We are expecting some rain coming in for a few days, so we got up and got an early start while we still had the sun shining. This might be the last morning at least where we can enjoy the outdoors!
We headed out to the Treban garden recommended by our host Sue. She indicated that all of Cornwall’s south coast gardens are lovely because of a particularly favourable climate. If we had to pick one, this should be it! So off we went!
The Treban Garden lies about an hour south of us. We arrived about 10 am…just after they opened and were welcomed by the most friendly staff! The garden is a magnificent space to explore including a lovely stream and valley with many ponds. What makes it a particularly special place is that this is where 7,500 American group boarded their landing craft and headed over for the D Day invasion. You’ll see some of the concrete poured to support the tanks and other landing equipment for this operation.
Next on our tour was a quick stop in Penzance to walk ( and have our lunch on the promenade. This included a beautiful view of St Michael’s Mount, a remote castle and chapel ruin connected to the mainland via an isthmus which can only be walked during low tide!
After lunch we headed along to coast to the Minack Theatre. A truly magical place with an outdoor theatre painstakingly build “by hand and a bit of dynamite”. This theatre is the brainchild of Rowena Wade, who in the 1920’s wanted to have a place to perform plays. She worked tirelessly with her gardener through into her late 80’s to continue to build of a venue of her dreams. And yes, the show goes on rain or shine! One interesting tidbit that one of the staff shared with me was that during Covid when London Theatre was shut down, they could actually hold live theatre here because they could allow for the 2 metres distancing. The open air part certainly helped as well. The calibre of talent that came to perform was astounding!
From the Minack Theatre, we completed the southern and western tip by visiting Lands’ End. The most westerly part of Britain. A little more commercialized than Lizard point, but beautiful vista’s nonetheless.
We thoroughly lucked out with the weather today. Although huge clouds threatened, nothing dampened our spirits as we went about on today’s adventure. We timed our arrival home just perfectly as a few drops pressed down on us as we turned in our driveway! Well, onto dinner and a well deserved rest. We’ll see you tomorrow, until then!
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