On a bright summer evening, what better pastime than eating fish and chips on the beach. We soon decided upon a nearby diner at St Martin-by-Looe, where the takeaway food is delicious, and only five minutes’ drive from Millendreath with its small pretty cove.

The eatery was busy, but there’s plenty of room for social distancing. When placing our order, we were advised of a twenty-minute wait, so we put the time to good use, and went for a walk. It didn’t take long before we came across a lane with a church signposted along it. It’s surprising what you find when least expecting to.

Saint Martin’s Parish Church with its Mediaeval appearance and the sun shining above its bell tower looked inviting. Pom-poms of pink hydrangeas grew by the gate; luckily, it was unlocked, and we couldn’t resist taking a peek around the churchyard to read old gravestones, and admire the building close-up.

Lost in the tranquil and beautiful setting, time flew by, and suddenly, we needed to dash back to collect our food.

There were only a few groups of people around on the shingle and sand as we sat on the sea wall and tucked in – the aroma of salt and vinegar so mouth-watering. Seagulls called and wheeled above us and we were surprised they didn’t try and steal our feast, but seemed content to enjoy their surroundings. As were wagtails, splashing at the edge of rock pools and then drying themselves on the sand.

The sea’s colours never cease to amaze me, and this time they swirled from powdery blue to turquoise, charmed by the sky and lowering sun.

Our fish and chips relished; it was time to just embrace the view, amble along the pier, and take photographs, especially of Looe Island.

I’ve always wanted to take a boat trip there. Maybe I will one day, I start to daydream, and then I can write a blog post about that as well.

Until next time.
Sue. X