Friday, June 11, 2010

Home Again


There were in fact days six and seven of our roadtrip but both were so exhausting as to preclude much blogging. Day six involved a long drive around the coast of Cornwall from St Austell to St Just and St Ives and then back to find a secluded beach with beautiful, tree covered cliffs at Pentewan for a paddle in the sea as the sun went down.

Day seven was the long drive home. Although, actually, the driving part of it only took four and a half hours which was less than we had expected and we stopped for almost as long as that again having found a real rummage-y antiques centre in Honiton on the way back which took us nearly three hours to get around that and we came out with bags heaving. The last of our roadtrip purchases and by the this time the boot and back seat of the car were straining to hold it all.

The picture above was from the tiny little town of St Just, from its parish church, perched atop the high Cornish coast, an early fifteenth century wall painting of St George: as always when I see these medieval wall paintings I'm struck by just how gaudy our old churches must have looked with all that bright colourful paint all over: just the kind of look that the medievalists and heritage buffs would detest.

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