Summer weather was the feature of the day, perfect for our outing to the tidal island known as St Michael's Mount. We had planned to walk out but missed the tide and had to go out by boat, as loads of school children were being brought in to shore. They were all excited, saying how cool and amazing their visit had been.
Our boat had a learner pilot, so we were grounded in the shallow water briefly until his instructor got us off!
We chose to walk through the garden first, a completely different garden full of surprises, built on the rocky cliffside around the castle.
Paths meandered along, winding up and down, leading us to sheltered benches where we could soak up more summer sunshine, or watch bumble bees in the succulents.
This was not a typical soft English garden, but rocky, exposed and adapted to harsh conditions.
A small pod of dolphins swam by as we sat enjoying the view …
and the insects who were feeding on the plants … we could hear birdsong below us in the trees down near water levelbut there were no birds among the succulents.
Later we climbed up a steep cobbled road to the castle, the official residence of Lord St Levan. It was a hermitage from the 11th C, and gradually evolved into a castle, to learn more see the link above.
There are lots of canons, no wonder those children were excited!
Spaces inside were rather small, but each room was lavishly decorated and very attractive, displaying treasures, heraldry, fine weapons and armour, and all the sorts of things you might like to see in the castle.
There were Fabulous views all around, over Penzance and surrounding villages along the coastline. We found our way through the church, where Archangel Michael is defeating the Devil …
and gradually made our way back down to water level, past more canons, to catch a boat back to the shore …
after a very relaxed and marvellous day with our friends Suze and Steve.