Half Term Holiday in Cadgwith

Well hello, dear blog reader. It’s been a while. My new teaching job is keeping me very busy, so a half term holiday in Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall was very welcome indeed. We didn’t plan an awful lot, as we all needed a relaxing break, with lots of rest, as the first half term of the school year has been brutal! We stayed at Rene’s Cottage, booked through Cadgwith Cove Cottages, as we have done for most of our holidays in Cadgwith, though this was our first time staying at Rene’s.

Rene's Cottage

Rene’s Cottage is adorable. It has a small, well equipped kitchen, not that we used it much, save for cooking some jacket potatoes and pizza! The lounge boasts a wood burning stove, a small TV and wifi. You can sit and watch people walking up and down the hill, which happened regularly, as Cadgwith has a fantastic inn, which draws people in after a coastal walk. Upstairs is a lovely bathroom (much better than ours at home!) and it has a generous corner bath, which is perfect for soaking in with a Lush bath bomb after getting soaked to the skin in a heavy downpour. True story. The bedroom sleeps two and has one of the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept on in a holiday let.

Rene's Cottage fish Rene's Cottage lounge Cadgwith

Rene’s Cottage is an old fisherman’s cottage, complete with a traditional thatch roof. The walls are incredibly thick, meaning that it keeps cool in the summer and holds the heat from the wood burner in the winter. We took wood and kindling with us so that we could make the most of the wood burner and it was lovely curling up on the sofa, watching Fear the Walking Dead, in front of a roaring fire. On the Sunday, there was quite a strong wind blowing about the cove and it was really snug and cosy in the cottage. While walking about the Lizard, we were talking about how we always stay in Cadgwith and whether we would stay in any of the other surrounding areas. I have to say that I love staying in Cadgwith. There’s just something about it. When I booked Rene’s, I didn’t realise that it didn’t have a garden and worried that it might be difficult with Poppy. It wasn’t at all, in fact, it was quite lovely getting up to take her on a morning loo walk before breakfast around the cove, seeing what was going on.

Cadgwith boats Cadgwith Houses Cadgwith fishing gear Cadgwith cove

The cove is very picturesque and is a great base to explore the Lizard and surrounding areas. The history of the place fascinates me, as does the fishing industry that still goes on today, despite the changes to fishing. Watching the men go out in the morning, whether they are in the larger fishing boats or just going out on their own, is to watch history. Cadgwith is one of the last fishing coves in Cornwall and this is evident everywhere. The whole cove is littered with lobster pots, some of which are now home to a few nesting birds! I love being about when the boats come back after a day on the water and they’re unloading their catch. The cove comes alive with activity. Obviously, as a vegan, I don’t eat fish, but if you are going to eat fish, then it should be caught in the way that the Cadgwith fisherman catch theirs. It has minimal impact on the environment and is one of the most sustainable types of fishing we have.

Cadgwith

During our stay, we managed to spot a pod of dolphins out in the sea, not far from the cliffs, while we were standing up on the Todden. I’d never seen dolphins in the wild before so I was really pleased we were able to watch them. We will definitely be back at Cadgwith at some point in the near future. There really is no where else like it.

People Tree Autumn Fashion 2016

Whether you’ve gone back to school or just have that September feeling, there’s a whole load of new and gorgeous Autumn/Winter fashions to update your wardrobe. For me, I’ve started at a new school. If that wasn’t terrifying enough, I’ve also noticed how smart everyone is dressed. It’s not like my old school wasn’t smart, it was just a bit more relaxed and I could get away with stripey tops galore. I don’t feel the same way now. And that’s not a bad thing. It is nice to wear smart clothes and it definitely helps me to feel more professional. That being said, it makes my wardrobe look a little bit lackluster. So I’m planning on jazzing up my wardrobe with some of these lovelies from People Tree.

People Tree Autumn 2016

|| Tierney Corduroy trousers in black – £78 || Selma Flared Skirt in navy- £65 ||                                        Aleta dress in navy – £58 || Shelby Shirt dress in black – £95 || Peter Jensen Sausage dog dress – £78 ||

I love that corduroy is coming back into fashion. I wore my last pair of cords so much until they had bare patches! So these are on my wish list, as I probably wouldn’t wear them to school, and that’s my main focus right now. I love the Selma skirt too, though I’m not sure that it would suit me. I’m not sure I’m the right kind of shape for it, but that doesn’t stop me loving it!

I like wearing dresses to school, because they’re easy to wear, comfy and can be layered up if necessary. I really like these prints, especially the sausage dog print! All you need is a decent pair of tights and there’s your outfit. Plus dresses always look smart and that’s what I sorely need. I know I really should do more outfit posts, so you can see what the clothes I get look like, but I’m not great at having my picture taken! So these round up posts will have to do for now!

TV Recommendations – September

I spent a lot of the summer holidays watching old series, like the Gilmore Girls and the X Files. I used to be a massive fan of the X Files, as I was quite a nerdy teenager, but then it got super weird and I left home to go to university and didn’t have Sky, so couldn’t watch it. I finally watched the last few series and I think it’s pretty good. However, it’s dated so much so I was pleased to have some new TV to watch.

TV Recommendations - September

[Nashville – Now TV || The Get Down – Netflix ||
Parks and Recreation – Amazon Prime || The Great British Bake Off – BBC One]

A friend first suggested I watch Nashville, when it first came out. I scoffed, but gave it a go. Now, I love it and was crushed to hear that it had been cancelled after this series. I’m hoping/may have imagined that it’s going to be picked up by someone like Netflix or Amazon, because it is brilliant! I never knew the world of country music was so cut throat or glamorous and I’m still surprised by how many of the cast wear cowboy boots! I love everything about the show, especially Rayna James, played by the awesome Connie Britton, who will always be Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights in my eyes! (Major girl crush!) I also have developed a love for country music since watching the show and have bought all the soundtracks so far and listened to a few other artists on Apple Radio. If you need something light hearted and dramatic at the same time, check this out.

Let me preempt this write up of the Get Down by saying I hate musicals. With a passion. That being said, I didn’t know this was a musical, and don’t see it as such. And it’s freakin’ amazing. We binged it over two nights and can’t wait for the second part to be released. It’s glorious and brilliant and worth a few hours of your time. Set in the 1970’s when New York was going through a really tough time, it charts the beginning of Hip Hop, which went on to dominate in the 80’s. It’s fantastic and the soundtrack is epic.

I saw the first few seasons of Parks and Recreation a few years ago, but the rest weren’t on Amazon, so I’ve been waiting patiently for them to appear, which, apart from the final series, they have. I love Parks and Rec. It reminds me the American Office, in that I want to work there. It’s such a funny show, in that there were many times when I did laugh out loud! The characters are brilliant and I love how they all come together to overcome pretty much anything, despite their differences. The fact that Leslie has such a cheerful, can-do attitude is so encouraging. I seriously need a ‘What Would Leslie Do?’ wristband for when things get tough!

Need a say anything about The Great British Bake Off? It is a classic show that never seems to get old, despite being in its 7th series. That’s quite impressive for a show with a simple format – Bake things, judge the things and get rid of someone. I love it when things go terribly wrong, like when someone uses salt instead of sugar and Paul Hollywood has to spit his food out! Or when angry people throw their bakes in the bin! And who hasn’t cried over their baking? I know I have. And it might be stupid, but we’ve all done it and most of just in the privacy of our own kitchens, when we didn’t have the glacial stare of Paul Hollywood, judging our every move. But then, neither did we have the warm embrace of Mel & Sue, or the kind words of Mary Berry to pick us up when the cake we baked was practically burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. True story. I hope they never stop making this show because it is brilliant.

Dog Walks in Somerset – Leigh Woods, Bristol

One of my favourite walks, partly because of the hill climb challenge and partly because you walk underneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge, was Leigh Woods and we only scratched the surface on our visit. I did want to walk across the bridge as well, but time was against us and we only had a short amount of time in Bristol.

Storage container art Clifton suspension bridgeRiver Avon in Bristol

We parked at Oldfield Place car park and headed towards the Avon Canal trail. One of the bridges we needed to walk across was closed for refurbishment so we had to walk up and onto the pavement that ran alongside a busy main road, which wasn’t particularly pleasant! But that was the only down side. While walking along the trail, you could really see lots of old Bristol and it was really impressive.

Clifton Rocks Railway Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol Early blackberries in BristolI had never seen the Clifton Suspension Bridge before and it is really amazing. We had planned to walk across it, but we ran out of time. I’d love to go back another time and really explore this part of Bristol. Just a little bit further on along the trail, there’s a turning to the left which is an entry point into Leigh Woods. It’s quite a steep climb, but it is worth it, as it is incredibly beautiful.

National Trust Leigh Wood Bristol Fungus in Leigh Wood

When you get to the top of the climb, there’s a map that shows a number of different routes you can take. There are also some events for children, as Leigh Woods is managed by the National Trust. We did part of walk to the viewpoint, so we could take a look at Bristol from up high. It was breathtaking!

View of Bristol Suspension Bridge View from Leigh WoodsIf you’re taking the dog with you, be aware that there are some adorable cattle there so make sure you keep your dog on the lead. We saw some people who didn’t and the dog went chasing and barking after the cattle. Not ideal really. You could easily spend the day here, as there are lots of lovely places for picnics and plenty of walks to enjoy. I’d love to go back and explore a bit more, as would Poppy!

Poppydog in Leigh Woods

The Walk: The walk to Leigh Woods is easy to do and away from busy traffic (although the bridge we needed to cross was closed so we had to divert by a busy main road, shared with cyclists.) When you get to the Leigh Woods entrance, there is a steep climb to the top. Make sure you wear good walking boots!
Cost: Completely free.
Car Park: We parked at Oldfield Place car park, which is free to park in for three hours.
Refreshments: Not that I noticed, but you’re in Bristol, so you’re probably a stones throw from something delicious.
Toilets: Again, not that I noticed.