Friday, July 22, 2011

Week 2! Weird Sand Worms and Looe

This is called a pasty. No, not pay-stee like we say but pah-stee. I have decided that I am going to return to the states and start my own franchise, make my money early and retire so I can write. Sound good? :) I discovered these flaky bits of heaven, filled with steak and potatoes, this week while wandering on my lunch break. So. So. Good.

I also discovered raspberries growing next to my flat!! On a path I walk almost every day, there are these little beauties!! And you're allowed to pick them and eat them. So of course I did. YUM.

This beauty I stumbled upon as well, and I just wanted to share. You know you're an Arizona kid when you really appreciate the flowers.

I went on a quest to find this mysterious Elizabethan house and garden, and this was part of my walk on my little excursion. Isn't it pretty?

This was also on my walk. Sorry, the lighting was really too bright but I love that the marina is framed by buildings as you come swooping down this great hill. It's really gorgeous.

This is another view, further down. I was still on my quest.

Wow. Just, wow.

After wandering around little shops and streets, I finally found it! But it was all locked up. So, I will have to go back, I am desperate to see that garden! And the house... but mostly the garden.

I got to assist a graduation ceremony today at St. Andrew's Church, turns out it was the church I had photographed earlier on. Inside is even more beautiful, it feels like you're in a castle. I got to watch all of the academics robing and getting all spiffied up, and I even got to escort the man receiving an honorary degree from the robing room to where he was supposed to line up! Well, it turns out that he is a world- class violinist, and he even played a little during the ceremony. That was real treat, because the acoustics in the church were great. I also talked to the Vice Chancellor briefly and also talked to the mace bearer some. Yes, they are cool and have a mace. Here they are coming out of the church.

The mace is what he's carrying, and he leads the procession in with it and then out when it's all finished. Neat!

This evening, my supervisor and her family took me to a little town called Looe. Here is part of our drive, I can't seem to get enough of the English countryside.

And this is Looe when we first drove up.

Isn't that just picturesque?

And they had tons of little shops and things, like this one here...

It really had that small- town feel to it. I loved it.

And then we got to the ocean. There is an estuary running through the middle of town, and here it is on our walk down to the sea. It's like a story book.

And the sea! Gorgeous!

Here's me, not the greatest picture but proof that I really was there.

And there were lots of climbing rocks.

They were just perfect for exploring and climbing on.

I mean come on, what more could you ask for?

There were, however, these disgusting things I was quite fascinated with.

No, that is just sand but if you thought "worm" you are correct. They burrow in the sand and to burrow they eat it, and naturally it comes out the other end. Eww. But these weren't all over the beach, just by the rocks. Thank goodness.

This was very much like a postcard. Just really pretty, the whole thing was. I know I sound like a broken record, but really it was beautiful.

Walking back through the village, we were looking for some food and came across this!

It used to be on a really old war galley. Cool!

Well, I tried the good old fish n' chips. Because I had to, it was England. I don't even like fish, but I still got it. Actually, it wasn't that bad! It was very fresh, and while I don't think I'll order it again it was much better than fish in Arizona. Much, much better.

And then, there was a choir going on of fisherman! A fisherman's choir.

It was so neat to hear them sing old fisherman's songs and songs of the English countryside. Very nice.

And this is the inside of a little boat I took, along our way back out. There is a dock that runs the length of the town down to the sea, and lots of people had little buckets and were catching little crabs. It was neat.

Then on the way back to Plymouth, we took a ferry!! The car just drove right on, and I was excited.

This is another view from the ferry of the other boats.

And this is where the Royal Navy builds their ships! It is really enormous. It might not look like it in the picture, but it's HUGE.

And that is about it for now, I need to catch some sleep. Tomorrow I am going to a big jazz festival if the weather is nice! I can't wait!!


  1. Wow Hannah, it looks like you're having a great time. I used a period instead of an exclamation point because I'm excited for you but also very jealous.

  2. Lol, thanks Libbie! You should go, I bet you qualify for all sorts of free trips to England somehow through ASU. :)