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    Tour of Britain begins in Cornwall!

    Tour of Britain begins in Cornwall!

     

    We are so excited that Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain 2021 is starting in Penzance on Sunday 5th September!

    The route takes the competitors past the end of the studio’s road then on through St Ives where our shop is before zooming up to Bodmin.

    Penzance prom is looking tip top as it has been refreshed with a surface just calling out to be roller-skated on and set with a number of artworks.

    There will be plenty of places to catch the action and a helpful map with suggested timings can be found here.

    bike badge

    We know we will be on the route waving our bikes tea towel and wearing our bicycle badge to support the riders (especially Cornwall’s pro cycling team Saint Piran)!

    Poppy Treffry bike tea towel

    G7 visits St Ives

    G7 visits St Ives

    And just like that Cornwall went back to normal and it was like it never happened! But for a few days over the weekend things got very surreal around here with cavalcades of giant black cars and security driving through Penzance, exotic helicopters circling in the sky and our beautiful beaches flashing out on news reports across the globe – Boris even revealed himself to be a keen sea swimmer, diving in for a morning dip!

    When it was announced that the G7 was coming to Cornwall my first thought (once I had confirmed it wasn’t April fool’s day!) was that it would be amazing for business. In the end, however, St. Ives was very quiet; all the visitors were hanging out within the ‘ring of steel’ that said I don’t think I’m alone in feeling incredibly proud of Cornwall; our landscape, people and food. We managed to host a peaceful, positive global event in the midst of a pandemic. It’s a weekend we won’t forget in a hurry!

    Warship in St Ives for G7

    Although we did see our little shop sneak into shot on the G7 Devon and Cornwall police website...

    Devon and Cornwall police outside Poppy Treffry for G7

    Use your loaf!

    Use your loaf!

    Is there anyone left who didn’t have a go at making bread of some kind over lockdown?!

    Many of us have come away simply appreciating the skills of bakers more, but there are also those of us who now can’t resist the smell of a fresh loaf in the oven and the joy of knowing we have baked it ourselves.

    As the UK is gradually emerging from lockdown once more and eating outdoors is becoming the new fine dining, putting together a meal can require a bit more planning and a bit more carrying!

    Our bread wraps are perfect for keeping your freshly baked loaf safe, carrying a family load of sandwiches or wrapping round a bowl of something delicious to keep bugs and picky fingers out. With a wipeable, food safe lining and velcro fastening they are super easy to use and keep clean.

    We know the bread makers amongst you will have your favourite recipes, but we’ve found this selection which has a variety of options…

    Poppy’s bread wrap is often used to protect her sharing bowl of potato salad. The recipe is so secret we couldn’t get it out of her, but here are a few alternatives that look pretty delicious...

    #PoppyTreffryPadstow

    We recently began weekly 'blackboard fun' from our Padstow shop! Outside the shop you'll find a little blackboard and each week we'll be chalking up something different on there, sometimes a joke, sometimes perhaps something else... OK, maybe we're making this up as we go along a little bit! If you want to get involved then simply take a snap of the blackboard and share it to facebook, twitter or instagram using the #PoppyTreffryPadstow. Each week we'll choose a winner at random from those that have used the hashtag and they'll get a little PT treat in the post. poppy Treffry padstow shop blackboard outside the shop   You don't even have to come inside the shop if you don't want to, although we really think you should, but we love to see your photo's and we love to know you're there, like a virtual wave! #poppytreffrypadstow blackboard outside the padstow shopSo grab your phone or camera, take a snap and share with us using #poppytreffrypadstow and we hope to see you soon at our Padstow shop or on the world wide web! ;-)    

    Easter holidays in Cornwall

      After a pretty wet and windy February and March we're all really looking forward to the Easter holidays here in Cornwall, a time when the weather is supposed to be brighter and more spring like. (Take note weather!) We know lots of you are in Cornwall for Easter and so we asked the team at Poppy Treffry how they would be spending the Easter break, ready to share with you all. And so this is our list of things to do if you're visiting Cornwall this Easter: The National Trust at Godolphin Estate near Helston are holding a Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt throughout the holidays for the children. It’s an historic house with beautiful gardens and so well worth a visit for adults too. Find out more here. easter themed egg cosy by poppy treffry Want to take Easter to the Egg-streme?! Have a go at Coasteering with St Ives Surf School. Jumping off rocks, climbing, swimming and kayaking are definitely for the more adventurous types, but all that exercise means you'll have earned your Easter egg! Find out more here. coasteering in cornwall with st ives surf school A few members of the team suggested a wander around Levant Mine at Botallack. They made it sound very innocent but we have a feeling they mean in search of Ross Poldark himself, although can you blame them?! And ok, so he might not be filming there at Easter, but it’s still a beautiful stretch of unspoilt Cornish coastline between St Ives and Lands End to explore. levant mine at Botallack On Easter Sunday (16th April) you could have a go at Egg Rolling in Padstow? Decorate a hard boiled egg, take it to Duke Street for midday and help raise funds for the Padstow RNLI lifeboat - whilst having some fun too, yay! easter egg cosies and treat pots by poppy treffry And if you prefer bikes to eggs (?!) then in North Cornwall, the spectacular Easter Egg Run is an annual charity event organised by a group of motorcyclists and also held on Easter Sunday. Ride off is at 11am from Davidstow Airfield, near Camelford, where often in excess of 200 riders and their pillions raise money for local children’s charities across the county, quite a sight to behold. Find out more here. easter egg run davidstow on motorcycles And if none of that tickles your fancy then how about creating your own family Easter traditions? Some members of the team who we won't name (but surnames are Treffry!)  have a tradition from childhood. You hard boil some eggs and then carry them up a hill balancing them on a spoon. It's a race to the top where you can stop and enjoy the view, or have an egg hunt, and you then have to race back down the hill batting the egg with a stick. The one who makes it to the bottom first and still has some egg is the winner. Any good Cornish hill would be great for this but tried and tested favourites are Carn Brea, Bray Down and Roughtor! eggs on spoons ready for easter fun If you like the idea of something a little more active but less egg based then you could cycle along the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow. Beautiful scenery along the former railway track, it’s an easy ride of just over five miles, with many options for refreshments when you reach Padstow! Look out for Oystercatchers along the way. oyster catch beach bag by poppy treffry And speaking of refreshments... when you do get to Padstow, the team highly recommend a visit to Cherry Trees café on the Harbour to sample some of their amazing cakes. Oh and that just happens to be next door to our Padstow shop, well what a coincidence! cherry trees cafe in padstow And if all else fails then you'll always find a hundred nooks and crannies to hide eggs behind down on the Cornish coast line. Let's just hope the weather gets the memo! We hope you enjoyed our little list and we'd love to hear from you if you've got suggestions we should try out this Easter - do get in touch via the comments here or over on our facebook page and let us know.