Monday, 24 November 2008

Duke & Duchess

One of my first community engagements was to be part of a welcoming party for the visit of HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to St Mawes.

Camilla had been invited to name the new St Mawes Ferry. They arrived the night before and stayed at the Trasnton Hotel in the village. In the morning they walked along to the quay, stopping to chat to people. They visited the Post Office, the Bakery and the Fishmongers and they were greeted by the school children who sang a pirate sone to them.

We were introduced and Prince Charles asked how we were settling in. They were very relaxed and easy to talk to. After naming the ferry they set off to Falmouth.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Pilot Cutters

It was great fun to be involved in the Pilot Cutter Review and World Championships again. Last year Esther sdailed on Agnes whilst we followed the fleet with Polbream.

This year Esther was invited to photograph the fleet from a RIB with the race officers. Ken managed to hitch a lift aboard Agnes for the Sunday afternoon race.

It was a beautiful sunny day with a stiff breeze. Esther got some terrific photos and Ken ended up in a great shot featured in Classic Boat magazine!

It was wonderful to see these amazing vessels sailing in the bay, some of the Bristol cutters are over one hundred years old. Agnes is one of half a dozen Scillies Pilot Cutter replicas built by Luke Powell at Gweek.


We arrived in Cornwall just in time to enjoy Esther's graduation at Falmouth.

It was such fun to experience all the celebrations, we love being proud parents, we can't think where our girls get all their cleverness and creativity!

Esther's boyfriend, soon to be Fiancee, now husband, Andrew, graduated at the same time and so it was lovely to get to know his parents, Steve and Jocelyn, who stay with us.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Kate's visit

Our arrival in St Mawes coincided with my sister, Kate's visit from New Zealand so it was great to have her and Mum to stay soon after we arrived.

The pictures are of Kate and Mum on the St Mawes Ferry and Jane, Mum and Kate outside St Just Church.

Settling In

As you will see, I am playing 'catch up' as we have not posted a blog for some time. So here are some photos from our arrival in St Mawes.
Here is our house which is 'upside down' with the reception rooms etc and one bedroom upstairs and three bedrooms downstairs.

And here are the two churches in the Parish, St Mawes and St Just.