The friends you made and the memories you left

Yesterday morning, John and I were reminiscing about the past year, including our visit to Cornwall, when my phone pinged to tell me I’d been mentioned on Twitter. By coincidence, the account @MemorialBench was tweeting the submission I’d made to them from Cape Cornwall, because the inscription seemed a good New Year sentiment to share. “Your life is not measured in years but in the friends you made and the memories you left.” It is, indeed, a lovely thought which I pass on to all the new blogging friends I made in 2014. I hope we continue to share memories in 2015. Happy New Year!

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Cape Cornwall, UK 

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Cornish Chronicles: Cape Cornwall

Once upon a time, a little boy from Glasgow went on holiday to Cornwall with his Mum, Dad and two younger siblings. They stayed in a cottage at Cape Cornwall which had a gate right onto the beach! The little boy had a lovely time and looked back on many happy memories, but he didn’t visit Cornwall again for nearly 50 years, when he returned with his wife, determined to track the cottage down…

Ok, enough of that – I’m sure it’s not hard to guess who I’m talking about! And actually, the cottage wasn’t that hard to track down – there was only one it could have been, though it has been upgraded since the 60s (no surprise there) with double glazing and a sun-porch:

Cape Cornwall is a rocky headland jutting out into the sea, topped by an abandoned chimney stack, the remains of Cape Cornwall Mine which closed in 1875. (This area has many such ruined mines – more on those in the next post.) On the chimney is a plaque noting that Cape Cornwall was “purchased for the nation by HJ Heinz Co Ltd to mark their centenary year. Presented to the National Trust 25 March 1987.” Think about that next time you have beans on toast for tea!

Below the Cape is the rocky beach of Priest’s Cove with its swimming pool as fondly remembered by John from his childhood holiday (but renovated in 2000). Just around from the cove is a lookout post for National Coastwatch – there was an exercise going on the day we were there so we weren’t able to go into the building.

We spent all morning at the Cape, finishing with a sandwich and a cup of tea from the mobile café, which we ate sitting on a wall and enjoying the sun – still not believing our luck with the wonderful, autumn weather. Then it was off to visit some of those mines I was talking about…