Last week we headed off to Cornwall for a four night break in St Mawes, at the tip of the Roseland peninsula. Unlike the dramatic surfy coast of North Cornwall, the south is a land of gentle creeks and estuaries. The easiest way to get around is to dump the car and hop on the little ferries that putter backwards and forwards across the rivers. At this time of year the footpaths and lanes are bursting with flowers and heady with scent. Pockets of sub-tropical microclimate have drawn gardeners to create their fantasy landscapes. The area is studded with historic big hitters like Trebah, Glendurgan and Trelissick. These succulent beauties were local to us at Lamorran...
..and we travelled up the road to St Austell to visit the modern vision at the Eden Project.
But I am drawn to the the wild volunteers that spring from every hedgebank and crack in the wall.
Babingtons Leek - a garlicky native of the area
Mexican Fleabane - Erigeron karvinskianus
Couldn't resist collecting some seed to soften up the new hard landscaping back at the ranch.
Resisted these - a seaside themed bathroom was rejected by Mr AP
We dressed up for smart cocktails at Hotel Tresanton,
and ate fish and chips by Falmouth Harbour.
Home now and back to work tomorrow.
The forecast says it's going to be hot - and that means horseflies!
I must go dig out the insect repellent...