tall ships and birthdays

A visit to Charlestown on my birthday last month revealed many changes since I was last there. Because the new series of Poldark has been filmed on many Cornish locations (including this one), visitors to the county have been encouraged to discover the sites for themselves. So the village was a lot busier, and although there was usually a tall ship or two in the harbour now you can wander around to have a closer look (and pay for the privilege) although I don’t think you have access to board any of them. And despite being early October it was also a lot warmer than the last time I was here!

This my 200th post on this blog and specially createdΒ for my blogger friend Restless Jo as I know she loves boats and how could I resist taking a photo of this one with her name on it.

Happy birthday Johannahope you are having a fab time on the Algarve! Β 


  1. Your birthday? October 4th? Did I miss it? I’m getting very lax as the years roll by. Happy birthday, retrospectively! This is the perfect gift for Jo. It’s a great photo too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think Jo will like it. She is probably too busy stuffing her face with cake and wine at the moment πŸ˜‰

      1. restlessjo says:

        I beg your very pardon! I’m home and dutifully answering my comments and messages. The neighbours caught me just before we went out, then James rang, full of cold! Carob, almond and sweet pumpkin might be a tad too sweet for you? Maybe Mick’s pavlova? Thanks, darlin. It really has been a lovely birthday. No fireworks though. 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          No fireworks here either, but then we haven’t bothered to go out to see any. Cold wind today. I do like a nice meringue with lots of whipped cream so I shall be happy to share Mick’s pavlova. Glad you had a lovely day and still 12 more days to enjoy in paradise πŸ˜€

      2. You did not answer my question!!!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Had to go back and have a look. Yes I think you did miss it: https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/birthday-bouquet/
          but I won’t hold it against you. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        2. Heyjude says:

          Actually you did ‘like’ the post so you must have seen it. Maybe you were going to come back and comment?

        3. Who knows? Apologies. I had three lots of visitors in September, spilling into October. No excuse!! Next year I’ll do better. Happy Birthday.

        4. Heyjude says:

          We were both swarmed with visitors then! I had my daughter and family in August, stepdaughter and partner early Sept, Aussie family mid- Sep to early Oct and other son and his family in early Oct too!! Plus daughter etc came back for another visit in September so as to spend some time with her brothers. Phew! It was exhausting! But so lovely to see them all. And really, I don’t normally celebrate birthdays other than lunch out with the OH.

        5. Heyjude says:

          Nice to relax and let life get back to normal. It’s my hibernation period!

  2. Anabel Marsh says:

    Too late to wish you happy birthday, but retrospective wishes that it was good – and many happy returns!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Anabel. We usually go away for birthdays, but this year my son from Australia was over so I chose to spend time with them even though the OH was in Madrid. Bad timing really, but it couldn’t be helped.

      1. Anabel Marsh says:

        Still sounds good!

  3. Tish Farrell says:

    We’ve been watching the old Captain Hornblower series (charity shop DVD set). I find myself quite captivated by the ships and the mysterious paraphernalia of sailing them. And now I can also join you in wishing Jo a very happy birthday. I knew it was coming up. What else can one say on such a day – hope it goes with a bang!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Knowing Jo I am sure it will πŸ™‚

    2. restlessjo says:

      More of a squeak πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      1. pommepal says:

        Used your special day, but hope it was a good one…

  4. beetleypete says:

    A lovely colourful shot on a sunny Sunday morning. Shame they are charging to see the exhibits generated by the TV series. You would think they would relish the free publicity.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not sure what you gain by going down to the quay that you can’t see from above, but it is all stage set with the barrels etc. which it wasn’t previously.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Absolutely spot on πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hope she likes it when she calls in πŸ˜€

      1. restlessjo says:

        She does πŸ™‚ Lanyards all a-tilt!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Ah, glad to see you found it before your birthday ends πŸ˜€

  6. Happy belated birthday, Jude! I see now I had your birthday on my calendar for October 4, but it was when I was traveling so I missed it. It looks like you had a fabulous day among the tall ships, and how funny that you found one named Johanna. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      You never know what you might find! And it was a lovely day spent with SOME of my family. πŸ™‚

      1. At least you had some of them there. I’m sure it was great fun!

        1. Heyjude says:

          It was. My youngest grandsons are wonderful. The little prem one is such a character now, so serious he is like an old man sometimes, and has such an imagination. He had us all in stitches on several occasions. The youngest is a red head and boy is he a handful! Wilful, strong, determined, but has a beautiful smile that when he flashes it makes you forgive him all the tantrums.

        2. Isn’t it fun to watch as their little personalities develop? How you describe your youngest reminds me of Adam when he was little and he’s still headstrong!

        3. Heyjude says:

          They have certainly got their hands full!

  7. Pit says:

    Thanks, Jude, for showing this picture: I LOVE those old sailing ships. And now I know where I need to go the next time I’m in England. πŸ™‚ I’m already looking forward to being in Galveston here next year in April, when tall ships will be there. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is something special about these ships isn’t there, even though I am a rotten sailor. I get seasick very easily. Have you ever sailed on a tall ship?

      1. Pit says:

        I am lucky: I (usually) don’t get seasick. In fact, I’ve experienced that once only, on my very fist trip on a sailing-boat. I’ve never saild on a tall ship – unfortunately – but I do have quite a few nautical miles on sailing-boats up to 44 feet – most of them as a skipper.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I have always envied boating people, having the freedom to travel the world without having to fly and taking their home with them.

        2. Pit says:

          I’m not quite sure if I’d be happy travelling the world in a boat. In fact, I don’t think I’d like it. But spending 2, 3, or even 4 weeks on a boat at at time – that I can imagine.
          Just now, after our RailTrailsRoadTrip [http://tinyurl.com/jfu9bep] last year, and our SolarEclipseRoadTrip [http://tinyurl.com/ydyw2bnl] this August, Mary and I keep thinking how nice it would be to have an RV and do much more travelling. Again – not living in an RV all the time, but with a home base to return to once in a while. I think if we didn’t have our 5 kitties, we would really consider buying an RV.

        3. Heyjude says:

          Now that’s something I would like to do, but I’m not sure the OH and I could spend too long in a small space together, and he’d hate to leave all his guitars behind!

        4. Pit says:

          Well, like I said: we would want to keep a home base to return to once in a while. So you might just need to return to a home base more frequently, for your husband to exchange some of his guitars. πŸ˜‰ Or get one of these HUGE RVs you see on the roads here in the US, and some of them even then pulling a trailer.

        5. Heyjude says:

          I wouldn’t like to drive one of those – especially on our country roads!

        6. Pit says:

          How well I remember those country roads. First it was “A” plus four numbers, and that already meant fairly narrow, but when it came to “B” plus four figures – oh my! I didn’t even need the sign “unsuitable for buses and lorries” to know that people inside the car were supposed to get close together. πŸ˜‰ Or that nobody have their window open and the elbows out. πŸ˜‰ And then the locals still came the other way, driving like crazy, because they didn’t expect anyone else to be on those roads.

        7. Heyjude says:

          Yup! Everything you say is spot on πŸ™‚

        8. Pit says:

          But I still remember these country roads favourably: they’re so typically British. I NEED to go back!

  8. What a lovely way to spend your birthday and also a beautiful gift for Jo!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a lovely day and getting to spend it with two sons and three grandchildren was very special. Not often that happens!

      1. An added bonus. πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          One that doesn’t happen very often.

  9. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful boats and congratulations on your 200th!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Surprising how quickly the posts add up – but then on this blog I tend to post a lot more single photos which are much quicker to do.

  10. pommepal says:

    Such interesting photos and what a lovely way to spend your birthday, especially with family. A very belated best wishes from me 😍

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks PP. It was a great day.

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