the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other authors

The calm after the storm


Having seen the waves crashing over Porthleven on the television, we decided to make a visit to the fishing port near Helston during our weekend in Cornwall. The sun shone and everything was very calm when we arrived. Porthleven’s most recognisible building the Bickford-Smith Institute with its 70 foot tower had sustained only a few broken windows that were boarded.

Here’s another photo showing a very calm sea.


Now, at the end of the half term break and the weather is looking up again.

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A couple of days in Cornwall

We’ve been fantastically lucky with the weather this week. On Saturday we booked a last-minute deal at the Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth for dinner, bed and breakfast for 3 nights and we’ll be heading home tomorrow. My sister-in-law spent her wedding night here, so I’ve always wondered what the place was like. I’m glad to report that it’s really quite splendid.  Very friendly staff, swimming pool heated to just the right temperature and marvellous views out to sea.

St MawsHere I am, squinting in the sun, as we took the ferry over to St Maws. The ride was distinctly bouncy but as the journey’s only twenty minutes, we survived. We had lunch with friends who have a holiday home there and took a walk around the pretty church at St Just in Roseland.

St Ives


Today we went to St Ives, had coffee in The Tate, then drove along the north coast to St Agnes. Look at the colour of that sea. Absolutely beautiful. Now that should inspire me to do some writing.

Where have you been recently?