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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 tree’s were out and because of last weeks rain the grass was looking so very green. It’s just such a lovely spot, we could have stayed all day.
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.
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
• 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Polwheveral really is a hidden beauty so often you will be on your own by the water.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Dramatic high ceilings, luxurious vibrant sofas, feature fire places and floor to ceiling windows with sea views.. what more could you wish for?
The sitting room at Auckland House is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy your holiday. Whether the whole family are sitting around playing a game, or you have stayed behind to have a quite moment reading a book while the rest of the family stroll into Falmouth. There is even a piano if you’re feeling musical.
Hanging in the middle of the room is a beautiful chandelier that looks like its dropped out of The Great Gatsby. The light pours in through the giant windows giving views of the river going towards Flushing. A really lovely room for all to relax in.
Rather than featuring a property a week as you can see them on the website, we thought it would be nice to share some of our favourite rooms with you! This way we can show extra photographs that may not already be on the website.
It seems fitting to start with a property that we have been letting for over 30 years, the very popular Ridifarne. If private access to the beach and stunning views of the Helford River are not enough for you perhaps the 3-acre garden will be of interest. Today we will look at the recently refurbished kitchen and larder.
Although there is a large formal dining room next door the owners choose to keep a breakfast table in the window giving you a choice of where to watch the view while you eat your cream tea. The new electric Aga keeps the room warm and makes you slow down a bit while you’re on holiday. Although you don’t have to plan quite as far in advance as with a traditional Aga this will take 30 minutes to get up to temperature, we only ever get good feedback from guests cooking with it.
The separate utility/larder stores the fridge freezer and washing machines, keeping the kitchen nice and peaceful.
The mases of kitchen worktop make for the perfect location for a bit of holiday baking! If you fancy a break from cooking then a short walk along the beach takes you to the popular Ferryboat Inn, or hop across the river on the ferry (or kayaks if you bring them) and have a meal at The Shipwrights on the south side of the river.
Looking forward to Valentines Day we decided to put together our favourite places for a candle-lit meal for two in Falmouth. We are quite lucky as there are some wonderful choices!
Located on a residential Falmouth street, Provedore is like being in a small spanish tapas bar. Cosy and candle-lit by night, sharing food is the perfect way to get to know somebody better.
The restaurant at the Greenbank overlooks the harbour and with the twinkling lights on the boats it makes for a very romantic setting. This year they are offering a special Valentines menu both on the 14th and the Saturday before. (photo above)
If you can get a table, Oliver’s is possibly the best food in town (always either first or second on Trip Advisor). Just good seasonal produce cooked with care, the husband and wife team will ensure you have a meal to remember.
Just a short drive towards Mawnan Smith at Maenporth Beach sits The Cove with stunning sea views; a wonderful location for a romantic walk followed by some great food.
Ignoring the many awards under its belt, this cafe/restaurant is right on the beach, what could be a more romantic setting? Coupled with the delicious food you are on to a winner. (Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – even better!)
2016 has been a year of iconic celebrity departures, shocking politics and a lot of ensuing uncertainty. Putting my mindfulness training to the side and contemplating what 2017 might bring, I have to be honest, I am a little anxious. Worldwide there seems to be so much suffering and power in the hands of a few irresponsible characters. It is easy to feel helpless and down right depressed. But we must not.
A new year is a new year start. Each and every one of us has the ability to love, create and be kind. Let’s all be committed to kindness to ourselves, each other and the planet as a whole. Live, eat and breathe kindness like it’s going out of fashion.
My new year’s resolutions:
– Spend half an hour per day with my children, creating, playing games or reading. There will be no screens and I will not ask them to ‘hurry up’ or worry about making a mess. (My close friends will know how hard the latter part is for me!)
– To meditate for at least ten minutes per day. (The aforementioned mindfulness course brought an unfathomable amount of joy, clarity and peace to my life. It is easy to let modern life to get in the way of a daily practice, but only I have the power to change this and ten such important minutes should not be procrastinated over.
– To book my holidays now (as a holiday home agent I would say this wouldn’t I?!). But seriously I have previously put off committing to a holiday because of a hundred trivial reasons and as a result we have not gone away at all. Holidays and time together is precious and the memories leave the most wonderful lasting imprints in the hearts of family and friends.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy and kind 2017