Your hosts,Sandy & Gary settled here nine 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! Sandys 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 bicyle 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 and in Autumn hold the harvest supper - each dish contains something grown or scrumped in the hamlet.
|In October we produce cider and apple juice by rough chopping, passing through a garden shredder and then crushing.We light another bonfire at our Guy Fawkes gathering then December brings our Christmas Lights competition and a workshop to produce 130 wreaths from our garden foliage to raise money for charity. We round the year off with the Tosca ceremonies at the New Year Celebrations where awards are given for dramatic accidents and achievements during the year to just about every house|
Within 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 volunteers with the Coastwatch organisation at local Nare point doing a couple of shofts each month and races gigs with the Cadgwith team Sandy takes to the boards with the Gweek Players local amateur dramatic group who are currently rehearsing The Canterbury Tales She also sings with the St.Mellanus choir in Mullion performing everything from "Singalong-A-Sound-Of-Music" to the Mikado, Pirates of Penzance,Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat to Steiners Crucifiction on Good Friday . W.I. meetings and events are another interest
In the winter months there is some time for basketry classes using traditional techniques but also some wild and wacky baskets from hedgerow and garden clippings. These two being examples of coiled work using mountbretia and string
Oil painting classes are another interest for the winter months. Sandy takes to the boards with the Gweek Players local amateur dramatic group who are currently rehearsing The Ghost Train