My Scilly Day­dream...

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Hello! - Ge­of­frey Palmer Brand Di­rec­tor

Trav­el­ling west down through Corn­wall, the land gets ever nar­rower – you feel as if you’re on a pin­na­cle of gran­ite, spear­ing out into the ocean – and my first Cor­nish hol­i­day, in the late 60s, was al­most at the end, near Pen­zance. Over two weeks of un­in­ter­rupted sun­shine, we ex­plored the mys­ti­cal land­scape of West Pen­with, swam in azure wa­ters off Porthcurno’s golden sands and raced along cliff paths in a myr­iad of small-boy ad­ven­tures. But every day, like the refugees in the film Casablanca, watch­ing the plane to Lis­bon, we stared en­vi­ously as the he­li­copter to Scilly passed over­head, glint­ing in the sun­light as it headed skistamah­west to those mys­te­ri­ous is­lands. I’ve been back to Corn­wall many times since, but have never yet made it to the Isles of Scilly. Af­ter read­ing our fea­ture on page 48, I fi­nally un­der­stand quite how big a mis­take that has been.

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