On Monday morning Dan and I got up and sorted and when his parents arrived we packed the van once more and headed back to the M4 and the Severn Bridge and on south to Cornwall.
Dan was by turns tired and excited and inspired. 3 days in the company of other musicians and music sellers is intense going and while he was inspired about what he’d heard he was also very tired by the experience. It was no surprise that he slept a lot of the time during the journey to Cornwall.
As always, I enjoyed the trip because it goes through part of the country that’s quite dear to me. Somerset. It’s not as far from most places as Cornwall but it is very beautiful nonetheless; full of unexpected little places that you might well not see if you were relying on SatNav and not looking at a map (or the roadsigns!)
We came off the motorway in Devon to find somewhere for lunch, and as seemed to be becoming a pattern, the first place was no good at all. It seemed nice enough when we walked up, but the girl who would have taken the order at the til seemed a bit helpless and most of the food that was on the menu seemed to be out of stock, so there wasn’t much for it but to go on. Fortunately 2 minutes down the road we found the Thatch Inn, one of the top 300 pubs in the country; and they gave us a lovely welcome, served a drink straight away and took our order and offered a choice of seats, indoors or out, shaded or open. That was that really, we sat outside in the garden under an umbrella and enjoyed drinks until our food arrived and then spent half an hour enjoying it and chatting about plans for the week.
Our holiday cottage was between Hayle and Penzance in a very quiet area, and the information sent to help us find the destination was detailed enough, but still brief enough that we got to our destination without getting lost at all.
Due to having travelled all that way, and Dan still being so tired in spite of spending a good part of the journey resting and sleeping, Ted and Dee left Dan and I to rest while they went for fish and chips all round. Chips eaten, we slept like those who have travelled a long way by car!