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June 2, 2003

Ding dong the bells do chime..

A weekend away in Cornwall as Jules and I continued our whistle stop tour of the UK!

Friends of ours, Pete and Amanda, were getting married in Polhawn Fort. Not quite realising how far this was, over 6 hours driving, we set off on the Friday, breaking our journey at Bristol. (extended entry, click away :-D)

We stayed at Penmillard Farm along with some friends, a lovely place, only a stones throw from the fort. Funnily enough we were looking at their website at the pics, and saying, "I know it's nice, but our room won't look like that...". Well, here's a pic of our on-suite bathroom :-D>

The fort itself was amazing, as the website shows. What a venue, set back into the cliff face, an ancient fort for fighting off the French and Spainish invaders. Although why this place faces off to the west and the US we can only speculate. Perhaps they knew something about the states we don't?

The wedding ceremony was held in the Napoleon Hall, a large cavern style place in the basement, with the local registrar and around 100 or so of Pete and Amanda's family and friends.

Then out to the gardens for drinkies, and Jules soon discovered she doesn't like Pimms...

The reception was up on the roof, so it was a climb back up the spiral stairs (not Jules favorite part of the Fort!). Unfortunately the weather had been pretty crappy upto the weekend, so a marque had been put up, making it a bit warm in the full glare of the afternoon sun. But the food and wine flowed, and the after dinner speeches were sooo funny, Pete's brother Phil spending 10 1/2 minutes on some of the lesser known parts of Pete's life :-D

A mate of Pete's had a book running on the length of the speech, which Jules missed out on winning (over 60!) by 1/2 minute. Pete's mum won, much to everyone's call's for an investigation. It must've been a fix!

We then popped back for a surprise birthday curry for Amanda, and even managed to catch the grand prix, although you have to admit the facilities for watching it were top class

Then we set off back to Stevenage, hitting countless traffic jams, and an accident were a vintage car had left a trailer and disappeared into the central reservation :-O

Our photos of the day are below:

Posted by alan at June 2, 2003 10:04 PM

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