So we’ve just come home from a lovely little break away. We decided it would be the perfect time to get away and go down to our family house in Boscastle, Cornwall. The house is in a fab little location, meaning it doesn’t take too long to get anywhere, which with a little lady who doesn’t love the car is great.
We used to visit the ‘cottage’ every year with my Gran, she’d take the three of us, myself, my brother and my uncle (who is 2 years younger than me) over the long school holidays and since being about 11-13 years old I’ve only been back once for a couple of days with Curtis and even that was about 5 years ago. So we we’re both really excited to take Bets to all the places I had such lovely memories about.
The drive down was really straight forward and with a lovely stop at Gloucester services, which if you’re heading anywhere on the M5 I would highly recommend stopping there because it’s incredibly beautiful. They have some lovely food choices, quick meal options and sit down options. They also have a gorgeous farm shop, with literally everything you could think of buying, it’s almost like a small department store! Betsie throughly enjoyed stretching her legs in the hand crafted wooden play area whilst I mooched around the shop.
We arrived pretty late at night so it was straight to bed for everyone and when we woke up in the morning we woke up to the most amazing blue sky, so it was a quick get ready and out for the day. This is the view from the cottage windows…just fab!
We went to Padstow first, which is a really cute little harbour village with some lovely shops and a great crabbing wall, which Curtis was most excited about. There were lots of people spread along the harbour walls, all with different equipment, turns out we didn’t have great stuff for catching them as they’d grab onto our bait and just as we’d get them up the wall they’d fall off back into the water. I think we let Daddy fish for about 45minutes before we got a little bored! Ha
Bets got a little glitter tattoo and I got a hair braid all by 10am, oh plus an ice cream, ha Such a holiday thing to do!
After a really lovely morning there we stopped for some wood fired pizzas and then headed to Harlyn bay, which was always one of our favourite beaches. It’s super wide, long stretch of sand is just the best for setting up camp and then heading off to explore. Which is exactly what we did. We flew our kite, we built sandcastles and hid rocks, Curt and Bets went exploring the rocks and rock pools, we both managed to have a cheeky sleep in our tent out the wind whilst the other played with Betsie, it was just glorious!
Day two, unfortunately wasn’t such a glorious day and with the changing tide times we decided we’d hit the ‘Shire horse place’ now known as Crealys adventure park. We thought it’d be best to get there early as most of it is outside and the weather looked pretty changeable for the afternoon. It had changed so much since I’d been as a kid, so much had been added and Bets loved running around exploring all the different areas. They still had an Easter egg hunt running, which was ace as after we had done most of the rides etc we could run around again finding all the eggs and collecting stamps to get a prize at the end…I must admit there wasn’t much running on my behalf, more like waddling! She even managed to squeeze in the most amazing face paint.
Possibly the best face ever!! I asked her what unicorns looked like! Hahahaha
We then decided to have a wonder around Bude, which I remember being slightly better than it was. There really isn’t much there, especially for a wet windy day. We walked along the canal, had a drink and a snack in the Olive tree and then walked onto the beach and watched the nutter surfers for a little bit. But with it being so chilly we didn’t stay for long and decided enough was enough and headed home to warm up!
Day 3 was again pretty miserable…We went down to the harbour and bought a large umbrella to have a walk up to the harbour wall, the sea was looking pretty darn angry and the rain was not stopping, but it was nice to at least wonder along the harbour. We then sat in a little cafe with wifi, caught up on life and ate loads! Ha It was great to finally have some signal, Cornwall was not good for signal at all!
Ahh I also had the most amazing Ice cream…Literally the best thing about being down there….Vanilla ice cream topped with clotted cream!! Delish!
That afternoon we headed to a little beach called Crackington Haven, which even at high tide is great because the top of the beach is full of pebbles, which we wanted to collect to make cute pictures from. We spent a good two hours there, collecting stones in our buckets, splashing in the stream, exploring rock pools and throwing stones into the sea! It was just gorgeous.
Her school splash suit was a god send for keeping her warm and dry and she looked so ace in it!!
We had the most wonderful time together and I’m so glad we managed to do it before all baby boys shenanigans kick off and he arrives. It was even more wonderful to come home and find out that the mothers had been in the house, had the nursery painted and fully cleaned for me! They are truly wonderful, we are so so lucky.