Category Archives: On the beach

Wandering at Perranuthnoe

Still water at Perranuthnoe

After a busy week, it’s time to celebrate the arrival of the weekend.

As predicted, my knitting is progressing slowly, never mind, mitten number two is on it’s way.

Despite having a busy week, I did have time for a little wander near the sea. Perranuthnoe is looking gorgeous and has recently become my favourite beach.

It’s often quiet at this time of year, and always beautiful. Not only is the beach lovely, but the rocky-road from The Cabin is fab too. It was a tiny wooden shed that specialised in home made cakes, but this has been demolished and a larger wooden building is being put in it’s place. I’m normally wary of change, but I am quite excited about this development; the new cabin will have some inside seating and an amazing view, I can’t wait for it to open.

sand, sea and a border collie

The Cabin is one of few eatery developments that seem to be happening around PZ at them moment. It feels like the town is coming out of hibernation and preparing for the summer season. I’m becoming quite hopeful that we might survive the economic downturn after all.

Have a lovely weekend



January Sunshine

St. Michael's Mount, Marazion

My new ecological calendar is telling me that today is a day to forage for food and build up fat reserves for winter.

This message doesn’t seem to have reached Penzance, it is definitely spring here. My crocuses are poking out of the soil in and it is warm and beautiful outside. I have spent the afternoon sunbathing at the beach!

What Penzance lacks in economic prosperity, it more than makes up for in proximity to the beach. When the sun is shining I fall in love with my coastal town all over again. The coastal path between Marazion and Penzance was full of people gently wandering and looking shocked to be outside without rain coats and snow hats.

This fantastic January sunshine has left Penzance smiling. I hope everyone else has found a sunny spot to enjoy this lovely high pressure system.

Happy New Year xx

The big thaw begins

Penzance experienced one stunning day as a winter wonderland. The clock has now struck midnight and the magic has ended. The pavements are lined with brown slush and melt water is running down every road. At least we did not have time to bore of the icy festivities.

There are still some wonderful scenes remaining. Church Cove on the Lizard is looking lovely. Icicles cover the cliff face and sparkle happily in the sun.

Sunshine and icicles at Church Cove

Happy snow day x

November’s Wanderlust

My world is speeding up and my weeks are rushing by. It’s time to slow down and remember to stop and stare and take in the wonders of November.

Wonderful colour

I’m not so keen on the dark evenings, but the setting sun seems to amplify the soft colours of West Penwith. It is quite stunning.

November might just be my favourite time of year. It’s just getting cold enough for gloves and scarves and hats and blustery visits to the beach. The colder temperatures still feel like a little bit of a novelty. I know that come February, I will be craving some warmth, but at the moment I’m quite content to savour the winter chills.

Calming autumnal shades of grey

Warm greys provide calm

I like autumn. I love the colours, the cooler temperatures and the thrill of the last few sunny beach days.

As nature is winding down for the oncoming period of hibernation I’m desperate to join in. Yet I seem to be facing an increasing workload. I can feel my body fighting the busyness. It’s yearning to stock up on the wonderful autumnal veggies and get ready to hide away until the warmer temperatures return.

Every part of my soul is aching to spend the days wandering, collecting chestnuts and watching the leaves change colour.

To counteract the busiest time of year at work, I’ve been desperately trying to squeeze in time to wander around outside. The sea’s calming silver-grey colour has helped me relax by absorbing any stress.

I’m hoping that I can fit in enough autumnal relaxation to fulfil my bodies need to hibernate without actually locking myself inside surrounded by soup and blankets!

Summer sun and sand castles

A triumph of sandcastle design

So many humans have a desire to create. For thousands of years humans have drawn, painted or made music. This is such a lovely trait. We don’t just meet our basic human needs; we demand more of life. We want to be inspired and we want to leave our mark on the planet.

The coasts of the UK seem to bring this creativity to the fore. Go to any seaside town and you will find someone sitting on the beach painting. Even the wonderful names of every small boat demonstrate our need to create things of beauty.

How else can I explain the time and effort that went into the creation of this awe-inspiring sand castle. Someone has spent a happy afternoon designing and building a castle that will last for  just a few hours.

The building of sand castles has no purpose other than to create and entertain and I think that sometimes, this alone is purpose enough.

Prussia Cove: sunshine and home-made bread

Sunshine and shingle with bright blue sea and sky

Relaxing in the sunshine

Prussia Cove is my all-time favourite beach. It is a tiny shingle beach, perfect for swimming and even better for picnics.

It has just become an even better picnic destination. At the top of the beach is a tiny bakery selling the most wonderful home-made bread and cakes.

We bought little crusty bread rolls to go with our cheese, and soft twisted olive bread sticks – perfect!

I have just discovered a really useful beach guide, brilliant if you are trying to find somewhere different to go.