One of our local boar –  the first of many summer visitors….

Don’t you just love having visitors? I never realised how much fun sharing your home with family and good friends  could be! In the UK we have always been so busy working and bringing up the kids that opening up our home to guests was something on the to-do list for the future. Now, the future is here and it’s fun!

First up was The Daughter who surprised us with a short visit, very spur of the moment, just like her actually. She’s having a bit of a hard year trying to find halfway decent employment after finishing her degree. At the moment she is in the local shop working and beginning to feel a little downhearted. However, after a week of mommy nagging and being daddy’s little girl (again) and talking to her big brother she has decided on teacher training. The decision is one that has been rumbling around in her head for a while, helped along by talking to her ex-deputy head from school, who has said he’ll support her application. So fingers crossed for September.

The next set of visitors were my cousin and his wife. I remember the last holiday we had together as kids…he was 6, my brother 5 and I was 10 and it was a fortnight in a caravan at Polzeath with our mothers. All I really recall is my aunt getting stuck in the caravan window for some reason and if I think too hard about it I may remember more than I want to!

Anyway, it was a great week. They had hired a car (a long story which I can not repeat as the company in question does not deserve any publicity, good or bad) and visited most of coastal Asturias including, Llanes, Ribadesella, Tazones, Cudillero and Luarca, coming back each evening with riotous tales of getting lost, misunderstood and well fed at numerous little places they had found on the way.

Next up is our neighbour here, he’s going to be staying for a couple of weeks whilst his place up the road is rented out. He’s a great bloke, a little eccentric, but good fun. The dogs adore him.

We are making time this year for the odd little jaunt as well. We’ve already been to León on the bike. That was a good time. We got lost at the entrance to the city and ended up having a police escort into the centre – loved it. The police were so nice (and cute). We were going to make it a two centre weekend with an overnight stop at Burgos. However…the road we took from León, although signposted for Burgos actually stopped, dead, in a pile of haybales. Seriously. Perplexed we turned off onto a smaller road hoping to find another signpost but….after another 100km we found a singpost for Asturias and came home. The actual ride was fantastic, up and over the Picos, flipping cold though.

We are trying again next week. This time taking the road to Santander and then down towards Burgos. It should be there.

Himself is celebrating his birthday today with an adventure in the mountains around Pola de Laviana. I have just had a text saying he has absolutely no idea where he is. I may have to send up flares.


Best of Both Worlds


It’s been a busy few days catching up with the kids, friends and various bits of business. Whilst Himself has been occupied on important matters (motorbike ride on Dartmoor with his mate) I have been running hither and yon working my way through a rather large shopping list of items to take back to Asturias with us.

Funny what you miss. Cheddar for example. The best one I know of, which has become a cult favourite with our neighbours, is Worthy Cheddar* a mature waxed cheddar from Glastonbury with a round, smooth, tangy taste.  Also sausages. Try Kernow Sausages….nummy! Thankfully I was able to pick up a truckle or two and a couple of packs this weekend as the makers were in the big white marquee on the Piazza in Truro. The marquee is a regular monthly sight and is run by Deborah Martyn Events* and is not just full of gorgeous food (Hayley’s Bakes* bring tears to your eyes they are so good) but also really high quality arts and crafts. My absolute favourite is Finishing Touches Jewellery*, beautiful handcrafted silver beaded and semi-precious earrings, bracelets and necklaces…I just can’t resist! (Nor can I resist Trenance* Chocolates Turkish Delight…but that is another story).

Can you tell I am a fan of these events?

This “hit and run” has been most enjoyable. It’s been wonderful to see Cornwall in the sunshine (something of a rarity these past few years) and to catch up with friends, although my BF has actually been out of the county for this visit and I don’t get to see her until September and have missed our long, girlie, gossipy lunch…just saying!

Anyway, this time next week we’ll be heading for the Spanish border and our Asturian home. We really do have the best of both worlds.

P.S The photo is of a rather attractive patch of weed in the front garden that I valiantly saved from the gardener’s strimmer…well, it is pretty!


*Deborah Martyn Events

*Worthy Cheddar

*Kernow Sausages

*Hayley’s Bakes, Caffé Nova, Stithians Lake, Redruth

*Trenance Chocolate

*Finishing Touches Jewellery