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.