A week ago, I got back from a magical trip on the Cornwall Coast.
Only 4 days (this time around) – but I will be back.
A lot more to explore.
These are just some of memories and thoughts from that experience:
Living in Milton Keynes I am probably the further-est from the sea by at least 2 hours in every direction…
Having lived close to sea in South Africa, I really enjoy the wide open space of the ocean. The soul stirring invite of the sea.
So on arrival to Perranporth, my soul felt so giddy!
How beautiful is the view from this parking lot?
These lyrics by Counting Crows came to mind “They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot” (Big Yellow Taxi)
We had to fetch my cousin’s car from this little town.
Next stop was Portreath:
My cousin (Jess) and I went straight to the water to dip our feet in.
I was so thankful to see such open spaces and see the sea again.
There is just something about the Ocean.
It just draws me to our Creator God.
Swimming in it often feels like a “sort of baptism”
And there is just the whole play factor… being at the beach.
We met the rest of our party (who had been hiking for the day) and then we headed to The Portreath Arms for a delicious meal and meeting some of the locals.
I love moments like that. Sitting in a pub in the middle of a small town. Where time seems to stand still. A beer, a good pub meal, a great ambience… dig it!
The next day, my two cousins and I set our for our 18km hike.
From Portreath to Phillack (near Hayle)
(I remember before heading off to Cornwall to do just two days of the Cornwall Coastal Path) someone had said to me that the weather forecast looked quite rainy…
I replied: We’re going on an adventure. If it rains, then it will be a wet adventure, but an adventure nonetheless.
I remember having a conversation with my aunt: She said that in South Africa, there is the glorious Transkei coast. And it really is breathtaking! A jagged and wild coastline…
But right here in the UK, right there in Cornwall… the coastline is magnificent! It too is wild and jagged.
And absolutely breathtaking!
Cornwall has some sheer cliffs right on the coastline.
And then it has some wide open sandy beaches. (I was reminded of Noordhoek beach in the Western Cape)
I got this shot:
I figured it would make a good advert for VW Kombis. (Volkswagen) Don’t you agree?
As I walked by the van I noticed a guy sitting inside – he looked to be writing something. What a pensive picture!
On that Friday, we had to walk through some strong winds and some rain that came pelting down from an angle.
On the whole, it was just so amazing to have the ocean accompanying us on the right side. The sheer cliffs. We saw some seals beached in a little cove below. The varied flora. The gradient of the hike was relatively consistent so it was quite easy.
I just couldn’t quite believe, how beautiful it all was!
England, I have discovered has various landscapes.
From beautiful countryside, mountains in the Lakes and Peak districts, stunning green rolling hills, and now the coastline of Cornwall that I was experiencing for the first time.
The self-catering cottage we arrived at was amazing and so homey.
The next day, we had a slow start. The weather outside was pretty dreary, but a certain charm to it. Warm and comfy in a cottage, with the grey and rainy weather outside… felt like a place where good stories are written.
The ladies and myself, (me, being the thorn among the roses – One guy, five ladies.) got to watch the semi final. (ENG vs NZ.) Was so good to see how well ENG played well!
So our Saturday adventure started later and started with a train trip:
There was a picturesque short train ride along the coast. It felt like the right thing to do. To train into St Ives.
St Ives was just so quaint and wonderful. It felt so European!
I loved the cobbled streets, the older buildings – the buildings also seemed to lean against each other.
I definitely want to come back here again!
I have this thing I do when I visit places is to send postcards to some people.
But all the postcards I saw at the stores where of St Ives in the sunshine.
But that was not my experience of it, this time. So to keep things authentic:
I chose not to get postcards.
While we ate lunch, it was good to see how the tide came into the bay:
After a short visit to the lovely St Ives we did the 15km coastal walk back.
The weather improved. No more rain.
So it was perfect!
Again, stunning coastline:
And they said England is not beautiful… ?
(“They” refers to the bitter ones who go on about the weather.)
Come rain, or clouds, or wind, or sunshine, or vast blue skies…
Every scenery has a certain charm to it.
“What you look for, you will find.”
On the way back to the cottage, my cousin, got this photo of me:
I am so thankful for the little adventures I get to experience!