Seeing in the New Year in Cornwall…..

Just to catch up a bit, as I have been a bit lazy in updating this blog. We spent the New Year down at home in Cornwall visiting….

Soapy Cove at Mullion

After a long boggy walk over Predannack Downs we got a glimpse of Soapy Cove at mid tide, though I couldn’t see any way of getting down to enjoy the beach without a serious bit of climbing.

Leafy tidal inlet at Gweek.

Unfortunately you can’t walk along the inlet but it was very pleasant walking through the trees along lanes above with glimpses down to the water below.

Dollar Cove, Gunwalloe

A smallish mostly pebbly cove next to the more popular sandy Church Cove – but better for us as nearly always deserted.

Fishing Cove, Gunwalloe

A lovely long stretch of part shingle and part sand beach, nice and quiet too.


A long narrow strip of fine shingle running from the sandy Loe Bar to the busy harbour of Porthleven – famous for its wild crashing seas over the harbour wall and Clock Tower.

Carbis Bay

A lovely crescent cove of soft sand, quiet on the day of our visit so plenty of space for Poppydog to run around and chase the few pebbles to be found in the sand.

And finally Poldhu

– a lovely deep sandy cove with a fabulous beach cafe open all year round.

The week before we are due to move on Poppydog has managed to injure herself, requiring stitches, the cone of shame and very restricted exercise! Ah well, good excuse for us to stay home, plan and prepare for our next adventure!

And so, Poppydog signed off by the Vet and MOT’d, me MOT’d, car and caravan serviced and cleaned, plans made let the adventure begin…..

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,