I have been to Cornwall several times but never made it to Porthcurno or the little village of Mousehole, so during our visit to St Ives we decided to make a trip to both places. You can read these all about parts one, two and four of our trip if you’re interested. View Full Post
After our lovely weekend in Fowey, we headed across to St Ives for the rest of our Cornish stay. St Ives has a special place in our hearts, Richard has been going there all of his life and I have visited quite a few times with him since our first trip there in 2005. It’s such a beautiful place, and more than anything the colours and the light are just amazing, like something from the Carribbean. View Full Post
It’s not hard to figure out that I am in love with Cornwall. After all, it seems I do a few posts a year on how much I love the place (see here , here , here and here). For the past few years we have only ever managed pretty short trips down to the South West, so this time we decided to take a full nine days and really make the most of it.
We set off for my dad’s house in Calstock on the Thursday, and made it down for a late tea and a catch up. The following morning we had a walk along the river, it’s such a beautiful part of the world, and was the perfect start to the holiday to help us get into relaxation mode.
Mid-morning on the Friday we drove to Fowey to meet Richard’s family. We rented a big house there for all eight of us plus our little one year old niece and the family dog, in celebration of my father-in-law’s 60th birthday. We had a little wander around the town in the afternoon, then checked into the house and got settled before tucking into a spag bol tea and making plans for the weekend.
Saturday was pretty rainy, but after a walk with the dog we persevered and went to Mevagissey, which is a beautiful little harbour town. The weather did not play ball at all and we got soaked whilst we were there, but on a sunny day I imagine it is just gorgeous, and definitely one to go back to. We sheltered from the rain in the pub and had chip butties overlooking the harbour, before heading for home to escape the weather.
On the Sunday the boys went sailing, we had chartered a yacht for a day as a present for their dad, so we stayed at the house and did some shopping in Fowey, there were so many things I could have bought. I loved the White Doll Arts shop which had some beautiful pottery pieces made on the premises and also some by other local artisans. I bought Richard a salt pig which will have pride of place in our new kitchen once it’s installed.
We then went for a lovely afternoon tea before all meeting up back at the house for fish and chips. That evening we went back down to the harbour for a drink to toast the weekend.
I absolutely love being by the sea, and having a little one and a dog there with us just made the trip even better. I love taking the dog for walks and although she couldn’t go on any beaches she did manage to have a swim off the harbour. It was also really lovely to stay just above the main part of the town so we were able to just nip in and out as we wanted, and there was a little local shop on the same road and of course great views from the living room. We always try and choose somewhere with sea views as then even if the weather is awful you can sit inside and look at the sea. We are such seaside addicts!
All too soon it was Monday morning, our long family weekend was over but we were excited for the next part of our trip as we headed off to St Ives for the rest of the week. More to come on that in a separate post as otherwise it would just be picture overload!
My original aim at the start of my pregnancy was to still be bodypumping in some form at 20 weeks, and still managing to be relatively active into the final trimester. I have sailed past that milestone (you can read about the first and second trimesters and how I found them here), so now it’s onto my third trimester update. View Full Post
As you might have seen, I rounded up my experiences of exercising in the first trimester in a separate post. This is the second trimester post, and then I have another one coming soon on the third trimester and beyond. This is just my way of sharing my experience of exercising throughout my pregnancy, and how this has changed as I have gotten further on and ever bigger. View Full Post
Trying to stay fit and active has always been something I knew would be a priority for me during pregnancy, but I also knew from the beginning it would be challenging. I thought I would share my experiences so far in this series of posts about exercise in pregnancy, in the hope that it might be helpful to some people. View Full Post
Before I got pregnant, I was absolutely, 100% convinced that I would be one of those women who had a babymoon abroad, who hopped onto a plane several times with baby on board, and generally I was just sure that I wouldn’t let pregnancy stop me from exploring. In reality, I haven’t been abroad since I have been pregnant. Which means, for the first time in probably all of my life, it’s the sixth month of the year and I haven’t been abroad. View Full Post
I am roughly three quarters of the way through my pregnancy now (yep, time flies!) so I thought I would put together a little list of the things that have helped me to stay as comfortable as possible this far, that I would hand on heart recommend to other mamas-to-be. View Full Post
Sorry that this is a day late, but better late than never, eh?! This weekend was absolutely exhausting but in the best way possible. Here are a few highlights… View Full Post
This is a bit of a cheat post, really, because our weekend actually started on Thursday. My genius husband had the amazing idea that rather than taking extra days off directly after the Easter weekend, we could go back to work for a couple of days and then have another long weekend. I literally skipped home on Wednesday! And then here’s how the long weekend unfolded… View Full Post