Thursday, 24 July 2014

Camping in Cornwall

After one night back home from Hay-on-Wye we were off again, this time Burton joined us for our camping holiday in Cornwall!

You can just about see Burton relaxing with Mr H and Ephram in my chair after we'd just got the tent up.  I'm afraid to say that none of them helped other than to tell us we should be quicker!

The amazing view from our tent front!

I had hoped to make both Mr H and Burton a sleeping bag for our camping trip, but alas I only had time to make Mr H's, so for this trip they had to share!  Hopefully next trip Burton will have his very own though Cool

Tuesday - Truro.  Whilst we wait for lunch, Burton surveys all of the leaflets I picked up to tell me where he'd like to visit in Cornwall

A quick trip to the Skinner's Brewery before heading back to the campsite.  We had intended to just pop to the shop for supplies, but there was a tour of the brewery just starting so it would have been rude to not join eh Wink

Enjoying some post-tour free pints, they were very generous!!

Wednesday - Padstow for my birthday.  Burton was a little worried he could get blown in the sea so he anchored himself to my picnic blanket whilst sat so close to the edge!

Burton and I in front of Padstow harbour

Thursday - St Austell Brewery.  Burton enjoying his first Cornish pasty, which incidentally was absolutely delicious, best one we had whilst in Cornwall!

Going on the St Austell brewery tour - checking out the yeast tanks

Inspecting all the old machinery

A little light reading for Burton!  He's certainly going to go home very knowledgeable about beer and brewing methods.

Some more free post-tour drinks!  Not quite as generous as Skinner's but still pretty good!

Mmmm there are so many good ice cream dairies in Cornwall, Burton is enjoying delicious blueberry and clotted cream ice cream here!

Friday - Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway.  As the weather forecast was not good I figured this would be a good day to spend on a steam train, Burton agreed though it was pretty busy!

Enjoying some St Austell beer on the train

Burton about to enjoy his very first Cornish cream tea, yum yum yum!!

Sunday - Sight-seeing in Boscastle and Tintagel, plus Sunday lunch, nom nom!  This is Boscastle harbour, 10 years ago Boscastle was decimated by horrific floods.  Today they have much better flood prevention in place and you would have no idea anything had happened!

Mmm nothing like a traditional Sunday roast!

Monday - Driving back home to Gloucestershire, sad to leave but just in the nick of time weather-wise!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Birthday weekend in Hay-on Wye

So most years for my birthday I have a fancy dress party, but since getting into camping a couple of years ago we usually go camping with friends now instead!  Unfortunately some of my friends don't do camping, so I meet up with them later in the month to celebrate

On the roooooad to Hay, Burton enjoys the scenery with Mr H and Gary the snail

The village of Hay-on-Wye, famed for it's massive amount of bookshops and the literary festival held here annually

Mmm sharing some iced coffee and a slice of courgette and lime cake with me, yummy!

Burton and I making a wish for nice weather for our weekend and following holiday!

Back at the campsite, conspiring with the fellas!

Back in Hay for a little Food Festival, it wasn't particularly big but had lots of nice local produce and we picked up a few bits for the weekend

Hay-on-Wye castle

Lounging around in Spammy and Chris' tent

Playing cards with Spammy, Arnold and I in our tent

After packing up the tent we went to visit my parents who happened to be holidaying close by in a little cottage in the grounds of a manor house and gardens.  Burton enjoyed walking around the grounds with us!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Race for Life

Today Burton came to support me running the Race for Life, which is a 5k charity event for Cancer Research.  Since in the past it has only been for women (I believe they do have men's races now too) it is themed pink, so Burton felt very comfortable!

I ran the race with my friend Kath and her friend Sam, though Kath darted off and left us in her dust!!

Burton waited in town with my friend Spammy to cheer us on, and then met us at the finish line for a shot with our medals.

I even let Burton try on my medal Wink

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Beer festival #2 - The Aviator

Gosh, 2 Beer Festivals in a row, such drunkards!!  Our local pub The Aviator, which is at Staverton [Gloucester] Airport (teeny tiny airport mainly for helicopters and light aircraft), like to hold their own Beer and Cider festival every year.  It's great as it's not too busy and they have a great selection, plus usually a bbq also!

Here Burton is trying his first cider of the day, and browsing the list to decide what's next!

Mr Loops letting Burton try his beer!

"Too much beer, I wanna go home!!!"  Burton loved watching the aircraft coming and going so he climbed a fence to get a good view of one of the hangars.

Time to soak up some of the booze with a nice hotdog, nom nom.

Scoring our tipples again.

Burton with the gang, Mr Loops, Mr Loops' parents (who live really close to the pub), and Spammy and her bloke Chris

Trying some of Chris' beer

Trying some of my cider!!

Doh, I think Burton has had too many tasters!!!  He says he's going tee total for a little while now to detox Wink

And on to Saturday, we stayed at the in-laws' house as they wanted to have a family bbq the next afternoon.  Here Burton is observing their parrots, Rex and Millie!

And here Burton is riding on a big bronze fishy statue, which I'm told was made by the same artist that made the Minotaur and Hare statue in one of my previous posts.

Playing word games with Mr Loops' mum and niece

Waiting for the bbq to heat up Burton decided to take a nap in Mr Loops' hat!