Coffee or tea…What is the favorite beverage in the UK…a “cuppa” what?…

The driveway from our house to the narrow road.

Fascinating Fact of the Day About St. Teath, Cornwall*:

From this site: “The village sports an old clock tower in the centre near the church. It dates back to 1920 and was erected in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War. The clock was built from Delabole slate donated by the quarry and constructed by volunteers to a plan by local mine manager, Mr. Oswald Swete. The four clock faces are driven by a weight powered mechanism which needs ‘rewinding’ every 6 days. The village has an interesting history. St Teath (from whom this village acquired its name) came over from Wales, with her sisters, to this area of Cornwall to bring Christianity to those living here. Since then the village has seen much change with the rise and fall of both mining and the railway. There is plenty of evidence of both around the area.  The oldest part of the village surrounds the village square – the focal point of the annual summer carnival, Remembrance day, Christmas lights and New Year Celebrations.”
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We often assume that the people of the United Kingdom are avid tea drinkers and, although they’ve heartily adopted coffee consumption, making it more prevalent than tea, they are still big tea drinkers.

At this site, there’s a ticker running illustrating how many cups of tea are consumed in the UK each day.  It’s shocking to see how fast the ticker runs into the millions of cups each day.  
Storage building on the farm.
Coffee consumption has grown in the UK over the years.  Here’s an article from described here:

“Stereotypes suggest that Brits favour a builder’s brew over any other beverage but new figures released by the British Coffee Association (BCA) tell a different story.

Reliant on the caffeine spike a morning brew offers to face the day ahead, the BCA has revealed that the UK’s coffee consumption has soared to 95 million cups a day in 2018, up from 70 million in 2008. That’s an increase of 25 million over the last 10 years.”

The exact stats on coffee versus tea consumption in the UK is confusing and elusive.  Some say coffee is more prevalent while others claim tea is the preferred beverage of choice.

Pygmy goats checking me out.  Next sunny day, Lorraine will take me out to meet them inside the fences.  Photos will follow.
“Part of the research, conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), included a survey of 2,000 adults in the UK It found that nearly a third of those surveyed said they didn’t drink coffee at all, while at the other end of the scale six percent admitted to drinking six cups or more a day, with the average person consuming around two cups a day.

“Interestingly, it also revealed that 65 percent of coffee is drunk at home, 25 percent at work or while studying, and the rest is consumed in shops, bars, and restaurants. “In the last decade we’ve gone from a country of tea-sippers who enjoy the occasional instant coffee, to a nation of seasoned coffee connoisseurs exploring a large variety of roast and ground blends,” said Chris Stemman, Executive Director of the BCA.”
Pretty house in Michaelstow.
In our experience while in the frequent presence of Brits over the years of world travel, we’ve seen tea as the preferred beverage.  But then, many of our British friends are regular coffee drinkers.  So, who’s to say they haven’t adopted the passion for coffee drinking so common in the US and many other countries throughout the world?

Tea’s illustrious influence in the UK has led to a variety of teas from around the world but there are certain teas the British favor.  Favorite teas include: 

Most Popular Type of Tea in England
  • Black Tea. Black Tea, of course, tops the list, mostly taken with milk, mostly in tea bag form
  • Earl Grey. Earl Grey was believed to be named after a gift of tea from China was presented to the then UK Prime Minister Charles Grey in 1830
  • Green tea
  • Herbal teas
  • Oolong
  • Others


Cornfield in the neighborhood.
Surprisingly, we don’t see a wide variety of teas at the supermarkets, not nearly as many as I’d seen in the US many moons ago.  As for coffee, many Brits drink instant coffee.

Over the past seven months since I had open heart surgery I’ve avoided drinking coffee.  I found the caffeine seemed to make my heart race.  Instead, I’ve been drinking one cup of green tea (includes caffeine) each morning, followed by herbal teas later in the day.  I’ve yet to find a herbal tea that I love.

But, then again I was always both a tea and coffee drinker starting with coffee in the morning and having tea in the afternoon, caffeine never seeming to be an issue.  Tom started drinking coffee only since 2004.  He now drinks it without sugar and uses coconut cream instead of milk or cream.
Old building/barn converted to a house with solar panels.
Speaking of milk, here’s a morsel:
“The research celebrates Britain as a nation of tea drinkers, with a few surprising results like almost one in five putting the milk in first,” said Emma Stanbury from Arla B.O.B milk which commissioned the study. “And with more than fifty shades of tea, everyone’s favourite is a little different.”

When we grocery shopped a few days ago I decided to try something I’d never consider in the past…make instant caffeine-free coffee adding “double cream.”  Much to my surprise, it tastes delicious and I believe this will be my new morning beverage.  I’m very enthused being able to have coffee in the mornings when Tom’s coffee always smells so good.

Later in the day, I’ll have a few cups of green tea including each day around 4 pm, tea time minus the biscuits.  It’s not quite “high tea” but definitely a treat at that time of day, now that we’re no longer doing “happy hour.” 

This morning, we took on an amazing drive in the area and came across some fantastic sites and a “people” experience we can’t wait to share tomorrow with many photos.  Please check back. 
 
Enjoy your Sunday!  Have a “cuppa” as the British say!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 15, 2018:
This is the same family with seven chicks we’d seen a few months ago. For more photos, please click here.

Contemplation…Off and about today…The last of the Port Isaac photos…

A gorgeous countryside view as we drove toward Port Isaac from St. Teath (pronounced, “breath”).

Fascinating Fact of the Day About Port Isaac:
“Port Isaac’s pier was constructed during the reign of Henry VIII. A 1937 history said, “…Tudor pier and breakwater have now yielded to a strong new sea-wall balanced by an arm on the opposite side of the cove, and we do not doubt that the fishermen sleep more soundly in their beds on stormy nights.” The village centre dates from the 18th and 19th centuries, from a time when its prosperity was tied to local coastal freight and fishing. The port handled cargoes of coal, wood, stone, ores, limestone, salt, pottery and heavy goods which were conveyed along its narrow streets. Small coastal sailing vessels were built below Roscarrock Hill.”

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Often times, we strive to share the details of our daily lives, however simple and uneventful or, exciting and heart-pounding.  In either case, we share our dreams and hopes for future travel.

Over the past several months with so much up in the air, the future unknown, our dreams were on hold while we tentatively booked only a few plans for the future.  We’d lost so much when we had to cancel many plans losing tens of thousands of dollars in deposits we’d paid and flights we’d booked, most of which was non-refundable.

The tour I longed for the most, the comprehensive safari in Kenya for exquisite luxury tented camps and hotels including Little Governor’s Camp, Giraffe Manor, and the Maasai Mara, (where we’d been on safari in 2013) had to be canceled.  We were scheduled to leave South Africa on February 15th (when our visas ended), three days after I had the bypass surgery.  We weren’t able to leave until three months later when I was cleared to fly.
Port Isaac ocean views are stunning.
And then, three months later while attempting to leave the country, accompanied by copies of medical documents and doctor’s letters, we were determined to have immigration accept our reasons for the “overstay.”

Alas, they did not do so and we were labeled in their system as “undesirables” and told we couldn’t return to the country for five years.  However, we had the right to request a waiver based on the circumstances, by filing copious documents with their “overstay” department at immigration.  

We filed the documents well within the required seven day period and have inquired numerous times to no avail.  It appears our only recourse is to hire a South African immigration lawyer which we are considering.
The Cornwall area is known for its craggy cliffs.
We’d be less concerned about getting back into South Africa sooner than the five-year ban, but we have a cruise booked from Lisbon, Portugal to Capetown, South Africa embarking on November 10, 2020, a cruise we’ve been excited to experience and for which we could lose the deposit.

This particular cruise with Azamara cruise line has an itinerary we’ll most likely never be able to experience in the future, an itinerary that may eventually be discontinued.  

It sails along the western coast of Africa with ports of call to include: Casablanca, Morocco; Agadir, Morocco; Canary Islands; Banjul, Gambia;
Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Takoradi, Ghana; Luanda, Angola; Walvis Bay, Namibia; Luderitz, Namibia, and then to Capetown where we plan to stay for three days.
Access to the ocean for swimming and launching small boats.
Of the total 18 months, we’ve spent in South Africa, we’d never visited Capetown when we didn’t want to leave Marloth Park any more than we’d have to for an “immigration stamp” allowing us to stay 90 more days.  

Twice during this last 15-month stay in Marloth Park, we flew to Zambia and then visited Botswana and, Zimbabwe returning to the airport known as Nelspruit/Mpumalanga/Kruger, to have our visas stamped once again. 
The second time we made this trip we were told we wouldn’t be allowed another extension unless we applied with Home Affairs immigration department.  We did and were granted an extension until the above mentioned February 15, 2019,  three days after I had the dreadful surgery resulting in numerous complications. 
A typical narrow road in Port Isaac.
However, our comprehensive May 2019 request for a waiver for the five-year ban and our status as “undesirables” has been ignored.  We’ve decided if we don’t receive a result by this November, we’ll contact an immigration attorney in South Africa.

Ah, those who think that a life of world travel is easy is kidding themselves.  Sure, a one or two year adventure may be relatively uneventful, other than the joys of the travel experiences.  

But, now, almost seven years later, we accept the harsh reality that life is complicated and may deviate from the desired path over which we choose, regardless of all of our best intentions.
A typical narrow road in Port Isaac.
Oddly, even to us, we still feel passionate and hopeful for the future of our ongoing world travels.  We also realize that at some point in the future we will have to stop traveling, health and age being the relevant factors.

In the interim, we may have had to refocus our activities to accommodate my “new normal” but our hearts and spirits stay strong and motivated to continue on.

Please continue on with us…
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Photo from one year ago today, September 13, 2018:
This could be two females with this male lion or a female and a young male who’s mane has yet to develop. There’s a male behind the male in front.  For more photos, please click here.

More on Port Isaac…Known as Portwenn in the Doc Martin TV series…Healing…

St. Peter church in Port Isaac.  (Too bad the power lines obstruct the view.  I tried removing them but doing so hindered the photo).

Fascinating Fact of the Day About Port Isaac:
“The small vibrant fishing village of Port Isaac is one of Cornwall’s most well-known and popular holiday destinations. The picturesque fishing village lies on a stunning stretch of coastline, midway between Polzeath (and the Rumps headland to the west) and the ever-popular village of Tintagel Much of the coastline and surrounding countryside of Port Isaac is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coastline. Port Isaac, was a busy coastal port from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th. Century when it was an active harbour where cargoes like stone, coal, timber, and pottery were loaded and unloaded.”

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Again, it’s raining which is expected to continue throughout the day and perhaps again tomorrow.  As much as we’d like to get out sightseeing, it’s relatively fruitless on these rainy days and on these narrow winding roads.  


It’s impossible to stop on the side of the road for photos when there aren’t any shoulders on the roads or in the small towns we encounter along the way.  Neither of us can conceive of hiding under raincoats with the camera in a plastic bag to get what might be a poor photo anyway.  We wait patiently for sunny days.
Expansive views of the English countryside near Port Isaac.
In the interim, we continue to busy ourselves on the farm, taking care of household tasks, laundry, cooking, and continuing research for the future.  In a mere 42 days, we’ll be boarding a cruise in Southampton, England with an itinerary that takes us to a few new (to us) ports of call.  We always enjoy a transatlantic cruise.

Each day, I continue to improve in baby steps after stopping those three awful drugs.  It’s only been 17 days since I stopped the drug, Bisoprolol, that caused me the most side effects including horrible pain in my arms and legs as well as intermittent breathing issues which may continue for months after stopping two of the three drugs.  
Blue sky, blue sea, and craggy cliffs.
Yesterday, was the first day I had no breathing issues whatsoever.  But this morning I noticed it had returned.  There’s not much I can do to stop it.  Any type of activity doesn’t seem to make it worse, such as walking and stairs.  
As a result, the breathing issue is not exercise-induced which gives me peace of mind that its not a heart-related issue.  In reading the literature that accompanied these drugs, breathing problems are common for a period of time (as much as one year) following the weaning off Amiodarone and Bisoprolol.    
Port Isaac welcomes visitors.  But, we doubt the local residents are happy about the influx of tourists since Doc Martin began in 2004, other than those benefiting from tourist purchases.
If I had any other symptoms, I’d go to a doctor but otherwise, I feel quite good, seven months today since the surgery.  Once we get to the US and are in Arizona, most likely I go to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale to be checked.
A typical road in Port Isaac which we could access by car.
Today, I’m busy chopping and dicing to make low carb taco salad.  We have delicious leftover pot roast which I’ll shred with seasonings for Tom’s salad and I’ve made a tuna salad which I’ll stuff into both halves of a small avocado for my dinner, with a side salad including onions, celery, grape tomatoes, sliced green olives, and lettuce.

Tomorrow, we have an exciting afternoon activity planned (exciting to us, anyway) which we’ll share after the experience with photos.
The Old School Hotel and Restaurant in Port Isaac, located in the center of town.

Have a lovely evening wherever you may be!  We thank each and every one of you for following our world travel story, almost seven years in the making.

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Photo from one year ago today, September 12, 2018:
Lounging poolside.  For more photos, please click here.

Port Isaac, known as Portwenn, location for filming “Doc Martin” TV series…What a site to see!

As we approached Port Isaac, the filming site for TV series, Doc Martin, the scenery took our breath away.

Fascinating Fact of the Day About Port Isaac, Cornwall*:

From this site: “Port Isaac is a small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The nearest towns are Wadebridge and Camelford, both ten miles away. Port Gaverne, commonly mistaken to be part of Port Isaac, is a nearby hamlet that has its own history.”
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We began watching the first 62 episodes of the popular British TV Series, Doc Martin over eight seasons which ended.  Based on popular demand, the series was renewed for season 9 which begins on TV here in the UK on September 25th.

We’ll be able to watch the first four episodes while we’re here in England on the TV and will stream the remaining four episodes after we get settled into our next location.
Although beaches and ocean access is abundant in Cornwall, the constant cool weather may prevent locals and tourists from spending time at the beaches.
Doc Martin, in an odd way, reminds me of the US TV series Seinfeld, in that it was referred to as the “show about nothing.” Doc Martin has this same characteristic.  

It’s somewhat of a mindless show requiring little contemplation but the subtlety so prevalent with the British, along with their typical sense of humor, often “tongue in cheek” makes this show a gem.

We fell in love with all the quirky characters including Doc Martin, who is masterfully played by well-known British actor Martin Clunes who has had quite an illustrious career.  For more on this series, please click here.
Not only are the ocean views outstanding, but the rolling patchwork countryside also has much to offer.
The series is masterfully described as follows:
“Is there a dyspeptic doctor in the house? Successful surgeon Dr. Martin Ellingham abruptly leaves his London practice to become general practitioner in the sleepy fishing village of Portwenn, where he spent the holidays during his youth. But his luxury car and lavish wardrobe immediately rub the locals the wrong way, and once they get a load of his abrasive attitude and lack of bedside manner, he quickly alienates most of the townsfolk.”

It was during our world travels in 2012 that we found we could relax and get out of our heads if we watched a few favorite shows when we didn’t have evening plans either on my laptop or on a flat-screen TV (if available) using our HDMI cord.

With the inability to access some US TV series for streaming, we found we could more readily download many popular British shows.  One of the British shows that set us on this path (along with “Downton Abbey”) was “Luther,” a gripping police drama starring Idris Alba, a fantastic actor.  From there, we were hooked.
There are numerous shops, restaurants, and tourist-related businesses lining the streets of Port Isaac.
At least half of the shows we watched over the past seven years have been British-made with many of our friends from the UK recommending a variety of shows which we ultimately enjoyed.

One of the reasons we chose to stay in St. Teath, Cornwall was due to its close proximity to the location where Doc Martin has been filmed.  With the massive number of tourists we knew would be in Port Isaac, we weren’t interested in staying in a holiday home in the sleepy town.

Yesterday, we witnessed an unbelievable tourist infusion which must be difficult for the local residents until it slows down during the colder winter months.  We ran into a few difficulties once we arrived after a 25-minute drive from our holiday home.
A pair of seagulls resting atop a parked car.
One was the fact there were virtually no available parking spaces.  If we waited at the few parking lots close to the town, we may have been able to eventually get a spot.  

But the bigger issue was “me.”  Should we have been able to find a parking place in one of the lots (nothing available in the center of town), I would not have been able to make the long walk up and down the steep hills required to get into the town.

After all, its only been a few weeks since I could walk without excruciating pain.  It will take time for me to build the strength and muscle tone in order to be able to tackle such a trek.  
From this site:  Looking at Port Isaac first, it is a true commercial fishing harbour from yesteryear, when it was the centre of attention for the Pilchard industry. In the heyday of Blue shark fishing from the south coast, it was nothing for sharking enthusiasts to drive to the north coast just to get some tubs of Pilchard for use as rubby dubby, as the oil exuded by this small fish is second to none when attracting predators. The pier at the end was built during the reign of Henry the Eighth ,and while the town dates back 700 years, it was during the 18th and 19th centuries that the town’s prosperity was assured with the handling of ocean-bound cargo like salt, coal, wood and of course all manner of sea fish, crabs and lobsters. Back in 1869, the Port Isaac lifeboat was established with a lifeboat called “Sarah and Richard” that had to be dragged through the narrow streets for launching. In the 1960s the RNLI put in the inshore lifeboat, and since 1967 it has the new”D” inshore model. Today, the picturesque narrow streets and alleys are home to cake shops, souvenirs, and eateries, with general tourism, boosted to celebrity status with programs such as “Poldark”,” Saving Grace” and “Doc Martin”. Out in Port Isaac Bay there are reputed to have been over 1000 wrecks, a testament to the winter, and sometimes summer storms, that rumble in off the Atlantic. Many of these would have been sailing ships at the mercy of the wind, whereas today, the age of motor power sees far fewer mishaps.
I am working on it daily with all the hills we encounter when we’re out and the walking around the house and ground along with the 15 to 20 flights of steps I do intentionally each day going up and downstairs for added exercise.  

When we couldn’t find a parking spot and realized that most of the buildings shown in Doc Martin series were only accessible on foot, we resigned ourselves to the reality that the only photos we’d be able to take were those we could manage from the car.

On a few occasions, Tom was able to find a place to pull over for a minute or two while I got out of the car to take photos of the ocean and massive cliffs in the area.
This is one of our favorite ocean views in Port Isaac.
After driving around for an hour or more, we finally headed out of Port Isaac on the road to explore the countryside a little further. It was a pleasant drive.
Although we were disappointed not to have been able to capture some of the photos we’d intended, we had a good time exploring, as usual especially on a sunny day.  More Port Isaac photos will follow in the next few days.

Today, its raining again and we’ll stay put while conducting research for future travels.  Right now, we feel we’d like to wait until we get to the US in 58 days, where we’ll be staying for two months until we head to India.

Our heartfelt prayers and memories for those in the US who lost loved ones during the 9/11 attack, 18 years ago as of today.
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Photo from one year ago today, September 11, 2018:
Many species can share a space in harmony.  For more photos, please click here.

Will today be a good day for sightseeing?…The consumption of animal products…

The first animal we encountered in the paddock was pigs.  As our readers know, I love pigs.  However, as cute as they are, they can’t match the appeal of a handsome warthog.

Fascinating Fact of the Day About St. Teath, Cornwall*:

From this site: “The village has an interesting history. St Tetha (from whom this village acquired its name) came over from Wales, with her sisters, to this area of Cornwall to bring Christianity to those living here. Since then the village has seen much change with the rise and fall of both mining and the railway. There is plenty of evidence of both around the area.  The oldest part of the village surrounds the village square – the focal point of the annual summer carnival, Remembrance day, Christmas lights and New Year Celebrations.”
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So far this morning the sun is shining but we’re noticing dark clouds rolling in.  If it doesn’t rain, in a few hours we’ll be on the road to go sightseeing.  Taking photos on rainy days has become a source of frustration for me and I am determined to attempt to avoid adding rainy day photos to our inventory.  
We were especially enthused to see the pygmy goats.  Unfortunately, the grass was too mushy and wet for us to get closer for better photos.
Yesterday, as I’d promised myself, I finished our 2018 tax prep and forwarded the documents and worksheet to our accountant in Nevada. It was a tedious task but somehow I managed to get through it when I already had a considerable amount of the information in place, ready to be entered into the form.  What a sense of relief that was!
Adorable pygmy goat “baaaahing” at us as we admired him.
Now we wait to hear from the accountant with questions.  Most likely, we’ll chat with him in the next week and wrap this up, putting it behind us.  We have until October 15th to file the return electronically, which he’ll handle for us.

A few mornings ago, after a rainy night, we decided to explore the various paddocks to see the farm animals.  It was lightly misting and still quite cloudy but we couldn’t have been more pleased. 
Beyond this bush are two wind turbines which are prevalent in England.
After a lengthy walk in thick grass, we had to wash our shoes, leaving them outdoors to dry when the sun finally peeked out.  The shoes I wear most days when we’re going out, are actually water shoes.  

With only five pairs of shoes, I can’t take the risk of ruining a pair in rainy weather making water shoes perfect for our travels. They are ideal on rainy days and yet, are outrageously comfortable.  Tom’s tennis shoes were also a mess but he waited until the grass dried and then brushed off the grass using a dustpan brush.  
The countryside beyond the farm is comparable to a patchwork quilt with varying shapes and colors.
As we walked through the paddocks, we realized we’ll have to ask the owners, Lorraine or Graham to escort us so we can take better photos on the next sunny day.  Surely, over the next 10 days, it will be sunny once or twice.
Geese and ducks co-habitat peacefully in a paddock.
Not only do we love African animals but we are also drawn to barnyard animals who have a special charm of their own.  Sadly, some of the animals we saw here will eventually be slaughtered.  I doubt the goats or, the ducks and geese, which are kept for their eggs, will be subject to that dreadful fate.

Yesterday, I wrote about how we eat meat, chicken, and pork and yet here we are having angst about slaughtering animals.  Isn’t that hypocritical?  I suppose some would say it is.  But, the reality remains…we have emotions about this topic.
More beautiful scenery as seen from the farm.
Unfortunately, I can’t be a vegetarian/vegan based on my strict diet nor would Tom, who doesn’t eat vegetables or fruit.  The way I justify this is my mind, which I must do to make peace with it, is the concept that God, a higher power or whatever your beliefs, created an environment with a “pecking order.”  
Every morning and also during the day we hear the roosters crowing.  It reminds us of living in Kauai where there are thousands of feral chickens.
As a result, readily available protein sources (necessary for life itself) is provided to each creature on the planet, including humans.  Living in Africa for two years during the past seven years, placed us in a position of accepting the hard facts about the animal hunt and subsequent consumption of the captured source of food.

No, I won’t get further into a philosophical view of whether or not to consume animal products.  We each have our own reasons, rationalizations, and dietary needs.
The last time we had access to a clothes dryer was in Costa Rica over two years ago.  What a treat!  Our clothes were washed and dried in a mere two hours, compared to a day or two of hanging them in humid weather.
Now, as I wrap this up, we’re watching the weather to see if today will be a good day for a road trip.  

Have an excellent day filled with wonderful surprises!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 10, 2018:
Check out those long eyelashes.  For more photos, please click here.

Exciting purchase in the countryside…

Although the building is small and unassuming, Button Meats offers a wealth of grass-fed meats and poultry with a heartfelt welcoming we couldn’t have appreciated more.

Fascinating Fact of the Day About St. Teath, Cornwall*:

“The village of St. Teath is situated approximately three miles (5 km) southwest of Camelford and seven miles (11 km) northeast of Wadebridge. The hamlet of Whitewell lies to the west. The parish population at the 2011 census was 2628.  An electoral ward also exists which includes Delabole and St Breward; the population for this ward at the same census was 3,957.”
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*Based on the fact we are currently located in a somewhat tiny village, we’ll be adding information in “Fascinating Fact of the Day” for the surrounding areas as well.
On Friday, this is the sign we spotted on our way to the property, asking our property owners if they’d recommend purchasing meat at this location.  They enthusiastically explained they buy all their meat at Button Butchers and it was well worth a visit.  At the end of this week, we’ll return for our final week’s meat supply. 
This morning, after a fitful night’s sleep I arose, bound and determined to tackle the task of putting all our tax information together for our accountant in Nevada.  

Over the past months during my recovery, I couldn’t seem to get motivated to get this done.  It weighed heavily on my mind.  As of now, Monday at noon, I am done, having sent the worksheet and attached documents by email, including a few questions, for the accountant.  
Two cases are filled with a variety of meats, homemade sausages, and streaky bacon.
He’s very competent and will most likely be done by the end of the week submitting our forms electronically, no signature required.  What a relief to have this almost behind us!

My next daunting task is getting to work on setting up Plan B and a supplement for Medicare so at least when we’re in the US, I’ll have coverage.  Plus, I’m contemplating a trip to the Mayo Clinic while we’re in Scottsdale Arizona to check to ensure all is well with my heart and recovery.
It was raining when we arrived making the refrigerated cases foggy but the butcher/owner John was more than willing to show us or cut for us, anything we desired.
United Healthcare Global Plan doesn’t cover our trips to the US.  Thus, the only coverage we both have while in the US is Medicare Part A which only pays for 80% of any required hospitalization but not doctor visits, outpatient tests or treatment or prescriptions.

Now that I am down to only three prescriptions with the opportunity to refill them online at reasonable prices from a reputable company we’ve used for years, ProgressiveRX.
Sausages don’t often work for my way of eating based on the inclusion of wheat and other grain fillers.
As we’ve mentioned many times in the past, the responsibilities of our lives as US citizens remain constant regardless of where we may be at any time in any part of the world.

On the most recent cruise, only 2½ weeks ago, several passengers asked us if we’ll ever give up our US citizenship.  This will never happen for dozens of reasons I won’t get into here since the list would be too long to list.  
John toured us through the cooler.  I cringed a little seeing the hanging pig carcasses.  But, if we’re going to eat meat this is a harsh reality.
We have many benefits and reasons to always maintain our US citizenship, plus with it comes down to it there is a certain sense of pride in being American.  And yes, regardless of “political disharmony” in the US, (which we won’t get into here either), we still and always will feel a strong sense of patriotism.

Today’s photos depict one of many reasons we both feel connected to the countryside or outlying areas of many countries in the world.  As we’ve often mentioned, we are not “city folk” as much as we may be in awe from time to time visiting large cities.
More hanging/aging meats.
Sure, cities such as St. Petersburg, Paris, London, Rome and many more hold a certain appeal with their luxurious historical buildings and history.  But for us, a visit to a small town in the country leaves us reeling with delight, as has been the case here in the UK in Falmouth and now in St. Teath and their many quaint surrounding areas.

On the day we arrived at the Mill Barn cottage (actually a large house) we noticed a sign at a nearby farm inviting passersby to stop to purchase grass-fed local meat.  We couldn’t have been more thrilled. 
Massive slabs of grass-fed beef.
On Friday afternoon, we returned to the less-than-a-mile away, Button Meats and purchased all the beef, lamb, pork, bacon, free-range eggs, and chicken we’d need for a week.

We always giggle over finds such as this delightful farm offering a wide array of healthful meats, chickens and eggs.  The butcher/owner John cut beef for us exactly as we needed to make old-fashioned pot roast, a favorite of Tom.  
Prime rib is located on the back shelf.
I selected two lamb shanks to add to the beef in the large pot we borrowed from the owners whose home is next door to us (not attached).  They are kind and thoughtful, willing to assist us in any way possible.  But, we make every effort not to ask for many extras.

Speaking of thoughtful owners, John, the owner of the property in Falmouth sent a US $300 credit to our credit card (via Homeaway’s system) with an apology for the inconvenience of the towel debacle the first two days we were there.  How nice it that!!!  
We got a kick out of John, quite the fine butcher.
We’d never asked for special consideration of any type.  Here’s the link to John’s property in Falmouth which we thoroughly enjoyed once we had towels on hand.  The owners here in St. Teath are equally kind and accommodating.

We’ve been fortunate to have had many great experiences with owners throughout the world over the past almost seven years and, they with us.  We treat their properties with the same consideration if they’d been our properties creating a mutually beneficial relationship.

Of course, we’ll be back tomorrow with more, sharing photos of the animals in the paddocks here on the farm.  It’s raining so we’re staying in doing laundry and preparing tonight’s special dinner.

(Apologies to our vegetarian/vegan readers for today’s meat photos)!

Carpe diem!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 9, 2018:
Vervet monkey drinking water off the roadway after a downpour during a drought.  For more photos, please click here.

A drive through the historic town of St. Ives…Facts about the enchanting town…

I stood in the pouring rain to capture this photo.  Sadly, it wasn’t a sunny day.

Fascinating Fact of the Day About St. Ives, Cornwall:

From this site:“St Ives is a town in Cornwall, England, known for its surf beaches, like Porthmeor, and its art scene. The seafront Tate St Ives gallery has rotating modern art exhibitions, focusing on British artists. Nearby, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, in the modernist artist’s former studio, displays her bronzes and other works. Boat trips go to Seal Island, just west of town, to see the seal colony.”
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It was unfortunate that there was a downpour as we drove through the enchanting town of St. Ives, Cornwall on our way to our next holiday home in St. Teath, Bodmin, Cornwall on Friday.
It was dark and dreary as we drove through the town of St. Ives.

Also, the town was packed with end-of-summer tourists and we couldn’t find a single parking spot that didn’t require us walking for 15 minutes up steep hills to reach the center of town and all the sites. 

Narrow roads and historic buildings created a fascinating view of the small town with a population of approximately 12,000.

Our raincoats were packed deep inside our luggage plus we didn’t feel confident in leaving our bags unattended in the car which included all of our digital equipment and laptops.  

St. Ives Parish Church.

Thus, we were only able to drive through the town at a slow pace as we worked our way around tourists with umbrellas and raincoats and, an endless parade of vehicles. We can only imagine how much busier it must be during the warmer summer months.

Many towns, village, and countries throughout the world have these colorful buildings lining the streets.

The quality of our photos was hampered by the crowds and the rain. I was only able to get out of the car once for photos when Tom parked for a few minutes in an illegal spot in front of a hotel. I got soaked attempting to capture a few ocean shots.  

Old and newer structures are built into the hills to take advantage of the scenic views of the ocean.

With check-in time at 2 pm at our new location, from there we didn’t veer from our course when we wanted to stop for lunch which was impossible in St. Ives but would have been fun.  

Note the surfers at a distance.

Instead, we stopped at a cute cafe, Pots, in the center of town in Bodmin and had a nice lunch as shown in the photos below.  We were able to park on the street and quietly enjoy our meal.

We love little cafes like Pots, big menus, freshly made food and loads of playful ambiance.
My grilled chicken salad at Pots.
Tom’s spaghetti bolognese.  Notice the buttered bread to the right.  He devoured his bread and then mine.  He never ate another bite the rest of the day, bypassing dinner since he was so full.

Here are some facts about St. Ives:

From this site:

  • St Ives is home to one of the oldest inns in Cornwall. The famous Sloop Inn which sits on the Wharf overlooking the harbor dates back to circa 1312 and has welcomed fisherman through its doors since the 14th century.
  • The branch train line from St Erth to St.Ives is deemed as one of the most picturesque railway lines in England and takes in the sights of Hayle Estuary, Porthkidney Sands, Carbis Bay, and St Ives.
    The narrow tightly packed roads made driving through the pretty town slow and tedious but well worth it.
  • St Ives is home to one of only four Tate Galleries in the UK – Tate St Ives. The others are Tate Britain & Tate Modern in London and Tate Liverpool. The artist movement in St Ives has gained world acclaim, with masterpieces created by the likes of Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis amongst others, who were all residents in the town.
    The rocky shoreline in St. Ives.
  • St Ives September Festival takes place for two weeks every year and has been running since 1977. With over 200 events taking place over two weeks, relating to music, dance, fine arts, poetry, arts, crafts, and theatre, there is something for everyone.
  • Of only eight Blue Flag beaches in Cornwall, three of them are in the St Ives area – (Carbis Bay, Porthmeor and Porthminster). The Blue Flag Award is an independent recognition of environmental excellence run by the non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Worldwide there are over 2,000 Blue Flag beaches in 36 countries.
Now in St. Teath, in this stunning 300-year-old renovated stone barn, we are quite content and looking forward to venturing out in a few days.  Today, with the sun shining we’ll head to the paddocks to see the animals on the gorgeous farm. Tomorrow, we’ll be back with photos!


May your Sunday be a day of rest and contentment.
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Photo from one year ago today, September 8, 2018:
This baby elephant appeared to be no more than a month old.  For more photos, please click here.