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Some shots from Dorset and Cornwall this summer

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:50 am    Post subject: Some shots from Dorset and Cornwall this summer  Reply with quote

Some of the photo highlights since my last "Austria" post... Dorset first (Durdle Door):

















Then Cornwall, Mousehole mostly...



















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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos, makes you feel like you are actually there!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those beaches look stunning, it's a shame that we generally don't get proper beach weather here; well not for any great length of time.

It's a shame that to holiday in the UK can be so expensive and you can never guarantee the weather.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pictures!

Both really nice parts of the UK
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning scenery there and fantastic photos. We really enjoyed our stay in Devon last year and were thinking of visiting Somerset within the next couple of years. This has now persuaded me.
I have never seen a fuschia tree before, just shows how mild the winters are in that part of the UK.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics indeed, I've not been down to the Mousehole but keep meaning to. We're you staying there?
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Yes, we stayed in Mousehole in the same house for the third time this year. It's 3k for 2 weeks in season, and it grates that the main fridge does not work properly and the two main bedrooms look like 70's throwbacks despite that (I's owned by some old Welsh guy and the holiday company say he won't upgrade what he does lot need to change for his own needs). But it's a lovely house overall, with a massive glass fronted area for the kitchen/diner/reading area. This is the view from the kitchen, when I was washing up on our first evening there. You can see the village and sea better than this pic suggests - the glass to the right of this, the dining area, has views across to the Lizard, the whole massive Penzance bay. We like Mousehole as its a bitch to park at if you are not staying there, but if you are its a lovely place to walk into.



The Dorset coast is lovely, and its taken us 12 years of living in Hants to work out that it's perfectly possible to go right down to the Durdle Door area, where it is prettiest, and back in a day without it feeling a hassle, even on a sunny summer's day. With a TomTom anyway - we've been a few different ways!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pictures. I've been to Durdle Door: very nice.

I rather think I'd go off on one if a place I rented at a rate that would get me a decent place in the West End had a broken fridge and I was told by the letting agency that the landlord refused to mend it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great pictures. I've been to Durdle Door: very nice.

I rather think I'd go off on one if a place I rented at a rate that would get me a decent place in the West End had a broken fridge and I was told by the letting agency that the landlord refused to mend it.


This, in spades.

I seem to recall being taken to Mousehole as a kid, but that's really the extent of it. It does look a lovely area, but not exactly within easy driving distance for us!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics of two lovely places.

For that sort of money I would want a dishwasher as well as a working fridge.
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I wouldn't rent a cottage without a dishwasher, even the caravan I rented 7-8 years ago in France had an American style fridge/freezer and a dishwasher.

The view from the Mousehole cottage is lovely though.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wouldn't rent a cottage without a dishwasher,


Can't say it bothered me this summer but we either ate out or did a BBQ - apart from breakfast stuff and a few played a day we were never at the sink!

We need to investigate more of Cornwall having done a stretch of the North Coast this April but it's picking the time of the year - August is France so it's either Easter or October half term (May is too close to summer, really).

We've already booked our summer holidays for 2016, I am that sad!
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I think we'll be booking before long too, whether its this place or somewhere else (still in Mousehole, or maybe St Ives). Cornwall was stupidly busy this summer and the good places book out quite quickly - and the places without the location, views, parking and so on are rarely much cheaper in the holidays. I think summer half term abroad, then 2 weeks in Cornwall in the school hols, suits us well. Apart from anything else, I take my bike and although I only do 3 rides, the hills there make that a big step towards getting properly fit for my usual early autumn Wales MTB trip. We are used to taking a lot more stuff than would fit in plane luggage...

It has a dishwasher - but we don't have one at home and I don't mind it, so I generally start to wash up some pans after a meal then just do most of it because its there.....
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We've booked a couple of weeks holiday in March (did in in June as I like to plan well ahead too), but need to decide what to do with the kids in the summer holidays.   It's likely to be in this country next year and they like the idea of a week on the Norfolk Broads, but I'm not so sure.  There are some really nice looking boats, but it wouldn't be quite so much fun if it rained all week.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The depth of colours in those pictures are spectacular. The first shot and those with the boats are absolutely beautiful.
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Michael wrote:
The depth of colours in those pictures are spectacular. The first shot and those with the boats are absolutely beautiful.


Why thank you. There is a big, big difference between the shots taken with the new camera (EOS6D full frame DSLR, usually with a 24-105 "L" series lens and pro filter) and the old EOS20D DSLR with Sigma and Canon non-L zooms. Massive. Makes it easy!

My personal favourite is the woman in the hat (I don't know who she is) looking across Mousehole harbour...
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Lovely pics there, but what the feck is going on with the washing up using marigolds  


If I was spending 3k on a holiday my missus would kick off big style is the fridge didn't work.  Luckily there is always Trip Advisor to vent.
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Marigolds are for washing the car.....
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It looks like a lovely part of the world. Only ever been there once when I was about 6 so remember absolutely nothing!

I don't think I could abide the constant summer traffic jams though.
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Alf McQueef wrote:
?..I take my bike and although I only do 3 rides, the hills there make that a big step towards getting properly fit for my usual early autumn Wales MTB trip. We are used to taking a lot more stuff than would fit in plane luggage...


That's why we drive to France, you can take as much stuff as a car and roof box will cope with - plenty of people take a pile of bikes too. This year we were chatting to a family from Shropshire who'd spent a number of years doing active holidays in the Dordogne, Jura and the Alps, it's only 5-7 hours from Calais, even a decent Gite isn't 3k for two weeks!

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It's likely to be in this country next year and they like the idea of a week on the Norfolk Broads, but I'm not so sure.  There are some really nice looking boats, but it wouldn't be quite so much fun if it rained all week.


I wouldn't do The Broads in the summer - the weather is the least of your issues, there won't be room to swing a gnat and mooring will be hugely limited, we went out of season in late September and it was difficult to moor in lots of places. We want to get back into boating when FB Junior is a bit older, I've done canal boats for years (1984 was the first one!) but haven't been for a decade.

Boating in France, now that is a wonderful way to pass the time...
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7 hours to the Alps is a no chance with the scamper family, with 2 small kids in a van with no air-con, and after 3 hours to a ferry crossing.  Usually try and stretch the stops out to every 2 hours and once stop for an hour so they can have a good run around.  Require a stop over night half way down at Reims or Troys etc.   In fact the kids do remarkably well.

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