,
    Marian

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  5. Hi Sarah,
    The beaches and house's look picture postcard lovely!
    LOVE those two pals having a browse out the window too, wonder who they are waiting for?
    hehe..Sending kind thoughts love Maria x

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  6. Sweet Sarah!

    I adore that whitewashed cottage and the photo with the two dogs looking out the window! It reminds me that there is a whole other world out there on the other side of the great pond.

    My favorite beaches are NAVAGIO BEACH off the coast of Greece and Carmel-by-the-sea in Northern California where I went on my honeymoon 30 years ago.

    I hope you are well and what a lovely tour! Anita

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    1. Wow, your two favourite beaches look amazing!
      Sarah x

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  7. In primary school in Glasgow I had a tin pencil box with a picture of Polperro on it - when things got boring I would daydream I was there! When I got to art school I got a summer job in Cornwall and finally got there. It looks as though it has lost none of its charm!

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    1. I can just picture you in that classroom daydreaming. I'm glad you finally got to see it the real thing.
      Sarah x

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  8. What a beautiful, quaint village, and one I'd love to visit one day. The photo of the two wee faces at the window made me all warm and fuzzy inside - aren't they just the cutest little dogs.

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  9. Lovely photographs - reminds me of Clovelly - oh so pretty but goodness I don't think that I could cope with the hills nowadays! My favourite beaches are those to be found on the far West coast of Ireland - they are stupendous, miles of white and blue and usually no one else to be found. Oh and a beach up in the Northern Territories - cannot recall its name now - a sea of exotic butterflies on the beach to keep us company. Oh some of those delicious ones down in Southern India - away from the tourist areas. That said the place we love to visit most is West Wittering - just along the coast from here! North, South, East, West - home is the place I love the best!
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  10. I am in love with this village Sarah.. Its so so pretty.
    One can imagine the smugglers arriving on their little boats and hiding their "goods" in the nooks and cranies of the village hills.
    How incredible that each family had their own wool knitted designs ..
    The beach is spectacular, and the little doggies.
    Great photos of your time spent in Polperro.
    super post Sarah.
    happy Friday
    val x

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  11. Such a quaintly place, I love these little fishing towns, they are so interesting and quirky! :)

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  12. Sarah, what a gorgeous post. Thanks for taking me with you on your walk around the village. I've never been to Cornwall, but I'll get there some day. Lots of love. P.s I too love those dear little doggies, bless them xx

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  13. Dearest Sarah,
    I love to show you the most beautiful areas of nature .... I would love to make me hit the trail to visit England and you .... I would also like to meet you.
    Have a great weekend and make yourself a warm embrace,
    Sincerely Flori

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  14. Thank you for sharing these scenes - a beautiful escape for a land-locked Midlander. My two absolute favourite beaches are in Cornwall:Sennen Cove and Porthcurno - both in the far west.
    I hope to return there soon xo

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    1. Welcome! Sennen Cove is a lovely beach, we know it well I haven't been to Porthcurno however it does looks another nice one.
      Sarah x

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  15. What a lovely beach and not a soul on it that`s rare for a start, considering it was such a dour day the pictures have lovely touches of colour enough to make them all interesting, all the best David

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  16. Dear Sarah,
    beautiful pictures, the two dogs looking out of the window are so cute, lovely.
    I came to Britain first at the age of 13, 33 years ago. It was love on first sight!Now I call a Bed&Breakfast my own, the interior is a mixture of english and french countrstyle, I love it!

    Wish you a wonderful time, warmly Babsi

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  17. I love the two furry friends! They're just great!
    June

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  18. what lovely photos, I so love the sea, think my 2 favourite beaches are Druridge Bay in Northumberland and the beach at Wells-next-the-sea in Norfolk...or maybe the ones we went to on the Isle of Lewis...or...it's hard to choose!

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  19. Hello Sarah
    Beautiful photos of Polperro, we used to spend the day there out of season when everbody had gone home.. breathtaking walks around the headland, we have a lovely watercolour of the harbour to remind us of those days
    Thank you for your Cornish memories
    Thea x

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  20. Hello Sarah!

    Thank you for following my blog! It's about time I posted something - I must get on! We were in Polperro in 2005. We walked the coastal path, it was very beautiful. We have a friend who lives in Dorset in Kingswear and visit when we can. Now I've discovered your blog and can keep my eye on the the other end of the country! Your pictures are lovely and bring back happy memories.

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  21. PS... whoops my geography is wrong! Our friend lives in Kingswear in Devon - but was born in Dorset!

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  22. You may well see Kingswear in my blog at sometime. We love the coast of Dorset.Devon and Cornwall and visit them as frequently as we can!
    sarah x

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  23. What a beautiful place! It reminds me of the scenery in Doc Martin. Is it nearby? I especially love the picture of the two dogs in the window. It reminds me of Fergus and Jenny.

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    1. Doc Martin is based in Port Isaac which is on the North coast of Cornwall, whereas Polperro is on the South coast. They both have the characteristics of a Cornish village be the sea.
      Sarah x

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  24. DEAR SARAH! Oh, the westie and the scotty, YES, OF COURSE YOU WOULD ENJOY THEM! Thank you for coming to visit me! And though you may not celebrate Thanksgiving like we do in America, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope that your have much love surrounding you! Anita

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  25. What a wonderful post! Im new here as a friend sent me the link to this post as she knows how much i love Cornwall. My dad and his family live there whilst im in leicestershire, but ive been holidaying there for all of my life.
    Love the houses, dogs in the window and the different knit for each fisherman - how interesting! My favorite place ever is Mevagissey even though the beach is tiny. Im not sure i have a favorite beach in Cornwall, but i absolutely love the open long wide one in Hunstanton, Norfolk.
    Il be searching for the Tessa Hainsworth books too...
    Aqeela xx

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  26. I think that beach would be in my top 5 too! We used to holiday in Polperro when I was a child. I loved it there but I haven't been back in over 30 years!

    The pic of the peeking furry friends is adorable :D

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  27. I have just added this village to my list of places to go in UK! A village this cute, by the sea where no cars are allowed? Perfect! (good luck in my giveaway - it's been lovely to have you come into my blog world since my guest post on Miss Minimalist)

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  28. I love your photographs. It's so nice to be transported to another place! I hope you have a wonderful week and will stop by my blog to say hi. I'm having a wonderful $100 cash and Jo Malone giveaway now!
    xo
    Sharon

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  29. About 15 years ago we were in Mexico and met the cutest couple from Cornwall. He was an innkeeper at Sennen Cove. They have twice been to visit us in California, but we have yet to visit them in their 600 year old home near Penzance. I hope to do so before too long. The beaches look so lovely, or as Andrew always says, 'brilliant'.

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  30. That's a beautiful village and the houses look so pretty, I don't think I would like living on any of those houses very close to the water though. I'm wondering where people park their cars with the streets being so narrow.

    After reading your post I reserved Tessa's books through my library website, can't wait.

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