Sorry you'll probably get all the blogs at once when we finally get wi-fi!
So, although I think it's been nice weather at home, we've had 45-50mph winds down here in Cornwall. We tried to book a place to stay overnight rather than move to Helston, but they were either all booked or far too expensive so we pitched up near St Ives and found the most sheltered spot - had a lovely bbq Wednesday night and got to bed just as the winds started to gale. We slept ok that night thanks to some alcohol we'd enjoyed but the next morning it was blowing an absolute storm and the poor tent was flapping like never before. James had tied it down really well but the noise was deafening and we decided to spend the day and evening out to get away from it.
We drove the Cornish coast at the tip - through Penzance and out to Lands End via Mousehole (which looked really lovely but was hellishly narrow to drive)
We went to the Minack Theatre for a visit, didn't get to see a show, but it is an incredible place to visit - it's an open air theatre cut into the granite rock with amazing sea views - we loved it and I will upload some pictures for you to see, I'd definitely go back to see a show there - they generally do Shakespeare but have other stuff to see too and the odd band plays there as well. It's a real feat to imagine that the woman who owned the land basically created the theatre back in the late 1920's / early 1930's and just had to dig it all out of the ground.
Lands End was less inspiring, not helped by nearly been blown there and the £6 parking charge but at least we could tick it off the list and again, it has great sea views of course.
We then drove on to St Ives, stopping for an obligatory cream tea (delicious - in a farmhouse garden so felt very authentic)
We both really liked St Ives, loads of cobbled streets to walk around and another pretty harbour although it was all hampered by the wind - it was so odd as it was lovely and warm, so everyone was in shorts and plenty of people sunbathing on the beaches, as well as being sand blasted by the wind!
We went to the Tate Modern, St Ives is very arty, but we weren't very keen on what we saw - you can't just paint a whole canvas red and call it art, can you?!
We stayed there to eat and then went to their cute little cinema (well, less cute more really old fashioned but we were pretty much the only people in there) and watched Toy Story 4.
We got back to the tent about half 8 and it was unbearable - the tent flapping and the wind noise was so loud - we couldn't hear the radio on it's highest volume, so we decided we would sleep in the car for the night! Once the seats were laid back, and we had the pillows and duvet crammed in it was surprisingly comfortable - decided it must be like first class but without the waitress service and fancy food and we managed to sleep through til about half 6.
Then it was the fun of putting the tent down, it's a very high tent (over 6 ft) so it just inflated with all the air, but we managed to throw ourselves onto it before it took off and finally squashed it all into the tent bag.
We took the train back into St Ives as it's known as a very scenic route, which it was and we went to the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden - it's set in her old house and was fascinating - her workshops are still set up with unfinished work (she died in 1972) and the garden has loads of her work - we really like her style of art - she works in bronze, marble, granite etc and her wooden pieces are beautiful.
We've now moved down near Lizard Point for 3 nights, we have a lovely spot on a hillside overlooking the sea and the wind has finally died down so hopefully we can get some clifftop walking in.