Monday 13th May:
Electrics: Mark and Joe from the Mylor Team were with us by 9am, and we had a discussion as to what they can do to help us. The Webasto engineer, Kevin checked the heating system, and said it all works very well, though it wouldn’t hurt to increase the venting. Joe checked the tightness of the starboard wind generator. Mylor have not yet received the lead from Marlec needed to tweak the voltage for the wind generators.
Fun stuff: After lunch we went for a walk in the glorious sunshine along Mylor creek and admired the amazing houses perched on the high slopes up the riverbank. To avoid the cold winds we followed a Public Footpath sign and found ourselves on a rather magical track taking us through glorious woodland filled with bluebells, wild garlic, campanula and bamboo (!) on to sun laden fields cornered by cow parsley. After a coffee at Mylor Café (and a slice of cake as they had a vegan one!) we spent a few hours on the boat doing admin and Dominic researching even further on the MasterVolt issues we have.
In the early evening we decided to take a drive to Pendennis Head below Pendennis Castle off Falmouth. The coldness of the wind made our exploration on foot rather short, so we agreed to instead go to the Roseland Peninsula that we could see in front of us across the inlet.
Up the A39 towards Truro and the map shows us lovely place names such as Come to Good and Playing Place! We pass Trelissick and soon arrive at the King Harry chain ferry which slowly moves us across the Carrick Roads. The ferry is nearly empty; it’s late in the day and not tourist season yet. Winding country lanes take us to St Just in Roseland and our first goal, the 13th century parish church in its sub tropical setting at the end of St Just creek, an inlet from St Just Pool. It is stunningly beautiful and incredibly peaceful. The older parts of the graveyard creep up the steep creek banks, and the paths wind us up further and further until we’re above the church roof. Dusk is beginning to fall and we’re the only people here. We make a quick visit to the harbour to see Mylor yacht harbour across the water, and take a peek into St Just well.
Our next goal is St Mawes, across the water from Pendennis Head where we started our evening adventure. We first stop in the harbour and look across the inlet where we anchored last summer and then drive up to St Mawes Castle. It is strategically placed, like all of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all.
What have I learned today: that visiting tourist spots out of hours is thoroughly enjoyable; that Roseland has nothing to do with roses, but all to do with ‘ros’ being Cornish for promontory; that nearly 30% of Cornwall is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.