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jane smallcombe

I've never been to Cornwall but it is on my list of 'to visits'

Your photos are beautiful as always and they have given me a beautiful insight - I must plan a visit soon!

Jane x


Nice to have you back Vanessa!
Cornwall looks wonderful, I would love to visit sometime! Thanks for sharing your holiday. :)
Vivienne x


I love your photos - I have never been to Cornwall out of season but I imagine it's amazing. Just to let you know I have passed on my beautiful blogger award to you x


Your photos were amazing. I hope one day I might be able to visit Cornwall.


Welcome back to you, Vanessa. I have never been to Cornwall myself, so really enjoyed these photos and your commentary.

Take some time to "rest up" from your holiday, and we shall look forward to your next posting.



What a wonderful time and amazing pictures. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic


Hi ..Beautiful pictures .. I was born in Cornwall and still live here . I never get get over the beauty of my County and love it . The landscape is always changing according to the weather . I am so lucky and i'm glad that your visit to my beautiful Cornwall was a good one for you . hugs Melita xx


looks like a truly fantastic trip. stop by if you get a chance, I'm having a giveaway xxx

Alice and Raymond!!!

It is GREAT to have a Vanessa-fix! Raymond has missed you and was concerned about where Ellie and Douglas were while you were on this trip!
Wow, what a fabulous post! Thank you for sharing your great trip with us and glad to hear that you and your lovely hubby are feeling rejunvenated and well rested...
My favourite part of that post was the pictures of the hills... I've read lots of books set in Cornwall but have never been out of the Southern Hemisphere, so never seen this type of beautiful scenery! Now I know why people love seeing NZ, it's awesome to see other countryside....
Have a lovely period of reintegration back into life, lots of blog-happies from Raymond and Alice XXX

Planet Penny

hello Vanessa, Nice to see you back in bloggy land. I so glad you've had this lovely holiday and a complete break. Cornwall looks as fantastic as always, even in the November weather. I so LOVE the photos of all the buoys and fenders, such wonderful colours. Lots of love Penny and Higgins x


Stunning photos....Cornwall is one of my favorite places and you have captured it beautifully. :)


Hi, I live 20 kms from the coast, near Bilbao , and I liked to see your holiday pictures. They were a bit like our coast, with high rocky cliffs. And the weather here at this very moment is atmospheric too.
I really enjoy your blog and I´m glad you are back.


Great photos and a beautiful story about your holidays - it must have been really nice to relax and be closer to nature and the spectacular English coast.

Oh, and Alfred Wallis a... he's someone who inspires me! I've heard of him last year on someone else's blog and since then I believe that it's never too late to start doing something in your life - if I remember correctly he started painting after his wife's death just 'for company'?

Well, I hope your holiday memories can keep you happy and refreshed for a long time.


Welcome home Vanessa. Cornwall is a truly magical place isn't it? I stayed there at 15 in Mousehole near Penzance and have never forgotten it. I'm so pleased you had a lovely and relaxing time; your photos are stunning. One of the things I liked so much when I was there were all the little art galleries with beautiful little paintings of ships and the sea (I used to sneak of on my own so I could take my time looking at them all). Your cottage looks lovely - who wouldn't want to live there? I have a bit of a thing about ships for some reason - despite being horribly sea sick. Light houses are fascinating - I've visited Grace Darlings light house; so many steps. Sounds like you had a great time. Good to have you back on your blog.


Hi Vanessa,
It is sooo lovely to have you back, i`ve really missed your blogs. This is such a lovely colourful post, just like your knitting posts.
I was feeling rather stressed when i clicked onto your blog and it`s really cheered me up.
Love from Carole from Rossendale xxx


So lovely to read your blog happenings again. We love Cornwall too. Barbara Hepworth is one of my all time favourite artists, look forward to that post and any yarn purchased ??? xox

Veronika / Lalomino

Great to have you back! Looks like a fab holiday! :) I love the picture of the cow.


I forgive you for going off and leaving us when you return with such a fantastic and long post. Cornwall looks gorgeous, as does the cottage, hope you are all recharged I'm glad to have you home.

Liz W

15+ years ago I bought a book called something like "200 Tours of the British Isles". It's filled with maps and pictures and driving routes for all over England. Then I got a passport and swore up and down that I would be in England before it came time to renew that passport.
I made it to Paris - and Belgium and Holland - but I have yet to set foot in England - and I DID have to renew the passport.
When I DO make it- I think Cornwall will be one of the first places I try to get to. I lovelovelove your pictures and the weather and the boats and buoys and cliffs and cows. Yes - the English countryside is truely beautiful. I'm so glad you had such a nice time and, like everyone above - can't wait to hear more and see more.

Lovely to have you back blogging :) I'm totally with you on boats and buoys - I based my final degree textile prints on just that theme! I'd love to re-visit it too - especially as 20 years on I feel like I know what I'm doing now!!


Ah my home county - glad it treated you well - thanks for the lovely pics

John Carter

I'm simply astonished by the beauty of that lamp. Thanks for the share of your great adventure at Cornwall...I hope I'll get there next year also


Thanks for that - I feel like I've had a little holiday just perusing your lovely pics.


So beautiful! Sounds like you had a fantastic vacation! I would love to spend a week (or two) in that cottage!

Jenni at Baame Kniits

I don't know why more English don't holiday in their own country, your photos capture it perfectly and it looks like it was amazing. I hope it is not just nostalgia from an old Pom??
I think the photos in the rain were beautiful too :-) Did you buy anything in those yarn shops???

Stephie @ Narrative Self

You came here?! Aaaw...can't agree with you about The Maritime Museum though - the most BORING museum in the world, unless you like looking at boats hanging from the ceiling...and the Eden Project: the most EXCITING 'museum' in the world, vibrant, full of colour, always something new to see or do (preachy? Well, Eden IS an educational charity) (The Maritime Museum never changes and doesn't do half as much for the local community...) Ahem, I think I may be in danger of getting preachy myself if I continue!!! Really glad you enjoyed your time here, it is definitely a very special place :)


Dear Vanessa,
I ADORE Evangeline!
x Antonia
ps Your postings are a visual delight... Thankyou.

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  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

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