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How you can afford to move to Cornwall

By March 6, 2017 Escape, Thoughts
How you can afford to move to Cornwall

2 years ago, if you’d said to me ‘you’ll live in Cornwall, work part-time and still have enough money to pay the bills and have occasional treats’ I wouldn’t have believed you. Because I honestly thought we couldn’t afford it.

It wasn’t until my other half, who is a sucker for a good spreadsheet, worked out exactly what we could afford to live on and how much we needed to earn.  And it was surprisingly a hell of a lot less than we realised.

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Cornwall bucket list item #18 – St Nectan’s Glen

By February 19, 2017 Escape
Secret Waterfall St Nectans Glen

I’ve been in a bit of a funk just lately. After the surprising high of January, I’ve crashed a bit this month and had a major bout of homesickness. Despite keeping up with the gym, I’ve lacked motivation to surf or blog and I completely caved in on myself and hid away at home.

Thankfully, I have some amazing friends who helped to pick me up off the floor and get me out of the house. Last week was a good opportunity to revive the Cornwall bucket list so when Jenny suggested checking out a waterfall, little did I know when I met up with her that she was talking about St Nectan’s Glen.

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September, bucket lists and my 40th birthday

By September 28, 2016 Escape, Love

September in Cornwall

September’s always been my favourite month – the turn of the season, the morning bite in the air, and wrapping up in cosy jumpers. Plus the small fact that it’s my birthday month!

This September has been really amazing! It’s a lot quieter now in Cornwall but we’ve had hot sunny days and plenty of swell. I’ve also had 3 lots of visitors from the Midlands. It’s been crazy busy but a great opportunity to tick some more items off the Cornwall bucket list!

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My first summer living in Cornwall

By September 7, 2016 Escape, Thoughts

Towan Beach Newquay

Woah….where did that go?!

I can’t believe it’s September. The Autumn swells are rolling in and summer came and went in a crazy busy blink of an eye.

As first summers in Cornwall go, it’s been amazing.

In between work, I’ve made the most of the long hot days by surfing, building up a pretty impressive wetsuit tan and exploring my relatively new home.

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Cornwall bucket list item #1 – Boscastle

By August 5, 2016 Escape
Boscastle harbour

I’ve done it! I’ve ticked the first item off my Cornwall bucket list!

And where better place to start than at the top of the list with item number 1: visit Boscastle and the Witchcraft museum.

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23 things to tick off my Cornwall bucket list

By July 10, 2016 Escape, Love

Holywell Bay

Despite holidaying in Cornwall for many years, I’ve barely scratched the surface of places to visit, paths to wander, beaches to explore and hidden gems to find.

When we moved to Cornwall 8 months ago, I wanted to explore my new home straight away. Despite it being Winter, I ticked a few things off my list – visiting St Agnes and Port Isaac, walking the coast path around Bedruthan Steps, surfing Polzeath and eating at Lusty Glaze beach restaurant.

But since moving house, working, building up my freelance business, surfing and getting back into my fitness, I haven’t found the time for many day trips.

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Everyday is day one

By June 13, 2016 Escape, Thoughts

Big wave

Starting my own business feels like taking on waves like this!

Since publishing my last post about dealing with stress and anxiety, letting go of my job and moving onto the next chapter of life in Cornwall, I’ve had an overwhelming response.

I’ve had so many messages from well wishers telling me how brave and honest the post was, from people who have been in similar situations, and from others supporting me and telling me I’ve made the right decision. It’s been my most popular blog post to date and I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to read it, comment and contact me. I’m hugely grateful.

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I’m moving to Cornwall!

By October 22, 2015 Escape, Thoughts

shaka

Today we got the news we have been waiting weeks for. We have exchanged contracts which means it’s now legally binding and fully official….

We’re moving to Cornwall!

Despite being a relatively easy and quick process this time round, with only having to sell a house and not buy as well, it’s still felt really drawn out. I have lacked motivation and felt in limbo over the past few weeks as we haven’t been able to start packing until this point, in case for some reason, the sale didn’t go through. I guess as well, it hasn’t really felt real.

But now we have 4 weeks to pack up our life in the West Midlands, say our goodbyes and make the 240 mile journey to our new home.

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The big move

By August 31, 2015 Escape

The big move

On the journey home from Cornwall a few weeks ago, I was determined to be positive and happily reflect on an amazing holiday.

By the time we reached Devon my resolve vanished. We stopped for coffee at the services and whilst standing in the queue, the floodgates opened. I couldn’t speak for the lump in my throat and the usually enticing cake display blurred behind a sea of tears.

I probably sound like an ungrateful child who cries at the end of the party because they don’t want to go home. But those who love surfing and being by the coast, especially the ones inland will understand how gut wrenching it is to leave it all behind. To return to landlockedsville when you don’t know when the next surf will be is like being a fish plucked out of water.

It was the last straw and the final push I needed. I didn’t want to leave it all behind again.

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The next level

By August 18, 2015 Escape, Surf more
Photo courtesy of Checkered Photography

Photo courtesy of Checkered Photography

I think it’s fair to say that I have reached my comfort zone when it comes to surfing. I can catch waves, get to my feet (although not by the correct method) and ride the white water til the cows come home. I have fun, which is what it’s all about but I want to take my surfing to the next level and to do that I need some help.

I also want a different perspective. I think it’s great to mix things up a bit and you can learn so much from different people. I was keen to get the input from a female surfer who understands the issues that women surfers have especially with confidence.

For me there was no better person to do this than British pro surfer Corinne Evans.

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