Sunday, 29 May 2016

Our Cornish Holiday - May 2016 (Photo Heavy!)

Hello there everyone!

At the beginning of the month, I went on holiday with my family to East Cornwall. A few years ago we holidayed in West Cornwall but the weather wasn't the best, which did put us off going again! So we had a few holidays in our old favourite, the Isle of Wight, before we decided to try Cornwall again.

(I took over 400 photos and over 100 video clips, and I'm resisting sharing all of them with you! 😄 So this is just a selection of a few of my favourite images.)

This time we found a lodge to stay in on the East side, not far from the border of Devon. It was complete with some resident hens (one of which was extremely friendly and would come and knock her beak on the patio door, and would hop in if you weren't careful!)

The surrounding woods were full of birds and their beautiful songs filled the air all day, even after it had dropped dark in the evenings.

During our stay, we did a little sightseeing - for us this is usually finding some nice towns or villages to walk around and pop into their shops, rather than going to lots of tourist attractions. The first place we visited was Looe, a busy fishing port.

It was a beautiful day, and Looe was larger than we had thought, so that we didn't actually get to look around all of it before our car park ticket was expiring. We decided to try and get back to visit again further on in the week.

The next day was quite rainy, so we just did some food shopping and then went back to our lodge for a relaxing day in. My mum, sister and I all had our various crafts to get stuck into, and my mum also had a new jigsaw puzzle that she had brought with her to make a start on.

On the Tuesday, which turned out to be another hot day, my sister and I had a short walk in the woods around the lodge - there were lots of bluebells, and we were surrounded by loud birdsong - we wished that we were better at identifying birds by their song, as there were quite a few songs we didn't recognise so we weren't sure exactly which species of birds were singing their hearts out in the trees above us!

Later on we went to Fowey - I had recently seen this town featured on Countryfile, so it was nice to see it in person. It was a beautiful, historical harbour town, with some steep hills to descend from the car park! (and climb up again later!!)

We had lunch in a tearooms which is reputedly the oldest building in Fowey - it was built around 1430, during the reign of Henry VI! It was a lovely tearooms, complete with a resident black Labrador, Frank, who was so beautiful and well-behaved! He came and sat next to us while we tucked into our all-day breakfast, but never even tried to pinch any sausages or bacon! 😄 He just kept looking at us sorrowfully, but thankfully, as we read on a little card all about him, we weren't allowed to feed him anything at all (imagine how fat he'd get! 😉) so we tried not to feel too mean!!

Wednesday we woke up to lots of rain again, but we'd already decided to visit Polperro and hoped that the rain would die out as the day went on. Unfortunately it didn't stop raining until we came back to the car at the end of our visit, but it was interesting to see the fishing village that my mum remembered from a visit to Polperro about 40 years ago.

We followed the path next to the stream all the way down to the harbour...

The calling of the gulls filled the air during our entire visit - if it had been sunny, and maybe with the tide in, this little village would have been so beautiful! Hopefully we can visit again another year, and all being well, enjoy it with some lovely weather next time!

I loved this house on the edge of the harbour, called 'Studio Cottage', with its little ladder leading down into the harbour itself:

We walked down to the pebbly beach, and explored inside the cave - you can see from this photo just how rainy this day was! Thankfully we had brollies!!

Polperro is well-known for its smuggling history, and we thought we could see some evidence of the smuggling that used to go on, like steps hewn into the cliffs (but not seeming to lead anywhere...) And at the back of the cave in the photo above, it looked like there used to be a tunnel at the very back which has now been blocked off. I felt like I was one of the Famous Five! 😂

We walked back up to the car park, just as the day started to brighten up slightly. As spring was so late this year, everywhere we went (not just in Polperro) there were lots of trees full of blossoms! I thought this one looked very pretty with the stream in the background.

On Thursday, coming to the end of our holiday (all too soon for us!) we went for our return visit to Looe. This time we managed to get all the way through the town to the sandy beach at the far end. There were lots of rockpools which had me all reminiscent of childhood rockpooling! And we spotted this schooner (unfortunately only with furled sails) just off the shore, quite close to the beach.

On our way back to the car, again I couldn't resist another blossom photo, with the East Looe River in the background.

Then, Friday was the last day of our holiday, which also proved to be the sunniest and hottest! We had been keeping an eye on the weather forecasts for the week and wanted to re-visit Padstow on the best day. We visited Padstow on our first Cornish holiday, and loved it so much that we just had to go again this holiday. It certainly didn't disappoint!

We also bizarrely met some friends there, who live quite local to us at home - it was so weird that we happened to bump into each other on holiday!

And that's it! The end of our family holiday! We really enjoyed it - it went far too quickly, but as a friend said last week, that's how you know it was a good one!

My mum, sister and I all got loads of crafting done, of course, and we found a yarn warehouse not too far from where we were staying, so we often popped in there too, much to my dad's dismay! 😂

This is the blanket that I started the day we arrived on holiday, it took me exactly two weeks from start to finish and is throw-sized. The second photo is of the car-seat blanket and mandala I made to match. All three will be available to purchase from my Etsy shop very soon!

So, I hope you've enjoyed my re-cap post of our holiday, and hope I haven't bored you to death! My sister will be back next week with her next post! See you soon!!

TTFN! xx

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