A month home in our beloved Cornwall….

On Thursday 5th of December, after a couple of weeks spent with my lovely Dad, it was time for us to head home. Off at the crack of dawn to beat the M25 we were down on the Lizard by early afternoon and more importantly on Kennack Sands by 3.

Much as we love our life on the road it is always nice to come home to see friends and family. Whilst home we kept up our routines and visited plenty of beaches ….

Poldhu (above) always a favourite (amazing hot chocolate in the cafe which is open year round) and Church Cove at Gunwalloe….

Fishing Cove and Loe Bar…..

Oh and of course Kynance – we are so lucky…

For the first time since we have been travelling, we are back in time to enjoy the Christmas Light switch on in Cadgwith always a great village event….

And after the crowds have gone a chance to see the lights…

Christmas Day wouldn’t be the same without meeting up on the beach to watch the midday swim, followed by a drink or two in the pub before stanking up the hill for a monster feed.

We had a lovely family Christmas week, with all the immediate family together, travelling in from New Zealand (nephew) and Canada (daughter), lots to talk about, stories to tell, alcohol to consume and of course food to enjoy. Poppydog was of course spoilt rotten with lots of fuss and attention and managed at least one sly lick at the cooked turkey before enjoying her own Christmas lunch.

Christmas week was over all too quickly with everyone returning to their own lives for the New Year.

Just into the New Year our beautiful little Poppydog hit the headlines by falling ill and rather dramatically requiring emergency surgery to have a stone removed from her gut.

Understandably this quite dramatically curtailed our activities with 10 days enforced recuperation. However as the weather was pretty shocking, wet and wild, it was no great hardship staying in to keep her company!

Signed off by the vet on Monday 13th January we are on the road again Tuesday 14th and so our journey continues….

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’.