A Day At The Beach Shown In Reverse

Thanks so much for all of your good wishes and kind thoughts for our anniversary. We had a fun day out despite the weather and the rain held off until we made it home from our beach walk and a special lunch at Fifteen.

Some of you may remember that John took me to Fifteen for our first anniversary (click to see) last year. It can be difficult to get reservations unless you book well in advance especially during the warmer months of the year, but he was able to secure a table with a window view with as late as last week. I’ll say more later since the photos are in reverse today. You can get a glimpse of the building that the restaurant is housed in by looking over the top of John’s head.

John headed down the beach ahead of me after lunch.

I tend to lag behind taking photos and often have to run to catch up like you see in the image above.

Now we’re just trading shots across the beach with John trying to get back to the car because it’s chilly and he did not bring a heavy coat.

The wind was pretty fierce and you can see by double clicking on this photo that the little boy in it is looking up because he’s lost something to the wind. It kind of looks like a baby bib to me … what do you think?

John got this picture of me with Fifteen in the background. Our table was about midway down the upper level of windows. I think I was photographing the family with children in this shot.

Inside Fifteen - Watergate Beach, Cornwall

John tried to get a photograph of our waiter/server, Nick so I could put it here with my review of his service. He was fabulous and I would recommend if you book a table at Fifteen in Cornwall, ask for Nick. Not only was he fast as you can see by his blurred image above, he was very food knowledgeable and a surf instructor too.

There was someone outside doing something called Kite Surfing(new to me) and Nick took time to discuss the challenges of kite surfing as well answering my questions about the best beaches in Cornwall for a novice like myself to learn to surf.

You might think this strange information for him to be chatting about while taking care of our food needs, but I asked him a few questions as I usually do when meeting new folks and before I had attacked my main course I was thinking about my wet suit and wondering if I might still be able to learn to surf.

You are looking at a yummy dessert John and I ordered. It is chocolate cake obviously, but what it not so obvious is that it has beets in it. See the red layer …  it’s what they call beet root here.

This was our cake before we devoured it. An amazing feat as stuffed as we were by then.’ Stuffed …’ you might ask, then why order dessert? Fifteen has a fixed price lunch option that includes three courses, so full or not, I was not skipping dessert. Plus it’s my favorite part of a meal!

John began his meal with fish before moving on to Cornish pheasant and I had a Tuscan bean soup that was so rich I wanted scoop it up with the thick slices of bread Nick brought to the table. I followed my soup with the lightest, best tasting gnocchi I have ever put in my mouth. I’m afraid I was too busy eating to photograph my food.

Here you can see the kite surfer I mentioned earlier.

Finally, we are back at the beginning where I took a quick photo of John just before we walked down the steps to have lunch.

10 thoughts on “A Day At The Beach Shown In Reverse

  1. OMG! Where do I start?

    * I would love to walk along a beach in winter, never done it yet.

    * Fifteen reminds me of the French Culinary Institute’s Restaurant in NYC, same concept, wonderful idea…thanks for including the link.

    * My mouth is watering after reading about your lunch. This past summer I discovered the wonderful diversity of beets, love them.

    * Cheers to your wonderful day! And thank you for sharing the fabulous pics!

  2. You always make me grin, you’re such a foodie and your beloved. I’m glad you had a nice time.

    Try The Beach at Sennen Cove – maybe a bit less gourmet but not by too much; big waves there too, similar in look and feel.

    Suzanne you are in for a treat. If you have problems with earache in cold wind like I do, be sure to bring earwarmers/ band/ hat. The wind cuts through you something chronic.

    Yep, winter is a wonderful time at a beach. In fact I have a picture of me dancing in my bare feet somewhere on a PNW shore in early January…(trussed up like the michelin man above my knees)… it took a full 40 minutes for my legs, never mind my feet, to really not feel cold at the core afterwards. Must dig it out and post!

  3. Mariellen – will give the Beach at Sennen Cove a try this year. Thanks for the suggestion.
    It would have to be on a longer day out though – believe it or not, it is a 125 mile round trip from here.
    Cornwall is long and thin !

  4. John, I agree. I get to my best friend’s house somewhere near Callington, and think ‘oh, nearly there now../..(there being the parental home in Pz) ..and then drive for another yea so many hours to get to the end of the country! But grand when you get there, as well as the scenery in transit.

  5. Belated happy anniversary wishes Elizabeth – time certainly marches on! That restaurant is a gem – and I love the West Country beaches in Winter.

    May all the years ahead be as full and happy as these past ones you’ve shared with John. You are a special couple and I so enjoy following your journey together.

    To happiness and married bliss – it does happen, when you’re lucky!
    Hugs – Mary

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