Well it didn’t take long to get back in the saddle. From a slow first start in the first week we are now full and vacancies are few and far between in August and September. We do have availability in October and November but we are expecting these to go quickly. A number of Guest Houses and B&B’s, in Looe, are reporting full houses so if you want to visit be quick.
We are adhering to our Covid 19 principles and this seems to have been well received by our guests. It was good to see Sue & PJ, who came to see us for the fourth time and were keen to try out our “ruck sack picnic” and then our picnic hamper, their feedback was welcomed and thankfully positive. While here Sue & PJ reported that they were having difficulty booking into attractions and restaurants, so please be aware if you are heading our way make sure you have contacted the places you want to visit. If you would like to take advantage of our packed lunches, picnics or high teas. These can be added to your booking on our web site and remember it is cheaper to book direct with us.
The fishing charter boats are operating now, which has been to our advantage. I would like to thank the fishermen, who recently stayed with us, for the variety of fish they supplied, Cheers gents, much appreciated. Another of our guests spent 3 days sharking and the boat they were on was very successful, on one day they had 7 blue sharks and 17 in total.
We managed to venture out to the pub for the first time in months. Visited The Jolly Sailor in West Looe and it was good to see the guys again and of course offer a little support for another local business. While out and about in town today we noticed people on The Banjo Pier which is actually closed. This has not been done to annoy holiday makers, we feel, it has been done to help maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of the emergency services being called out in these difficult times.
Mrs.B&B and I celebrated our 13th. Wedding Anniversary on the 2nd. and we treated ourselves to a lunch in The Sardine Factory. Wow, what a beautiful meal. We both chose to have the Sunday Lunch which was roast beef and pulled brisket with green veg, roast potatoes, carrot & swede puree, Yorkshires and gravy. The best Sunday lunch I have had, other than Mrs.B&B’s, of course. I would highly recommend The Sardine Factory in Looe but again make sure you book well in advance to save disappointment.
Todays t shirt is a Rolling Stones lyric shirt, the old classic that is Honky Tonk Woman, just can’t get enough of The Stones.
Well, we have welcomed our first guests, post lock down, into our home at Schooner Point Guest House, Looe. It was a bit daunting to think that we would be sharing our home again. With only the one set of guests in it has been a gentle re-introduction to our work and the new cleaning regimes and distancing protocols that we have put in place. We are thankful for that but now want to get back to welcoming in our guests. Friends to be made and re-visiting, existing friends alike. If you feel like a seaside break get in touch as vacancies are now becoming scarce.
Looe is starting to see holiday makers appear and the town is slowly opening up. Not all restaurants and bars opened for the first weekend but it seemed enough to cope with demand. More will be opening in the following days. Don’t forget The South West Coast Path is still open, pasties and cream teas are still available and Korev, Tribute, Doombar, Ratler and Cornish Orchards ciders are all here throughout the town. We believe that the best fish and chips are to be had in our town of Looe in South East Cornwall.
Mrs.B&B and I took a stroll out to Hannafore, while the weather was kind and the tide was low. We were going to try to have a look at the shipwreck. It was visible but we did not fancy wading through a ton of seaweed that had been left in the wreck channel, so we gave it a miss and went back home and sat in the sun on the deck. The views from here are amazing, looking right up the East Looe River, the ideal setting to partake of one of our Cornish cream teas.
Todays t-shirt is The Small Faces, the second shirt featured from this 60’s band.
What a glorious May and early June it was, allowing us to get on with outside jobs. We have now completed the decking, first coat of paint on, ropes installed, gravel and cobbles down and even the planting is done. We think it looks great and we are sure our guests will enjoy taking in the views from it. The Echium is still in full bloom and covered in bees, however the wind did get to it so looks a bit sad now. We are hopeful that the second one will still flower, as it can be as late as July to come into bloom.
Have to report, with great sadness, that Looe Live has now been cancelled. It is obviously the right decision in the current climate. A big thankyou to the guests who have asked for their bookings to be carried over to next years event. People are becoming more confident though and we are seeing bookings picking up. I am sure there will be lots to do as lockdown is relaxed. We are going to keep our doors open into December, for people to be able to see The Christmas Lights switch on. We are aware you need to be able to get away from it all after this unprecedented situation. Mrs.B&B and I are eagerly waiting to welcome guests into our home in Looe.
We are preparing to re-open, currently set for the 4th. July but we are awaiting a definitive statement from the government. New routines are being considered to ensure our guests are kept as safe as can be. Sanitizers and paper towel dispensers ready to go and our Covid 19 risk assessment has now been formalised. The town has started to open up, in line with recent announcements.
We have managed a couple of days out. Penhallam Manor was visited, a moated Norman manor house. Very small scale but in such a lovely setting, not far from Crackington Haven. We then went onto Trebarwith Strand and visited the beach there. Latterly spent time at Holywell Bay and visited The Holy Well and then onto West Pentire, to see the poppies. Both places were absolutely beautiful and we would recommend visiting them. The South West Coast Path has remained open and is always worth some time, whether to go to Talland Bay or all the way to Polperro. Buses are running, don’t forget your face masks though.
Todays t-shirt shows Huey helicopters and the lyrics of “It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no military son. It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate son”. Classic from John Fogarty’s Credence Clearwater Revival.
Well, our man Boris has given the go ahead to re-open, as of July 4th. It is obviously the news we wanted but we are filled with trepidation as we know Corona Virus is still out there. We have done our risk assessment and this will affect how we operate, there will be some changes. However, all said and done, we will be ready to welcome our guests, not exactly with open arms as the hugs and kisses will have to wait for another day.
The deck is complete, planting done and furniture has arrived all ready for our guests. In light of the restrictions in place in the town, Mrs.B&B has decided to provide, for a small fee, Cornish afternoon teas or just cream tea if you prefer. We can also offer a beach picnic hamper or a rucksack picnic for your walk, don’t forget our normal packed lunches are still available as well.
Many of the wonderful Cornish attractions are opening up but don’t forget to contact them before going, as a lot have to be pre booked. We suggest putting some time in planning your trips, restaurants and maybe even the pubs. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of things to see and do without having to book. Spend some time on Bodmin Moor and visit the stone circles called The Hurlers before going onto Cheese Wring!!! Walk the coast path, Looe to Polperro is a favourite or checkout the beaches all around our wonderful coastline. Take a walk by the river at Golitha Falls, stroll around Kingsand & Cawsand perhaps going on to take in the grounds of Mount Edgecumbe. There really is so much to see and do, if unsure just ask and Mrs.B&B can send you on a merry jaunt, hopefully far from the madding crowds. Why not take one of our picnics with you, so no need to queue for food or drinks then!
Corona Virus or not, the on-going theme of band t-shirts remain and todays is a new one to the collection but a little less than current. A psychedelic design from Cream, no other than Disreali Gears.
We have now received all the materials for the deck project, which means I’m going to be busy over the next few days. We are hoping for the dry weather to continue.
Our Echium is now coming into flower, a strange spike of a plant, with hundreds of small pale purple flowers. Mrs.B&B has always wanted to grow one and for the first time it is happening. The Bees are all over it. A bit of a drama when it nearly up rooted itself in the wind. The second one is doing well but has not shot up and is showing no signs of flowering. More succulents put into the rockery and Mrs.B&B bought a “DeepBlack” Iris for me that has been planted in full view of the decking, absolutely stunning, I love it. We now seem to have a hedge hog in the garden. Little deposits being left for us on a regular basis. Mrs.B&B is wanting to install a hedge hog house in the undergrowth. All the veg is growing rapidly, excepting runner beans, that are not even showing yet. Not sure what is going on there.
Would like to think we may be able to see Paul Weller in Plymouth during October but really not convinced it will go ahead. So in light of that, todays t-shirt is from The Jam, The Sound Affects album. Some really great tunes on there including one of their best, That’s Entertainment but also a brilliant song called Scrape Away. Takes me back to being an idealistic teenager, such a long time ago now.
Just had Thai Sticky Chicken burgers, wow! Served with a sticky sauce in a seeded bun with salad. Something to check out for sure.
Must be going now, so in these uncertain times, keep yourself safe.