After our travels around Cyprus and parts of Italy, we spent just over a month visiting family and friends and seeing places old and new around England. One of my favourite areas is Cornwall closely followed by Devon. I have set several of my books in Cornwall inspired by the rugged coastline and beautiful scenery. During the week we spent in Cornwall we also took a trip to the Isles of Scilly which was a first for us. During our visit I was interested to see some Pohutukawa and bottlebrush trees which I hadn’t seen outside of New Zealand before.
The Cornish beaches are beautiful and walking from one cove to another generally involves a steep trek over the rugged headland. The colours of the heather and gorse on the hills are stunning. In our local town here in New Zealand, we have an old Cornish Pumphouse celebrating the gold mining history of the town. Every time I see ‘our’ pumphouse it reminds me of this one — the scenery isn’t quite the same in town, but brings back good memories.
Any visit to Cornwall has to include a clotted cream ice-cream or a cream tea and not forgetting a fabulous Cornish pasty! Apologies that there aren’t any photos of those, the evidence was eaten!