Family fun in Cornwall


Kathy and family What a lovely Easter I had!

Olley and I took the children to Cornwall for a long weekend, and I really feel like I've had a break.
We couldn't leave until Good Friday morning as Billy had been taking part in a drama week that didn't finish until Thursday evening. But after hearing about the dreadful gridlocked motorways on Thursday night, and then sailing down the M4 and M5 on Friday, I realised we had made the right decision.

It was also wise to head west. The weather was beautiful for most of our visit, while I gather it was less than perfect back in the Home Counties.

Breathtaking views

We stayed in a delightful small hotel right on the South West Coast Path, between Bude and Widemouth. I could see the sea and the coastline right down to Newquay from my bedroom window, and twice took the opportunity to do my morning exercise along the path above crashing waves and imposing cliffs with uplifting views out to sea.

I normally run in the woods and fields behind our home or along the Berks/Bucks Thames path – both spirit-lifting environments but neither quite so dramatic as the Cornish coastline.

Family surfing lessonsKathy's kids at surf school

The children had surfing lessons and they were all standing on their boards riding the waves by the end of the weekend. I had a go too – what a way to spend Easter Sunday! The sun was out, the sky was blue and the sea was… FREEZING!!! Luckily a wetsuit that kept me warm, but you're not seeing a picture of me in that so here's one of the children instead!

Enjoying the Cornish sights

We had some delicious seafood meals, meandered around the local curio and art shops and visited Padstow to see friends. We also went to Fistral beach in Newquay to show Charlie where he is planning to spend a few days with some of his mates after his GCSE exams.

We all enjoyed ourselves, which I feel is quite an achievement with 13, 16 and 17 year old offspring. They shared a room for four nights without arguing, and didn't even complain when I admitted to having left the Easter eggs at home.

All in all, a time to recharge batteries and spend time together as a family – something we get all too little of as our children race towards adulthood.

My thought of the week

I hope you found some peace and happiness over Easter as well. Very quickly we are back on the treadmill of life, but it does us good to climb off it occasionally!

Which reminds me – my thought of the week comes from a Cherokee expression: 'When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.'

Take care
Kathy x



  1. Rebecca April 17, 2009 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy. Sounds like you had a great time in Cornwall. My husband and i were down there the week before. We usually go down to Sennen but this time stayed near Padstow. We had great weather too. We always do when we go down there at that time of year (our wedding anniversary). It seems they are luckier than us in the South East. As usual the time goes so fast and as you say we are back on the treadmill again….untill the next time. We had great walks too on the coast line and a lovely relaxing day at Port Isaac and Crackington Haven. Have you been to any of these? I agree it is so dramatic. I really miss it when we come back, but at least i have QVC to watch to keep me company.

  2. Susanna April 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Love reading your blogs…….sounds like you had a great holiday. What a lovely photo of you and the children near the beach. I always think it is nice to go away and it is also nice to get back home.
    Take care
    Love Susanna x

  3. Jenny April 26, 2009 at 12:43 am -  Reply

    I love your ideas and optimism Kathy, keep it up. We all need some inspiration to see the bright side of life sometimes, and just a little quote can do wonders xx

  4. Kathleen May 19, 2009 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Glad you enjoyed your holiday in Cornwall. The weather wasn’t too bad at Easter and the week after. However, since then it has reverted to almost winter weather. I live here and am very upset when the weather is bad for tourists. Once you have booked your holiday, you have to put up with whatever the weather throws at you. Just one word of advice. If the weather is pretty bad where you are staying, get out and about. Generally, if the north coast is bad, the south coast can be clear. I live on the south coast and if the weather is bad and I fancy going to Newquay then I phone the tourist information centre in Newquay to find out what the weather is like. Hope this tip helps and you continue to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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