Me and Big Fella made the Great Escape last weekend - to St Ives...childless.
Now, we'd been planning our trip to the Mighty St Ives for a fair few weeks, and since it was going to be the first time I'd been since February, I was yeah, fair to say, kinda excited, and to hope for sun, well...
Anyway, the folks came around to ours at 6am sharp, looking a little, well, shattered, and me and Big Fella packed the car for our one night extravaganza in our beloved Cornwall. It was raining, butI still had a really good feeling in my belly. In truth, I felt like a 35 year old teenager, and it was f***ing immense.
I stayed awake as long as I could, for almost 3 hours actually, but my eyes weirdly opening as I saw the "Welcome to Cornwall" sign, the sun was shining and I got butterflies. Big Fella, still gossiping on his hands free, was unaware of my smile, or even of me being awake, and it all felt kinda grand.
It was after midday when we arrived (it is afterall a 5-6 hour journey!), and we needed 2 things: Food and drink. We had to be careful, because we had things to do, but I still managed a small glass of wine and Big fella a Clouded Yellow in Sea Food Cafe on Fore Street.
After we'd finished the stuff we needed to do, we headed straight to The Castle for a cider, and my goodness, it was well worth the wait.
So well worth it, I think i finished a half in, um, 10 minutes.
After a couple more, and me having a bit of head on, we headed back to our lovely B&B The Cobbles and got ready to go out. See, it's been a few years now since we've been in St Ives without the boys, and it does feel kinda weird, cus we know it's as much their place as ours, but tonight folks, unashamedly, it's mine!
We eat at Al Fresco and head to The Hub. It's good to see a young family in there at 9pm and we make plans for the summer. Big Fella hints at watching the band at the Lifeboat again (!) and I'm just not sure.
He gets us a good deal on the wonderful drink that is Woodford Reserve (no London prices in St Ives y'know) and suddenly a live band sounds pretty cool, and so, a double WR later, we're sauntering off to the Lifeboat and I am Liam.
All scarf and skinny jeans, I walk in to the sound of The Shock of the Lightening and I just know we're in for a good night; I'm now, Liam, Noel, Gem and Andy all rolled into 1.
The band are Shameless, and feature a set that blinds me. I am by nature, and rather annoyingly according to Big Fella - a music snob, but these guys have got my attention, a s*** load of alcohol or not.
Without sounding the embarrassing geek that I am, Shameless manage to convince me I'm at a Oasis, The Enemy (OMG!), Arctic Monkeys, Kings Of Leon, Killers, Green Day, Feeder, Kaiser Chiefs and Fratelli's gig all in one in Cornwall on a Friday night and I'm absolutely lovin' it, even slightly envious the South West monopolise this band I've only just found, so just to show my appreciation (and to Big fella's horror), as I hear the first few chords of "Sex On Fire", I'm up on the "dance floor", and I'm pleased to announce, I'm not the only one.
I'm having a ball, really I am, totally liberated on my Great Escape, thankful not just for Shameless' music, but also for their humour, as a girl outside the Lifeboat window presses her face against the glass and the quick witted vocalist refers to her as "windowlicker" which immediately taps into mine and Big fella's psyche, only to be swiftly followed by "there's always one...and she's all 20" - fantastic!
With an encore featuring the stunning Kings Of Leon "Use Somebody" and The Automatic's "Monster", I leave the Lifeboat happy and delirious and wanting to come back very soon...and we will.
I could have used someone like them, and I did, and it worked.
Here's to the summer.