We’ve done very little since we arrived in St Mawes. Soon after we arrived (stiff and tired after six hours in the car), Hannah cooked a wonderful goats cheese, squash & kale frittata, which we ate with excellent bread from the St Mawes Bakery. (There are very good oven proof frying pans here, so I popped it under the grill to cook the top through, and it did the lovely browning and puffing up thing.)

Fritatta squash kale goats cheese


and this morning I made a Plum & Orange Zest warm cake (with Hannah’s excellent help) which we had for elevenses with Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream, because lovely Amanda who owns St Mawes Retreats was coming over with her delightful offspring for coffee.

It’s been raining all day in a fitful manner, but the strong winds haven’t let up, and I’m glad I hired a big, sensible car to drive, because navigating along the narrow, high-sided and twisting Cornish lanes in this horrid weather is a challenge. Here’s Mark & Rachel!

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We ordered Ploughmans lunches, chips and soup at the 17th century Roseland Inn in Philleigh, during a wonderful hour or so of bright sunshine and blue skies.

The Roseland Inn

(It’s dog-friendly for future reference, and has a farm shop too.)

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and then took the King Harry chain ferry over the Fal river.

King Harry Ferry

King Harry Ferry

Lil’sis thought we were here for only three days, and I packed more books and computers than clothes, so we were making a quick dash to Truro for leggings and T shirts, and for vital house supplies (Champagne for New Year’s Eve mainly).

We spent the rest of the day sprawled across the leather sofas in the living room, reading and drinking wine. I fell asleep, and woke at 8pm to the sound of kitchen noises. Hannah & Rachel had mashed potatoes and caramelised onions to go with Mr Mumford’s finest sausages, all the way from Northamptonshire.

The full moon was yesterday, and St Mawes looks beautiful in the strong moonlight.


And tomorrow I am looking forward to working through these:

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Sounds heavenly. We see Cornwall via Doc Martin on tv in USA.


The frittata looks absolutely amazing – definitely going to give that a go!


Loved your Cornish post, I lived in Truro for years (my parents still do) and am currently in Canada, with my fingers crossed that when (and if!) we go home it will be to Cornwall. Really cold and snowy here at the moment, so even the rain looked inviting!


Stayed at Dreamcatchers. Footballers wives gone mad. So many nicer and less bling places to stay (and better value) in St Mawes!


Looks fun!
What is “elevenses”, is that lunch?


That’s funny, we visited Trelissick just by the Ferry on the 27th, we left home to get some fresh air with our three boys in between this awful weather! Watched the ferry cross whilst in the gardens, maybe you were on it then! Have a great New Year’s Eve!

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