Summer holidays here again and rather than break away to some exotic clime or far away place mrs maytrees and I took advantage of generous friend's offer to holiday in his townhouse in Hayle.
Hayle unlike many parts of Cornwall is an ordinary working town with few obvious holiday homes although there are many such by the sand dunes not far out of town. One of the other great attractions of Hayle is that the nearby beaches stretch on for miles (five plus I think) so that even in the highest season there is a freedom in the wide open expanses of sea sand and surf. Much as I loved our last foray abroad to Italy a couple of years back the regulation control and crowds on their beaches at the seaside are very off putting. Of course one does not really visit Tuscany for its sea and sand...
A highlight so far was a visit earlier this week to Falmouth. Less touristy than St Ives and less crowded as a consequence. A great attraction for those brought up on the British culinary traditions is the new Rick Stein fish restuarant opposite the National Maritime Museum. A large, clean, light space with modern wood furnishings - not too many of them - open kitchens and a view of the busy naval zone of the harbour from the window bench table made for a great atmosphere. Mrs maytrees chose a slightly sophisticated roasted mackeral dish whereas I opted for the typical, traditional even, beer battered cod , beef dripping fried chips and mushy peas. So delicious that that meal will be the benchmark against which all subesquent fish and chip meals will be measured. Mrs maytrees was by comparison slightly disappointed with her selection.
Perhaps of greater interest than the meal itself was our conversation with the young waitress serving us. She was from Denmark and in answer to my question about whether there was any equivalent indigenous Danish fast food dish to fish and chips, she thought not beyond perhaps their open sandwiches. The Danish peoples' thoughts would she felt be of the health aspects eg batter etc in the meal. I queried this, after all the cod forms the main stay and is itself healthy though stocks of cod in the North Sea are sadly very depleted and pointed out that my brother on being compelled to seek work abroad after the onset of the recession a year back worked for the EU in Finland for a few months. He reported that the food there was unappetisng and that fish and chips would have been very welcome had such existed there.
The Rick Stein waitress with other friends from Denmark were not only working in Cornwall during the holidays but said that she was also studying journalism at uni in England, which I suppose speaks loudly about the health of the British media at present compared with some media elsewhere.
The weather - well Italy of course wins hands down but the sun has shone over Cornwall.