Cornish favourites: Just Back From… Penzance

My next reblog of a Cornish Post. Reading this I realise that another BIGGISH birthday is due this year when hopefully I will have the free bus pass AND the miserly state pension. I am also reminded of good blogging friends who I never see post or comment any more. Funny how we can miss people we have never actually met.

I thought about romantic Florence, I considered the northern lights of Reykjavik, I mused about South Africa and my beloved Cape Town, but on the other hand we still hadn’t found a house to buy and until we settled I felt that I was in limbo. I needed to get on with the rest of my life and my heart was still set on being near the coast so what better place to return to than Cornwall.

Visit Penzance in October 2013




  1. beetleypete says:

    I looked back at my comment at the time, and enjoyed seeing the post again. I was discussing the bus pass then, and it reminded me that I have hardly used it since, except to go to and from the hospital.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m looking forward to mine, hoping to use it in the summer when the roads and car parks are busy, but I shall have to park somewhere first as there are hardly any bus stops close by, except for one during summer which is a 20 minute stroll away. And I know the buses are very slow so it might take me all day to get anywhere. We shall see 🙂

  2. restlessjo says:

    Hello Mrs Grumpy with the not great pension prospects. 🙂 🙂 Mine’s basic too. I worked part time for the last few years. I don’t really remember reading this but I know I would still comment on the loo with a view. 🙂 And you never found a house there, though it’s a gentrified looking place with much better amenities. I suspect David compromised more. 🙂 I did notice you used to write more in those days. Photos seem to’ve taken us over, don’t they? And so the plans for this year? I’m all ears.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We did try to buy a house there, but they gazumped us a week before exchanging which left a very bitter taste. Took us a while to get over that. And we do have better views here 🙂 I find the photos generally speak for themselves, but I am trying to write more about the beaches and the walks. Not many of either happening right now, but give me another month or two 😀

      1. restlessjo says:

        I remember the gazump but not where the house was. You tap dancing in the new shoes? 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not arrived yet, but the new orthotics have!

        2. restlessjo says:

          Hope they help! Used for Plantar fascitis… among other things 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          Yes, and Achilles Tendonitis which I think it might be. Seems to be improving now I am not walking so much, maybe I overdid things in the summer and autumn with not always wearing appropriate footwear. 😦

        4. restlessjo says:

          Yes- all those enjoyable miles with Alex. 🙂

        5. Heyjude says:

          Worth the pain. Mine, not his.

        6. restlessjo says:

          I would never call you a pain, Jude. 🙂

  3. Thank you for this trip down memory lane. Well, more memory for you. The only memory stroll for me was the Travel Words blog as I don’t think I’d found you at that stage to have read the post. I was only very new to blogging back then. (Although I was surprised to realise that it had been that long.) You seem to be happy where you are – certainly your photos speak volumes of the superior natural offerings – so I guess getting house gazumped wasn’t too bad in the end.

    1. Heyjude says:

      True. This is a much nicer house and location, so peaceful (once you get used to the cattle next door) and wonderful sunset views. Is it a good trade off for the amenities and shops of Penzance? Well you’d have to ask the OH that. 🙂

  4. Su Leslie says:

    Since I didn’t know you back then, it’s lovely reading these posts. I didn’t know you were having foot problems. Hope the orthotics help. Mine have turned out to be the best support for the arthritic knee. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have used orthotics since my Achilles tendonitis on my right foot, back in 2015 and they definitely help. However since last summer my left foot has been painful after walking. I was wearing sandals and flip flops so maybe that caused the problem. I think rest is helping, but I do like a good walk now and again

      1. Su Leslie says:

        You could be right. I definitely notice much more pain if I wear the “wrong” thing. I love my jandals/flip flops, but they don’t love me back. Hope rest does help 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Thing is in summer you don’t want to be wearing trainers. Until last summer I wore Birkenstocks in the summer and they have foot support, not the prettiest of sandals, but…

        2. Su Leslie says:

          … but needs must!
          I have discovered there’s a shoemaker in Wellington who runs courses. She posts pics on social media of the AMAZING shoes and sandals her students make and I’d love to do one of her courses. I was thinking of talking to her, and my podiatrist, to see if I could somehow integrate my particular orthotic profile into the sole of a sandal. The courses are really expensive, so I’d need to be sure I can make it work, but wouldn’t it be great to design our own sandals that were actually wearable for our feet 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          I’m sure you could, but as you say, probably very expensive.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I see I was back there ‘liking’ but not speaking, I must have been shy 🙂 I have three and a half years to go before I can claim anything, boohoo poor me.
    I keep reading about your feet, my daughter had plantar fasciitis, and it was cured with orthotics and sleeping with splints for a while. I’m glad your dream to move down came true!

    1. Heyjude says:

      What annoys me the most is that a woman born just 6 months before me could claim her pension 18 months ago. So even if I had had to wait 6 months I have still lost £6-9k

  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    I hadn’t read this post before, but I recognise quite a lot from when we visited Cornwall a few years ago – the Egyptian house especially. I got my bus pass this year at 60 – shoulda moved to Scotland 😉!

    1. Heyjude says:

      We did actually consider Scotland after our visit to Kirkcudbright, but decided it was too far from family (yes, even further than Cornwall). ☺

      1. Anabel Marsh says:

        And maybe the weather could have been an influence too!

        1. Heyjude says:

          The weather might have had some influence, but mizzle isn’t my favourite type of weather either!

  7. Like MOSY and Anabel, this post was new to me. I’m loving travelling back in time with you so please keep reblogging. I would love to sit on that loo and take a photo for my Loo with a View posts!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well it might still be a holiday let, though it was for sale and yes, we did put in an offer, which was rejected. 😊

  8. Speaking of Penzance and musical venues, have you gotten to see the Pirates there?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I stay away from crowds; especially crowds of pirates!

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