I had a lovely day out with friends today; we're half way through
October and having the 3rd week of an Indian Summer -
sunshine all the way, very little rain and just a chill in the air
when out of the sunshine to remind us that Winter is fast
approaching. You just have to make the most of these days, don't you?
I couldn't stop in the road outside, so I had to take this photo
of the imposing statue of King William IV atop the gateway from
inside the Yard.
Look left - and you see a couple of large white cows in a quiet
relaxation area surrounded by flower beds.
After finding a parking space, we headed for one of the eateries (of which there are several, all offering a variety of food) for some lunch and much-needed coffee. We sat at an outside table, soaking up the wonderful sunshine as we admired the boats moored in the harbour.
We wandered around the Yard but unfortunately, being out-of-season, there wasn't much else to see, but it was a pleasant wander nevertheless; eventually we sauntered to the car and climbed aboard. The car parking charges are calculated from the moment you enter the Yard (camera record of your number plate) until you put your registration number into one of the pay-machines. And THAT was when I wished we'd done less sauntering . . . . instead of paying £2 for 2 hours, we jumped to the £5 day charge BY 2 MINUTES!!!!! Aaaaarrrggghhhh!!!!! Really annoying as it took more than 2 minutes to use the parking machine - enter your registration letters; press the photo of your car; confirm that this is your vehicle; press either 'cash', debit card or credit card; press to view the charge; finally insert the coins.
So we headed out of the city and followed the Cornish coastline, enjoying the beautiful sea views, finally reaching Cremyll, across the water from the Royal William Yard but having driven in a huge circle around the land. A table in the sunshine, at the edge of the water, plus cappuccinos all round = perfection. Once again, lots to see, even at low tide -
A large ship in dock for service or repair.
And while we sat there, another one entered the approach to the dock, a Type 23 Frigate, HMS Somerset.
This man and his little dog sat on the shingle and shared a sandwich and a drink of water, the boat was wiped all over before they both climbed aboard and off they sailed.
Finally, I loved this old ornate clock on the Cremyll Ferry office building, especially the wise words,