The two weeks that I'd looked forward to most (so far) this year have been and gone. Both Die and I are bobbing around aimlessly in their wake, counting down the days and weeks until the radness that coeur_de_noir's visit in October will undoubtedly deliver. Still, kind of bummed out that the majority of life seems to be taken up with waiting and thinking about doing fun things rather than experiencing them.
Life, what the fuck is you?
So Cornwall was amazing as usual. We had our traditional trips to Totnes, Tintagel, Constantine and Booby's Beaches as well as a few jaunts out into the unknown. Lostwithial was a particular highlight, with some great little antique shops, a charming museum and the jagged remains of Restormel Castle looming on the outskirts. A whole day was spent at the always wonderful Museum of Witchcraft, which has undergone some great re-design in places. We were both really impressed at all of the new and revised information on display and the temporary exhibtion showcasing the illustrative work of Jos Smith was fantastic. We spent a good few hours in the library and I've now another long (and unfortunately expensive) list of book on the list of things to read now! Also quite excited to get to talk about some developments on showcasing some of the Snowshill objects in a more interesting context too, but will write about that when I know a little more!
Other fun things we got up to included bothering various species of rockpool dwelling creatures, hunting for hagstones, reading (and getting toasted) on the beach and eating (not enough of) lavender ice-cream. The last day was spent visiting St Nectern's Glen, a magnificent waterfall which plunges into Rocky Vallely. Sadly, this spot has been cashed in on by new-age lamers who sell polyester ribbons for tourists to tie to the trees in the area for vague 'spiritual' reasons. The tradition of cloughtie rags is an old one, but seeing it done in such a throw-away and trite manner is so depressing. In short, Cornwall left us yearning for more of the same and we're already planning a long weekend back there in September. We both have dreams about maybe living there one day and when nearly all of the property there looks a bit like this, why wouldn't you want to?
Our second week off was mostly spent local to Chester, but we had a great day out on Newborough Beach on Anglesey, spending the day bothering Welsh sea-life, lurking amongst ruined churches and getting burnt again. We also had a few days out looking for some caves in Wales on the site of an old Priory, but were defeated by sketchy barbed wire - will be going back with Duffy soon on a proper mission! On the Saturday we had a visit from Melon and drove over to Liverpool to check out the new Otterspool park and to also session Newbird as well as a quick trip to the Boneyard too. We were all stoked to stumble upon the best pizza and gin courtyard in Liverpool that day too, pretty sure Lento Pizza is going to be seeing a lot more of my greedy face.
Being back at work isn't too bad when there's so much to look forward to though. We've Die's birthday night and the debut of (and possibly only) Last Rites night, a trip down to the DLH funday in Bristol in August, as well as a host of games nights with Stu and Mel. I've a load of really fun painting on the go right now and skating has been super good recently too. I just wish we didn't have to wait so long for the fun things to be happening.