An iconic day
What a great way to kick off our 2016 season - a day with our good friends at the glorious Pentillie Castle as part of their Landrover Defender day. An iconic vehicle and an iconic day. In a fortnight of horrendous weather, the sun shone, and the castle provided a stunning backdrop to all sorts of landrovers, old and new. We cooked pizzas, managed a quick go on a segway, ate Landrover biscuits, caught up with old friends and reminded ourselves why we love doing what we do!
Dickensian evening In Lostwithiel
Who knew that a Dickensian pizza menu would work so well???
Grated expectations, Miss Hamersham (see what we did there?), Olive Twist, Pickwick Porkers and Tiny Tim's Christmas dinner, to name a few. It was our third Dickensian evening in our home town of Lostwithiel and it really is a magical evening. The combination of a lantern parade, Christmas carols, Dickensian costume and advent windows throughout the town created something very special.
Tiny Tim's Christmas dinner, complete with turkey, home made stuffing and sage leaves on a port and cranberry sauce base was an absolute winner.
As you can see, I ditched the crinoline this year and went for the infinitely more practical 'barrow boy' option, whilst Simon was sporting a beard that would make Father Christmas proud...
One for all and all for one
Nothing says English summer like an open air theatre performance. On a good day it's all picnic rugs and Pimms, on a bad day it's a brolly, a blanket and a flask.
But the weather was kind to us and the stage was laid in glorious sunshine giving the audience a view across the water and beyond.
Pentillie really is a stunning backdrop, run by the wonderfully warm Coryton family and their team.
The Three Musketeers is a proper swashbuckling tale, with sword fights and passion. The audience loved it and so did we.
Best bits? Chocolate and banana pizza went down a storm - we were pretty much trampled in the rush! And of course the cockerel who was less than impressed by one of our menu choices….
If Carlsberg did festivals….. We may be biased but LostFest is something really special. Quirky, inclusive, alternative, diverse and just a whole lot of fun- it's everything a community should be.
This year we even organised sunshine.
Where else will you find live music, a bouncy castle, street performers and medieval battle re-enactments, all in one place?
Street food plays a big part and were were in great company with good foodie friends - Natty and her amazing Thai food and of course Sue and Beckie and their Big Pans. Here is their future apprentice in training...
This is our third year at LostFest and quite simply, it gets busier and better every year. There is a whole team of volunteers behind the scenes working their socks off to make the day run seamlessly.
As ever, we loved every minute of it - and so, it seems did our customers. What I love about these two is the single minded concentration. People everywhere, a brass band playing but they found themselves a perch and gave themselves wholeheartedly to lunch. Nice work guys :-)
Patch and Acre's grand opening, Penzance
Cornwall Farmers, the country store, has rebranded and relaunched as Patch and Acre. They had a fabulous day of activities lined up for their grand opening including a visit from BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson - and they decided their day would be incomplete without woodfired pizza!
Yet again we met such a fabulous and diverse bunch of people - and animals too. Chatted to Malcolm, a 70 something, tap dancing, award winning cake baker who had never eaten pizza before; so we introduced him to the joys of woodfired pizza and he loved it. Admired a shetland pony and gorgeous spotty piglets.
The lovely Adam Henson came and checked out our oven, posed for photos and then ordered his pizza for the journey home. Great day.