Cornwall part one: Kynance Cove, Marazion & St Ives

DSCN0719edBeautiful Kynance Cove; it always makes me think of old-fashioned Enid Blyton-style jolly adventures! The sea here is so clear and blue-green, and so perfectly surround by the dark cliffs and wildflowers of the cove; it almost doesn’t seem real. The late summer sea was warm, and as the tide came in we explored rock pools and found crabs and tiny fish. Mia spent hours ‘rescuing’ them in her fishing net and then setting them free.

DSCN0746edAccessorized even for the beach!

DSCN0748edAt the start of the holiday Joe was still undecided about whether he liked the beach or not. He switched between hiding away, eating rice cakes, and bravely chasing seagulls, or other people’s footballs!

DSCN0739edA rare and wonderful moment of sharing and teamwork

DSCN0727edCollecting water for the moat of her sand castle

20140825_135857Watching the surfers at Porthmeor, St Ives

20140825_135905Peaceful beach

20140825_141834We sat by the harbour wall, ate ice creams and watched the tide wash in

20140822_131432edJoe the giant baby; almost the size of St Michael’s Mount

IMG_20140822_132651Bright Marazion skies

20140822_131622edMia and Andrew took Joe for his first ‘proper’ paddle within minutes of arriving at Marazion beach

That’s a lot of blue sky! I just can’t apologise though…how lucky we were to have such gorgeous weather for our time in Cornwall. I think it might just be the loveliest place in the world when the sun shines. More to come…

A catch up: the fifty two project

A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

20140824_153924edMia: curled up, watching penguins

DSCN0796edJoseph: knees bent, exploring the sand

DSCN0941edMia: loves the sea, but has learned to be respectful and wary of it too

20140828_145339Joseph: loves the water too, but has no fear…he calls the sea the bath

20140827_100231edMia: ate half a bunch of raw runner beans

20140828_105444edJoseph: ate half a slice of victoria sponge…and a little chocolate guiness cake

DSCN0788edMia: getting wet (again!)

DSCN1024ed Joseph: drying off by the fire

The last couple of weeks have slipped by in a happy, beachy blur. These portraits are all from our holiday weeks; capturing different aspects of Mia and Joe’s personalities, and of our time away.

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project.

Back from the beach…and a makeover

DSCN0887edI have been enjoying some beach time down in west Cornwall for the last week or so. A family trip to one of my favourite areas of the country. It was such a relaxing holiday; a well-balanced mix of sandcastle-making and rock-pooling, days exploring beautiful coastal villages, and long, lazy pub lunches to avoid rain showers. If you follow along on Instagram, I have been sharing photos of the bright Cornish skies, gorgeous beaches and cake too! The short break allowed me to look at the blog afresh, and I have updated the design slightly. I hope that you like the new look!

DSCN1015edCliffs at Church Cove

DSCN1016My trusty old sandals, they were perfect for our daily rock-pooling expeditions!

DSCN0773Sandy baby toes

DSCN0979Stunning stormy waves that we watched for hours

I have visited the far south and west of Cornwall so many times; at least once a year for most years of my life! I love how there is always something new to find; a new beach or cove, or footpath; a cafe that has opened, or a hidden gem I have just not found before. Inevitably, a place changes, and that is not all good. Towns and villages such as St Ives and Mousehole are so much busier with tourism, and more upmarket than they used to be, even ten years ago. As much as I enjoy going back to see old favourites, and to see how they have changed, I love searching out new places to explore just as much, if not more sometimes!

I have so many photos of our trip to share, including Cadgwith Cove, St Michael’s Mount, St Ives, Trevoole Farm and gardens, Kynance Cove. Once I have sorted through them I look forward to sharing more.

thirty two / fifty two


20140809_143733A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: watching The Klumps, which she finds hillarious…same sense of humour as her dad!

Joseph: is really not too sure about sand…he’s getting some practice in though before our trip to Cornwall at the end of the month

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project.

Picking blackberries in the garden





Such gorgeous blackberries from the garden. They grow wild in a slightly brambly patch. This year they are really early and there are hundreds of them. I picked a whole bowl of berries in about ten minutes! I know that the field behind the garden will have many more. Today’s blackberries became blackberry and apple crumble…a little bit wrong in August, but hey, it has been pretty grey and stormy today, and that justifies crumble and custard! The next batch of berries will become blueberry blackberry jam.