cornwall

I have finally made it back to Padstow  – its been more than 3 years since I have been – staying with my lovely friends Jon and Kim, who moved down here several years ago.  Each time i come, there are new enterprises popping up;  including  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.

we had lunch at Potager in Constantine, a cafe /restaurant housed in a garden centre which had been left to be delapidated and over the years has been restored ,to provide a really lovely space for meeting, arts and crafts workshops and really tasty healthy food. 

I also walked over to the Old lifeboat station, Edward Woodward’s old house In Hawkers cove – again a beautiful spot and if you go early, say 9am, its practically deserted, even in the height of the August tourist season.  sadly, it’s been sold and apparently being developed into something swish, which is always sad.  

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.

We walked up again 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.

 

 

cornwall

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.

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home grown in cornwall

i have come to see my good friends Jon and Kim in padstow again – and typically the weather is changeable, showers, wind and sun;   on a plus side this  makes the landscape more striking and dramatic.  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.

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.

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.

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cornwall in the winter

this week i came to see my good friends Jon and Kim in padstow – and sadly the weather was rainy and stormy;   on a plus side this  makes the landscape more striking and dramatic.   we managed to dodge the rain with a brisk walk on harlyn bay -and on the way back we passed by hawksfield, a recent enterprise of vintage furniture, health food and deli products, flowers, homeware by Jo and co.  apparently the cafe there is also a fun place to meet.   hawksfield is just outside of wadebridge.

fortunately we did have a dry day and we decided to visit St Mawes, somewhere i hadn’t visited before.  we took the lovely king harry ferry which makes the journey shorter, but also great fun – as with most of cornwall, there are stunning views.  we ate the best fish and chips at the watch house –  a lovely restaurant just near the front.  i noticed that st mawes is quite upmarket with its two hotels, the idle rocks and the tresanton. 

i love cornwall out of season, the beaches are empty, you can get a table at all the restaurants and although the weather is erratic, the skies and vistas are just breathtaking.

on our way home, we had coffee and cake at the arts cafe in truro – the best selection of art materials under one roof (almost as good as cornellisens my all time favourite shop).

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.

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the harvest moon

last night it was too cloudy to see this supermoon, though i did manage to see it nearly at its fullest on sunday evening in suffolk, where the skies can be so clear you can see the stars twinkling.

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last september i managed to catch the full moon known as the ‘harvest moon’ – so called because it signals the time when corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice – the chief indian staples are ready for gathering.   here is the full moon on the padstow estuary – its the view from my friends’ house – the red house apartment.  its actually one of my favourite images in my book stolen glimpses.

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red house apartment

my friends jon and kim, who i stay with every year in padstow have now finished their gorgeous apartment to rent – with amazing views over the estuary of padstow, it is perfectly situated – a short walk from the quayside with all the restaurants and shops and a 15 min walk from the beautiful beach that i always photograph.  check out their website now.

 

padstow

so here we are in sunny padstow for a few days visiting our friends Jon and Kim;  its a sad fact that as you get older, all your dear friends start to move away – the only good thing is that  you get to visit lovely parts of the english seaside!   kim and i did our usual 3 mile walk along harbour cove with asta in the early morning – its beautiful, serene and empty at that time of the day.

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camel estuary

02Nov2014_0100 02Nov2014_0083 02Nov2014_0075 02Nov2014_0062 02Nov2014_0054 02Nov2014_0044 02Nov2014_0038 02Nov2014_0037 02Nov2014_0031 01Nov2014_0196 view01Nov2014_0112if you are near padstow, then you have take a walk along the camel estuary – its actually a favourite for cyclists, but its equally as exhilarating taking a brisk walk in the autumn months.  i much prefer the scenery in the winter months – of course, i love blue skies and the colourful fields of flowers, but the misty clouds adds a mysterious romance to any landscape.   its always a long journey to cornwall, but its always worth the visit – luckily my best friends have moved there, so i shall be definitely making more than my once yearly trip down there.