So today I set off on my hols. A walking holiday postponed from last year. Barbara and I set off about 8.15 to drive to Bude, north Cornwall. I was afraid that the traffic might be dreadful, with everyone heading for the coast on a sunny Saturday but in fact, it was not too bad. We have linked up with two friends and are in an Airbnb not too far from the sea. The weather is just fantastic, sunny but not too warm for walking. We are hoping to do a bit more of the South West Coast path.
But first, an expedition to the Bude sea pool. This is a contained area of sea water, not pounded by the Atlantic breakers, and a shade warmer. About 16C. In 2010 it was under threat of demolition, but thanks to local enterprise has been restored to its former glory. I have bought a T shirt to celebrate their success.
Here we are, venturing the briny.
On the main beach there were lots of surfers, the waves were rolling in pretty ferociously. Lovely sandy beach, many locals enjoying the sunny afternoon.
Something which is very noticeable here is the quality of the light. I can see why the painters congregated in St Ives. North facing, and somehow very pure and clear.
We had a look around the town. It seems to have some very individual shops and hostelries. I am very much looking forward to raiding the bakery for an authentic Cornish pasty. Bude was a popular bathing resort in Victorian times, and retains a slightly antiquated air to it. Not too many admonitions about social distancing etc etc. It feels rather relaxed.
So it has to be a Cornish dance. Not from this year, because of lockdown. From 2018.