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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Tuesday was a trip to the  Lost Gardens of Heligan  which was the family seat of the Tremaynes for over 400 years. By the early 20th century the house fell into neglect and the gardens were allowed to become overgrown.  The Tremayne family purchased the Heligan estate from the Hill family in the 16th century and built a new manor house here in 1603. The house was rebuilt in 1692 in William and Mary style. The superb gardens surrounding the house were begun by Rev. Henry Hawkins Tremayne in the late 18th century. Rev. Tremayne called in Thomas Gray to create a garden plan around 1780, and this plan helped the eventual restoration work. Tremayne planted trees to screen the site and laid out the northern gardens and rose garden.  The Burmese Rope Bridge across 'The Jungle'  Later generations of the family added a wild area known as The Jungle, with subtropical plants including giant tree ferns, overlooking the fishing port at Mevagissey below.  The last re

Padstow and fish & chips!

Monday started early with Izobelle and I going in search of a church micro Geocache, then off to Padstow for the day. We found the Cache, much to her delight! A cold but bright day and a promise of no rain- sounded good to us all as we headed out, driven by Andrew. We arrived in Padstow to find and plenty of people there, but not too crowded, and considering it was half term. Having had a wander and look in a few shops,Rosey and I then went for a wander toward the war memorial, out of the main town and to where there was access to beautiful beaches and fantastic scenery. Looking toward Rock from Padstow  The WW1 War Memorial Wandered back and met the family and made our way to Rick Stein fish and chip. beautiful fish with great, and not too thick, batter. Had to queue for ages to get in!  Busker on the harbour wall.  I was not sure of the function of this vessel! All together a great day out in Padstow, I can see why people are