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Underneath the Cornish Sky (A Springtime Walk with Doc and T)

We woke up to beautiful sunshine and sky.  After doing my chores, we decided that this was the kind of day best spent outside.

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Little T in her Elsa dress with a lightweight jacket on.

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I love the crisp Cornish blue sky.

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And of course, the excitable Doc was with us too.

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And up we climbed again.

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One of the many reasons why I love the coast is the dramatic changes over the seasons, from drab grey, to beautiful vibrant colours, like these yellow gorse, you’ll see them all over the coast-line during spring and summer.

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And of course, the coastline is always dramatic around here.

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That white building on the hill is known as the coastguard’s hut.  It’s beautiful up there, but we never really go up unless we have visitors.  I worry that one of us might fall!  Yes, I am paranoid that way.

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Little T wanted to stop by our special bench for a little rest.  This bench has one of the best views along the North Cornish coast.

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Little T basking in the sun.

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And Doc actually hiding from the sun!  He found a little shade near the long grass and plonked himself there.

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I love the plaques you can find on the benches around here.  Every time I see them, I always stop and read what’s written, some of them are really touching.

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Before going home, little T wanted a play at the playground.

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But was actually exhausted, so after a while, we ended up going home.

What about you?

Were you also up and about today, enjoying the glorious sun?

I hope so, because  the last time I checked the weather forecast isn’t going to be anything like this in the next few days!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Turning into a Tourist

The tourist season has begun.  Our sleepy little seaside village awakens and teems with life.  You’ll see them everywhere – ramblers, weekenders, second-home owners, tourists from all over.  And the good thing about this, is that we too have visitors and that means, we too turn into tourists, and no matter how much you’ve seen and been around the place where you live, you look at your surroundings through a different eye – as if you’re seeing it for the very first time again.

Now let me take you around with us, especially if you’ve been following my blog, you might just recognise some of the scenes I’ve photographed more than a dozen of times over the changing of the seasons.

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The Coast Guard’s Hut

This is a short walk from our house and where we take Doc for most of his walks.  On a clear and sunshiny day, it looks like this.  In the winter, it’s all grey, but still beautiful nonetheless.  If you go all the way up, you’ll have a fantastic view of the sea and other cliff tops.  But not today folks.  This time, we ramble on!

Horses

Some days you’ll find horses grazing on the foot of the coast-guard’s hut.  Every time I see horses in open air like this, I am reminded of that video from the song “Foolish Games” by Jewel.  (Upsound music).

The Blowhole

Luckily it was low-tide and you could see the blowhole in all its glory.  The only problem with this though is that you won’t see the dramatic swishing of the waves against the rocks and hear the tremendous sound of the water going in the hole and being dramatically expelled or more like belched out of the hole in a thunderous roar.  When it is raining, the scene is often times sinister, like you expect something bad or mysterious to happen.

The Harbour

Like all harbours, tourists like to conglomerate here whether they are having a picnic, sunbathing or just enjoying the views and lovely sunshine.  And when the tourist season is over, this becomes an empty place.

The View from the other-side

In the low-tide as seen above, the place becomes like a mini-beach for little T and her best-friend F.  In the summer, we take them down here for a little play.  See this post for some photos.

On top of the hill

Since we were with a friend who was visiting, we took him all the way up on the hill.  A couple clearly had the best seat, although since I’m a bit scared of heights, I don’t think I’d be able to sit there.

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Seal Sighting

If you’re lucky, you might just be able to see a seal bobbing up and down.  Yes, that tiny little dot is indeed a seal.  And if you’re really, really lucky, you might even spy a dolphin!

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The Waterfall

At the moment, it is just a mere trickle.  The amazing thing about where we live is that you don’t only get lovely views and walks along the coastline, it’s not just all about the sea.  But you’ll also find waterfalls big and small along the way.

And of course, the cows.

And if you meet an over-excitable dog running around like a loony, stop and call him “Doc”.  But be warned, if you do this, be prepared to be slobbered all over with licks and excitable little jumps.

And here he is slumped over a sea of daisies, exhausted from all that running around. Actually, at this point, I was also so tempted to lie next to him as I am the most un-excercised woman on the planet.  I was huffing and puffing all the way down the valley and up the hills.  I am ashamed of myself.

And then lo and behold, the end was near.  Our destination was actually just a few steps away and not a dot on the horizon – The Farm Shop.

You know you’re absolutely in the vicinity of the Farm Shop when you see this miniature horse.

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Heaven is eating a slice of cake and a cup of tea after a long and meandering walk by the coastline, before being jolted back to reality …  of having to walk back into the village and do it all over again.

But then if it means walking through this post-card looking cottage – then it isn’t so bad at all.

By this time, it was way past 3pm – time to pick up the little one from play-school.  “What took you so long mummy, daddy and Uncle T?  We didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth.  That we went on an adventure without her, stopped in the Farm shop and the pub, before heading back to pick her up.

To make up for that, we took her to the pub and sat in the garden.  After all, that’s what tourists do 😉

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s #WhatsTheStory.

 

Did you go away somewhere lovely for the Spring break?

Little T's Day Out (of hair cuts, ice creams & blowing bubbles)

I normally trim little T’s fringe and hair, but occasionally  take her to the hair salon to get her hair done.  Since I recently had mine done, little T decided that she wanted to have the same hair style as her mum.  So off we went to the village hairdresser.

We are lucky to have one in our small village.  S, our hairdresser is great with children and little T and F (T’s best-friend) both like her.  They even have their “special” chair as shown on the photo above.

Little T patiently waiting to get her hair done just like mum (sans the layers and the fringe stays).  She looks so much younger with her hair short, not like the “proper” little girl with long hair on this post.  I like it though, it almost feels like I have my baby back!

And since it was a lovely sunshiny day, I took her down in the village and bought her a lovely strawberry ice-cream.

After doing some errands in another village, we sat in the pub garden with her dad and a close friend who was down for a visit and there she enjoyed blowing bubbles…

Running and around …

and crawling too!

And Bootsy was also there.  Have I mentioned that she likes to follow us like a dog?  I think sometimes she thinks she’s a dog.  She likes to follow us when we’re out for walks, sometimes I worry that she won’t find her way home.  But she always does.

Have you guys been enjoying the lovely weather too?  I bet you are!

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s #Country Kids.

Have a lovely Easter weekend guys! 🙂

Off with the layers!

Spring has definitely sprung down here in Cornwall.  Temperatures are up and the sunshiny days are more frequent now.  Hopefully, it will stay this way.

Last week, little T, Doc and I went out for a little adventure.  Our aim was to search for rabbit holes.  As always little T and I started the walk all layered-up with a jumper underneath our rain coats and our first-stop was searching for a puddle.

A whole lot of mud welcomed us through the gate.  Peppa Pig and her family would love this!

Oooh look at that blue sky and white fluffy clouds, aren’t they lovely?

And look at our little dog, no longer a pup at six-months old.  Still over-excitable though and a bit loony, but that’s our Doc! 🙂

And then the little T says I’m feeling warm mummy!  Off with the first layer …

After checking that there were no cows or she sheeps around, Doc was off his leash too.

All through out our walk, Little T was busy looking for sticks her dog could play with or chew on.

And then he fell in a rabbit hole!  Too bad, I wasn’t able to take a photo of it, was too busy laughing.  When he recovered himself, he started sniffing the rabbit hole which led little T to panic  “Don’t eat the rabbits Doc!”  

See that pink house down in our village?  That’s little T’s dream house.  When we were looking for one, she kept insisting that we buy it.  We actually had to explain that a house had to be up for sale before you can actually buy it.  Thank goodness it wasn’t.  Would you like to live in a pink house?

Look at that, even the sea was calm.

Then Little T announced she was feeling warm again, so off with another layer!  There she goes a-striding-away.

And singing, but I couldn’t make out the song she was singing.

Look at me mummy, I’m a dragon!

And then I noticed the grey-clouds hovering and decided it was time to go home.

The good news is that, we are scheduled to have good weather again this week.  Whoopie-bloody-doo-dah.  Have a lovely weekend everyone and Happy International Women’s Day! 🙂  Also, happy birthday to N, my cousin who reads my blog 🙂

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s Country kids.

Signs of Spring

Here in Cornwall, spring comes early.  As soon as it hits January, my husband becomes like an excited little boy eager to see his first sighting of a daffodil or a snowdrop.  Most of you know how depressing the past couple of months has been with its really bad weather which resulted to flooding all over the UK.  Hopefully, that is over now.

In our little household, my daughter and I have been battling with a bad cough and cold.  She seems to be doing better.  I on the one hand, seemed to have been hit really bad.  At night, you’d hear me cough and snort like an old engine trying to rev up, it’s been disturbing my husband so I’ve been sleeping with my daughter who doesn’t seem to mind.  I think all my snorting and coughing assures her that I am still beside her and so she sleeps well.

So yes, folks, I’ve been walking around in our little house with a head that feels as big and heavy as a rain-cloud – snorting and huffing away like an engine of an old train, all drugged up with paracetamol.  To make matters worst, I’ve also been hit by a massive wave of homesickness that’s been bashing me day in and day out.  I haven’t seen my family for over three years now you see, although admittedly I do Skype with them regularly, but that’s not the same.  Little T and I were supposed to go home this February, but the unexpected sale of our house has derailed that trip and since the sale of houses here in England happens in a snail’s pace, all plans are shelved right now.  We are in limbo, hence the woe-is-me attitude.

Going back to a more cheerful topic – spring!  Yes, we’ve had a number of good days actually.  The sun’s been out, though we’ve also had a few showers, but at least, we have been re-acquainted with the sun and the days also seem longer.

I don’t exactly recall the first time my husband had his first daffodil sighting, I think it did happen sometime in January and we’ve also seen snow-drops.  But yes, spring has sprung, not in full-bloom, but it’s definitely made its presence felt.

This photo was taken in Lanhydrock (a National Trust property nearest to us) a few years ago.  The flowers are lovely there in the spring.  Come to think of it, the flowers are lovely everywhere in spring time here in England.

What I also love about it is that you can take spring inside your home with you.  Last year, my husband planted some crocuses and it bloomed the loveliest shade of pink and white.  This year because of the (sigh) sale of the house, we haven’t done any spring time preparations at all.

Lat year, even the daffodils were proudly displayed on our kitchen table.  At the moment, I don’t have any spring flowers inside our home, only the flowers given to us on Valentine’s Day.  I’m thankful for that too.

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What do you love about spring?

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Rooting for Spring

There has been a battle going on between Winter and Spring the past couple of weeks or so.  Just when you think Spring has finally sprung, we feel Winter’s icy-cold-breath brush against our napes and we are reminded that it isn’t over yet.  Yesterday, according to a friend of ours it was actually snowing on the top of our little village.  And a few days ago, while doing the dishes, I noticed snowflakes floating around, but never enough for even a dusting to show.

So the conflict ensues between Winter and Spring, while I do like Winter because of Christmas and snow is beautiful, I think it’s about time it leaves for good and just wait for its turn again – And finally allow Spring to come out in all its glory.

Yesterday, it certainly felt like Spring has finally won the fight.  We didn’t want to waste the beautiful sunshine, so we headed for the beach and the little one had a lovely time with the waves and sand…

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Isn’t it lovely?

Yes, it is beautiful where we live, especially in the spring time.

Now if only Winter would just accept defeat.

The Sweetest Thing

You’ve got to go home, Mom” she says to me as she holds my face in her little hands. “You miss your Mom” she pauses as if collecting her thoughts and adds, “You’ve got to cuddle your Mom” and then she lets go of my face and cuddles me really tight as if showing me how to do it right.

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Little Pitchers have Big Ears

I was talking to my mother through Skype a few days ago and she told me some upsetting news about a close relative.  I told my husband about what happened.  The news really got me down and I was suddenly engulfed with an overwhelming feeling of homesickness.  My daughter must have heard our conversation – hence, the you-must-go-home spiel.

T amazes me everyday. There is always something new, a new word, a new expression, or a new gesture to discover.  They are like precious little gifts she bestows on us abundantly – when she does this, my love for her inflates and whatever negative emotion I’m feeling turns vaporous and disappears into thin air.

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On other news, spring is here!  We’ve been having the most glorious sunshiny days lately.  Too bad we can’t enjoy them though.  The little one has had an on and off slight temperature since Saturday.  One of the advantage of living in this part of England is that Spring always comes early.  That means the daffodils are out early too.  Isn’t that great?

Is it Spring time on your side of the world too?