Monday, June 2

This would turn out to be a very busy day. We began with a visit to the ancient village of Chysauster. This is quite near Penzance and is reached by a moderately long uphill walk through the fields. "Chysauster was probably built in the first to third centuries AD, and the people who lived here were farmers, traces of their fields and enclosures still surround the village."

"Chysauster is an Iron Age village made up of eight Courtyard Houses in two rows. It is claimed that these dwellings form the earliest identifiable village street in England. Courtyard Houses are unique to the SW peninsula and the Scilly Isles, they consist of a circular walled enclosure with buildings attached and embedded in the inner face of the wall. The buildings would probably have had thatched roofs, but the internal courtyard space would have been open to the sky."

Then we went on to have lunch in a village on the coast. "Sennen Cove lies just one mile northeast of Land`s End , at the southwestern tip of Cornwall. Sheltered by the mighty headland of Pedn-men-du , the Cove is tucked into the southeast corner of Whitesand Bay , with Sennen Cove Beach and Gwenver Beach to the northeast." This is very picturesque with a lifeboat station and an art gallery located in an old capstan building. (This was a round building containing an old ship's capstan used for hauling fishing boats int shore.) We had a good lunch in the pub after walking around the village for a bit.

Then we went for a short visit to Land's End. This has been heavily commercialized and Andrew took us there reluctantly. We avoided the most commercialized part, although there was a nice gift shop at our location.

After that we went on to the Minack Theatre. This is an outdoor theater carved into the cliffside and was the idea of Rowena Cade who began it in the 1930s. It now has a 17 week summer season with a different production each week, each put on by a different theater group. While we were there we saw a rehearsal of Happy End, a Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill musical from 1929. The theater is surrounded by fabulous gardens.

With that we went back to the hotel for an early dinner and then off to a rehearsal of the Mousehole Men's Choir. They were in the rear of a church, some 60 strong, and they brought chairs so that we could watch more easily. We didn't expect much but were astounded when they began to sing. They are outstanding. It was a highlight of the trip.

 

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