Christmas week – how quickly it passes….

I have just spent a fabulous week with my nearest and dearest, celebrating Christmas in true Cadgwith style with lots of catching up to do as we haven’t seen each other for such a long time.

Christmas Day was grey but very mild and the Christmas Day Swim is always a great opportunity to catch up with local friends – I would participate but someone has to stay with Poppydog!

This is always followed by a couple of drinks in the pub before stanking up the road to our cottage for a monstrous Christmas Lunch – easily my favourite meal of the year and one which I always over eat! After the Queen’s Speech, presents and very idle chatter it is soon 9pm and we are all surreptitiously looking at the clock and deciding if we can reasonably retire for the evening!

Boxing Day this year was spent at my future daughter-in-law’s parents home, who bring a whole new level to the word ‘hospitality’! After we were fed and watered (of the fizz, wine and gin variety) we happily discussed everything from weddings to the world plastic crisis before the good food, drink and company again got the better of us and it was time to hit the hay!

After this, the rest of the week seemed to run away from us and all too soon we were packing up, bidding fond farewells and heading off our separate ways again – me only a mile up the road for the time being, but my daughter will ultimately be heading back to her life in Vancouver, after a brief stay near London catching up with her friends.

Until next year ‘good health, much happiness, great adventures and many more tales to tell’.

Back in Cadgwith in Cornwall….

Having spent a fab couple of weeks up in Hertfordshire catching up with friends and family, we have returned home to Cadgwith for Christmas. I am very lucky to call this great little fishing village on the Lizard home (though in reality I do live a mile or so outside the village) and it is great to be welcomed back by so many.

We have taken a bracing walk along Kennack Sands.

Felt the real power of the raging sea at Kynance Cove.

Taken a relaxing long walk through the Penrose Estate to Loe Bar.

A brief walk around Lizard Point.

And are waiting now for all the family to arrive – let the festivities begin….

Happy Christmas to those of you who are enjoying our journey and like us are looking forward to a very exciting New Year,

Just bimbling around Hunton Bridge…..

Well we haven’t been idle for these past few days, still wandering around, finding bits of countryside, where we can and marvelling at how all the villages have almost merged into one big sprawl, factories and hospitals have been turned into fashionable apartments and traffic – well don’t get me started on that!

Some highs of our week:

A random ‘Triffid’ of a tree in Leavesden Country Park (formerly hospital grounds).

A wood carving and the footpath.

Abbots Langley village – mostly unchanged and looking quite handsome, though now serving a vastly greater population.

The Grove, perched up above the surrounding immaculate golf course and the canal.

St Paul’s Church still sitting pretty at Langlebury, though now squashed beside a very busy intersection.

A deer, calmly grazing in a field, deep in a valley on the way to Bucks Hill that has so far avoided the urban sprawl, with the M25 a distant rumble.

The edge of Chipperfield Common.

We also managed a quick trip back up to the Wirral to visit family catching Hoylake with it’s Christmas lights and a beach run in the rain for Poppydog!

Two thoughts of the day:

I am loving this opportunity to catch up with some very dear friends who I have not seen for ages – we have talked and then some!

I am enjoying my stay here but shall be quite content to go back on living in my ‘bubble’!