Hello! LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY to see you! Really and truly! We got back from Cornwall at the weekend, the lovely Cornwall, the beautiful out-of-season non-crowded Cornwall, where we spent a week resting (a bit, actually we seemed to cram in a lot), and recuperating. I still haven't caught up with my bloggy friends, all your lovely messages, the post, etc etc, you know how it is when you return from a holiday, everything hits you at a hundred miles a minute, mainly real life. Phew.
We really needed that week away, a week of escapism, and it didn't disappoint. We had lovely days out, exploring, eating good food, marvelling, but the icing on the cake was the GORGEOUS cottage we rented. See the true-to-life photos here. It made such a difference to return to the cottage each night, knowing that we were going to be cosy in front of the wood burning stove, living in beautiful surroundings. Antonia and David have other places to rent out, which I would love to stay in too. Their website is exquisite, just like their properties, which you can see here. Their website will make you drool and dream.
This is the only photo I took inside the cottage, because each morning we were dashing out, and photos were forgotten about, but the link above gives you an excellent idea of what the cottage was like. I had to show you this lamp shade, which I was fascinated by. A sea anemone lamp shade, which sort of sums up Antonia's imaginative and considered approach to the decorating. We could feel the thought that went in to everything, from the toaster, to the mirror in the bathroom, the original works of art on the walls, to the welcome pack sitting on a beautiful wooden board on our arrival. Very special. And whilst I love my own home, I wouldn't mind being back there right now!
We did a bit of visiting of various must-sees. We had high expectations for the Eden Project, but were astonished to find ourselves disappointed by the in-your-face preachiness of the information everywhere and the ice rink, which we were baffled as to how it fits into the eco-friendly theme. I won't go on about the other things.
We loved the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, what a splendid place that turned out to be. There was a special exhibition about lighthouses and the lives of the keepers. I find the human side of history especially interesting. It was fascinating to learn about the lighthouse keeper's lives before everything became automated, and the keepers became redundant. There was a cabinet displaying some of the crafts, such as knitting, drawing and making ships in bottles. I love all that sort of stuff.
We had tea and cake in the cafe overlooking the harbour, where there were some multi-million pound luxury yachts berthed. Those boats are astonishing and fascinating, even if you try to imagine the wealth behind them, I suspect that probably isn't even half the reality of the riches, influence and power of these boat owners. One was called "Steel", and we mused that it might be owned by a steel magnate.
The man over-seeing the proceedings had to turf me off my remote control, in the nicest way possible, but firmly.
I'd love to be able to say we had sunshine all week, but we didn't, that's something we're resigned to expecting when we holiday in the United Kingdom. We were given some half days of sun. Usually rain in the morning, sun in the few hours left of the day after lunch, but largely there were full sunny days to be enjoyed. Weather reports are important when it comes to holidays, aren't they?!
What else did we do?
We went to St.Ives and had a lovely time wondering around the lanes, going into galleries and shops (yarn shops!).
We visited the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St.Ives, which was quite simply wonderful. It was so fantastic, I plan to give it a post all of it's own some time.
Then there was the Tate in St.Ives, another place worth visiting. The cafe was at the top of the building, and of course a coffee and cake stop was made. I loved the menu cover, with the silhouette of a cup and saucer formed from a detail of an Alfred Wallis painting. Love his work.
We treated ourselves to lunch (the very much cheaper alternative to the evening meal), at Rick Stein's seafood restaurant, which was nice, but totally out-shone by lunch at Jamie Oliver's Fifeteen restaurant.
I took some photos of the view for you.
Well dear readers I'm going to scoot off before this becomes a list of holiday activities. I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into our holiday. It's lovely to be back with you, so cheerio till Wednesday. Cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx