Cornwall 2014




Cornwall 2014 was the same but different from the previous four years. The same cottage in the same fishing village, the same faces, the same boats, the same smells, the same views and the same photographs. Different because we were one less this year. Tom decided at the last minute not to come with us. Not unexpected nor upsetting but an indication that a new phase in our family life has begun. George had his own adventures to pursue as well and joined us a day after we arrived having been on a coast to coast cycling trip Up North with a couple of friends.

We arrived home yesterday to find Tom alive and well having mastered the art of the omelette but not the art of laundry*. I am now working my way through all our holiday laundry, Tom's laundry and George's cycle trip laundry. I have run out of pegs and washing line.


Cornish cream tea

A salty sea dog


Agapanthus -ubiquitous in Cornwall


She loves the sea


Catching up with friends






Chilling



Summer was good, but now bring on autumn, I am ready and waiting.

*Unfair, he did do some.


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  1. Me too. It's decidedly chilly here today and I am longing to put on socks and boots but just can't do it while it is still August.
    Salty is an excellent coastal dog's name. Cream tea looks amazing. Ax

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    1. May not be the dog's real name -I thought it seemed appropriate.

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  2. Is there still singing in the pub, Sue?

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    1. There is Mary, plus lots of other events.

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    2. Do you know Cadgwith Mary?

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    3. Only been there once, for a weekend many years ago. Must have been this time of year as I remember picking masses of sloes. Such a lovely place. Remember getting lost on a walk and somebody directed to me to 'walk on top of the hedge' ... was completely baffled, until I realised that you did exactly that!

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  3. NOOoooooo!! Not yet. Summer was too short.

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    1. No, it's been going on for months, time for a change!

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  4. Lovely photos, Sue. Must be interesting to see that change in one's children; still a long way off for me! Has Tom been away on holiday with friends yet?

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    1. No, he is planning that for next year though. I embrace the change, it feels like a positive new phase in our lives.

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  5. After nearly a month holidaying in Spain with my parents I think I am ready for the autumn.... and routine and school, and homely comforts!!! Despite the fact that I love the summer, I think that Autumn is the season that I am always looking forward to.... I think that I will always associate purple agapanthus with our great holiday in Cornwall..... Pati x

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  6. Welcome home, Sue. Good luck with the post-holiday washing/ironing! That Cornish tea has made me want to bake scones immediately.

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  7. Thanks for sharing Sue, I'm now counting down to our time in Cornwall, 6 weeks to be precise,loved all of the photo's especially the one with the gorgeous Golden Retriever as i have a soft spot for them. Autumn, sorry everyone, but bring it on!!
    Best Wishes
    Sue x

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  8. So glad you enjoyed Cornwall. Enjoy it whilst you can, cornwall council has agreed planning for 47,000 houses. My advice to everyone, get here soon as before long it will be nothing more than concrete xx

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  9. Just a lovely set of photos, so would love to spend some time here...
    Amanda xx

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  10. Wish I had been able to meet up with you both Sue, but this year was just not meant to be. :(

    On another note: I am looking forward to autumn but want a typical Cornish autumn with hot sun in the day, cool evenings & the fire lit! Bliss. Will see you next year xxx

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  11. Ruby Slippers6:01 pm BST

    Hi Sue, We just got back last weekend from our annual visit to St Ives, and surrounding areas.I twas a wonderful week, we are going to explore the bit of coast where you were next year as not done it yet. I would love to live in Cornwall... Maybe one day, We are down to just one child now, as my boys have outgrown it, I hope that one day they are drawn back to relive their childhood and it holds a special place in their hearts. Great Pics, I Can't have my scone that way, always the cream first!

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  12. Just. Can't. Wait. For. Autumn! Near record-high temperatures for almost all of July and August, combined with hot flashes approx. every half hour. I thought I wouldn't survive. Fortunately things have cooled off here (in both senses) and I can enjoy (mourn) sending my kids back to university. Oh, and I agree with Ruby Slippers (above). The cream has to go on the scone first.

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    1. Lately I've been reading a lot about hot flashes or flushes as we call them here and other related matters. I'm hoping they're not inevitable.

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    2. It's not. I was spared. Don't know how unusual that is.

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    3. And welcome back. I suppose you are entering the autumnal years of family life in a way.

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    4. I'm glad to hear you were spared Lucille, very encouraging and I really like the idea of entering an autumnal phase in family life as well as in my personal life.

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  13. Anonymous8:12 pm BST

    I must say this particular set of pictures were so striking and moving and gorgeous!
    Lisaj@ravelry

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  14. Anonymous8:16 pm BST

    Ack...horrible English. I meant the set WAS beautiful .....;)

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  15. Great photos - I especially like the clouds and the cream tea.
    Glad you had a good time. We'll be holidaying in this country for a long while yet and I don't mind that one bit. There are so many wonderful places to explore here.
    Sarah.

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  16. Nothing to do with your post, but could I ask you something as the quince expert, Sue? Have you ever tried baking them? As in baking like a baked potato? I have a recipe that says bake in the embers ... Not having a fire, I wondered if you could wrap them in foil in the oven? And if so, how long it would take to get them soft enough to mash? Any advice gratefully received!

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    1. Purée, I mean - not mash!

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    2. I've baked them like baked apples here which is very good and does result in a quince soft enough to mash or purée. If you baked them wrapped in foil I'm sure they would soften enough to mash but you would have to add sugar afterwards and I think quinces are better cooked with sugar.

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    3. That was a quick answer, Sue! Thank you. In fact, they look so good in your picture I'll have to resist eating them at that stage. There's masses of sugar at the next stage of the recipe, but I could always add some earlier if you think that works best. I'll let you know how it turns out.Need to source some quinces first! Thanks again. I was sure you'd know!

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    4. This recipe is from Food In England by Dorothy Hartley

      'Quince Roast (1700)
      Quinces roasted over hot ashes - scraped out of their skins ans mixed with cream and a little sugar and ginger make a dish for children.'

      Sounds good for adults too.

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    5. Brilliant, Sue! I'm hoping to make tort of quinces from l'Arte di ben cucinare, 1662 - interesting to see similar method at similar time. (The tart is quince purée/cheese/marzipan ... well, who knows, it's an experiment!) Blog friends are the best!

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    6. They are indeed.

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  17. Aah, beautiful Cornwall, glad you had a good time. And a good cream tea. I'd like to live by the sea with a little salty dog I think.

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  18. Cornwall is the best and love that first photo - honeysuckle still going strong down there?!
    We've had a good summer but hurrah for the first signs of autumn now with cooler nights.
    Jam first.

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  19. Looks like you had a wonderful time
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxx

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  20. What gorgeous photos, I literally relaxed as I looked at them .... and YES you do have your jam and cream the RIGHT way round :-)

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  21. Beautiful photos. Family life is always evolving, isn't it - new challenges and new blessings :)

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  22. Looks like you had a lovely time in Cornwall. I'm wondering if our son will come away with us again next year, although he had such a good time this year, he says he will be coming again.
    I know what you mean about Autumn. I do still wish it was Summer though. I'm recovering from a foot op, and was rather hoping to spend the time sitting outside, in the sunshine, with some crochet. It's not quite working out like that! x

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  23. Your photos are wonderful and I'm really glad you had such a good time. I love autumn, especially when it follows a good summer, like we just had. x

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  24. Lovely photos, glad to see the cream tea done the Cornish way cream on top :) I have just booked a few days away in a cottage, it is just the two of us now and so much cheaper for a little one bed place, though I do miss the family holidays. Feels like Autumn already!

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  25. You are seriously funny woman! I always have a giggle at your perceptive observations of life, and all the other great stuff you post - recipes, photos, crocheting etc., laced with common sense. Whereas you await autumn, down under here we are all saying come on summer - skip spring - we need some warmth. Time to shed some clothes and get some sun on our skin.
    Hope your washing is dry and folded or ironed. A mammoth task some weeks.

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  26. I always seem to have more washing than it is possible for us to generate. But it gets done somehow. I can't believe how autumnal the weather has become. We actually had our first frost yesterday. It was
    -1.9C!

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  27. Oh my, this makes me yearn for a Cornwall trip even more than I was already! I might book it for my birthday in March, I'm sure it's just as gorgeous off-season! That salty sea dog is a sweetie!

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  28. Glad to see you had the jam and cream on the right way round and in the right proportions! Controversy averted!!

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  29. Your blog makes me smile/laugh every time, I'm glad you're back. And oh... that cornish cream, I can't find it anywhere here in Italy but I'll keep on searching!

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  30. Is that lovely Pebbledash Diana's Walter?! xx

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    1. Yes Kristina it is indeed the lovely Walter. Lovely Diana declined to be photographed, but Walter obliged. It was lovely to see them both.

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  31. Lovely photos, lovely county. But I live in Devon, which I love best ... biased? Moi?
    But Bank Holiday was a washout. However, that yellow thing put in an appearance late this afternoon and brightened up the garden.
    Oh, dear, autumn ... that really depresses me, dark nights, dark mornings, the thought of the dreaded Trick or Treat ... I'd love to hibernate and wake up in spring, my favourite season. It seems so long now to spring ...
    Margaret P

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  32. Hi Sue, I had almost a month off from blogging so just slowly catching up here......fantastic photos, so glad you had a great time. Hope you have found your way out of the laundry, it's never ending here, holiday or no holiday! Mel x

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    1. I noticed your absence Mel, glad you are back x

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  33. Beautiful photos! Best wishes, Pj x

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