I just returned from a few days  in padstow to see my good friends Jon and Kim – and the weather has been considerably more tolerant than in london;   each time i come, there are new enterprises popping up;  we passed by hawksfield, a recent enterprise of vintage furniture, health food and deli products, flowers, homeware by Jo and co.   the cafe there is also a fun place to meet – its more informal, but also does breakfast.   hawksfield is just outside of wadebridge.

wadebridge is a town to get your shopping, but it was lovely to discover a vintage shop Cornish Vintage selling 1970’s home stuff – really took me back to my childhood.  I managed to buy a few fun things for the kitchen, including some pastel coloured pyrex bowls .

a new stopping place, just outside of Padstow is Margo’s – a restaurant that opens from breakfast, right through to dinner; the food is locally sourced and seasonal and you can also find local products for sale – chocolate, gin, wine and preserves.  there is also a garden centre and flowers shop selling locally grown flowers.

a great place to eat is  appletons, a very tasty rustic italian style food restaurant at trevibban mill.  the food is locally grown and raised, with some of the vegetables grown on site.   this is a local cornish vineyard that produces its own wine and cider,  you can  have wine tasting tours which sound fun – if only i drank wine!  i noticed that you could buy home spun wool too. its always lovely to see new places opening up – i realised that we have been coming to padstow for over 20 years now as my friends have always had a place there.

there is also a new coffee shop in town that specialises in just coffee, some special blends named after the local padstow beaches – you can buy the coffee, the coffee machines and filters and buy a cup of coffee too.

we walked up to the nearby granite obelisk which was built in 1887 to commemorate the jubilee of queen victoria, offering stunning views and quietness from the busy centre of Padstow.



3 thoughts on “cornwall

  1. Lovely. Thanks for showing us, looks lovely. Do you think you could ever live in Cornwall full-time Christina? Or just too quiet?


    1. part of me would love to, but its too far from all my friends and family and part of me thinks its maybe not inspiring enough for day to day living; its a beautiful part of the country, but so far to go; its hard enough getting to see my best friend once or twice a year – 4 days is the minimum you can go for. I much prefer it out of the school holidays too – getting around was busy on the roads x


      1. Yes, that’s my feeling. It’s very nice to be near London. Still trying to find the perfect place to retire to one day…Tell us if you find it! x


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