Monday, 24 August 2015

One more week!

Out to lunch yesterday it was obvious that Cornwall has enjoyed a good season....just finding a parking spot took about quarter of an hour....a good lunch was then eaten punctuated by greetings from old friends and acquaintances .
The theme was that of thanksgiving....we have had a good summer. Reasonable weather has meant very many people have opted to spend their time here and we are still full.....but the end is now in sight....Bank holiday next weekend will begin the exodus...
When I was one of these visitors with my children we would hang on for as long as possible. Once we'd dismantled our tents or caravan we used to spend our last day at a hotel which had a swimming pool.....
Finally the children tired but happy we would travel north in the evening...after the massive queues had eased off.
I never in those days dreamed that the locals would be relieved at our departure so now it comes as a bit of a surprise to find us counting down. "Only one more week to go! "
This sentence was heard all through lunch.....and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would one day feel the same way.
But I do....we love our visitors of course but suddenly getting our roads and shops back again is simply wonderful!
September is the very best month here with golden weather, empty beaches, clearer roads and full congregations. Our August visitors do not fill the churches but our September ones's time for the retired visitors ...old friends turning up with room and time to explore the beauty all around us...
Alleluia! Just one more week to go! I hope it's a good one! I never thought I would feel like this. It's not without its guilt...but everyone here is on mental count down....hooray! Bring on the golden oldies!

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