Cornwall July 2018
We hadn't been back to Cornwall for 16 years after sailing for Santander and a new life in
Spain in 2002.Now we are quite seasoned travellers and flying back to England will be
interesting from many different perspectives.

We flew on Ryanair from Alicante Airport. This has changed immensely since the days we first
arrived in Spain. From a rather small airport it has expanded year on year and when we had
travelled one year from a rather small airport we had returned from America to a huge
improvement in both size and quality. This facility has improved almost every year we've lived

Our cat, Tinker, had to go to his little hotel in Finistrat where Sheildag do a great job looking
after our pets for us whilst we're away. Next, we need to thank Ricardo at ACL Parking who
meet the cars and then look after them for a very reasonable price returning them at an
appointed hour nicely cleaned. We thoroughly recommend them.

After a flight duration of 2 hours and 15 minutes we had flown over France, crossed the
Channel and were flying over the Eden Project and the English China Clay landscape towards
Newquay Airport.

I used to meet our students at Newquay when we were working with Mercator Language
School in St Austell with our friend Dr. Mercedes Proctor. Now we were helping our sons who
have Kings Language Academy in Valencia.

Our sons Richard and John take groups of Spanish children from Valencia to host families in
Cornwall where they have built a repùtation for running memorable trips and helping to
consolidate on the fine teaching in their academy. We provided extra pairs of hands when

Having ensured our youngsters hjad met with their designated families we were off to renew
acquaintances with our hosts Carl and Karen in the lovely village of Cubert    

We had been to a christening in the parish church around 25 years ago and it was the first
thing we wanted to visit as it is a really nice church. The next important item was the village
pub called The Anvil which runs a pretty mean pub quiz on a Friday evening.

Once we were installed in our lodgings and had a good night's rest we set about visiting the
church and walking round the village. The ocean is not too far away but were glad we had
hired a car and we set off to renew friendships in Perranporth where we had lived for some 15

It really is one of the best places to live and we loved our time in the village. We watched
England playing Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup and the Watering Hole was
packed solid. The atmosphere was amazing. We had  the Watering Hole on our Truro News
and Trader magazine when he was in the early days. Recently Tom Jones flew in to perform!

Later in the trip I looked up my old friend Freddy Zapp from BBC Radio Cornwall.  We spent
some quality time reminiscing before it was time for Freddyu to drive us to Redruth to meet
another great friend, Gary Kenton, who had always looked after my gear in Cornwall.  

I was able to catch up with Gary singing at Sandy Lodge in Newquay on a very hot night with a
large crowd enjoying his singing. We had to leave quite early as I was going over to an old
venue of both Fr Ignashus and Rockin' Rupert at Priory Lodge to meet up with Fiona and Jill
plus Freddy was entertaining. We had quite a few stories to tell and a few laughs to share.

To finish this blog I've made a podcast which should give you an idea of how Anne and myself
enjoyed the visit.