Our holiday in Cornwall seems like it was months ago. Since we returned, we’ve been busy redecorating my office, both Poppy and my partner have been ill, as has my car, so I’ve been day dreaming a lot about being back on the Lizard. One of the main reasons I love being on holiday there is the great Cornish food and drink. We always have chips from Smugglers Chips on the Lizard point, at least one cream tea (cream first though) and this time, I discovered this delicious cider by Cornish Orchards.
I bought a bottle of the Cornish Gold and the Farmhouse cider. Not only were they delicious, but they are also vegan, which is brilliant. While I’m not vegan, just veggie, if I can find vegan products, then that’s great – I wish more places labelled their products so clearly. I love a good cider and I’m just gutted that I didn’t buy more! I might have to get some from their online shop for Christmas. Well, tis the season to be merry, right?!
Finally it seems that the weather is behaving as it should. I wait all year for it to be acceptable to wear lots of wool. Tights, slipper socks, gloves, scarves, bobble hats, as many layers as you can physically get on your body. That’s what I love about this time of year. Today, I’m wearing as many as I can, including a blanket because we’re recovering from illness and busyness at Crafty Chai towers and I need comfort and warmth.
Sadly, I’m not wearing the Eastern Dress by Seasalt (It’s on my Christmas list!) but I am wearing another of their gorgeous dresses, the Ropehaven Dress. I bought it at their discount shop in Falmouth while we were there on holiday. If you’re a Seasalt fan and in the area, make sure you stop by. There are bargains to be had! I bought the Ropehaven dress at a discount (fist pump!) and I’m glad I did as it’s now sold out. It’s the perfect dress for this time of year. It’s comforting and toasty, like wearing a big hug! Paired with woolly tights and slipper socks, it’s going to be my go to outfit for winter.
I have a huge case of the post-holiday blues – oh, to be beside the seaside. So I’ve spent a bit of time trawling through the hundreds of photos I took while we were in Cornwall last week and have picked out some of my favourites. Even though it rained, a few times, we had a lovely time. As it was out of season, we could take Poppy on all the beaches, which was ace and we took full advantage of that, whatever the weather.
We also enjoyed a few cream teas, pasties, local chips and the odd cider. It was bliss!
I’m in the middle of redecorating my study. It’s been going on since August. (Don’t ask!) Along with replacing the Ikea curtains that I shortened and weren’t the same length (!), I also need a new desk and a new light. We were still using the ‘temporary’ paper lampshade, also from Ikea, which is huge (yep, we thought we were being ‘edgy’ by getting a larger paper lampshade) and I hit it every time I take the ironing board out of the airing cupboard. Plus, I want something that will give lots of light, as my office is also my craft room so I need to be able to see clearly. I love the idea of having vintage or vintage style and these are my favourite.
1. Vintage Green Metal Shade – NOTHS // 2. Vintage Style Factory Pendant Light – NOTHS // 3. Kilner Glass Lamp – Folksy // 4. Penelope Ceiling Light – John Lewis // 5. Mason Jar Pendant Light – Etsy // 6. Dyke & Dean Enamel Shade – Heals // 7. Welsh Fisherman’s Lamp – Howkapow
My absolute favourite is the Welsh Fisherman’s Lamp from Howkapow. Plus as I’ve painted the walls a light grey, I’m looking to add a few splashes of colour in other places. I just can’t decide which one to get! If you’ve got any suggestions, please let me know!
For me, there’s nothing better than being by the sea. Last week we spent the week in Cornwall, exploring the Lizard. As it’s out of season, we were able to take Poppy on all the beaches, which she loved! We had such a wicked time, despite the weather – the sun only came out a few times. Not that we were deterred by that at all.
On our way home on Saturday, we stopped off at Poldhu for a walk and some breakfast. We knew the tide would be out and even the sun came out! We had a great walk around, explored rock pools and enjoyed a delicious breakfast and hot chocolate at the brilliant Poldhu Beach Cafe. Their egg bap is awesome and the perfect post-walk meal. Really wish I was back there right now!
During a recent visit home to Pembrokeshire, I needed to get on a beach and breath in the sea air. Growing up near the coast means that you miss that salty air when you’re away from it too long. We headed to Freshwater East for a change and it was a great success. We managed to get there during low tide, which meant we had quite a lot of beach to play around on as well as some rock pools for Poppy to play in.
Freshwater East is dog friendly all year round and they even had a bank of free dog poo bags, so don’t forget to pick it up and bin it! It’s really popular with families during the nice weather as it’s such a lovely beach so be aware that it can get really busy. During those times, we’d put Poppy on her lead, but when we went, it was pretty quiet so Poppy was allowed to be off the lead for most of her walk, which meant she could leap about in the rock pools. She had so much fun running about the rocks on the beach and leapt over a few, which was ace. She did this again on the other side of the beach, but didn’t realise there was a massive pool of water behind the rock and got completely soaked! She shook it off though and was a real trooper! Fresh East is a lovely beach and we’ll definitely be going back there over Christmas.
The Walk: There are a number of walks you can do around Freshwater East, as well as just walking along the beach. It’s definitely worth being aware when the tide will be out so that you can get as much beach in as you can.
Car Park: There is a car park at Freshwater East, which is free from 1st November to 31st March. It costs £1 for one hour, £3 for 3 hours and £5 for over three hours.
Refreshments: I can remember going to the shop at Fresh East as a child, but it wasn’t open when we went and I can’t remember if it’s still there, so pack a thermos and some homemade flapjack, just in case.
Toilets: There are toilets at the entrance to the beach.