Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August
Time to go on holiday to Cornwall …
But first, 10 interesting, weird and wonderful Cornwall facts.
The climate is rather nice down here! The Gulf Stream runs up through our waters meaning the sea temperatures are roughly 4-5c warmer than the rest of the country. The maritime climate is also present here meaning it stays relatively mild all winter, if a little wet!
We get plenty of sunshine. Bude was considered the sunniest place in the UK during the summer of 2013, receiving 783 hours of sunlight.
Bude Canal is the most westerly canal in the country. The canal has many unique features that include the only manually operated sea locks in the whole of England! It’s also home to many species of native flora and fauna.
We have some pretty amusing place names down here in the Duchy, with the large majority of Cornish place names being derived from the Kernwek language. Our personal favourites include Brown Willy and Green Bottom!
Cornwall has been the backdrop for many TV and film productions, shows such as Poldark, Taboo, Doc Martin, Jamaica Inn and Wycliffe. All of these shows have used Cornwall’s exquisite landscapes to capture their viewer’s imaginations.
Legend says Cornish wrestling dates all the way back to 1139 when a warrior called Corineus took on a Cornish giant by the name of Gogmagog at the top of a cliff. The sport is still practiced today and involves grabbing hold of your opponent by their jackets, which are worn to provide a better grip, and trying to throw them to the floor so they land flat on their backs.
People are a bit different down here in Cornwall, and you’ll regularly see people with big smiles on their face for no other reason than just being happy about living in Cornwall. Maybe it’s because archaeologists have found that the Cornish and Welsh people of today are the ancestors of an ancient race that date back to the Neolithic period, between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago.
Cornish folk also have a strong sense of Kernow pride, a Morgan Stanley Bank survey showed that 44% of the inhabitants of Cornwall believe themselves to be Cornish rather than British or English!
Cornwall has the longest coastline in Britain and spans a whopping 697km.
Cornwall boasts the largest collection of plant species found in the British Isles and the sea is teaming with life as well, on average a Cornish fisherman can catch over forty species of fish in our waters!
And now, back to the holiday …
Annoyingly I had somehow managed to really hurt my back before we left. I was in such pain 😖 which was completely miserable. I made myself keep on going, just taking regular paracetamol in an attempt to give me some relief but it just wasn’t touching it (I am not allowed to take ibuprofen). After a few days I just had to give in and ring my GP back at home and ask what else I could take to help me. He suggested I try a small dose of codeine (when I was ill before my transplants I had to stop taking this as it used to make me feel very strange indeed!) But it seems that nothing has changed with that, after a day I had to stop taking it again, it wasn’t making me feel too good! Just back to the paracetamol it was.
At least I know for the future now that codeine is still definitely not for me 😏
Anyway, despite the back, I had a nice time down in Cornwall and I’ve made this little video using just a few of the many, many photographs that I took 📸
I hope you like it …