A Postcard from Polruan..

I had a trip out for lunch today to the Lugger Inn in Polruan.  Polruan sits at the mouth of the River Fowey and a small ferryboat links Fowey across the river with Polruan.  I couldn’t recommend the Lugger Inn highly enough.  Our lunch of fresh, locally caught plaice with buttered prawns on a bed of crushed new potatoes with samphire was absolutely superb!  Click on the link here, or on the links above, to take a look for yourselves.

After lunch on a scorching hot day, what better way to spend an hour than sitting on the quayside enjoying the view, a lovely sea breeze, and watching people messing about in boats on the river.  Well, for me as a photographer, there was a better way to spend that hour of course and that was taking photographs.  My mother, whom I’d taken out to lunch, got to sit and enjoy the view and the breeze and I didn’t feel quite so guilty about getting all absorbed in my photography when on a trip out together.

I pick up my Mum and we go out to lunch quite regularly and coincidentally enough, the pubs and hotels we visit are always in locations that lend themselves to a photograph or two. My Mum hasn’t complained, is very tolerant and for that I’m very grateful. Here are some of the pictures I took today.  A day and a location that lent themselves perfectly to a picture postcard type photo or two.  Click on any of the pictures to open the gallery.  I hope you enjoy the pictures..

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66 responses

  1. So many beautiful places in this world of ours to visit and enjoy. Gorgeous images Adrian.

    July 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    • Thank you very much Edith. It’s one of the pleasures of blogging in that we can never visit all the places but we get to see an awful lot of them through the blogs. :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm

  2. Very nice!

    That’s one of the few reasons I would like to be within driving distance (. . . er. . . reasonable driving distance) of the ocean; great photographs.

    July 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    • Thank you Emilio. It is a pleasure living close to the coast and it’s always that bit cooler in the summer and that bit warmer in winter. It was 34°c in London today and a very pleasant 24°c in Cornwall. :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm

  3. Great images and you could be in the Med. Relatives of photographers get used to being left alone once in a while…..:0)

    July 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    • Thank you Mark. Yes I guess they do! :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  4. Janice

    What a great place to spend a few hours, i love Fowey its just the hills take some climbing and we live in a fairly flat area of the country, so we are exhausted after a week down your way and need another weeks holiday to recover! Beautiful set of photos :))

    July 17, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    • Thank you Janice. Yes the hills really do take it out of you and the narrow lanes and streets can be a little daunting to drive. Because of my MS, I have to get close to wherever I’m wanting to be in the car so the car park at the top of the village wasn’t going to be any good. I had to drive down to the quayside which was very narrow and very steep as you know but I’m getting used the challenges :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      • Narrow lanes indeed! I don’t think we saw a single car in Cornwall that didn’t have dinged fenders, including our own rental ;) I recall some time ago you mentioned health issues but I didn’t realize it was MS. My daughter was diagnosed 3 years ago. It is wonderful you have found something you obviously so enjoy and are very good at that accommodates the challenges you face.

        July 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      • Hi Lynne, Yes, Bodinnick is just up river a little way. If you’ve been on the Bodinnick Ferry, you’ll know what the lanes are like in this area. Thankfully, I don’t have any dents in my car but the way some people drive around these narrow lanes, it’s almost like they have some kind of death wish and look really very surprised when they meet someone coming the other way. It’s been a little too close for comfort a couple of times.
        I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s diagnosis. MS really is a horrible disease. I really am so glad that I found photography. There are locations I wish I could get to but simply can’t but on the whole, with the use of Google Earth, I can find places to take photographs that either accommodate my wheelchair or where I can park close enough to manage on my crutches. I can’t hand hold my camera, not strong enough to hold it steady, but then the use of a tripod is good practice anyway. What form does your daughter have? I hope relapsing remitting and that she can enjoy long periods of remission. I’ve been diagnosed primary progressive but thankfully, the progression has been fairly slow. I wish her all the best. Thanks for your comments Lynne. :-)

        July 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      • We did take the Bodinnick ferry and we did drive some very narrow lanes, and survived ;) Jamie’s MS is the relapsing/remitting form and I’m grateful to say she is still very active – she runs several kms every day although she needs a device to help with the toe drag and has focused on a generally healthier life style, I am saddened by the future she probably faces but proud of her in that she isn’t letting it define her.

        July 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      • That’s good to hear Lynne. We have to get on with life, I feel so lucky to have found photography. :-)

        July 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  5. Yvonne Theze


    Some really lovely shots. What a pretty place and such a lovely day. X

    Sent from my iPad


    July 17, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    • It was lovely, thanks Mum! :-) x

      July 17, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  6. I thought Cornwall was one location but following your blog has made me re-question my knowledge… I’ve heard of Porhcurno beach Cornwall (probably from your posts but I can’t remember for sure) & now Polruan Cornwall, so is it a district divided into different locations?
    Amazing photos by the way, makes me want to rush over!

    July 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    • Thank you. Cornwall is on of England’s many counties and is almost entirely surrounded by coastline. There are many fishing villages and beaches of which Porthcurno and Polruan are just two. This is the Wiki page that covers Cornwall in a lot more detail – Cornwall I hope that you do get to visit one day! :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      • Thanks for the info! I checked the link which is very clear to me now.
        One last question if you don’t mind… The first time I was introduced to Cornwall which was unknown to me previously, was through the writer Rachel Hore in her book “The memory garden”, she described Lamorna Cove-Cornwall so well & mainly as rugged, unspoilt & picturesque that it became my dream to one day visit that beautifully-relatively-remote corner of England.
        So back to my question, is it romanticized or was she faithful to its rugged beauty in order for me to go on hoping for a trip there in the future?

        July 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      • Lamorna cove and the coastline around West Penwith is very rugged, very beautiful and unspoilt. You can go on hoping, I don’t think you would be disappointed. :-)

        July 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      • Thank you! much appreciation for the time taken :)

        July 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      • You’re very welcome! :-)

        July 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm

  7. I really fancy a dip in that water at the moment!! The cool thing is Adrian (no pun intended) that I can see my girlfriends grandparents house in the photo across the river in Fowey :-)

    July 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    • Thanks Scottie. It must be a cool place to live! :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

  8. Just so beautiful.

    July 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    • Thank you Alison! :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

  9. Looks like you had gorgeous weather for your lunch outing. I had a peep at the menu and the Lugger Inn definitely caters for my taste in food. :) Your photos are beautiful, Adrian. Polruan is so picturesque.

    July 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. The specials board was a real feast for the eyes and it was very difficult to choose from all the different fish dishes. Knowing the fish was in all likelihood landed that morning made it all the more special. :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  10. vastlycurious.com

    I can’t get over all the shades of blue ! Each slightly different. I really did enjoy your gallery!

    July 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  11. Beautiful serie! Great photowork!

    July 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    • Thank you very much Hans!

      July 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  12. I’m sure it was a lovely day, you can see it by looking at the pictures. and a lovely lunches what moor do you want :)

    July 17, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    • Thank you Ellen. It really was a smashing day out! :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

  13. I am glad your lunches coincidentally lend themselves to some photographs. They are beautiful.

    July 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    • :-) Thank you Bente.. It funny how it always seems to work out that way. ;-)

      July 17, 2014 at 10:07 pm

  14. poppytump

    Now that’s what I call a proper Cornish Summer’s day ChillB – certainly ideal for a ferry trip across the river, and a superb lunch out by all accounts ;-)
    It might be a small fishing village but seems there are plenty of photographic opportunities … and the water there beneath the little boats is as clear as any I’ve seen this year !
    Splendid pictures x

    July 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    • Thank you Poppy. I’ve lived down here quite a while now and I have been across the river on the Ferry but this was the first time I really took the time to appreciate Polruan. The last time I visited was at Christmas in 1990 so I was well overdue a visit to what is a very picturesque, very Cornish village. I don’t think the weather was particularly good last time and it does make such a difference to the Cornish experience as you know so well. :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  15. Lovely photos, Adrian. How the weather changes! We are now in the middle of a lightning storm after also having a lovely sunny day.

    July 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    • Thank you Malcolm. It certainly keeps us guessing.. along with the weathermen by all accounts. :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  16. Such beauty! I will never see this area in person, but now I have these lovely photos to look at. I especially loved Polruan V; the water is incredibly clear and beautiful.

    July 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    • Thank you Angeline. I’m very happy to share what I see on my travels around this beautiful county! :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

  17. Day after day you give us great joy watching your photographs and this amazing collection no different thanks mate

    July 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

  18. The clear blues and greens are enough to engage one all day!

    July 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    • Thanks for your comment Elena. The colour of the water, the way they change with the light, provide endless variety and interest. :-)

      July 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

  19. What a wonderful day out, in so many ways, and so good to know you are enjoying such spectacular weather. Love the crystal clarity of the water in V!

    July 17, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    • Thank you Patti. The weather isn’t so good today unfortunately. It’s very difficult to plan when the weather is so changeable but we got lucky yesterday. :-)

      July 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

  20. Beautiful images, Adrian…and what fabulous weather you had! I’m most envious of 24degrees, it’s over 30 in the London area! Time I visited Cornwall again

    July 18, 2014 at 7:16 am

    • Thank you Sue. I’d heard it was pretty unbearable in the London area yesterday. The sea breeze was definitely helping here. :-)

      July 18, 2014 at 7:52 am

  21. Beautifully captured! Lovely images.

    July 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    • Thank you Eden! :-)

      July 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

  22. There is something so very special about the landscape of Cornwall and its towns along the coast. Polruan looks like a spectacular place. Great images as always. I hope the summer continues over where you are. Enjoy it!

    July 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    • Thank you Otto. I really enjoyed the trip to Polruan. I’ve often gazed across the river from the other side looking towards Polruan but it’s a long time since I’ve visited. It really is a special place and tucked so far out of the way and off the beaten track, I think it’s missed by many.

      July 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  23. Cornwall always looks so very attractive in the sun. Lovely photos. I have never been to Polruan. Now I want to!

    July 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    • When the sun shines Jude there is no place like it :-) We’ve had more sun this year than the previous five summers put together I think. Much relief all round.

      July 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  24. Beautiful pictures, Adrian! Looks like you had a great day! :)

    July 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    • It was a good one, thank you Camilla! :-)

      July 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  25. And Mother came too! You’re spoilt for choice down there with places to go to, Adrian. Lucky man. Reminds me a little of St Mawes; across that estuary is St Just in Roseland where, centuries ago, one of my ancestors is said to have lived as the vicar of that parish. Beautiful images on a pristine day.

    July 19, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    • Thank you Andy, I know exactly where you mean. A lovely place to spend your life as a vicar I’d imagine.

      July 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

  26. Your photos are beyond beautiful, Adrian; so crisp, clear and fresh and of course the pretty seascape/landscape of Cornwall helped a little too. Altogether more than inviting. Hope to see it for myself one day, you make it a must. :-)
    Thanks a million for linking our samphire, it’s highly appreciated!
    Very warm greetings from boiling hot Norway,

    July 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    • Thank you so much Dina. You are too kind but your comment is very much appreciated. :-)

      July 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

  27. Super ! Amazing Photo’s

    July 20, 2014 at 10:22 am

    • Thank you very much Lou! :-)

      July 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

  28. Great series of photos Adrian. While I really like the opening shot (DOF is vast and deep), the second to the last shot for some reason really calls out to be ~ perhaps its the water, hills and sky blending together so well. Cheers!

    July 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    • Thank you Randall. I have so much to work with here in Cornwall, so many beautiful places to visit!

      July 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  29. Is this near Bodinnick then, Adrian?

    July 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

  30. Vivid, gorgeous postcards! Wow.

    July 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    • Thank you Karen! :-)

      July 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm