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Four days in Cornwall

Last week, Tom and I went to St Columb Major near Newquay in Cornwall with two friends for four nights (from Monday to Friday).  Sadly I can't say it was the best trip I've ever taken, and you'll probably notice I only have a few photos to show for my five days away due to a number of unfortunate factors.  Firstly it was rainy and overcast most of the time we were there (but hey, it's Cornwall, what do you expect?)  Secondly, one of our friends who came with us had unfortunately just had an operation so couldn't get out and about much... which would have been fine but the naughty boys went surfing every day! So we were stranded indoors with a stack of trashy magazines and a few DVDs for the majority of the holiday.  Suffice to say there is now nothing I don't know about 'Tulisa and Jack's split' or 'Jen and Justin's secret holiday photos'.  So it was a nice relaxing time but I didn't get to use my new camera I was desperate to try out much or explore much of the surrounding area (which was a shame as I really do love Cornwall).  Here are the few photos I did take...

Newquay headland
View over Padstow
Bodhi posing on the wall in Padstow with Tom
Bodhi getting bored of posing on the wall in Padstow

One thing I was really looking forward to with the trip which did happen however was going for lunch at Fifteen at Watergate Bay.  Fifteen was founded by Jamie Oliver and takes a group of apprentice chefs every year and trains them to work in the restaurant.  They use mainly local foods and the menu changes every day, with set and a la carte menus for lunch and dinner.  We had the set lunch menu and I had mackerel and potato salad, a slice of beef with lentils and salsa verde and strawberry and yoghurt meringue for dessert.  I have to say dessert was the best bit, but then I have simple tastes!

Lindsey and I at lunch at Fifteen

My main course
Dessert
The journey home yesterday was a long one as, despite leaving in good time, we got stuck in loads of traffic and it took almost six hours (usually takes about four).  I have to say, I was over the moon to finally be home last night and treated myself to a long soak in the bath and some time tucked up in bed with my Kindle with a lovely One Stop Pamper Shop candle burning away.  I am going to have a little break from Cornwall for now, or if I go again, surfboards will be firmly banned! Have you been to Cornwall recently? What are your favourite places to go?  Feel free to also share tales of being a surf/skate/band/football/xbox widow to make me feel better!

22 comments

  1. Aw it's a shame you couldn't get out much. That food looks so good though. I'm off to Newquay at the end of July, though I'm going camping which I'm not a massive fan of x

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    1. I like camping but only when it's sunny! I'll keep my fingers crossed for the weather for you! Newquay is a fun place to visit :) xxx

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  2. Great photos. I really want to go back to Cornwall. It's only about 5 hours from London! Lol!
    x
    http://www.daniellesdiscerningeye.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. That's a shame that you didn't fully enjoy it, but the photos you did manage to get are great. And that food looks yummy!xx

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  4. I'm sorry you didn't get chance to enjoy it to the max! It sounds like ideal weather for a rainy-day girl like me but I appreciate I'm firmly in the minority on that one ;-) Fifteen sounds as though it was utterly delicious; love the ethos of local fresh produce - it's the best!

    Jem xXx

    P.S Rather than a surf widow I'm more of an editing/filmmaking widow, the upside of which is time to read!

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    1. I like rainy days when I'm at home as it's the perfect excuse to curl up with a book or a good film. Not so much when I'm on holiday though, I love to go out and explore and getting soggy just takes the enjoyment out of it for me! X

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  5. It takes me 2 hours just to get out of Cornwall! I think Cornwall would be lovely for a holiday but living down here I see a different side to it! Especially St. Ives. It used to be great with good shops and cafes etc and now it's gone really tacky and touristy with places like Subway and those rubbish shops with the lifeguard hoodies. I hate them! I'm pretty sure most tourists wouldn't want to go to places like that anyway!
    Sorry, bit of a rant there.
    Lovely photos though. Along the coast looks amazing even when the weather is bad!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, the sad thing is the reason lovely places like St Ives get popular is because of the cute little cafes and boutique-y shops, then other businesses cotton onto the fact it's becoming a tourist destination and open those horrid lifeguard hoodie shops or chains of Subway and Costa and ruin everything! X

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  6. Aww sorry to hear [read!] it wasn't too great :( I've never been to Cornwall but would love to go. The photos you did take are lovely though - love the second one down.
    I'm a bit of a football widow myself...I had to sit through the England v Italy game whilst we were on holiday last week. And what a waste of time that was!
    xx

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    1. Cornwall is really lovely, I lived there until I was 7 and have been back countless times since, it's just got so many beautiful little coves and coastlines and every time I go I find somewhere new that I love, it really is like nowhere else in the UK! I don't think I'd like to be a football widow but at least it only lasts 90 minutes. Once on the holiday they were out surfing for five hours! Haha! X

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  7. Aw some lovely photos from the ones you do have. I hope you manage to enjoy your trip next time. Literally every time we go to holiday/trips in England the weather just ends up awful, even if it has been stunning as we got in the car- the time we get there BOOM, rain! I literally hate the way home, I usually try and just sleep! haha xx

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  8. I want to go!!a few photos but realyy pretty!I´m from Spain, and I´ve only gone to Manchester, Liverpool, York, Nottingham and Scunthorpe.I want to visit much more places!!xoxo

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  9. Sorry you didn't have such a great hol this time :( gutting when you've looked forward to something for so long and then it's a bit of a letdown. I've never been that far south, would love to go though. It looks like a beautiful place and the pictures you did manage to take are lovely. I particularly like the one of naughty Bodhi getting bored on the wall :) xx

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  10. Aww it's a shame it didn't go as planned. But Cornwall sounds lovely. I've never been but would love to!!
    Hope you're keeping well lovely!
    x x x

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  11. Ooh that food looks so yummy! :) x

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  12. It's a shame you didn't enjoy your holiday as much as you'd hoped but at least you had a change of scenery and got some proper fresh sea air!

    As you know, I'm a new Cornwall-lover :D These photos are gorgeous.

    Becky | life.style.flash. x

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  13. I am so in love with that picture of you and Bodhi!! It's ridiculously hard to get Flossie to pose nicely to take a snap. I think he was just trying to get you to carry him?!! ;D xx

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  14. You have such lovely photographs! And all that food looks divine mmm. I've never been to Cornwall but really want to go! x

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  15. I absolutely adore Cornwall, I've not been for a few years now but the taste of a good pasty will never leave me!

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  16. aaaw look at little Bodhi! I love Brixham harbour and all I do there is eat ice cream and have afternoon tea! I love the little boat trips you can go on too. I'm hoping to go back this year because a friend has a caravan x

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  17. Not sure if it counts, but definitely feeling like a military widow this weekend. Never have I felt as angry at the armed forces for taking away my *person* on whom I rely to share amazing news and shitty days and amusing pictures.

    Sad that you didn't have as good a time as you had hoped, but hope that lunch helped things along. Much love querida mia, much love.

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  18. I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I was also in Cornwall last week Monday to Friday. We stayed in Newquay. I've never been to Cornwall before and felt so disappointed, the weather was pants. At least you had some good company and lunch looked fab at Fifteen :) x x x x

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