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Newsletter Number 7/11 July & August 2011

Stop Press

The Cook Book will be closing daily at 4.00pm from Monday 5th September.

1. This summer

A mixed bag of weather, with some brilliant days and others with cloud as thick as a bag and down to about 200 feet, which isn’t so good for people on holiday – St Just is over 300 feet above sea level. But it’s great for cafe-bookshops, so is rain and we’ve had several damp and dreary days outside, while inside there’s been a terrific atmosphere, lots of people, conversation flowing, laughter echoing and our lovely staff keeping the food and drinks flowing smoothly, at the same time there’s been a steady stream of people up and down the stairs for books.

Friendly dogs with their owners!

Friendly dogs with their owners!

Many hands...making red onion jam

Many hands...making red onion jam

The two Ems + glasses to stop onions from making them cry. (It worked!)

The two Ems + glasses to stop onions from making them cry. (It worked!)

Lafrowda Day came and went. The Cook Book was super busy Becca’s tried and tested system for running the place when we’re flat out worked brilliantly, our guests were happy and so were our excellent staff, though none of us had time even to take a photograph!

Philippa’s really enjoying running the book side of The Cook Book, from buying books to keeping the shelves stocked and tidy. This last part of the job is difficult at times, especially when the place is full and we’re really flying with food orders. However, it is so important, and so is managing to get books put back on the right shelves after some browsers have been visiting – or a lot of children have been upstairs!

Here’s a ‘fact’, recently reported in the press: three out of every ten households do not possess a book. Quite how this is established is a bit of a mystery, but if it’s true that is so awful for the children of those households.

No books = no sitting on a parent’s knee to look at the pictures, no stories read aloud, no curling up in a chair to escape to another world, no reading in bed, no atlas, no dictionary, no reference books.

No Books = no stretching of the imagination, no knowledge, no poetry, no curiosity, no comfort, no escape. How sad is that?

2. Family News

Ellie and Tim have bought a house together on the outskirts of Brisbane. It’s got four bedrooms and looks over a 52 acre nature reserve. It’s such exciting news and we wish them great good fortune in their new home.

Jake has unveiled his public art statue in Port Alberni, up on the West coast of Vancouver Island. It reflects the heritage of the lumber and coal industry, combined with the present and future tourist industry. He’s also had a great radio interview on Canadian Broadcasting: Radio interview with Jake. OK, proud parent writing, but it really is an excellent interview which simply and clearly defines the work of an artistic blacksmith.

3. Forthcoming Events

Saturday 24th September: Morrab Library Bookfair at St John’s Hall Penzance. From 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Bosorne Books will have it’s usual stall at this excellent bookfair and we look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones.

Saturday 24th September: Poetry at the Equinox at The Cook Book. From 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
The Poetry School’s annual presentation of new work by local poets who have attended seminars run by Alice Kavounas Taylor. Tickets from The Cook Book £3 to cover the cost of finger food. Pre-booking essential as seating is limited. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer.

4. New Roof on The Cook Book

We are having to put a new roof on the building as the existing roof cannot be patched any more with any degree of certainty that it will survive another winter! That’s a lot of cream teas!!!!

We have applied for planning permission, requesting that we may replace the wet-laid slate with a dry-laid slate roof as this will save us a significant sum. That saving will enable us to remove the modern gable and casement window upstairs and the modern shop window of the dining room downstairs, replacing them with windows much more in keeping with the character of this late Eighteenth Century building. Fingers crossed for a favourable decision.

As soon as we know the date we’re starting we’ll post it in a special newsletter. At the moment, it looks as if we’ll only be closed for the time it takes to strip off the old roof. Renewing the roof will be taking place under a scaffolding tent so that work can carry on regardless of the weather.

These pictures show what we’d like to replace, if we could afford to…

....this modern gable window

....this modern gable window

...and this redundant door and modern window  & the resin-mix block work below it

...and this redundant door and modern window & the resin-mix block work below it

...and this modern window over the front door

...and this modern window over the front door

5. Staff Party

Almost at the end of another great summer, and already some of the young staff are leaving, a bit like the swallows, so we had a party at home to thank them for all their dedicated hard work that keeps The Cook Book going; some food, a glass or two to toast health and happiness, another glass or two to toast our thanks, great conversation, a lot of laughter and a bonfire beneath a canopy of stars, where we burnt eight wrecked cafe chairs!!

Round the dining room table...

Round the dining room table...

...but not on these chairs!

...but not on these chairs!

The Cook Book Team 2011, Emma’s taking the photo, Natalie’s on holiday

The Cook Book Team 2011, Emma’s taking the photo, Natalie’s on holiday

A Little Piece of Heaven

Mine stack smoking at sunrise

Mine stack smoking at sunrise

Grass dancing in the wind

Grass dancing in the wind

Aggie in new-mown hay

Aggie in new-mown hay

Penanwell on a grey summer’s day

Penanwell on a grey summer’s day

Pendeen Watch from the South

Pendeen Watch from the South

Tidelines at the Crown Mines

Tidelines at the Crown Mines

Flumps digging to Australia

Flumps digging to Australia

In....

In....

...and still alive!

...and still alive!

Sweet pea scent of summer

Sweet pea scent of summer

A bindweed bugle

A bindweed bugle