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17th august 2004 - making a home
17-AUG-2004

17th august 2004 - making a home

Today has seen a continuation of the storms that have been lashing the South West of England. Yesterday we had a succession of phone calls in the evening from people who had seen the TV coverage of eighty cars being washed down the street in Boscastle, a small village on the coast about eighteen miles from where we'd been walking on the moor. The village is in devastation and still around fifteen people are not accounted for. How we hope they are safe but unable to make their whereabouts known because all the communications channels there are unusable. When we were taking calls from our families, we'd not seen the TV coverage but later in the evening we realised why they had all been so concerned - I've never seen scenes like it here in temperate England before.

We continue to see the squalls moving up the valley and onto the moor but remain safe in our little cottage.

So, what to do when the weather is not appropriate to be walking on the moor? Make our home a little more comfortable of course. A trip to the legendary Trago Mills for equipment and 'stuff' to make this little house more of a home. The scales and wine rack in the photo are some of the things from Trago. The builder who has been recommended to us has been here measuring up and discussing our planned renovations. We so much want to make this place beautiful again.

This afternoon has been spent studying maps and history books about the mining trade and I learnt that the pumping station I photographed yesterday alongside the Hurlers is Phoenix United, an important mine that was worked from 1844 to 1898 and produced 82,000 tons of copper ore and more than 16,000 tons of black tin.

Later this evening we welcome our first visitors to our new home, David's sister, Linda and her family have been washed out of their campsite and are going to 'camp' here for a few days until their holiday cottage becomes available at the weekend. I can't wait to show them around and to spend some time with them. There are a string of other visitors planned for the rest of this week and next so we'll be busy 'entertaining' - good fun even without furniture!

Oh - BTW the mugs have special meaning too - the snoopy ones are mine from my teenage years and he remains my hero to this day, the Prince of Wales Investiture mug is from my time at school in North Wales, I was there when Prince Charles got the title. The rabbit mug came back from a business meeting in Helsingborg in Sweden, after which I was trapped in Copenhagen Airport for five hours because of fog and the mug jumped out and said 'buy me' my fixation for rabbits agreed! The Simon Drew mug was a gift from Linda (DMs sister) - so all meaningful in their own right.


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Guest 18-Aug-2004 22:10
SPOOKY!!! I bought a pair of Snoopy pyjamas yesterday and have just 'tuned in' to your Pbase to this photo! I haven't seen anything of Snoopy for years, so couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the jammies, then this!!!!!

It is like a trip back to our Southall days looking at all your mugs hanging there... funny, I have a set very similar tucked at the back of my kitchen cupboard!

Have fun with all your visitors this week and don't forget to have that kettle on next Friday lunchtime for a car full of waery travellers...
Teresa 18-Aug-2004 14:34
I pray for you ravaged Country and for all the people that have been hurt or missing and for you and David to be safe and happy in you lovely cottage. Teresa
Cheryl Hawkins18-Aug-2004 00:30
Very nice, I like this a lot!
Gayle P. Clement17-Aug-2004 20:24
I like the title and this photo does look like you're doing a good job of making a home. The storms sound dreadful. Keep safe.
Si Kirk17-Aug-2004 19:45
Oh no not Trago mills! the storms have been pretty bad, the river at Camelford burst it's banks as well, i was glad to see no one was hurt in the floods!
jude17-Aug-2004 19:22
I too, like the idea of watching your new place grow into what you want. It's like spending money to fix something up... yet not mine.. i like that concept..LOL
(almost done with the book.. omg.. sob)..
penny roots17-Aug-2004 19:03
Wow , linda , when i posted the message yesterday the only footage we had seen was floods going into a farm building , nothing to prepare for what was to come .The scenes were truly frightening , I can't imagine what it must have been like to witness them ,at least no one was seriously hurt , that is a miracle . I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your new home , How slow am I ? I didn't even know you had moved until now .
northstar3717-Aug-2004 18:11
Your cottage has probably seen a lot of bad storms in it's time. I love the row of mugs.
Larry Ahern17-Aug-2004 18:00
Sure does looks cozy ... hope it stays that way.
Robin Reid17-Aug-2004 17:50
Your area sounds quite interesting, and I like this image of your new kitchen.
Robin Reid17-Aug-2004 17:50
Glad you two are okay. I was concerned.
Sarah 17-Aug-2004 17:47
Glad to see that you have the essentials there, especially the wine and stella! Looks great!
Guest 17-Aug-2004 17:45
Wow, horrendous weather there! Hope you guys stay safe! Have a wonderful visit with DM's sister!! This is such a cozy shot -- I love getting to see these little bits and pieces of your new home!
Vicki17-Aug-2004 17:43
What a great time in your lives. Just keep enjoying. Thanks for sharing the history on your mugs too!