Thursday, August 31, 2006


My son has gone back to Edinburgh after a frantic four days and we are on our own again. I have seem more of Cornwall in those four days than in the last four years! His car looked like a mobile greenhouse as he filled it full of plants to take back for his newly formed garden. Looking at pictures of it he has really worked hard and it looks as if a professional has done it. I can't wait to see pictures of it next summer when it will all be in bloom. My garden has decided it is Autumn and is looking very shabby. There are still tomatoes on the vines in the hanging baskets and the runner beans are still producing the odd couple of beans every other day, but apart from that it is all over and I need to get out there and work!
We had a great visit to Lanhydrock which I thoroughly enjoyed. However it isn't what I would call an intimate house being very large and I should imagine it would be easy to get lost in it. There was an amazing ceiling circa Charles 1st's era but photos weren't allowed so I can't show you. Suffice it to say that it was moulded all over with decorations and scenes from the bible plus fruits and leaves. Because of the fear of it falling down there were no chandeliers hanging down into the long gallery below. The kitchens were fantastic with one large kitchen for cooking with a large rack of spits in front of the range plus a separate cooking range. Separate larders for game, fish and general supplies plus a still room and dairy. Must have been a hive of industry in its heyday. The house was mostly built by the first Lord Robartes of Truro in Charles 1st's reign and was finished by his son John who was a Parliamentarian (Round Head) during the Civil War which was unusual as most of Cornwall was Royalist. In 1881 a fire destroyed a lot of the house but it was rebuilt to the original plans. The north wing where the superb ceiling is was spared. The church behind the house is older being 15th century. In latter years it was the family's holiday home! Some holiday home!

Original gatehouse with Andrew and Mel in the foreground.  Posted by Picasa

Lanhydrock and church from the park. Posted by Picasa

The gatehouse and an old car used for transporting the less able to the house. (It was a long walk from the car park!) Posted by Picasa

Lanhydrock!  Posted by Picasa

The main door with the coat of arms above it. Pity I chopped it off and didn't get it in the picture!  Posted by Picasa

Martin at one of the doors.  Posted by Picasa

Sneaky picture of side of scullery. Posted by Picasa

Typical doorway. Posted by Picasa

Rose gardens Posted by Picasa

Church and kitchen and scullery rooms to the left.  Posted by Picasa

Close up of formal garden Posted by Picasa

Old cotton net curtains at the windows in the kitchen area. Posted by Picasa

I love old door ways!  Posted by Picasa

Formal gardens  Posted by Picasa

Very old graves under the trees. Posted by Picasa

My son Andrew! Posted by Picasa

Fascinating tree in the park at Lanhydrock. Very inspirational! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Holiday time!

I'm having a week's holiday while my son and his fiancee are down from Scotland. I haven't seen them since this time last year so it is fun to catch up. Today is his birthday and it seems strange to think that 35 years ago today I was awaiting his arrival. I had a home birth and it was a Bank Holiday Sunday. My midwife was on holiday and I had a student midwife. She was most concerned that I didn't take a long time in production as she had a chicken in her oven at home and that seemed to be of much more importance! In the event Andrew was born at 7.00pm in a rush and her chicken was probably overcooked! He has been a true Sunday's child all his life. Tonight we are all going out to a local Italian restaurant to celebrate.... pictures tomorrow!
Yesterday we went to visit Godolphin House. It is a manor house in the village of Godolphin, nr Helston which isn't too far from us. I had never been so it was something new. The original building on the site was a small castle built circa 1300 by Sir Alexander Godolphin with money from the family's tin mining business. Many changes were made in the next centuries and by the 17th century Godolphin had become the largest house in the county. However a fall in the price of tin meant that by the late 18th century the house had become derilict. The house was bought in 1937 by Sidney Schofield who had carried out much restoration work. It is ongoing. The house is fascinating though bears little resemblance in layout to the original plans. Sadly there was a policy of no photography inside the house so no pictures. Not all of the rooms are on view but those that are have been restored to their former grandeur. Great big fireplaces with carved overmantles. Sumptuous bed hangings on the four poster beds and an enormous table in the great hall. This must, in its heyday, have been an amazing house. I believe it was used in the Poldark series. Anyway I'm glad I got to see it eventually. Tomorrow we are going to see Lanhydrock. Another historic house up near Bodmin.
Now I am going to play with the DVD that arrived this morning from Gabrielle...Creativity on Demand. How I have been able to hold off until this moment I will never know. More about it later. Fun awaits! N

Godolphin churchyard Posted by Picasa

The village of Godolphin Posted by Picasa

Godolphin House nr Helston Cornwall Posted by Picasa

Main entrance to courtyard and house.  Posted by Picasa

Courtyard. Front of house is opposite this view. Posted by Picasa

Inside courtyard. Front of house is to the right.  Posted by Picasa

Inside the courtyard. Front of house is to the left. Posted by Picasa

Front of the house from the main drive Posted by Picasa