Now that we are home from our Half Term in Cornwall and the mountain of washing has been tackled, the hundreds of bags of sandy shoes and wet towels have been sorted I can finally sit down and go through the pictures and write up what we got up to! You may know some of it already if you follow me on Instagram but I’ve tried to make sure to share some different pictures here.
So last Monday we loaded up the van and headed off to beautiful Cornwall and Holywell Bay Caravan Park. My mother-in-law had very kindly treated us to four nights here as a treat and we were all very much looking forward to it. It’s amazing how much you need to take with you when you are moving into a home away from home. Did we remember everything? Of course not!!!
We had our towels, we had the washing liquid and food, plus games, clothes and even toilet roll but we still needed more! Tea towels and kitchen roll were the pesky extras that I forgot, and I thought I was so organised. Anyway we moved in to our caravan and the kids were over the moon, particularly Tilda as she was able to have her own room for the four nights, as at home she and Ivy share with bunkbeds. Bless her cotton socks, she had brought scatter cushions and blankets to ‘dress’ her little room.
What was particularly nice about this trip was that what started as a break away with just the four of us turned into a group trip. My friend Alison and her husband were going to be in Cornwall nearby for the same days so we planned to meet up. When our other friend Emma found out we would all be there I said why not come along, so she and her husband and son did!!
This was such a rare treat for us all to be away together and to have all our kids there too to play together. I’ve known Emma and Ali since I was about 8 but we don’t get this kind of time together as much as we would like but the planets aligned for this one.
On our first full day we headed to the number one most recommended attraction from everyone on my social media, the Eden Project. I had heard so much about it and was so interested to see it in person. It consists largely of two incredible ‘Biomes’ which house the most incredible indoor rainforest in one and a Mediterranean oasis in the other.
Not only that but there is also a Red Wood Forest, England’s longest and fastest zip wire and a performance area for concerts and in our case, a kid’s show from Dick and Dom. The gardens are beautiful and I would say you probably need more than a day to really see it all, at least if you have kids with you! The tropical Biome was my favourite, the humidity, the waterfalls, the bananas all created the most wonderful experience.
The Mediterranean Biome was a much dryer environment, as you would expect, and it made you feel like you were on holiday in Spain. Plenty of cacti and bougainvillea and terracotta pots and plants from even further than the Med including an Australian and South African segment. All the kids thought the whole place was the most incredible adventure.
We stayed for the performance from Dick and Dom from CBBC, which was an opportunity for parents to relax a little and let the kids be entertained. Very funny and which ended in a competition of each side of the crowd against each other bouncing giant inflatable balls across the crowd. There was so much there to entertain kids, which in Half Term was a God-send!
What I wore – My Luisa Conti striped T-Shirt with my dungarees.
Padstow is a favourite of mine and so many others. Emma had never been so I jumped at the chance for us all to go together. I have to admit we weren’t prepared for how many other people would also decide to go that day. You could hardly walk around and with the kids it was mayhem so what were we to do?! Find a spot on the Quay away from the crowds and go crabbing!!! Most of the shops sell buckets and lines so we got everything we needed and set to it.
Oh my goodness I had forgotten the thrill for kids of catching a crab in a bucket. All along the quay kids were squealing and running over to each other’s buckets to see who had got what. After an hour or so in the mist and rain, and eight crabs were in the bucket, we did the only thing we could do and let them go in a mighty crab race down the slip! I think this was even more fun than actually catching them, the kids were screaming with delight as the crabs made their way back to the water. Hours of entertainment for less than a tenner!
After that we made sure to pop into the many gorgeous art and gift shops and of course the many Rick Stein shops. There’s the deli, the patisserie and the gift shop to mooch around and I made sure to buy some beautiful bread, pasties and macaroons for the kids. I loved the gift shop too and it was lovely to see the collection that we stock at QVC too including the beautiful blue and white dishes which are favourites of mine. There was a picture in the shop that I was so tempted by of St Ives, called Mother Ivey. You see my own Ivy in front of it in the pictures.
What I wore – My Joules yellow rain coat. Mine is now out of stock but we have a very similar version here.
Beach Day – Holywell Bay
On our final full day the sun came out again and we wondered for how long. Before deciding what to do that day we walked down to the bay to take a look at the beach. The sun warmed up very quickly and that was the decision made, we weren’t going anywhere!! This beach reminded me so much of one we go to in West Cork Ireland, including the little stream of water that ran down the side of it, the perfect place for families to set up as small kids can paddle so easily.
This particular beach is also a Poldark beach where they filmed much of the hit drama, based on the book! It’s incredibly beautiful, as is all of Cornwall, or Kernow if you are being traditional. I took 10 minutes to myself later that day to walk along the full length of the beach on my own. It was just stunning and so lovely to have a moment to myself amongst the chaos of Half Term to just take it all in.
As I got to the far end I could see there was an opening to a cave so I went to investigate. I was completely alone at this point and I felt a little apprehensive I have to admit but I went in and couldn’t believe how far back it went, so far that it was pitch black in the furthest point and the torch on my phone didn’t make a difference. I may have walked a little bit quicker on the way out! I did of course though practically run all the way back to get Fred and the Kids to come and see it too as it was so special.
What I wore – My Seasalt striped tee which I featured last week but have been living in!
My Phase Eight Lila Swimsuit. I am so in love with this swimsuit, I hate trying on swimwear as it can really make you feel a bit rubbish about yourself. However, this fit like a glove and made me feel really good. I adore the olive colour and the support that it gives all over the body is a massive win. It even has adjustable shoulder straps and cup support. I really recommend it, particularly if you hate buying swimsuits as much as I do. I’m a size 12 and I have the size 12.
Unfortunately on our the final day of our trip we noticed that Ivy had a swelling on the side of her neck which was a similar symptom to last year when she had a lymph gland infection and ended up in hospital, she had a cough too so we knew she was definitely fighting something.
So you can imagine we decided the best thing to do was to scrap our last day of sightseeing and get back home to the doctor to get ahead of her getting any worse. We had planned to go to St Ives but will be back again for sure. Thankfully Ivy didn’t get any worse and the doctor gave us antibiotics to keep it at bay. It was also nice to be home and in our own beds!
What I’ve been cooking – Prawn and Broccoli Salad
After a week of over indulgence, pasties, wine and pub food we were feeling the need for lots of healthy green food! So I’ve been making us lots of salads this week. Trying to make them different and not boring has been my challenge and one of our favourites has been this one.
Firstly I added mixed leaves with rocket and chopped baby tomatoes to a bowl I then scattered it with chia seeds for added crunch. I added a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then in a pan I poured olive oil and lazy garlic and sautéed broccoli heads until they had softened. I then added a pack of already cooked prawns just to warm them a little but you can use uncooked too, just make sure they are cooked pink all the way through.
I drizzled with sweet chilli sauce and tossed them together in the pan with the broccoli. I added this to the salad in the bowl and that was it really. Simple, quick and pretty healthy. If you are being good then leave out the sweet chilli sauce and squeeze lemon juice over it instead. Yum!
So that was our Half Term, I hope you’ve been having a good week so far. Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments.
A few things to mention though before I go. It’s Beauty Month at QVC and everything is on £1.95 P&P and so is the Summer Fashion! It’s a great time to be stocking up on your favourite products or treating yourself to some clothes for holiday. Make sure to check back here next week because I will be putting together my favourite ‘can’t live without’ products!
Lots of love Katy xx