I want to start this blog with a thank you for all your lovely comments and for keeping in touch with me while I was away on holiday. Like so many others, we are trying to take annual leave before the fine weather here at home finishes. Seems crazy that I was only back at work for a couple of days before Colin and I headed off once more around the British coast.
This time we were travelling to Cornwall but decided to break our journey up and stop in Plymouth. It’s not a place either of us have visited before but we had a really good day mooching around even though the weather was pretty grim. Social distancing was being practised and most of the harbourside restaurants had seats outside. I was glad I have brought my waterproof with me but I didn’t dampen my enjoyment of a delicious pizza that we shared for lunch. It was possibly the nicest stone baked pizza I’ve had since Colin and I were in Rome on our honeymoon five years ago. We had hoped to enjoy the view across Plymouth Sound but unfortunately because it was so cloudy and wet we couldn’t see a great deal. Of course it’s here that’s Sir Francis Drake the intrepid explorer is immortalised in a fabulous statue just metres away from the green where he reportedly finished his game of bowls before heading out to defeat the Spanish armada in 1588. If the weather had been the same as it was for us he might not have even seen the Armada on the day! The best bit for me though was Smeaton‘s Tower Lighthouse standing tall and somewhat imposing at the top of the green.
From there we headed down to Saint Austell which is where my cousin Marianne lives and checked in to a beautiful hotel on Carlyon Bay. The view from our bedroom window was right out across the sea and we had the most fabulous meal in the restaurant there. The following morning we visited Fowey and then had lunch with the family before taking a tour around Charlestown.
This time we visited the Shipwreck Museum which was fascinating if not a little worrying to think that every single one of these vessels had been considered seaworthy and safe before they set sail! We had a delicious fish and chip supper and some delicious scrumpy before getting a taxi back to our hotel. Marianne‘s husband Len picked us up in the morning and the three of us went for walk along the cliff tops from from Mevagissey to Pentewan. Marianne made us a lasagna for lunch which I was more than ready for and then we drove to Penryn. We found a really nice Airbnb with views across Falmouth, and were delighted to find it wasn’t just an en suite room but had a huge bathroom and separate sitting room too which was laid out ready for us to have our breakfast. Adrian and Debbie were our hosts, and we were there first post-Covid guests. The place was immaculate, beautifully finished and extremely comfortable. I would highly recommend it if you’re ever visiting that part of the country – here is the link.
The following morning we woke to bright sunshine and decided to walk to Falmouth. From there we continued to Swanpool Beach, had a pasty at lunchtime and then walked back to Falmouth.
There is a lovely little train that you can catch there, and it took us home to Penryn, and that night we drove to Porthleven for dinner. This is the sunset just before it poured with rain!
From that day forward we were blessed with much brighter weather and less rain and continued around the coast to Penzance, Mousehole, and Hayle.
We walked the coastal path from Porthtowan to Chapel Porth and then Saint Agnes to see the tin mines. We were delighted to find that we actually covered 25 miles in three days and so felt we more than deserved yet another pasty! My sister Jenny and her partner Linda were also in Cornwall at the same time and were staying in a little cottage in Mullion Cove. We joined them for the last couple of days of our holiday and had a beautiful evening on Poldhu beach. This is the sunset from there and although we were sitting wrapped in blankets it was still stunning.
Hayle beach though was an absolute winner and definitely our favourite.
A little bit breezy so we decided to try and find a windbreak but bought a tent instead! It was lovely sitting in it as the sun set.
As it was another beautiful day on the Thursday, we decided to visit Saint Ives before heading home. Again not a part of Cornwall I had seen before but I was very taken with this picturesque seaside town.
We caught the train from St Erth to St Ives which gave us a cracking view of the entire Hayle coastline. Colin filmed it from the train and just caught it as we rounded the bend, so I thought you might like to see it.
It’s 3 1/2 miles long and we walked it with Jenny and Linda on the Wednesday. In truth it felt as though we have been away a lot longer than just nine days, and have vowed to try each year to visit parts of the country that we’ve not seen before. I would very much like to visit Scotland again to so that’s hopefully on the cards as well.
I’m glad to be able to tell you that finally we have a moving date for Joe and will complete on the sale of the house next week. This weekend we will be clearing out the last of the furniture and Joe will then stay with my sister until Thursday when he comes to us. Colin and I are going to drive him to his new home on Friday and settle him in before heading home. It will be sad to have him so far away and to see the door close on the home that he shared with mum for so many years, but it’s understandable that he wants to be closer to his son and his grandchildren and we will visit whenever we can.
It was good to be back at the Q this week, and I was lucky enough to see Charlie, Míceál, Alex and Debbie and work for the first time in ages with Rosa from Yankee Candle. You’ve probably noticed that my regular Diamonique show on a Tuesday is taking a break but I am happy to say it will be back with you on the 29th of September.
I’ve been very much looking forward to the Today’s Special Value launch of Philip Kingsley’s Coconut Breeze Supersize collection. You’re saving £95.05 on the Philip Kingsley price if you buy it before midnight on Tuesday and it includes a one litre salon size Body Building Weightless Shampoo to add body, volume and shine. Also included is a one litre salon size Moisture Balancing Combination Conditioner and also, the recent introduction to the Elasicizer range of products, the Elasti-Styler 5-in-1 Treatment. It’s all about reducing physical damage to the hair and conditioning and taming your locks before you style! The Coconut Breeze fragrance smells absolutely delicious and will be a constant reminder of this beautiful warm weather we’ve been enjoying recently.
Make sure you tune in on Sunday too because it’s Beauty Day. There is a great four-piece Elemis Today’s Special Value (which is on pre-sell now!) and shows from SBC, Molton Brown and OPI to name but a few. If you head over to our website QVCUK.com we have already showcased many of the products that will be appearing on that day in a special feature and you can buy them now. Lots of Easy Payments and some great deals to be had.
All your favourite fashion brands will be headlining on Thursday and I will be with you at 10pm and 11 pm with Frank Usher and Butler and Wilson’s World of Accessories. Some beautifully embellished cowboy style boots from Moda in Pelle will be showcased too with plenty of styling tips from our expert guests.
I think that’s all I can squeeze into this blog for you, but I very much hope you enjoy reading it and sharing my memories of Cornwall. I’d love to hear from you and I know that some of you are going through very trying times currently so I hope the blog will provide some form of support for you.
Take care, stay safe and well and until next time,
With my love,