Beyond “the End” …

What a difference a day makes.

We woke up to this view. Blue skies, blue waters – and sunshine.

We went for a walk up the path towards the “First and Last House” which we could see from our hotel.

There it is!

It stays true to it’s original purpose.

We went around the corner and took a moment to take in the breathtaking views.

It wasn’t quite 10am so we couldn’t go inside to check it out.

And we learnt that the house next to where we were staying – the Penwith Studios.

This is Penwith Studios which is part of the Land’s End Hotel.

We had breakfast at the Hotel’s bar and then ventured to the complex of restaurants, shops and entertainment centres behind Land’s End hotel.

Now this was something Mum wanted to try – the official Cornwall pasty.

And we did. I can smell it!

See George’s nose below. LOL!

I could almost taste it.

Cornish pasty should be shaped like a ‘D’ and crimped on one side.

Yes, Mum did share part of it with us.

The pasty was the perfect portable combination of meat, vegetables and carbohydrates for the many miners in the area. Mining was Cornwall’s main industry.

There had been a nine-year campaign by the the 50-strong Cornish pasty Association to define and claim the Cornish pasty as their own. Finally on 20 July 2011, the name “Cornish pasty” was awarded Protected Geographical Indication status by the European Commission. (Wonder what happens to that status after Brexit.)

The PGI status states that a Cornish pasty should be shaped like a ‘D’ and crimped on one side, not on the top. Its ingredients includes chunky beef, swede, potato and onion. The pastry should be golden and retain its shape when cooked and cooled. I can tell you we truly had a Cornish pasty! And that pastry kept the inside steaming hot.

As all this was going on … someone came to join us at the table.

Meet 5 month-old Fergus from Aberdeen! Wow! That’s far!

Mum and Fergus’s mum discussed feeding. Apparently Fergus is a picky eater! That has never been my problem. Ha! Ha! Ha! Well, we told her to try Honey’s Real Dog Food or – our latest discovery – Forthglade! We must tell you more about this. A life saver for this week-long trip …

But we had little time left – and there was on more thing to do – rather sample!

We waited outside when Mum went in to get clotted cream ice cream!

She generously shared of of that with us. Partly because I don’t think Mum could eat any more. Breakfast, a small “HUGE” Cornish pasty and clotted cream!

It was time to go – oh, maybe we’ll take a helicopter but alas not – this is an Air Ambulance – on display.

One last look at the view – and we’re off.

To the airport – so that we can go beyond “the End” of the Land. Time to get on the Skybus!

We’ll tell you all about our travels to the Isles of Scilly!

May’s comment: We were very lucky with the weather. Yesterday was our travel day by train – the foul weather didn’t hinder our plans. We arrived at Penzance to little rain but very strong winds. We were able to have time to relax and take in the breathtaking and dramatic Cornish coastline.

Today after a lovely morning of beautiful blue skies, we headed off to our final destination – the Isles of Scilly!

We could see it from Land’s End on a clear day. –


  1. Judy Robinson

    Hi May,
    So you are finally off to the Scilly Isles! I remember recommending it to you years ago.Our cockapoo Ted flew over to the islands this summer for the 6th time, he has also been on the Scillonian ferry several times. Which island are you staying on? Hell Bay hotel on Bryher is our favourite. Enjoy yourselves.

    • Miss Darcy

      Hi Judy – it was long in the planning! I finally had the courage in terms of not worrying about the weather and I couldn’t wait for friends to be available to come with us. In face we are at Hell Bay Hotel and loving it!

  2. Janie Instance

    Hi May I’ve messaged before when you were down in Cornwall and unfortunately we were out of county so couldn’t meet up – I’m actually in the Scillies too for a few days! My husband did the Scilly swim yesterday where a big group swims between all the islands – would love to see Miss D and George as mine are back at Padstow Petcare! Will be looking out for you!

  3. Karen Clark

    Hi May, Darcy and George
    I’m so happy to hear of your Cornish adventures. I’ve just returned from a week in Cornwall. We stayed at St Ives and I found it very beautiful. We saw lots of cockerpoos in Cornwall. It must be the place to go!

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