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August 2, 2017 No Comments

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Hello, I’m Polly Radford, a Cornish artist, food lover and creative PR person, who now runs ‘SPACE’… a little, local company offering creative escape days for busy people, anyone in need of some time out.

Space, it’s what we all crave, right?!. That’s why we love Cornwall. My creative escape days offer you the chance to truly relax, retreating from everything for a day, to my beautiful garden studio, near Mawnan Smith. Hidden away from the business of life, work, children and all the other things that seem to make modern life so hectic. We come together to make things, share a nutritious two course lunch and indulge in a professional massage from the brilliant local masseuse, Sally.

My creative escape days are primarily about relaxation, so not a  craftworkshop per se, or lessons in how to create a beautiful piece of art. I offer an alternative to a spa day… less expensive and far more relaxing. Imagine a selfcare package where you arrive in a quiet space, have a coffee, chat over some making options, share inspiration with others, indulge in a tasty two course lunch and then unwind with a massage, some yoga or a guided relaxation session.

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Whether making coil pots from clay, imprinting leaves and cow parsley to make tiles, cutting your own lino prints, or therapeutically arranging found slate and sea glass beach treasures to create a take away wall hanging, you will find that engaging your hands in the simple task of making, will quickly and naturally relax you. Creative activities are proven to reduce stress and increase your positive state of mind. Selfcare is no longer simply about nipping down to your local beauty parlour for a manicure or pedicure,a spot of craft with like-minded individuals can be far more relaxing and indulgent. Throw in a head massage and some rich chocolate brownies and what could be better?!

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In the spring, you might even find yourself taking a short stroll into the woods, as a group, to gather wild garlic, returning to the garden studio to turn it into jars of wild garlic pesto, orhand printing your own labels with lino cuts you’ve designed yourself (with my help if you like). Making, be it arty or culinary is at the heart of all space days and evenings. We can do virtually anything your heart desires in order to help you to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Space days run on Tuesdays all year round, as well as on the occasional weekend and evening. I also run candle lit space nights throughout the Autumn where you can make sea glass Christmas decorations and cards, while enjoying a light supper and glass of mulled wine in the garden studio. You can book your own private space session if you have a minimum of four people. These work brilliantly for birthday parties and hen dos or for an alternative evening out with friends wanting to get together, and catch up, away from it all. To book a place on any of my space days or night, please call me on 01326 372444 or book via my Facebook page. See you soon!

Upcoming Space sessions:

Tuesday 15th August 10-3 ish

Tuesday 22nd August 10-3 ish

Tuesday 12th September 10-3 ish

Tuesday 20th September 10-3 ish

 

Maximise Your Annual Leave

July 27, 2017 No Comments

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Bank Holidays are precious commodities in British life. Not least because you can add them to the regular holiday allowance that your employer permits you through gritted teeth, and if you are clever in your planning, use them to create even lengthier windows away from your daily trudge.

Residents of England and Wales can look forward to eight annual state-appointed days away from the grindstone, Scotland basks in the glow of 10 days off a year (a further 24 hours of New Year downtime on January 2, plus St Andrew’s Day on November 30). Northern Ireland, meanwhile, has an additional 10 days to play with (St Patrick’s Day on March 17; the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne on July 12), although all of this pales in comparison to France, where 13 days of legislated downing of tools are ingrained in the calendar – and Italy, where the total is 17. Yes, 17!

We’ve reached that time of year when everyone is already enjoying their summer holidays or at least waiting in anticipation for their pre-booked family trip of fun and sun (fingers crossed). But, what if you haven’t thought of organising a holiday yet? What if it’s just occurred to you that it would be nice to get away for a few days but you’re concerned about how many days of annual leave you’ll be left with?  Well if you’re quick you’ll be able to take 4 days off for a nine-day break in August!

It won’t make you popular in the office, but it will make you happy…

Take four days off for a nine-day break

Bank Holiday: August 28 (Summer Bank Holiday)

Days to book off: August 29-September 1

Holiday window: August 26-September 3

Properties available: You’ll be pleased to hear that we have some stunning properties still available for this week! From luxury river-side holiday homes sleeping ten; to romantic, snug Cornish cottages for two; we will have just what you’re looking for, making a last-minute booking into a dream holiday.

Click here to view all properties available for the week of 26th August.

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Falmouth Restaurants with Good Accessibility

July 12, 2017 No Comments

Cornwall has some of the most diverse and interesting places to visit, many with facilities for visitors with accessibility needs. Most restaurants and pubs will provide access and facilities for less mobile visitors, but it is best to check specific requirements with the venue before your visit.

Here is our guide to eating out at restaurants in Falmouth with great accessibility. You’ll find Fish and seafood restaurants, fine dining, bistros and brasseries, Gastro pubs and café bars with photos, menus and all the essential information at your finger-tips. *

Prezzo – Located close to the seafront and local shops and bars and within easy reach of the rail station. Housed in the old post office, Prezzo is a large open plan restaurant seating up to two hundred guests and features a patio area for al fresco dining.

The Old Post Office The Moor Falmouth Cornwall
01326 314564

The Waymarker

The WayMarker – The current menus range from classic Brasserie style dinners, splendid light lunches & mouth-watering cakes whether gluten & dairy are your friends or not!

Constantine Falmouth
01326 341323 Pub / Bar that serves food

 

5 Degrees West – A Modern bar and grill located in the heart of Falmouth. There is a side entrance to the right of the building for wheelchair users
7 Grove Place Falmouth

Zizzi

Zizzi – Italian chain restaurant for pizza and calzone on wooden boards, plus traditional pastas. 1 Maritime House, Discovery Quay, Falmouth

Lemon Arms

Lemon Arms – Traditional village pub in Mylor Bridge, with car-park and a small garden, serving award winning St Austell Brewery ales and food.

Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth

Pandora

Pandora Inn – In a spectacular setting on the edge of Restronguet Creek, their attention to detail in everything – from the food and service to the décor and furniture – has established the Pandora as an award-winning pub that aims to give you an enjoyable and memorable experience whenever you visit.

Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek, Falmouth

 

*Our understanding is that these establishments are ‘accessible’ however we advise that you check with them directly and confirm both accessibility and facilities available.

 

 

 

 

A walk at Chapel Porth

April 7, 2017 No Comments

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Just next to St Agnes, Chapel Porth Beach is run by the National Trust. The long sandy beach is completely covered at high tide but the walk along the cliff is simply stunning (used in the Poldark filming).

 

Casa Juan

March 28, 2017 No Comments

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What a wonderful welcome we received from the recently opened Casa Juan Restaurant in the village square in Mawnan Smith.

The staff at our office were invited along for an evening where we sampled, amongst other things, Calamari, paella, Albondigas, tortilla and traditional Spanish almond tart.  All very tasty and flavoursome.

Casa Juan a family run traditional Spanish licensed restaurant specialising in tapas.  The authentic Spanish cuisine is prepared by Juan who comes from Tenerife.  The family are excellent hosts – happily describing the recipes and obviously keen for their guests to have a  fulfilling enjoyable meal.

They open for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Saturday, perfect for a mid walk lunch as they are happy for dogs to join at lunch.

 

 

 

Sunny Sunday at Polwheveral Creek

March 13, 2017 No Comments

What a beautiful Sunday it was in Cornwall!

I popped down to Polwheveral Creek when I was in the area, the spring flowers are all out there were lots of different birds in the water and it was just so peaceful! The magnolia trees were out and because of last week’s rain the grass was looking so very green. It’s just such a lovely spot, we could have stayed all day.

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Easter Fun in Cornwall

March 7, 2017 No Comments

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Our little darlings are soon breaking up from school; Easter is the perfect time to get away, kick back and relax – it’s time to go on holiday.

With the daffodils blooming and crocuses appearing, Cornwall’s mild climate is the perfect place to soak up some spring warmth and have some fun as a family on any one of Falmouth’s three sandy beaches.

To tempt you a little more, we are offering a 20% discount* on all full week bookings over Easter so it’s the perfect time to head for the coast! (* Quote ‘blog03’ on booking to be eligible for 20% off a week’s stay)

Once you’ve chosen your fabulous seaside holiday home, it’s time to pack a bag and hit the road. Don’t forget your wetsuit!

Once you’ve arrived here, you’ll instantly feel at home. (Ninety per cent of our cottages are second homes and as such ooze personality, charm and home comforts).

It’s time to go exploring! Why not share some of the special Easter traditions that you enjoyed as a child. I always make ‘Easter gardens’, so it’s off to collect some greenery, daffs, wild flowers and pebbles. Having an exciting end goal in mind is always encouraging for little legs – sourcing plants and bark is half the fun, then back home to make a little garden with the treasured finds.

It’s time to play! Off to the beach, trusty flask and Easter cake in the bag, along with the important glistening golden goodies which will soon be hidden, found and readily enjoyed. The children have been looking forward to this holiday for many weeks and now it’s here; even the dog is excited!

Once at the beach, Mum keeps the children occupied skimming stones across the mill-pond water, while Dad goes off to lay the treasure for the hunt. Something you may think about and plan for days is often over in moments but look at the joy that is spread across the children’s faces as they find a golden egg hidden under a stone or beside a rock pool! Once found, all the eggs are placed carefully in a bucket and then readily enjoyed. The Easter Egg hunt is a huge success!

So when did the popular Easter egg hunt originate?  It is believed that Easter eggs go back thousands of years and are largely a pagan tradition. Hunting for eggs date back to the 1700s when it was believed there was an egg-laying hare. Children were encouraged to build nests for the hare to lay in and then search for the eggs it left behind.  The tradition stuck and now children all over the world go hunting in anticipation of finding chocolate eggs each Easter.

Sound like fun to you? There are some fabulous family Easter egg hunts and events for all the family happening in and around Falmouth this Easter.

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Glendurgan Gardens, Mawnan Smith 14th-17th April are offering Easter egg hunts for young children in the Olive Grove and older children in their beautiful gardens.

Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith 11th and 13th April are holding Easter workshops for the children to make their own Easter nest, plus a special Easter lunch on Easter day (pre-booking required).

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth 3rd to 23rd April have ‘Pirates ahoy’ fun for all the family!

Trelissick, Truro 14th-17th April have a Cadburys Easter egg hunt through the gardens with a chocolate prize at the end!

Flambards, Helston 1st – 23rd April have Easter activities throughout the holidays including a Victorian Easter quiz trail and a grand Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday!

‘Wild Spring Hare’ play with Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods 7th – 17th April. An adventure set in the woods amongst bluebells and birds which the whole family will love. (photo above)

After all that exploring, now it is time to eat. 

Get stocked up with all your essentials in the large variety of great shops in Falmouth offering artisan bread, organic vegetables, freshly-caught fish, local meat and a fabulous health food shop full of cooking ingredients.

For your tasty Easter meal, there are a large choice of cafes and restaurants in Falmouth which offer something for everyone’s taste, whatever time of day. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a Cornish pasty on the Prince of Wales Pier, while watching boats bob about in the harbour, or purchasing some fish and chips from Harbour Lights (recently voted Britain’s best fish and chip shop) and eating them on the beach. Finish it off with a Cornish Roskilly’s ice cream at Gylly Beach Café.

It’s time to get creative and decorate some eggs! This delightful artistic activity is an age-old tradition. I remember my mother annually bringing out the precious box of eggs decorated from previous years; some a little faded and cracked but this only adding to the beauty. All you need are some hand blown eggs and whatever you fancy decorating them with. You can use paints, natural dyes (beetroot, cabbage, turmeric or onion) or food colourings. Get experimenting with crayons, sponges, rubber bands or string to create pretty patterns. Once done, why not hang them up on a branch you’ve collected from the woods (some thread on a match stick works well) to enjoy over Easter.

Now for the sweet treats! Getting the little ones involved in the kitchen is a great rainy day afternoon activity. This super-simple, delicious recipe for peanut butter-filled chocolate eggs is a winner every time, plus the children will love getting their hands all chocolatey!

 

Peanut Butter filled Chocolate Easter Eggs

 

Equipment required:

•              Egg moulds

 

Ingredients for filling:

•              3/4 cup peanut butter

•              2 tablespoons coconut oil

•              1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•              1/2 teaspoon maple syrup/honey

 

Ingredients for coating:

•              1 cup chocolate

•              2 tablespoons coconut oil

 

Recipe:

 

To make the filling:

•              In a small pan melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil together then stir in the vanilla until mixed well.

•              Pour the mixture into egg moulds and freeze for an hour.

•              Remove and leave to one side.

 

To make the coating:

•              Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over a hot pan of water until it’s well mixed then pour into the egg moulds.

•              Place the peanut butter eggs in the chocolate, pressing down so the chocolate covers the eggs.

•              Place in the fridge to set for half an hour.

 

All ingredients can be sourced locally from The Natural Store in Falmouth.

 

 

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A windy day in St Ives

March 6, 2017 No Comments

A beautiful sunny day here in Cornwall – just a bit windy!  Nothing better than dressing up warm and getting yourself to the coastline to watch those powerful waves crash over the rocks.   Certainly blows the cobwebs away!

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Room of the Week – Trenant Living Room

February 24, 2017 No Comments

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If you were to walk into a traditional country cottage you may expect it to feel small and cluttered, but not at Trenant! Enter through the quaint porch (recently used as a backdrop for a German photoshoot), into a giant sitting/dining room the sofa’s around the log burner and lovely deep windows.

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In the middle of the room is a lovely wooden dining table with seating for six, the perfect place to enjoy a Sunday roast or spend the evening playing Monopoly over a bottle of wine.

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There is plenty of space for all the family to relax and lots of books to read down by the creek, just make a cup of coffee and either park yourself on a blanket or bench by the water.

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Polwheveral really is a hidden beauty so often you will be on your own by the water.

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A Winter Picnic with Cornish Maid

February 9, 2017 No Comments

Whether it’s the weekend or you are on holiday, nothing beats that feeling of not having to get up at the crack of dawn! After a lazy morning, it’s time to head out the door for some much-needed time in the great outdoors…

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Falmouth is close to the beaches and the countryside and offers endless things for a family to do whatever the weather. Today it’s time to go walking in one of our favourite spots: the Helford river.

 

Just a short drive from Falmouth is Mawnan Smith: a quiet, friendly village, complete with all the amenities you might need. Nestled within the heart of the village is a lovely, friendly cafe called ‘Cornish Maid’. It’s the perfect spot to sit and relax with a hot brew and piece of cake while watching the village comings and goings. They also make ready-to-go picnic hampers, which suited us perfectly today. We love nothing more than a hearty picnic, especially one that’s been lovingly prepared for us. A picnic in winter you might say? As long as you’re wrapped up with appropriate weather gear, you can enjoy it whatever the weather. Somehow food always seems to taste better al fresco and after a long walk, feels very much deserved!

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A short hop down the road by car, we park at Bosveal, ‘The National Trust’ car park.

We tog up: hats, scarves, gloves, baby slings and raincoats (always prepare for every weather eventuality in Cornwall!). Daddy has the picnic, I have the baby and the eldest little nipper has disappeared off into the woods to search for bears!

 

Off we stomp – through the woods, past the cows, down a well-trodden path until we reach our favourite destination: Grebe beach!  We timed it just right – low tide – so there was plenty of space to run around, throw stones, build a sand-castle and find a good spot to set up camp for the afternoon. The ten minute walk is perfect for little legs.

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After our beach fun it was time to re-fuel and tuck into our picnic: a delicious hamper full of tasty and satisfying treats! The family hamper, for 2 adults and 2 children, more than filled us up with its delicious selection of fresh vegetarian sandwiches, tasty homemade cakes and Cornish biscuits. It took away the hassle of having to pack a picnic and the kids loved the surprise of not knowing what was in the hamper!

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After our filling picnic, it was time to sit back and relax while the kids occupied themselves. It is such a wonderful place to just stop and totally immerse ourselves in nature; the rugged tree-lined coastline running parallel to fields of cows, the gentle lapping of water, seaweed-covered rock pools and hundreds of pretty shells and pebbles along the shoreline to keep the kids occupied. “Treasure Mummy!’”, my four-year-old excitedly exclaims, when he discovers some glistening sea glass by his feet.

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We had a lovely afternoon spent in a beautiful place. That’s the beauty of Cornwall – no matter what time of year, if you go exploring, you can always find a peaceful spot to escape to. Each season brings its own, unique sights, smells and sounds. During the summer the stunning beaches would have you believe you’re in the mediterranean. Come the quieter winter months, the rugged beauty of steel-grey seas and deserted wind-swept beaches never fail to impress!

 

 

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