18 August 2014

Found in Lostwithial.

Mogging south across the Tamar, a Devonian risks becoming a foreigner in his homeland but the Royal Ivory 4/4 is a passport to anywhere and the run to Cornwall is scenic, whichever route I take. The A30 dual carriageway north of Dartmoor is quickest with some newly surfaced sections to enjoy.  The A38 Plymouth route is less appealing, both routes have trammelled nearside lanes which don't suit sliding pillar suspension and cause this 4/4 to weave about like a rabbit fleeing a whippet, until I nudge her into the fast lane, where the heavy goods don't go.
Lostwithial Bridge
Lostwithial bridge across the river Fowey

River Fowey
Lostwithial Station

Sidings left to nature

The Kings Arms

The Library
 Buildings here are colourful, a mix of local stone, Schist, Granite and Delabole slate. such that this little townscape blends perfectly into the landscape. Moss and lichen flourish in good clean air washed in over the Atlantic. 
 Hath A lease for 3000 years written in stone
I thread the Mog between granite parapets of the medieval granite bridge crossing the Fowey at Lostwithial. I wonder what it meant to be the driver of a horse drawn carriage, subject to tolls all the way to London, armed with flintlock pistol; prepared to blast off at anyone who dared halt progress along the kings highway. The Morgan defends itself with twin tone horns, a good turn of speed and ample four-square agility.

The Methodist Church

40 shillings fine if your forget to shut the gate

Lostwithial Bridge


Morgan at Golant beside the Fowey
Gridlocked Fowey - by the bakery - tried treacle tart.
At Fowey Carnival week is grid lock week. Full car park, barred up loos and nowhere to go.  A beer lorry delivery brings me to a halt directly outside the Quay Bakery. A treacle tart and fruit scone helps pass the time. Ahead of the red car in front of the Morgan is a white panel van making a delivery to the local pub and parked across our paths. Remonstrating with the driver can be seen another driver complaining through the van drivers open side window,  each of us delayed also did in turn until, eventually, the van moved on.

 The drive  

Tribute is the Cornish ale of choice, The Kings Arms, the king of local pubs and there is the river Fowey, best discovered by small boat or wandering on foot towards the sea, planned with an eye on the weather.
History lesson
The Ferry


Chuckers said...

Very enjoyable. Interested to know how you mount your movie camera and also I haven't a clue how to transfer a video to my blog!!!

Frank 4x4 said...

Great Blog with some lovely photos.