Decided to see what use we could make of our Senior Railcards, and we used them to visit Truro and Falmouth today. Total cost for 2 people from our local station £13, so very good value. Pleasant journey, although as this was a local 2 carriage train I had to stand up to St Austell. At Truro we had just a 10 minute wait for our train to Falmouth town on the so-called maritime line. There was a view of the estuary at Penryn and the sea, but overall not a very ‘maritime’ trip. The next and last stop is Falmouth Docks, so we will try going there next time and see what the views are like. In Falmouth we first went to the studio of Nick Gibbard whose art we had seen in his windows before, and liked. He and his partner opened up the studio for us and we had a very interesting chat and looked at his work. The size of picture we want for above our fireplace is, it seems, just too dear….we shall see.nWe then wandered through the town, with its great selection of Independent shops, and went to the fish and chip shop which had just won the 2017 ‘Best UK Fish and Chip Shop’ award (one of the reasons for our coming) – Harbour Lights. With a great view of the harbour and dockyards, and super eating it was a good choice.
Afterwards we sat on the quay for 10 minutes in the sun and admired the busy scene on the water, although we were quite puzzled by 2 boats which were going round and round in ever tightening circles…testing maybe, or rank beginners? We got the train back to Truro, and were relieved to find we could break our journey without penalty, and made our way down the hill into Cornwall’s only city. Our main purpose here was to exchange a faulty book in Waterstones’ which we duly did and of course bought three more! It’s still nice to be on the other side of the counter.