We never know when it'll be the last holiday when we succeed in enticing all the children with us, but we managed it this year.
Got up at 5.15am, rolled out of the house into the heavily laden car.
There were the usual holiday happenings – Five of us had to fit in the car so I had weighed up carefully my choice of clothes and laid out my outfit so I didn’t have to take any decisions while befuddled in the early morning. I got dressed but left my jumper, intending to put it on just as I exited the house. At the point of departure, it was nowhere to be found. Five adults searched every room. Clearly aliens had abducted my pullover.
Nigel had allowed loads of time for the drive and we arrived in plenty of time. But parked tightly on the ferry we had the usual scramble to prize ourselves out of the car with our bulky daysacks, plus phones, books, computers and not quite enough hands. It was as if, even after queuing on the tarmac for half an hour, we had never guessed this moment would come. We Hobbas are also the people in supermarket queues who look surprised when asked to pay for our goods and spend a long time looking for our wallets.
As we boarded, I said to Perran, “Really feels like we’re on holiday now. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we saw dolphins?”
On the ferry, mist closed in and there was an announcement not to worry as the ferry foghorn sounded. I began to hum the Titanic theme. Hackneyed, I know but worth it for a view of the occasional truly worried rolling-eyed passenger.
But then, a miracle, on the way into St Peterport harbour.
Six to eight dolphins accompanied the ferry in, riding in the bow wave and the wake, leaping completely out of the water.
This was going to be a great holiday.
Later, from our holiday cottage, we wandered along the sand of Cobo Bay. West-facing, the sunsets are legendary, but not when the sea mist rolls in.
But that didn’t stop the beach art. Nigel and Pascoe made a henge. Perran inscribed a huge organic pattern in the sand with his feet. I made a watercolour of Cobo Bay in the mist and Carenza took photos.