Would you like to go out? asked the bearded one on Saturday. Perhaps we could drive somewhere and have lunch? Now alarm bells should have rung at this stage, but in my defence I was in the process of reluctantly dragging the vacuum around the house so clutched at anything that would get me out of housework. How about Padstow he asked? well the bearded one hates anywhere that may be full of other people, may be seen as a 'touristy' and will be full of overpriced shops. Padstow ticks all of those boxes. Yes I know, at this stage the penny should have dropped, but naive little old me was so delighted to be going out any doubts were kept firmly in check.
I have to say it was a lovely trip out. Whereas we had clouds over our garden, Padstow had lovely sunshine. Cornwall is like that, travel a couple of miles and you can have totally different weather, the coast is often very different than inland. It was busy, the tourist season has started, but we found a restaurant where I could eat something (always a problem being vegetarian and gluten intolerant), wasn't busy and not owned by Rick Stein so was reasonably priced. I had an interesting conversation with the waitress, she told me she used to be gluten intolerant, but now she is pregnant she can eat a little with no side effects. I have a theory that gluten intolerance can be caused by hormone changes, as gluten became a problem for me after my hormones went crazy. I know its not an exact science, but have any of you had a similar experience? She also told me about a cafe on the harbour front that offered gluten free cream teas, well how could I resist, I haven't had a cream tea in a cafe for years. Even though we were both stuffed from lunch, we waddled around to the cafe, I was so excited by the thought of having something I used to take for granted. I could only manage one scone, jam first, cream on top in the Cornish way of course, they helpfully wrapped the other up for me to take home. Eyes bigger than my belly comes to mind, but it is very rarely I get beaten. I was brought up in the age of eating everything on my plate before I would be allowed out to play.
Although there were plenty of very expensive boats moored in the harbour, there were also working boats. It is a town where millionaires rub shoulders with ordinary working folk. Boat trips were noisily advertised by men who may well have been fishermen in the past, and the crowded ferry plied its trade between Padstow and Rock, the playground of Royals.
Meanwhile in the garden, Robin wars seems to have broken out, the garden appears to be a favourite for them and they don't like sharing. In fact all the birds seem to be fighting and chasing each other off at the moment. Of course by the time I grab the camera their ariel acrobatics have ended, with the defeated bird flying off to wait for its next chance. Anyone know why they are so argumentative at the moment?
I hope you all had a good weekend, and your week will be a good one,