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.
It was tough work.
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.
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...