17th July 2020 by emmadurnford

17th July 2020

Day 115 of semi lock down.

We managed to be up, get ready and leave the house by 10.15 this morning. Mum had managed to book foyr tickets to a National Trust place near Falmouth called Glendurgan Garden. We stopped at Tesco's to pick up a £3 ‘Meal Deal’ as a number of cafes are still not open. It was a beautiful day and with my bit of navigating at the very end of the journey I was able to include a drive past of the local donkey sanctuary! Glendurgan Garden is beautiful and the National Trust have done a great job of putting in a one-way system to help it with the social distancing.

The gardens were full of bees and butterflies as we walked down the valley towards the little bay of Mawnan. Groups of people sat in their own family groups across the beach and it was so warm that Mum and I - note not Ian or Colin - actually went for a paddle again. We noticed there were a lot of compass jellyfish washed up on the beach. We enjoyed the view across the bay of the Helston River whilst having lunch and got quite hot. As the beach filled, we headed back to the gardens to cool down. On the way out of the gardens, Colin kept calling me into the toilets which was rather odd but he had spotted a swallows nest with three young inside the block. I was able to take some rather bad photographs (low light) as the swallow swooped in to feed the young. All in all a lovely day with great weather and so nice to be out and about again.

In the evening Mum and I headed to the local fish and chip shop which has just reopened after the Covid 19 closure. We were unable to pre-book our order and there was a long queue when we arrived. Ian was clearly getting quite stressed about his delayed dinner but there was little we could do. We eventually placed our order and had 40 minutes to kill so taking the advice of the ladies in the chippy, we headed to the Jubilee Pool where the bar was selling drinks. Whilst Mum explained the situation on the phone and reassured Ian that he would not starve, I headed to the bar. I ordered a pint of San Miguel for me and a Penzance G&T for Mum. We enjoyed watching the sea, sat on a bench on the promenade waiting for our dinner to be cooked. Ian will never know what we got up to unless he reads this account ha! ha!

We headed back to the fish and chip shop just before 8.00pm and they called our name soon after. When we eventually got home with fish and chips x 4, 2 pea fritters, 2 gherkins and a portion of mushy peas, we were pretty hungry and they tasted great after the wait (and pint!).

45,223 PHE total dead in the UK (up 114)
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