Chapter 6 is called "A Cruel Kindergarchy—You Need to Stop Freaking Out about Your Kids." :)
The last chapter, called "Embracing the Burdens of Busyness—You Suffer More Because You Don’t Expect to Suffer at All" has probably been the most convicting for me, and I think is the most unique content in the book.
Don't miss our friend Meredith on Jeopardy! tonight, September 30th. :) Bob and Claire and Gracie and I got to cheer her on from the studio audience back when it taped, and it was really fun. This is Jeopardy's 30th year, and they have a colorful new set, to celebrate. Don't miss it! Whoo!
This is a little video (from last spring; the video is from last year) about our church friend, Moe. Moe is in my Sunday school class, and his story is good to hear.
The man with the distinguished white beard :) who is having coffee with Moe is our friend Rich. Rich is a partner at the law firm where my husband works. (Rich's wife is my best friend, Pam.) They and some other families in my church shared their love of Jesus with Moe, who now shares it with other people.
The man in the video who baptizes Moe is my brother-in-law, Steve, who is also the pastor of our church.
So with no further introduction of various people :), here is Moe and some of his story. I hope it is a blessing to you.
This summer I found this salad on Pinterest, and thought it just sounded delicious. I've made it twice since, and wow, it IS so delicious!
Do you remember the salad bar at Sizzler when you were little...the one with pepperoni pizza and chocolate pudding? It's that kind of "salad." Lots of goodies in it.
I made it exactly as Jessica, the delicious recipe creator (it looks like she has a cookbook coming out in 2014) says, except that I just eyeballed the amounts of chicken and blueberries, and threw in a whole bunch of both. :)
The school year is in full swing. Claire is in fifth grade (!!!) and loving it. Bob flew up to Oakland this morning and back this evening on business, and will fly up to San Francisco one morning next week and back again that same day. (He does this regularly.) I've already had a few school board meetings and a finance committee meeting. The church ladies started our eight-week Bible study this Thursday (we're going through The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin), and back-to-school night is this Monday.
It's all good, but it's busy.
So time to look at more vacation pictures from Cornwall in June. Ahh. :)
Bob and Claire spent an afternoon learning to surf.
This is the Screech Owl Sanctuary in St. Columb. The Sanctuary helped the folks who made the film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole animate the owls realistically.
Russ took us to the Sanctuary the day we drove up to Port Isaac and Tintagel (it was on the way), because he knew Claire would like it. And she did. And so did Bob and I.
You'll recognize Port Isaac if you're a Doc Martin fan, because it's Portwenn. They weren't filming the day we visited, but they had been working on Series 6 a couple weeks before. I think Series 6 is airing this month in the UK. :)
I did not know what to expect from a real town that is also a fictional town, but it was absolutely lovely in every way.
Can you spot Doc Martin's house? Look for the gray brick and the orange-y trim around the windows.
Here's the school where Louisa teaches...only it's actually an inn now. But it was the real schoolhouse at some point. (That's Russ walking in front of it.)
Do you see Doc Martin's house now? :)
Here's Bob and Russ ordering a pint in the pub at lunchtime.
Here 'tis, close up. The dog didn't knock me over. :)
Do you remember Bert Large's restaurant on the terrace? This is it.
Russ was explaining something to Claire. They get along great.
Here's the other side of Louisa's school.
I didn't want to leave. But I'm glad we did, because if we hadn't, we would have missed Tintagel.
Geoffrey of Monmouth was the first guy to write down the legendary stories of King Arthur, and he placed most of the important events (as well as the related story of Tristan and Isolde) at sites in North Cornwall.
According to legend, Merlin disguised Uther Pendragon as Gorlois so that Uther could enter Tintagel and father King Arthur with Igraine, who of course thought Uther was her husband Gorlois since he looked like him.
Tintagel is also the setting for some of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King.
It's a hike up, but worth it, like everything in Cornwall is worth it. The views are breathtaking.
They found a naked child upon the sands Of dark Tintagil by the Cornish sea; And that was Arthur; and they fostered him Till he by miracle was approven King...
Artist Molly Crabapple has illustrated excerpts from one of Susan Cain's talks (to the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce), and this is that video. :) It is short and sweet and I enjoyed it.
If you are not familiar with Susan Cain, she wrote a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. In Quiet, she explains and then questions America's "Extrovert Ideal" and our cultural bias against introverts, and really knocks over the stereotype of "introvert as unfortunate". It was an encouraging and interesting read, and I took much away from it.
She is also known for the excellent TED talk she gave, which I also thoroughly enjoyed.
Cornwall suits me well, and I was very sad to leave.
I'm still sad.
But it makes me happy to talk about it and share it with you. :)
Last year just Claire and I were in Cornwall, and we were only there a few days, but this year Bob could come, too, and we stayed for ten whole days. And now he is hooked, too! I am telling you, there is something very addictive about Cornwall.
This is a Clootie tree. You sometimes find Clootie trees next to wells or springs in Celtic areas.
(Cornwall is a county in England, but more apropos to their identity is that they are one of the six Celtic nations. The other five are Brittany, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales.)
A "clootie" is a strip of cloth. The belief was that you'd bring your sick child to the well, and tie a strip of cloth that had been dunked in the Clootie well onto the tree. When the cloth had decomposed, the child would be healed.
But some of the things hanging on this Clootie tree were plastic, so that kid is not going to be better for a long time.
This is Lanyon Quoit. It is older than the pyramids, and like most megalithic structures, nobody is exactly sure how it was made or what it was used for.
Unlike most places, Cornwall does not keep you at a distance from its megaliths. You can walk right up and touch them and climb on them, and have a nice little visit with the cows, too.
Cornwall was the world's major tin producer from around 2150 BC until the last mine closed in 1998.
Well Cornish lads are fishermen and Cornish lads are miners too. But when the fish and tin are gone, what are the Cornish boys to do?
One smart Cornish lad we know started a fantastic tour company called Western Discoveries, which is how we have gotten to see all this cool stuff for two summers in a row now. We highly recommend Russ if you ever find yourself on the Penwith peninsula. He gives superb tours, and is a very thoughtful and nice person.
Botallack is one of the old tin mines we saw. (We visited it last year, too. I wrote a lot about Cornwall here and here and here last year, so I won't repeat myself.)
The deepest shaft in this mine is 250 fathoms (one fathom=six feet) under the ocean. I kind of have a mini panic attack thinking about that.
We stayed in St Ives again, at Little Leaf again, in room 3 again. :) We love Little Leaf! Danny and Lee are so warm and friendly and fun, and you can't beat the hilltop location because you wake up each morning and go out front and look down at the harbor.
It's a climb at the end of the day to get back up to Little Leaf, but then you feel it was okay that you had all those cream teas. We will always stay there, as long as they'll have us. :)
I hit the Cath Kidston sale. :) Whoo hoo.
This restaurant was new to us ... Alfresco. The food was delicious and the service was delightful. I don't eat seafood, but somehow Claire loves it (like her dad) and got the scallops.
Here are our other favorite restaurants in St Ives:
St Andrews St Bistro Martin, the owner, is delightful, and his daughter who waits on the tables is charming. Everything we have eaten there is delicious. Make a reservation.
Harbour Fish and Chips I love this place. We have eaten here our first night in St Ives two years in a row. :) They open the doors up to the harbour, and if you can get a table by the window, it just feels so relaxed and good to eat and look out.
The Balancing Eel THIS is where the best fish and chips in St Ives are. :) But get your order to go.
The Cornish Deli This place is tiny and fantastic. We have eaten here for lunch a couple times, but you could go every day of vacation and have something really interesting each day. (They also have summer dinner hours starting in July.) Yummy traditional and newly envisioned Cornish food choices. Bob had a game burger that had all kinds of different game meat in it. (I'll have to ask him what all was in it. I can't remember.) It's also a good place to buy food souvenirs, like Smuggler's tea. :) There are only a couple tables, so make a reservation.
I'm doing summer book club at my house again, and I chose Rebecca for our first book, because I knew we'd be in Cornwall and I thought it would be fun to read while I was there.
So I was so excited to accidentally stumble upon this house in St Ives. I didn't know she had vacationed there!
I made the book club girls look at some of my vacation pictures. I know. How rude.
"Kernow" is Cornish for "Cornwall". The Cornish flag (which is not oval and doesn't have "Kernow" written on it ... this is a car sticker) is called "Saint Piran's Flag." Saint Piran was the patron saint of tin miners.
The flag is supposed to represent veins of tin inside the dark rock.
If you go to Cornwall, you have to try a saffron bun. How did Cornwall get saffron, you may wonder?
Some people think the Phoenicians traded it for tin in Cornwall long before the Romans ever set foot in Britain.
This is Barnoon cemetery in St Ives. It was beautiful and interesting.
I would like to be buried there.
Read the inscriptions on the stones if you're able.
I talked about Men an Tol last summer.
Here's Mousehole. ("Mowzzle")
Do you know the story of The Mousehole Cat? (There is also a DVD, which Claire and I both liked. It is very sweet. I think we will try to watch it every year. It's available on Amazon as an instant watch.)
I love the reminders everywhere in Cornwall that you are never farther than sixteen miles from the sea. :)
And I love how so many of the houses have names instead of numbers.