It's Cornwall; it's Summer; the holiday season is here and the county is teeming with tourists. It makes life a bit difficult to get around as the main roads are very busy and crowded and our narrow lanes are easily clogged by motorists who are unable to cope with the constant reversing that we residents take for granted. But that is part and parcel of living in such a beautiful county and popular holiday destination and we cope as best we can.
My own family were here last week and I was looking forward to taking many photos to put on my blog as we went out and about. But what a miserable week it has been - rain, rain and more rain for the most part, fog and mizzle for the rest with the briefest appearance of sunshine towards the evening. By living here, I accept that bad weather goes with living on the Moor, but I always feel sad when people come down here for a well-earned holiday and they miss out on sunshine and the beauty of the county.
My son donned his walking boots one day and hiked across Bodmin Moor for many miles, following the paths he knew from the time when he lived here, eventually arriving at lunchtime at one of the popular foodie inns, where my daughter-in-law, myself and our friend met him and enjoyed a leisurely meal before walking my dog and heading home again.
My grandsons enjoyed 2 Activity days - one where they were tree-surfing and one where the activities were water-based - wind-surfing, paddle-boarding, canoeing, etc. and luckily those two days were the best ones of the week. Sadly though, none of them saw the sea at all . . . a week in Cornwall without sight of the sea.
We all did a lot of reading! My son did work in my garden and made it a lot tidier. They left at 4.30am on Saturday morning in order to avoid the extra traffic forecast because of the rail strike, meaning many more cars on the roads in and out of the West Country - and they made excellent time, thank goodness.
It was so lovely to see them and spend time together; I just wish we could have made memories with some days out together. However, they did enjoy relaxing and meeting with my youngest son and his family, plus time with old friends, so it wasn't a wasted week by any means.
Sod's Law dictated that on the day they left, the sun came out and we had a fine, warm and sunny day - and the butterflies came out in force, attracted by the Buddleia bushes.
I'll leave it to others to identify the variety - apart from the Red Admiral, I have no idea what else was there. Is one a Peacock butterfly?
This one appreciated the warmth of my bedroom windowsill.
No butterflies on the Mini Cyclamen but they look so pretty in my
Mediterranean pots that I thought they deserved a place on my blog!