Late last week, we decided that a few days away would be a nice idea. I blooming LOVE Cornwall, so we decided to brave the holiday crowds and head down to Cornwall. Not fancying spending thousands on a hotel, or getting soggy in a tent for four days, we managed to bag ourselves a static caravan (oohhh the glamour!) for a few nights.
It was great! The caravan was perfect, exactly what we needed!
The holiday started off well and we visited one of our favourite chippys (by St Michael’s Mount) to get tea on the first night. Not a bad view for tea, even if we did have to eat our fish and chips in the car to avoid the drizzle (ahh the English Summer!)
We managed to get some “gentle strolling” in to try to work off the fatty food……The South West Coast Path stretches for 630 miles along the south-west coast of England (good job with a name like that!). We have walked many “bits” of it, each time we go down to Cornwall.
This time was no exception, we walked a bit we have done several times, a short 1-mile stroll from Carbis Bay to St Ives (dodging the showers again!) There were more grumpy looking people in St Ives than I remember from our other visits, I’ll put it down to the English weather though, not the beautiful town!
Another day, we decided that we “had pasty, will travel” so took our lunch along the coast…(Yes, it was mainly potato and there was only one piece of meat in the pasty, shame on you Cornwall!)
Despite the lack of protein to keep us going, we managed to walk along the coast for a bit from where we were staying to look at the “Poldark” tin mines! (and the pretty heather!)
Because too much exercise is bad for you and I have some arteries to keep clogged…..we did of course have to eat more fish and chips on the beach….why does it taste so much better on the beach???
I say that my trip was “almost” yarn-free because I did mostly manage to indulge in my other hobbies, but there was one morning when I couldn’t resist a bit of caravan-based knitting whilst I was waiting for my breakfast to settle…..but only for a few rows….honest!!!!
The sun came out one day so we joined the hoards of the ten-thousand other tourists and walked across the causeway to St Michael’s Mount.
We have walked across the causeway a few times, but we hadn’t been in the garden’s before. They are well worth a look if you are down that way and like that sort of thing. I do, I was fascinated by the interesting plants!
It was busy and normally I’m not a fan of crowds, it was so beautiful though. I overheard someone saying that they thought they had “accidentally ended up in a piece of heaven”. I thought that was a lovely thing to say and I know what they mean…!!!
It inspired me to get my paintbrush and pens out when I got back to the caravan, something I’ve not done for a few months. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy making a black-and white ink drawing!
There was a time when travelling the M5 on a summer weekend, you were guaranteed at least one “camper-van-on-fire-on-the-M5 queue”, this time, they were all clearly better maintained and we didn’t hit any of those on the way home, although there were plenty of “its-60-miles-to-Bristol-so-there-will-now-be-a-queue-for-no-reason” queues!!!
We arrived home tired and I was excited to see this little beauty had arrived whilst we were away….its a yarn-dyeing kit!!!! I’m going to try my hand at that….will post my progress of course!!
Right….off to try to run off some of the pasty / cream tea / fish and chips now….!!!