Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

Whilst in Cornwall we found the most magical beach, it was a hell of a climb down to be honest but just the view from above was so stunning we couldn't wait to explore!

This was the view from the top..

The steps!

The steps down were so steep and there were so many of them. But when we got down there, there were so few people and it felt like we could be anywhere in the world.

So many little coves started to appear as the tide went out and there were all these gargantuan rock formations, all weathered away by the sea and forming lots of different shape. One looked like a witch's hat and another had a huge window inside it. There were caves you could go really far back into, rocks to climb and so many rock pools to explore. Some of the rock pools were deep enough to even swim in!

There was a huge pile of the largest rocks and we could just glimpse some beach behind it and saw a few others clambering over them. Hubby and Bailey went to explore taking Loki and were gone for over half an hour; curiosity got the better of me and I attempted to climb over the rocks and see where they had gone too. It was a really tough climb over, the girls and Ruben decided to stay where they were and just enjoy the views from the rocks. But of my goodness it was so worth the climb. It was like something out of a film and apart from Hubby and Bailey there was no one in this cove at all.

Looking at those blue skies makes it hard to believe we were still in the UK!

Ruben was worried about starving but thankfully we had brought rations with us-he is ALL about the food that one.

It was such an amazing day, I hope we get to go back and visit another time but for me this beach will always be an incredibly special memory.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Greenway House, the home of Agatha Christie

Piper has been an Agatha Christie fan for as long as I can remember, I think she started reading her books when she was 8 or 9 years old. A few years ago I remember seeing that the National Trust looked after Agatha's holiday home in Dorset so I knew if we were ever nearby we would have to visit!

You have to book the car park in advance-so bear that in mind if you are planning a trip- but there are other ways to arrive at Greenway; you can arrive by boat and steam train. I don't have sea legs so that was ruled out for me and I would have loved to arrive by steam train but our budget didn't allow..

The house and grounds were really busy when we visited, but it was a very warm week in June. The house is full of collections of all sorts of things,, Victorian shell pictures, stamp boxes, pottery, smoking pipes and of course a collection of Agatha's books, first editions all signed by her.

The staff are really great to talk to and I'm not sure what it was about us (it was me, the girls and Ruben as hubby was outside enjoying the sunshine with Loki) maybe the eclectic hair colour collection? Or maybe the rareness of teenagers but all the staff in the downstairs rooms wanted to talk to us. The first room had a really endearing painting of Agatha aged 4 years old, she was slumped in a chair with her doll and looked very bored, as a child of four made to sit for a painting quite would I suppose! The actual doll from the painting was sat in the chair underneath the painting;

She doesn't actually look the same as the doll in the picture but it made me think about Piper and her doll collections at one point and I told the staff member we were talking to about our trip years ago to the Vina Cooke Doll Museum. She said it sounded fascinating. She got talking to us all about our hobbies and in particular Cordelia's art.

The next room we went into was the sitting room and housed Agatha's beautiful piano, I never knew she was a trained concert pianist until the staff in the room told us. She got up halfway though playing ballet music on the piano and said "I've come to talk to you because you look like such an interesting group of people" that made me laugh! We found out that Agatha was home educated too, I think I probably knew that but had forgotten. We were told some wonderful stories about Agatha but I'm not revealing them because it felt like a really special moment being told some secrets!

I think for me a really special moment was seeing Agatha's wardrobe!! It still had her original clothes and some of her daughter's too. I adore vintage clothing and would have loved to have looked through the wardrobe properly and maybe even tried things on but obviously I couldn't. Felt like a magical moment to be stood there though looking at all her dresses.

There were photo's in the gift shop and one in the house of David Suchet who played Hercule Poirot with the staff. He had also signed a copy of a screenplay for one of the episodes that was filmed at the Boathouse. It was the Dead Man's Shoes story. Piper was really excited to be able to visit the boathouse which is in the grounds of the gardens and has stunning views, it was used to film one of the death scenes from the Poirot series.

The battery was referenced in the book Five Little Piggies. The views are stunning from here, you can see right out on to the River Dart.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

We had a lovely week in Cornwall at the beginning of June. We were so fortunate with weather and during the whole week didn't see a drop of rain-rare for a UK holiday. We were supposed to be travelling for two weeks through Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland but given the current climate of things none of us really wanted to and so we cancelled our booking and opted to stay in the UK instead. 

We are so lucky to have such beautiful places here in the UK, and it was amazing how very far away we felt from everything whilst we were staying there. It is only the second time we have visited Cornwall, and I am really in love with the place.

Our second day-the first day was recovering from the 7 hour drive, swimming and a trip to beautiful Perranporth beach- we headed to Penzance but noted how close we were to St Michael's Mount and so had a slight de-tour. I have seen so many photos of this place but it is a truly magical place. The weather changed quite dramatically even in the two hours we were there. Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed on the beach :-( so we had to walk on the path instead. Ruben hopped on to the beach to look for stones though. 

How grown up the four pesky hobbits are now. Bailey (19) Ruben (13) Piper (16) and Cordelia (15)

This is the view from St Michael's Mount. When the tide is high you can only reach it by boat and I was amazed to find out that there are 30 residents living on the island full-time. What an interesting place to live!

I think I would get a bit fed up with all the visitors though, we couldn't visit the castle even though we are members of the National Trust because we had Loki with us and no dogs are allowed in the castle or gardens. So we will have to come back another time.

By the time we had walked back to the car the clouds had broken and we had some sunshine :-)

Ruben looking for stones

I'm back...we're back

Hello old blog. I missed you.

I missed writing about our adventures and all the places we visit-and we do visit a lot of places!

I also missed writing about our alternative education, I don't much call it home education any more because it doesn't feel right, if you see what I mean? It never did to be honest. Alternative fits us better. I also think it is a shame not to write about the four pesky hobbits but I will obviously not be revealing everything they are up to.

That's pretty much all there is too say. You might notice my name change to. It was way overdue.