Westward, Ho…

07 May

There are certain points in life that are considered to be a watershed or landmark on your personal life-landscape, but I always find more pleasure in celebrating such events in the lives of others, rather than revelling in the tiresome business of celebrating the anniversaries of one’s own existence.

It was therefore with much pleasure that I learned of my old friend Ho’s plan to mark his 50th circuit of the Sun on this spinning ball of rock, with a trip to beautiful Cornwall.


Not only that, but there were to be stone circles involved.
And country pubs.
And picnics. And local scrumpy, And a week off work.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll all (Ho, myself, Elaine, and another friend, Jane) be staying at the Youth Hostel at St Just, courtesy of the birthday boy himself.

Well, it simply would have been terribly rude to decline his kind invitation, so he travelled down from Sussex to us on Saturday, giving us a chance to catch local band, Badabing, at The Jube in Woolacombe that evening…


…when they finally took the stage that is, guitarist Jason having fallen asleep after a big dinner, turning up late..


…but playing a great set, all the same.

Having spent Sunday lazing around in the glorious sunshine at home, not moving from our seats around the fishpond all day, we were ready for a road trip, and a change of scenery.
We weren’t disappointed either, arriving in the last of the afternoon sun to find extremely pleasant, very comfortable lodgings…


…with a fabulous view from our back garden.


After relaxing after dinner in the fading warmth of the evening with a drink, watching the sun set over the sea, the only thing left to do was head into the village pub to catch the Monday open house folk night with the “Fiddldey Dees” (yes, really)


Tuesday was Ho’s big day, and he was being very mysterious about what it may contain.

We would have to wait and see…

Go to part two…


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9 responses to “Westward, Ho…

  1. flmabon

    May 7, 2013 at 19:52

    What a Fantastic way to celebrate a friends milestone birthday! Simply wondrous!

    • dalecooper57

      May 8, 2013 at 13:51

      It’s gorgeous down here Bonnie. Stay tuned for more…

  2. Carol Allen Anfinsen

    May 8, 2013 at 01:44

    What fun! And all in the beauty of Great Britain. What could be better. Loved the Inn!

    • dalecooper57

      May 8, 2013 at 13:50

      Yes, it was traditional with a capital “T”. A lovely cosy night.

  3. simonmansey

    May 8, 2013 at 12:39

    About 40 years ago, I was in the same Youth Hostel. We were on a school Geography field trip. The project was to compare two Cornish towns, this one being St Just in Penwith (Lands End – very steep and rocky coastline) with the second half of the trip, which was to St Just in Roseland (Falmouth – smooth, gentle, sunken hills making the Carrick Roads one of Englands deepest natural harbours).
    The area was the heart of the Cornish Tin mining industry and is littered with many crumbling granite mine buildings. Just one – Geevor at Cape Cornwall, was in operation when we visited, it closed in 1990.

    • dalecooper57

      May 8, 2013 at 13:48

      Amazingly, I shall be posting some lovely photos of the self-same mine in a following post.

  4. Helena Fortissima

    May 9, 2013 at 02:56

    Sounds like an amazing, relaxing celebration! The countryside there is beautiful, and the inn and pub look so cozy!

  5. iancochrane

    May 9, 2013 at 05:21

    Half a century. Yep, I’d call that `milestone’
    A special event well met!
    Cheers, ic

  6. Lanthie

    May 10, 2013 at 20:07

    The Inn looked very cozy


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