Author Archive | Carol Ballett

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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Sailing for Oysters

In the distance as we looked up the Fal Estuary on a sunny October morning we thought we could see a fleet of traditional yachts enjoying a race. But then looked closer – they weren’t going round buoys and they certainly weren’t going very fast – it was of course the unique to Falmouth traditional […]

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HMS Ganges in Falmouth in 1886

Arthur Ransome weekend

This weekend we have been visiting Shotley, nestling conveniently on a promontory between Harwich and Felixstowe. What does that have to do with Falmouth you might ask? Hang on, I’ll get to that. Never seen so many containers, or lightships: so far I have counted seven lightships either moored-up or being used as museums. Of […]

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The RRS James Cook coming in to Falmouth Harbour

Room with a view

It has been a beautiful September day at The Captains House. An energetic cold front passed though last night and the rain was so heavy I got soaked just in the three minutes it took me to walk down to the Harbour Lights Café for my favourite dinner of fish and chips. After a front […]

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View of Trefusis Point from Captain's House master bedroom

Sunshine, salt and cocoa

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy Falmouth and the Cornish beaches, and from The Captain’s House and coastal paths there are stunning scenic views across the sea. Looking out on the Carrick Roads from The Captain’s House you can imagine how it was a superb safe haven for many a ship when storms raged […]

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A fishy tale

… A fishing legacy inspires us at The Captain’s House Falmouth   The fishing industry in Cornwall has always been essential to the local economy. For hundreds of years Pilchard fishing (Cornish sardines) was a thriving industry, but like so many other traditional industries, it is now just a memory. A little village called Cadgwith, […]

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Customs House Quay

Falmouth crowned the best place to live

The Sunday Times has declared that Falmouth is the best place to live in the South West in its ‘Best Places to Live Guide’ which came out on Sunday 22 March. The weekly newspaper selected Falmouth for offering the best quality of life and combining the most desirable features which include a great community spirit, engaging […]

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