Today the weather forecast was dry and warm. Steve wanted to look at Siblyback lake and thought we could have a picnic there. Then we could drive on to Halfords at Truro to get Chloe’s birthday present.
Again Lottie was not up for a long walk first thing, so that was good with what we had planned.
After breakfast we got a picnic together and headed off for Siblyback lake, which is the other side of Minions. We found Siblyback lake okay after following some very narrow lanes. Unfortunately it had been developed as an activity centre, with parking charges and nowhere for Lottie to run free. We turned round and drove back along the twisty lanes until we could turn off for Golitha falls where Lottie could enjoy herself.
|fadt flowing water|
Thankfully there was plenty of space to park at Golitha falls. We followed the river along to the falls and scrambled over boulders to reach parts of the cascade. Lottie enjoyed being able to get into the river Fowey when she liked to cool off.
“Watch out it’s slippery,” Steve said as I put my foot on a large stone in the middle of the stream. I immediately lost my balance, wobbled sideways and put my left foot down into the water. Well it was better than falling flat on my face.
My wet foot didn’t hamper me on the return trek to the car. Once back at the car park Steve suggested eating in the cafe there as it was lunch time, in fact 12:45 was rather late for him. I checked that Lottie was allowed to sit at the tables in the porch at the front and then we ordered food and drinks.
|A quiet pool to paddle in|
After that I was free to change into dry footwear. The small cafe was busy. While waiting for our food Lottie was very well behaved and watched the people and dogs coming and going. Her nose went into overdrive each time a tray of steaming pulled pork or beef passed within inches of her upturned nose. As we were in the shade Steve had to take her for a walk in the sun to warm up as she had grown cold due to her wet coat.
Our food arrived after 30 minutes - hot, freshly cooked BBQ pork (in a bap for him or a wrap for me). The food was delicious and very good value for money. Having eaten and used the facilities we drove on to find a small lake. Although my navigation was fine we did not reach this lake as the road to it was so narrow and poor looking that Steve refused to drive along it. Instead he went onto Colliford lake and gave Lottie a short walk there before going to Truro.
We had an easy drive to Truro and found a skateboard for Chloe’s approaching birthday at Halfords.
|The steep path up from Chapel Porth beach|
As it was mid afternoon and too early to go to Chelle’s we headed on to St Agnes head, where we intended having a walk. However, Steve decided to try Chapel Porth and have a look at the beach. Because we were arriving about 16:00 there were spaces in the car park, so we stopped.
We took Lottie for a walk up towards Wheal Coates and back. There were two reasons we did not walk the beach, which looks quite spectacular at low tide, 1 the tide was in and 2 dogs are not allowed on the beach.
|view across the headland|
Once back at the car park we took Lottie to the stream for a drink and then bought ourselves coffees, which we drank at the car while Lottie ate her dinner.
|heather and sea|
We had Chloe’s birthday present, but no wrapping paper, so I suggested going into St Agnes on our way back to see if we could get some there. We parked in St Agnes and had just left the car park when we were assaulted by another heavy shower. Naturally we ran straight back to the car. We decided not to bother with wrapping paper and drove on to Chelle’s.
|Turning round before Wheal Coates|
When we arrived we found that they were all back from their parties. The girls were playing with their friends across the road, so Lynne was able to wrap Chloe’s present with some paper Chelle had. The children had enjoyed the parties, but Stu stayed at home and rested, as his work has been very busy.
We said good bye to the children as they went to bed. Once they were all asleep Steve went and fetched a Chinese takeaway. After eating we said our goodbyes to Chelle and Stu and went back to our cottage.
Tomorrow we will spend the day driving home.