Sunday, 28 August 2011

:: It was good in Cornwall :: Part One

:: To discover new beaches - Godrevy on the West Coast, a National Trust beach ::

:: Parking on the cliff, with the shortest of walks down to wide open coves of golden sand & crystal clear blue waters for as far as the eye could see ::

:: It was good to see the smiles on my 10 year old as he scampered like a mountain goat on the rocks ::
:: Water, sand, rocks. All he needs ::

:: It was so good, that we went back again ::

:: This time we called in at Hell's Mouth Cafe for lunch, which was delicious, and very well priced ::

:: Following the advice of a lovely gentleman, who informed my small people that they would be able to see seals further up the beach (true indeed, much excitment too) we wandered up to Hell's Mouth Cove:: 

::Sadly for such a beautiful place, he also told me it is also known as a suicide spot - it was so very moving to look at the local church number, offering support in times of need, pinned on the fence ::

:: It was good to visit Port Issac. To wander down the steep streets of fishing cottages ::

:: To the working Harbour ::

:: Small one collected sea glass & pottery treasures ::

:: And I had a serious case of the wanties in this emporium of wonderful things ::

:: As the sun came out, we walked the path back to the car park, overlooking the sea & it was good ::

:: It was good to revisit Polzeath Beach::
:: Our family works well on the beach, we've developed a rythm that suits all :: I have my tent, to shelter me from the sun & in which I sit & read, watch, cuddle & nourish from ::

:: Small one builds sand castles ::

:: And here we stay - late into the evening. Tucking into hot Cornish Pasties as the tide makes it way in ::

:: Squeezing every drop out of a beautiful chilled day.

 :: And as the darkness takes hold, late at night, I strip off small people, dry them off & wrap them up warm - I do think G is big enough to sort himself out, so don't offer ::

:: Hot camper drinks ::

 :: Its also good to slow down and watch & listen to the smalls people, eaves drop on their conversation, take in their growing personalities - ponder on what their future holds, whilst sometimes still wishing I could have them little again ::

:: I asked G ? When did the 10 year stop shouting out the make of the tractor that passed us on the roads? Something that was so much a part of his early years, has stopped & I hadn't realised till now. Then I notice a 7 & 10 year old reading the cartoon strips in the Daily Mail - and laughing, as only children can, at the silliness of adult humour ::

:: Yes, its all been good ::


Can I also add a big thankyou for all your lovely messages on my last post - & also say 'Hello" to Jayne, thankyou so much for your comment!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Life in the Slow Lane....

Hello, I'm still here, pootling along, in the slow lane of life for a while. Twelve have relocated again to Cornwall, this time in our beautiful camper, top speed of 61mph (once) on the way down from Derbyshire, yes life definitely in the slow lane.

I've not been well recentley, having finally gone to the GP & been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes & Anaemia. It explains why I was feeling so very, very, tired & wanting to sleep 24/7, and why the Mars Bars wern't working. So I am currentley off work, as I take time to rest & recover, & with the support of a brilliant GP & Practice Nurse, for the medication and lifestyle changes to start to work. 

I'm learning to live life at a slower pace.

And now we are down in Cornwall. It's a quieter holiday than we would usually have, I certainly won't be walking up to Tintagel Castle this stay, not enough oomph. But there is much pleasure & goodtimes in the simple things....

'Get me mum' jumps on Megavissy Harbour....

Warm water & sand on bare feet....

Warm towel snuggles. Just the best mummy beach activity ever....

G doing the male hunter/gatherer thing, our very own Bear Ghryllis....

Improvised Noughts & Crosses....

Our family favourite being played in the Camper Van....

Drinking coffee at Portreath beach....

As small one plays with shadows....

Watching as my boys bond....

As the sun sets....

It's good in the slow lane once in a while.