Thursday, 11 May 1978
Cloudy but warming up
To large naval aerodrome “Seahawk” and viewing point. Drove towards Penzance and saw Mount St Michael Castle from the distance. Headed back to Goldsithney and the world of music at 10.30 (70p). A large working collection of mechanical musical instruments. Musical boxes, drum operated piano of 1820, 1860, players, drum operated organ, reed organ, pipe organ from York and funfare band. Very interesting.
Through Penzance – narrow streets to Lands End – some mist from the sea. Cut lunch in the car.
To St Just and followed a very narrow road along North Cornwall coast. Road twists between farm buildings to St Ives. Very narrow streets, blocked by a truck down to waterfront. Tide right out and boats just on the sand.
To Hayle and Redruth. Looked through Tolgus Tin Washing Mill that has been operating for 200 years. Large circular rotating drums wash the crushed ores.
To Newquay – mist coming in from sea. Large open streets crowded with hotels. Headed to Wadebridge and towards Bude but kept running into fog. Turned off at Trewassa and headed through Launceston along A30 to Okehampton. Found B&B at 9 o’clock – very nice couple – John & Barbara . Met an old English couple from Hereford – Peter & Betty Hoskins. Cuppa provided.