Our wonderful Cornish holiday…

We recently returned from a wonderful, relaxing holiday in Cornwall and just wanted to share some of the experiences we enjoyed most in the West Country with you!

 

We were so lucky with the weather – after weeks of miserably cold and rainy weather in Norfolk we were greeted with sunshine and warmth when we arrived in Cornwall.  We were staying in a great little coastal town called St Agnes, which has plenty of independent shops, restaurants and a wonderful sandy beach nearby.

 

Just look at this beautiful scene – the cliffs are impressive (it’s a steep walk down to the coastline and, funnily enough, an even steeper walk back!) and the sea is the most gorgeous blue with waves that can knock you off your feet should you be daft enough to venture into them instead of sitting comfortably on the sand reading and eating ice cream like any normal person (well, me and Will anyway)!

 

There was plenty to do and watch, with fishermen bringing their boats in, mad folk surfing and body boarding and me and Will trying to play badminton with a broken shuttlecock – what more could you want?!

 

A few miles down the road we discovered another perfect little beach, tucked away down a steep track with a National Trust car park and tea room to welcome you at the entrance to the bay. The cliff walks either side of the beach offer amazing views over the sea and along the coastline – breathtaking!

 


Although it was difficult to drag ourselves away from the perfection of St Agnes, we managed several days out to see the sights of Cornwall.  We are a family of animal lovers, so a trip to Newquay Zoo and Sealife Centre was a must – it would have been rude not to really, seeing as they were practically on our doorstep!

We particularly enjoyed feeding the animals in the petting zoo, especially the baby sheep and goats – so sweet!  This got us to thinking though, what happens to all the animals when they get older?  A little research and we found this little gem of a place called Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary.

 

 

I’m sure that zoos look after their animals really well and hold conservation as one of their main objectives, but the work that Wendy and her team do at Porfell Sanctuary takes it one step further.  They give “homes for life” to animals that were either exotic pets the owners no longer want or ex-zoo animals too old to breed from any more.  They are saved from being put to sleep and given an enriched environment with caring keepers to live out their days.  The love and attention  they receive is obvious throughout the whole sanctuary.

Because the animals are accustomed to human interaction, visitors are able to get much closer than at conventional wildlife centres and we were able to hand-feed the deer (who were absolutely adorable – so gentle and sweet), the llamas and all sorts of birds, such as peacocks, geese, ducks and hens, that wander freely around the grounds.

 

We were also privileged to be able to attend a “Lemur Tea Party” with Wendy to meet the rescued lemurs and feed them slices of banana, which was the most fun you could imagine!

Although they were all super-cute, our favourite was Buddha with his big furry belly that we were allowed to rub for good luck!  He even looks like he’s meditating here, after filling his tummy with lots of banana!

 

While in Cornwall, we had to visit our favourite places from past holidays, so we took a trip across the county to Mevagissey and Fowey.  They are two picturesque fishing villages that offer great little gift shops and superb restaurants as well as stunning scenery.

 

 

If you are ever in Cornwall, they are thoroughly worth a visit and we can recommend a meal at the Kingswood Bar and Restaurant, just outside Mevagissey, too.  The food is superb and the service outstanding with friendly staff who are only too pleased to answer queries and accommodate requests, making you feel really welcome and appreciated.

We had such a fantastic time in Cornwall and came home feeling as though we had enjoyed a slice of Paradise.  And look who was waiting for us when we walked through our front door!  This little fellow was made for us by the very talented Jo of Milly & Me, to add to the little Annie doll she made us earlier in the year for our niece Boo.  Isn’t he lovely?

Now we are back to work and getting ready for the Burnham Market Craft Fair next weekend – Saturday 18th August from 10am to 5pm.  If you are in the area, come and have a look – there are over a hundred talented craftspeople exhibiting their wares and it is a great day out.  Just keep your fingers crossed for the weather for us!  Hope to see you there… LouLou & Will x

 

Posted on 11th August 2012 by LouLou

2 comments on “Our wonderful Cornish holiday…”

Looks like you had a wonderful time in sunny Cornwall – really enjoyable read over my lunchtime cuppa 🙂
And a big surprise to see little donkey at the end! xx

Posted on 11th August 2012 by Jo Dewhirst

Thanks Jo, glad you enjoyed the blog. We couldn’t leave out the little donkey – he was head of the welcoming committee when we got home! LouLou x

Posted on 11th August 2012 by LouLou

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