One of our goals* as we stroll around Mousehole (read about pronunciation here) is to find a sign that Bob and I missed our first time through.
Supposedly, the last fluent native speaker of the Cornish language lived in Mousehole. Some accounts say Dolly Pentreath was the last person who spoke only Cornish, while others say she learned English at the age of twenty. Whatever. It’s still cool.
I wrote about Dolly ahead of our walk a few years back, explaining that according to the travel guides we would pass her house as we walked toward the harbor and that the house was marked by a plaque. I wrote that I would take a picture of said plaque and include it that day's blog post, at which time my readers (mostly my mom and sisters in those days) would say, “Oh, I remember Chris mentioning that house and that lady. Wow. She was right. There is a plaque.”
But I totally forgot about the house and we walked right by it. Which just proves that you need to write stuff down so you don't miss things like the plaque that identifies the house of the last fluent native speaker of the Cornish language. Or does it identify the place where the house once stood? Some of these buildings are ancient. Some don't exist anymore. This trip we will find out.
A couple Cornish words to know and love:
Hello – Dydh da
Goodbye – Dyw genes
*We have very few. Several are food related.