Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Back to life, back to reality.

Return to normal life has come at full throttle and it seems like months, not almost two weeks since we returned from our Easter jaunt down to Cornwall.

Work is hard, as I get closer to leaving, there is an immense pressure to tie up all the loose ends, and I have been working over long hours again. Its also sad saying goodbye to some of the regular patients I've treated over the years. But only 5 more shifts to go & woo-hoo, I'm off!! (this being typed with a nervous squeak!)

Back to more interesting things... Cornwall.

We were blessed with beautiful weather, even managing to get sun burnt on the first day (yes, I've been flashing my mid arm tan line to all & sundry at work...)

We spent most of the week on the beach, at Porthcothan & Caerhays, relaxing, letting the children potter & explore, me grabbing the opportunity to sit quietly reading.

And lots of picnics...

I love quiet beaches, with not too much activity, & Porthcothan is my favourite, its a clean beach, with a small tea shop, and very nice toilets....

The 8 year old got to practice some body boarding moves, and reminded us of what a water baby he still is....

Little Lady preferred to just get her toes wet....

On the two less sunny days, we took trips out to Lanhydrock - a National Trust house (& gardens) which was fantastic, and I hope we will return again this summer. The house has been maintained in its Victorian splendour, and is so spotless you would think the family still live there. Not a fusty smell or cobweb in sight. The children each had an activity to complete on their way round, which kept them out of mischief....

And we had a 2nd visit to the Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno, well worth a visit if ever near Lands End. Its full of child friendly activities, whilst being informative for the adults. You can climb up the escape steps from the bunkers where they housed the all the communication equipment in WW2; learn about the development of communications & build your very own satellite....

I also got a couple of hours to shop in Fowey - my favourite spending haunt in Cornwall, so many lovely things... But more of those in another post!!

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter & half term....

Love Lydia xx


  1. Really glad you all had a lovely time, I'm sure you needed it!! Sounds as though you are still busy, busy, busy. How's your kitchen?
    I will be going to Turkey for a week soon, haven't been on a week's holiday abroad for years! Apparently it's not too hot in May, which is good, as I can't stand too much heat.
    Should be going for a short break to Norfolk later. Dave comes from there originally, and I am really looking forward to that too!
    Lovely to see your blog again! Have a lovely weekend

    Sharon xxx

  2. Looks and sounds like you had a great time.
    The comment on the nice loos made me laugh, I have a real thing about using public toilets....YUCK!
    Nice to have you back
    Beki xxx

  3. I was beginning to wonder where you'd got to! Sounds like you had a great holiday. Hope your house (and kitchen) are finished for your return x

  4. So glad you had good weather.
    Did you seem my post on the Falmouth Working Boats and the last one with your lovely gifts in? Thank you so much.

  5. When I was 19 years old, I worked with a bunch of "old ladies" (all 45 years plus!!!!). I was going to Cornwall for the 1st time and one of them said to me that the best thing about Cornwall was the cafe's on every beach. I remember thinking that only an old lady would think that a bonus!!! Now here I am 30 years later thinking the same thing!! We love Lanhydrock and the Telegraph Museum too. One year, we stopped off as Castle Drogo on the way down. Have you ever been? Its one of the most amazing properties as it was only lived in for a few years, so all the furniture looks brand new. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I had found you, then lost you, now Ive found you again.

  6. sounds like a wonderful time. Even though we were home for Easter (with the MIL here - Yikes!!!), it still feels like a long time ago. And, even more shocking, we have at least 3 choccy eggies still in the boxes, totally untouched! What?! How has that happened!!

    have a lovely Thursday, and enjoy *your* Friday xx

  7. nice to have you back :-) looks like you all had a lovely time a lot more relaxing than mine LOL
    enjoy your last few weeks at work!
    Lesley x

  8. Your photo's are lovely. Reminds me of days at the beach when my kids were little. Glad you all had a much-needed break!

  9. Lovely pictures, that looks like a wonderful holiday. I guess you've finished at your old job now so I hope all is going well!

    By the way there's an award for you on my blog.

    Mel xxx

  10. See now you're going to have to get a bigger suitcase so you can definately take me next time ;)
    Look fab hon. Hope your last few shifts are good ones. (((hugs)))

  11. Thanks for popping by, missing your posts, it seems like forever since you last posted.
    Jack is still loving his bag and every time something goes missing I know where to look lol!
    Hope you and your family are all well.
    Have a great weekend.
    Beki xxx

  12. Hi Lydia,
    Hope you're well, I expect you're busy with your new job, I hope it's all going well.
    Thank you so much for your comment and I hope you get some time to blog again soon. I look forward to hearing about all your new adventures.