Your hosts,Sandy & Gary settled here fifteen years ago having "escaped" from the Thames Valley.Gary's career B.C. (that's "Before Cornwall") was as a licensed engineer having learnt his trade in the RAF
His daily commute now,a few yards to the best view on The Lizard Peninsula beats the M4 traffic any day! Sandy's career (B.C.) was as an area manager for a large catering company covering several counties then latterly for a couple of years with the National Trust at The Vyne in Hampshire Since our arrival in Cornwall we have become ensconced in local hamlet life where we celebrate the old customs and seasons of the land.We wassail the apple trees in January and organise pancake races around Shrove Tuesday (the bicycle and wheelbarrow heats are a bit tricky!). At Easter we walk to our nearest sandy beach at Gillan for Trigging (digging up cockles buried in the sand).We mark the solstices with parties, barbeques and bonfires.
|In October we produce cider and apple juice. December brings our Christmas Lights competition and workshops to produce charity wreaths from our garden foliage. We round the year off with the New Year Celebrations and "Auld Lang Syne" in the street|
In the wider community beyond our immediate hamlet we sing traditional Cornish songs and sea shanties with The Cadgwith Singers in local pubs and just about every kind of event from boat launches to fishing festivals, birthday parties and weddings
Gary trains and races gigs with the local Coverack club at every opportunity and volunteers with the Coastwatch organisation at local Nare point to keep a watchful eye on all the sailing schools off The Roseland and Falmouth bay Sandy takes to the boards with the Gweek Players and Gulls Theatre group in Mullion. She sings with Mullion's St.Mellanus singers performing everything from to Steiners Crucifiction to Singalong The Sound of Music In 2017 we had an amazing experience performing with Wild Works in Wolf's child in Trellowarren woods
In the winter months there is some time for basket making using both traditional techniques and some wild baskets from hedgerow and garden clippings. Screen printing and ribbon embroidery are recent discoveries.