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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.