Jubilee Weekend

Made this cake a few days ago for a best friend’s BIG 3-0 birthday! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³ Had so much that evening at the bowling alley, and now I am enjoying the glorious sunshine β˜€οΈ at Folkestone for Jubilee weekend. Really don’t want to go back to work on Monday… πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜…

The cake is a strawberry wine cake! πŸ“πŸ“
Had a bit of fun writing those tags using edible pens on wafer paper
Love being by the sea! 🌊

Day 1 & 2 in Penzance: Summer Lovin’

Happy bank holiday from the U.K.! Such a blessing to have the holiday and my week off coinciding with the hottest day of the year thus far! β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ Hope you all had a great day too as I have most certainly enjoyed my time here in Penzance! 😁

Penzance is one of the most southern towns in the U.K., lying within Cornwall. It was a long train ride from London with the whole journey covering over 5 hours and a changeover in Plymouth (where I visited last summer!) – but I figured it was the time to do it now with me having an entire week off work! πŸš‚

Lunch on the train 🍱

I was most certainly prepared for the long train ride as I have done lots of food shopping πŸ› before hopping on to the train! (And yes, I finished everything just on the first train alone! πŸ˜‚ Unfortunately a 15-minute delay caused me to miss my changeover in Plymouth, so I ended up making a quick stop there before moving on to the next train (which was also further delayed. πŸ˜…)

Revisiting Plymouth after last year πŸ˜‚- but I only had enough time to hop to the shops so didn’t get a chance to see its beautiful coast again
Another delay… πŸ˜ͺ

After over an hour behind the initial scheduled time, I finally arrived in Penzance and I was immediately in awe of the slight Mediterranean feel of the place! πŸ– Weather wasn’t the best when I arrived on Sunday but I was still definitely on a holiday mood – though this place seemed to be a bit of a dead zone for phone signal! πŸ˜‚πŸ“±(Maybe it will be actually good for me to be off the grid for once…? 😝)

Penzance harbour
By the harbour
Twilight by the shore (looking towards Newlyn)

My initial plan was to visit Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar in Newlyn for dinner (the place seems to be extremely popular and does not take bookings, so couldn’t even reserved beforehand.) Newlyn is a seaside town and fishing port situated just right next to Penzance accessible by just a relatively short walk (around 20 minutes from my hotel.) Sadly, the train delays earlier meant that I couldn’t make it in time before the restaurant closed at 9. And it appeared that, in general, most places in Penzance were closed by that time- including the hotel restaurant… πŸ˜΄πŸŒ™ (I guess it was a Sunday after all or perhaps I am just too used to all the late night openings in London πŸ˜….) Thank goodness though I didn’t have to starve for the night as I eventually managed to find a kebab place in the town centre (after much searching! πŸ˜‚)

Kedgeree and poached egg for breakfast in the hotel- my first time having kedgeree!

Despite many bumps in my first day of travel (as per usual for me πŸ˜‚), I woke up this morning with a fresh determination wanting to make the most of my day – with a morning swim in the Jubilee Pool. πŸŠβ€β™‚οΈ

Jubilee Pool on the outside
Jubilee Pool
Geothermal pool on the right next to the main swimming area
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Loving the sun β˜€οΈ and water 🌊

The pool is very unique in that it extends directly into the sea, making it a landmark in the area. (I certainly loved the Art Deco feel of it! πŸ’™) Due to COVID restrictions now, bookings must be made in advance. Luckily, the main swimming area is readily available for bookings (up to one hour before the time slots- but only the shallow end is opened for use right now, which is fine with me as I am not that massively strong of a swimmer anyway. πŸ˜‚) Sadly, the geothermal pool is now completely booked until next month. ☹️ Would have loved to go into the geothermal pool as the water in the main swimming area is rather cold πŸ₯Ά – so a lot of us just ended up β€œwalking” and paddling along the pool, or just sunbathing by the poolside lol. 😎 Still great fun though! (And I will take it as my workout for the day done!)

Heading to Newlyn (for the second time lol!)
Welcome to Newlyn!
Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar

After a quick shower back in the hotel, I made my way to Newlyn hoping it will be a second time lucky!🀞 Literally went there banged on before their opening time at 12, so was seated very quickly. πŸ˜‰ The seafood dishes were all very fresh and delicious, so I was so very tempted to order a dessert as well!

Menu of Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar- what would you have picked? πŸ˜‹
From the left: pan seared scallops, grilled mackerel and crab salad
Raspberry fool (coulis and whipped cream) with Amaretti biscuits – simple and lovely! ❀️❀️

With my stomach full, I ventured out into the town of Newlyn, aiming to make my way on foot to the fishing village of Mousehole (one of my main goals of this travel!) The 1-hour coastal walk is beautiful especially on a sunny day like today! 🌞

Town of Newlyn
Newlyn harbour
Loving the sunshine!
Look how blue the water is! πŸ’™
Interesting building 🦈
Full view of Newlyn Harbour (looking back at Penzance)
View of the coastal walk 🌊

Afterwards, it was time for a quick recharge in Rock Pool CafΓ©- enjoying a drink and some food in the open view to the coast before exploring the rest of Mousehole! πŸ₯°

Rock Pool in Mousehole
A drink under the sun🍹😎 in Rock Pool Café
Homemade mackerel pΓ’tΓ© with gluten-free toasts
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Mousehole Harbour
Everyone is out enjoying the heat and sunshine! β˜€οΈπŸ”₯πŸ”₯
A tropical fruit smoothie πŸ₯­πŸ to round off the day!

After taking the shuttle bus from Mousehole back to Penzance- I settled in for an easier night in with a supper from a well-established fish and chips shop just right next to the hotel. (There was quite a queue!)

Takeaway and night in ready! πŸ‘Œ
Loved the battered Cornish hake with the curry sauce and mushy peas! πŸ˜‹

This is not the end of my journey in Cornwall yet! More to come tomorrow, so stay tuned! πŸ˜‰