Fun, Flowers and Frolics…

In Falmouth town late afternoon one day last week, we noticed that a brand new bar and eatery had opened up so we thought we’d drop by and see what they had to offer: Mono in Killigrew Street promises to be a success; its interior is cleverly designed with a modern industrial feel. Staff were friendly and talked us through some of the many tasty specialist craft beers on sale. Although we didn’t eat (we’ll make it our destination another day!) the food menu, offered up through another name: Angus & Mitchell looks well thought out with some interesting, contemporary choices. It’s great to see new places opening up in town and we wish them every success.

Mono’s interior has the cool factor

At the roundabout at Playing Place, where the road turns off to The King Harry Ferry, there’s a sign for ‘cut flowers’. One day, about two years ago, we decided to go and investigate. We found a small shed with the most vibrant variety of different specimens displayed in buckets and crying out to be bought and taken home. Carla from Chygwyne Flowers grows and sells these wonderful arrangements, always different according to what’s growing at the time. We’ve been visiting her ever since to pick up bouquets to brighten up the guesthouse. The fact that all her flowers are grown in her polytunnel fits with The Lyonesse and our Green ideals. Nothing is imported and we’re supporting that. In this week’s arrangement that we took a trip out to collect last week, we had, amongst others, fabulous azure blue delphiniums and some beautiful purple asters. Carla also provides arrangements for weddings and other special occasions.

Our beautiful flowers from Carla’s Chygwyne Farm

No matter the weather or time of year, there are a multitude of things to do in and around Falmouth and Cornwall’s beauty is timeless. To that end, this weekend we visited the fishing village of Cadgwith, partly because my brother, who was down for the weekend, is a thatcher and the village is full of beautiful, traditional thatched cottages. Rain prevented us from enjoying our picnic lunch out in the open so we found shelter in the tiny, unique tin and timber church perched up on the hillside. There we ate our sandwiches (sacrelidge!) looking out over the village – down a tiny valley and up across the opposite hillside.

Cadgwith’s beach from The Todden. The fishing boats are winched up onto the beach.

From there we took a drive further east to the beach of Kennack sands. A small but well stocked shop, rock pools, soft sand and a grassy hill with well trodden paths dividing the two parts of the beach make this a place with something for everyone.

Even in the mist, the stunning beauty of Kennack sands can be appreciated.

A visit to the interesting town of St Keverne had to be included in our little tour round the ‘heel’ of England’s ‘boot’ (think of the shape of this notable part of Cornwall). We enjoyed a drink in the lovely White Hart pub there and then, as it was getting late, we headed back to Falmouth.

The White Hart, St Keverne

On Sunday, after an energising morning walk in the area, we went to one of our favourite places: Potager in New Cross near Constantine. We love the ethos behind this small gardens and ‘glasshouse café’. There are neat little terraces and borders with wonderful planting plus areas for relaxing and playing: table tennis for example in the huge greenhouse that’s also filled with sculptures , succulents, cacti, vegetables and flowers – a beautiful wisteria is currently in bloom as are some fantastically vibrant genaniums. A sand pit area and several hammocks provide lots of fun for adults and children alike and the food served in the lovely café is wholesome, delicious and organic, although we only indulged in tea and slices of amazing cake this time!