In Cornwall anyway we were denied the opportunity today to indulge in moaning about the bank holiday weather: the sun has shone, although the northerly wind made my eyes water.
I left home in half a mind to visit the garden at Tregullow, which was open as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Tregullow is the home of the High Sheriff of Cornwall, Mr James Williams - seen in the photograph in black velvet and breeches at the head of the afternoon dance on Trevithick Day this year.
In fact I found myself heading in the direction of Helston, and then walking up Tregonning Hill from the hamlet of Balwest.
Standing beside the War Memorial at the summit I had a fantastic view from coast to coast, and I found shelter from
the wind in the Preaching Pit.
Afterwards I spent a small fortune on chicken manure and plants in a garden centre, before finishing the afternoon with one of the best cream teas around - in Sithney.
Early in October 2009 I became a student on the MA Professional Writing course at University College Falmouth. Each student was encouraged to write a blog, not only to practise writing skills but also to stay in contact with the rest of the world - because writing can be a lonely occupation. This blog is the result.