Author Archive | Carol Ballett

South West Coastal Path from Porthallow to Nare Point.

Starting a walk from half way

We have discovered a new favourite walk, which starts at the half way point on the South West coastal path in Porthallow. An easy drive from The Captain’s House to this small fishing village on the east side of the Lizard Peninsula. The traditional occupation of the locals was pilchard fishing and the old pilchard […]

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Frenchman's Creek

Trespasser in Time: An exploration of Frenchman’s Creek

In the unusual lockdown world in which we live, are you reading more novels and revisiting old favourites, like I am? One of my oldy favourites is ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ by Daphne DuMaurier. So evocative of the Cornish coast and stunning countryside around the Helford River. ‘…the sound of the tide on the mud flats, the […]

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South West Coast Path

Ten best things to do in Falmouth in 2020

There is always lots to do in Falmouth! It’s a town with excellent shopping, restaurants, cafes, bars, easy access to beaches and coastal walks, interesting boat trips, and wonderful gardens. You can jump in, or on, the water, swimming, diving, or paddle boarding and sailing, or explore the port’s incredible past at the Maritime Museum, […]

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The Helford River by boat

Helford afloat

The Helford estuary is one of the most beautiful waterways in the UK and you see it in its full glory from the water. You can hire a small motor boat from the Helford Passage, opposite the Ferry Boat Inn. No experience necessary. They are quite straightforward to drive, and the Helford is quite easy […]

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Sailing along in Agnes

Adventures on a Pilot Cutter

We are in Falmouth again for the Oyster Festival.  Today, we were lucky enough to be able to join Jo and Brendan on Agnes, a 48 foot pilot cutter operated by Working Sail Jo and her husband, Luke, not only operate Agnes, and new sister vessel Pellew, but they built them too, in their […]

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Top 10 things to do in Falmouth 2019

Activities, events and fun are in abundance throughout the year in Falmouth. Here is our personal selection of the top ten.  National Maritime Museum – Titanic Exhibition (until January 2020) Stories never told before about the Titanic’s sinking in 1912 and what happened after it sank feature in this unique exhibition at Cornwall’s Maritime Museum. An […]

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Mousehole harbour Christmas lights

Christmas community spirit in Falmouth

We had a wonderful Christmas in Falmouth this year. The weather was lovely which meant some great walks and our favourite ferry trip across the harbour to St Mawes. The community spirit of Falmouth is in abundance at Christmas and there were many highlights of our holiday. We loved the carol procession though the town […]

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Enjoying the best ever pasty on Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth

The Perfect Pasty

The Best Pasty in The World? I hadn’t actually realised that there was an outside seating area behind the Pier Cafe on Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth. It was a pleasant surprise. The sun was out and it was very warm. Carol, Milou, and I sat and enjoyed the view whilst listening to the resident busker playing classical tunes. This leather-trousered troubadour is like a wallflower: he […]

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The Falmouth Son 
By Mark Ballett

The Falmouth Son

A new book has just launched that features Falmouth and The Captain’s House. The magic and beauty of Falmouth and its coastline are interwoven into this story of mystery, identity and love. The Falmouth Son is written by my husband, Mark Ballett, and is his first novel. It tells the story of one man’s search […]

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