A month of Ups & Downs
Looking In Looking Out
With some free time planned off from work, it was a bit of trial and error as to how to plan a little West Coast UK Trip on the 24/6/2016.
Having bought advanced tickets for the P J Harvey Gig at the Eden Project, and a brother living in Torquay, we were trying to get a few days down the coast in before the gig. We managed to get to Taunton after about 7 hours from London, heading towards Somerset on the weekend of Glastonbury in torrential rain, and long queues made for a tedious journey. Added were the thoughts of what might happen now ‘Britain had spoke ‘and voted to get OUT of Europe. I could not believe it. I was not feeling very optimistic.
Stopping at Taunton for a night with enough time for a meal and a couple of drinks,we enjoyed a little walkabout in town which was very quiet. There was a sweet little park and the town was quite smart but not a lot happening.!
The next day heading for Exeter for some shopping & a browse round some of the side streets, vintage shop. We stopped for a brilliant ploughman’s lunch at a cafe ( will blog that later) on the green facing the cathedral,then down to Torquay for some evening sun and a couple of drinks.
After a night at Torquay, the next day the rain started again so that put a dampener on our plans to camp near Sennen Cove. Somewhat despondent we stopped at a dismal pub on the road to nowhere to be presented with the worst sandwich in the world. I actually took it back. Something I have never done before. But when it comes to food, I wasn’t having it! If Pret A Manger can produce really good quality sandwiches daily so can a pub.
I have a soft spot for Penzance. It being situated near Lands End, a lively town with easy access to some lovely beaches and fishing ports nearby. We were lucky to get a B & B at the last-minute. The people down there are extremely friendly and helpful,
After a night in Penzance we made our way to Sennen for a quick dip in the sea, which was freezing. Then headed up to the Eden Project for a night of camping for the gig. I haven’t camped in about 15 years, so it was somewhat apprehensive.
EDEN PROJECT ST AUSTELL CORNWELL
Despite the ups and downs of the last few days I wasn’t disappointed with the gig.
The cocktails were obviously stronger than I realised, I was convinced my superb photography skills would produce some stunning shots of PJ Harvey. Alas all I got was the backs of people’s heads and a black void with a few shapes..Hope these pics will do you.
PJ Harvey gig at Glastonbury is available on BBC I PLAYER for another few weeks.
PJ HARVEY and her band have moved to another level, this isn’t really the place to write a music review but the set they played was really well choreographed and delivered a range of songs from two recent albums. It was extremely moving. She has matured into a slick and cool performer. I was entranced.
Have a listen to the apt named Let England shake track from one of her albums.
Let England shake – PJ Harvey
There’s a really well written review of the gig worth reading follow this link.
It’s been emotional lately and it’s a must to get out of London as much as possible and in particular to get out and walk. I have two or three planned for July and somehow finding time to develop my other website Juliecanblog . I haven’t got a time schedule or deadline on this but possibly by the end of this year.
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Until next time.
Keep on Keeping on