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Anyone else start thinking of a new project before finishing the last. I've just started to make a dent in painting and decorating our main bedroom and i'm already thinking about what I want to do in our living room. We still haven't even bought interior doors yet because my husband has a problem parting with large amounts of money........i've stopped hassling him about it now and accepted that I am never going to have the beautiful white doors that I dream of. Sometimes I dream of living alone and having exactly what I want in my house, you know, decor to my taste, but then I remember that he's pretty handy to have around when my car breaks and I am kinda fond of him.

Anyway here is a mash up of all the little things i'm loving for our living space but I will never be able to buy because Dylan will either a. not like it or b. not want to part with the money! Our living and dining area is all in one which is why there are some dining bits on my wish list



My most frequently asked question on Instagram is "what's good to see and do in Cornwall"? I've lost count how many times I have replied to these kinds of messages and thought wouldn't it be much easier if I just dedicated a whole blogpost to my personal favourite things to do in my home County.

I was born and bred in Cornwall, as were both of my parents so I'm what you would call "Proper Cornish". I've done my fair share of exploring Kernow in my 33 years but I know there are still so many places i've not seen and so I will continue to explore and also continue to share my favourites along the way.


Gwithian - Hayle
Gwithian beach will always be top of my list. It's the beach that my parents always took my sister and I to every summer. But not only does it hold a special place in my heart it genuinely is a beautiful beach and if you put the effort in and walk across the dunes you will always find a secluded spot.

Porthminster - St Ives 
Again another beach that holds special memories for me as it was the beach we used to visit every year for Sunday School Tea Treat (yes I went to Sunday School).  Tea Treat is another Cornish thing, I won't get into it but you can always google it if you're interested. Everyone would get a Tea Treat Bun which is basically an enormous saffron bun and soooo good, you should all go try one. Porthminster is an absolutely stunning beach, pure white sand, crystal clear water and it has a lovely little beach cafe which I am still yet to try (it was closed the last time I tried to go).

Porthcurno - Nr Lands End
A stunning little bay near Lands End with golden sand and good surf.  The  Minack Theatre which is a beautiful outdoor theatre is just around the corner, you could spend the day at the beach and then catch a show at the theatre to make a real day of it. Minack has the best views of the bay and you can often see dolphins jumping out of the water.

Sennen Cove - Lands End
A bit of a trek to get to as Lands End is the most westerly point of mainland England but if you can get yourself down to Sennen Cove it is real treat. I don't think I've seen whiter sand in all my life. I need to go again soon, its  been a while.

Carbis Bay - St Ives
If I'm being totally honest, I don't think there is any beach in St Ives that shouldn't make this list. Carbis Bay is another beaut of a beach with a really lovely beach cafe.

Porthmeor - St Ives
I spoke about this beach in a recent blogpost. Its my favourite beach to sit and watch the sunset.

Watergate Bay - Newquay
A beautiful beach with golden sand and home to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant and the incredibly stunning Watergate Bay Hotel which I am determined to stay overnight in this year.  This is a popular beach for surfers and the perfect place to learn to surf via The Extreme Academy.


St Ives
Top of the list without a shadow of doubt. If I could recommend any town to stay in in Cornwall it would have to be St Ives. It's by far my personal favourite town in Kernow. The cutest cobblestone streets with a cool coastal vibe in all the decor. St Ive's is known to have a special quality of light which makes it unique. Its simply the prettiest little town and I just love it.

Rick Stein has really left his mark on Padstow, you literally can't turn a corner without seeing his name somewhere. Padstow is such a cute little fishing village and home to the rather special Paul Ainsworth at No 6 Restaurant  which I am still yet to try.

Port Isaac
A very picturesque fishing village.  Doc Martin fans will recognise the little village as it was filmed in Port Isaac.

Polperro & Looe
I'm putting these two together as they are so close to each other that you could visit them both in the same day. We went to Looe a couple of weeks ago and had a really lovely lunch in The Lookout On The Quay 

I love love love all of the interior design shops in Fowey.  Its a great little town to have a mooch around and get lots of home inspo. There are some really lovely walks too with the most beautiful views.

Until recently I had only ever visited Mousehole at Christmas in the evening to see the legendary Christmas lights but it's so incredibly gorgeous in the day time. You must visit the Mousehole shop whilst there too, it has the sweetest resident cat that sleeps next to the till.

Truro is the City of Cornwall. It's probably the smallest city in the world but I feel it deserves a mention as its where I spend the majority of my time (and my money). I actually work at Treliske Hospital in Truro so i'm there quite a bit. The city doesn't have the greatest selection of shops but it does at least have Topshop, New Look, The White Company, Joules, Boots and Superdrug to name a few and the Cathedral is beautiful.

I love Falmouth, i think it's because again it's a town right on the River Fal (I love being around sea, sand and boats). There are lots of lovely restaurants in Falmouth and the National Maritime Museum is something to do on a rainy day.

I've got a bit of a thing for beach cafe's/restuarant's so you will notice that the majority of my faves are beside the seaside. Here are just a few.

Lusty Glaze 
Gylly Cafe
Porthmeor Beach Cafe
Hub Box
The Beach Hut
The Rockpool
Sam's (best name for a restaurant)


Chapel Porth/Wheal Coates Mine - St Agnes 
An absolutely beautiful picturesque walk along the coast. The Chapel Porth Beach is fab too.  If the tide is out you can walk all the way around the rocks and see the Engine House from the beach.

Lost Gardens of Heligan - St Austell
My favourite gardens in Cornwall to walk around. The jungle part of the garden is incredible, it has an "I'm a Celeb" style bridge that you can walk across and it literally feels like you are in a jungle not Cornwall. They put on some really great activities for Children too during the holidays so its a really great family friendly day out.

Trebah Gardens - Nr Falmouth
Another stunning garden which leads down to Durgan beach. Perfect day out when its a lovely sunny day.

Eden Project - St Austell
One of those places that you just have to visit. The biomes are pretty spectacular. I've been a few times and I have to admit the biomes are even prettier if you can go later in the evening. We went to a laser show at Christmas in the evening and it was insane! I've also been to quite a few gigs at Eden and they always have the best atmosphere.

Lanhydrock House - Bodmin
A stunning victorian house in the most beautiful grounds. You can have a tour of the house which I always find fascinating.  I love seeing how people used to live back in the day. National Trust Members go Free.

St Michaels Mount - Marazion
Definitely worth a visit. Walk across the causeway to the castle and you can walk around the village and harbour for free. Or you can pay to have a tour of the castle and learn all about the legend and find the giant's heart.  Free if you have National Trust Membership.

The Camel Trail - Padstow
Hire some bikes and get cycling from Padstow to Wadebridge. The Camel Trail is a completely flat cycle trail with the most breathtaking views. Fun for all the family.

So there we have it - sorry it was pretty lengthly but honestly I could go on an on about lovely places in Cornwall, i mean there are just far too many! I hope this has given you some ideas if you ever decide to visit Cornwall.

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Well that went quick didn't it? Here we are again, the start of another week, at least its starting on a Tuesday though and I didn't have to feel that Monday gloom that I inevitably feel every week.

We had a marvellous bank holiday weekend and kicked off with a spontaneous date night on the Friday eve as my lovely mum offered to have Fletch overnight.  We made the most of the beautiful weather and made our way down to St Ives to watch the sunset on Porthmeor Beach. We grabbed a hot chocolate in Porthmeor Beach Cafe before finding a spot in the sand to watch the sunset. It was perfect, there were children playing British Bulldog, the smell of sausages cooking on BBQ's, A group of girls catching up over a bottle of Prosecco, keen photographer's setting up their equipment to  grab that perfect sunset shot, people surfing.  I felt like I was living my dream "beachy" life. After a little while we headed into town to grab ice-cream at 9:45pm.  All in all it was an absolute perfect way to kick off the weekend.  
Unfortunately the weather went a bit downhill from that moment on.  Saturday was a bit dull so we did some odd jobs, Dylan bathed the dog, we took a trip to the dump, had pasties for dinner, Dylan and Fletch watched the FA cup final, we watched a film called Central Intelligence which was OK. 
Sunday gave me all sorts of feelings of nostalgia and transported me back to when I was little.  In the morning we beat the rain and took a trip to the park. Returned home and baked some cupcakes from Tanya Burr - Tanya Bakes, with the sound of Formula 1 racing in the background.  I then cooked a roast whilst the boys watched Star Wars. When I was growing up a typical Sunday for me would have started with Sunday School, a play in the park, my dad watching the racing, mum cooking a roast and then a classic Western film on the TV. It made me feel all warm inside.
Monday was another grey old day and after chucking some beef and veg in the slow cooker we got our wellies on and took the dog for a long walk in the countryside. We made a game of counting bumble bees and butterflies and bizarrely got chatting to a guy in a farm that kept bees so Fletch and Dylan went up to see the bees whilst I stayed with the dog (I love bees but I'm terrified of getting stung, i've been stung 3 times in my life! although I think they were all wasps). We came home, drank a lot of water and then played a couple of boardgames.  

So there we have it, a successful weekend had by all.  I hope you all had wonderful bank holiday too.

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