Happy St Piran’s Day to you all! If you want to know how to say happy St Piran’s Day in Cornish it’s Gool Peran Lowen, though please don’t ask me to try and pronounce it!
There was no way I could not do a St Piran’s post today and still hold my head up proudly as a Cornish person! Unfortunately, as St Piran’s is not recognised as a bank holiday for Cornwall, my lovely man has had to work, and the children have still had to go to school, but this didn’t stop me having my own mini celebration.
As soon as I dropped the children off at school this morning, I went for a drive to Gorran Haven and took a peaceful stroll on the beach, because where better to appreciate Cornwall from than a beach?
Gorran Haven was lovely to visit, and even though I don’t live there everyone I met said a good morning to me, and several wished me a Happy St Piran’s Day. This is part of what I love about Cornwall, the way the people (like me!) are so friendly and welcoming and that you never really get the chance to feel lonely in Cornwall.
After I’d had my stroll around the beach, I used St Piran’s Day as a good excuse to have a pasty for breakfast! Well any excuse is a good excuse really.
I feel extremely lucky and blessed to live where I do, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else in the World. I love the fact that this is where my children get to grow up, and we have recently bought them a book about the history of Cornwall, as I think it’s important that they learn about our heritage.
If anyone wants to teach their children a bit more about Cornwall and it’s history, I could not recommend this book more. It’s actually also handy for a simple read for adults who just want to know the basics, and if anyone is bringing children down on holiday to Cornwall this year it may be a good book to buy to add a bit of fun ‘education’ to your visit. It may also give you a few ideas of new places to visit.
In case you are wondering NO I have not been asked to review this book, I just happened to buy it for my children and think it’s brilliant.
If you want to read more of what I love about Cornwall you can see my Reasons I Love Cornwall post, and for more places to love visit my Carnewas , Wheal Coates or Padstow posts if you like. To finish off my St Piran post today, I thought I would leave you with the lyrics to the unofficial national anthem of Cornwall Trelawney!
A good sword and a trusty hand!
A merry heart and true!
King James’s men shall understand
What Cornish lads can do!
And have they fixed the where and when?
And shall Trelawny die?
Here’s twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!
Out spake their Captain brave and bold:
A merry wight was he:
‘If London Tower were Michael’s hold,
We’d set Trelawny free!
‘We’ll cross the Tamar, land to land:
The Severn is no stay:
With “one and all,” and hand in hand;
And who shall bid us nay?
‘And when we come to London Wall,
A pleasant sight to view,
Come forth! come forth! ye cowards all:
Here’s men as good as you.
‘Trelawny he’s in keep and hold;
Trelawny he may die:
But here’s twenty thousand Cornish bold
Will know the reason why!’