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Cornish Wild Flowers

A few Cornish Wild Flowers found and identified this morning on the South West Coast Path. The hedgerows are blooming and abundant in colour as spring turns to early summer. The sea is still very cold but it is clear and the views down into the turquoise rocky coves are fantastic.



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Fish for supper

Fish for supper after a day out fishing with boat “Out of the Blue” not far from St Georges Island. There was not much about but those that you catch make it really worthwhile. Skippered boats from the Quay in East Looe are great value and for a couple of hours at sea in the quiet of the ocean you can see Looe from a different angle, get weathered and come home with something you can put on the Barbeque and enjoy with a snifter or two.


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Rame Head and the Royal Navy Ship HMS Ocean

A long distance view of the Royal Navy Ship HMS Ocean moored on a sunny spring day a couple of weeks ago showing the scale of the vessel against Rame Head at the entrance to Plymouth Sound, this was viewed from the South West Coast Path at Hannafore, just a short walk from The Sail Loft Studio.

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Its walk to the Island next week!

Its walk to the Island next weekend around lunchtime from Friday and Saturday when the tides are low enough to wear a pair of wellies and stroll amongst the seaweed, crossing the land bridge to St Georges Island, Looe. Its a brilliant experience, and well worth the trip.

On our first walk across we were greeted by the only long term dwellers on the island following the departure of the Atkins sisters who owned and subsequently bequeathed the island to the Cornish Wild Life Trust and my wife was given a Daffodil, which was the type once grown on the island, it lasted for days in a vase and we have never seen one like it since. We were amazed to hear the island was once a daffodil farm and the stems were transported to market as some of the earliest of the season from the West Country. This short excerpt from a book St Georges Island, A look inside by Mike Dunn  to examine the history of the island is fascinating and well worth a read to briefly understand the island life The Atkins Sisters.


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Rame Head, Cornwall

A trip to Rame Head, Cornwall on the coast road from Looe is a treat, wide vistas of the English Channel and the tiny chapel on the end of Rame getting ever closer. Passing Whitsand Bay, where rollers were crashing in onto the golden sand, the forts defending the coast, which thankfully were never used and the gnarled wind-swept trees bending east from the prevailing winds.


At the end of the peninsular, there are views to Looe and beyond at  the tip of Cornwall, Goonhilly Downs and across to the east, Prawle and Plymouth. So take a trip to Rame, see the peninsular, Kingsand and Cawsand and just watch the world go by

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20 best coastal walks

Polperro to Looe Coastal Walk included in 20 Best Coastal Walks in The Times 29 August 2015. The South West Coast Path in Cornwall runs straight past The Sail Loft Studio, Looe and this beautiful stretch is a joy to walk. Emerald seas,  sandy tidal beaches, sea birds diving, wild flowers in abundance and hedge fruits coming into ripeness just now, get out while you can in this fine weather and remember The Sail Loft Studio, Looe is an ideal stay for exploring the coast path, travelling west to Polruan and east to Rame Head

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The Treby Arms, Sparkbrook

The Treby Arms, Sparkbrook,  @AntonPiotrowski1 has done a great job just 25 miles from the Sail Loft Studio, a gem of a restaurant a few mins from the A38 and so close to the Dartmoor Zoo, what a great place to gastro bar-snack or have a decent gastronomic blow out, Michelen starred and innovative, friendly knowledgeable servers and a fabulous atmosphere, well done!  Duck hearts in curry sauce got a big yes vote from us both, Just got to book for the bank holiday now!

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