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!
Ticking off 2 more..
I enjoyed the best cinematic experience ever with my friends Carl and Kelly (item 8 on the list) – Point Break on Carlyon Beach under the light of the moon and the sound of waves in the background. Beats sitting in a stuffy cinema any day!
Then my mum came to stay. We had some fantastic days out including a beautiful walk from Trevaunance Cove to Chapel Porth via the coast path – another one ticked off the bucket list (item 14)!
And then there was the small matter of the big birthday – my 40th.
Celebrating my birthday in style
I’ve never really done cool stuff on my birthdays, especially not the stand out ones so I was determined to celebrate this one in style. Surfing was high on the agenda and so too was a certain bucket list item that I’d been wanting to do for years – jet ski-ing! My boss and her husband sorted it all out for me after a chance conversation and I’ll never be able to thank them enough for making it possible!
Despite a windy day, the surf was pumping on the north coast so after opening my cards, I headed out for an early morning surf in the bay. It was super quiet, I accidentally body surfed a wave for the first time ever (amazing feeling if you’ve never tried it) and had fun capturing the whole thing on my new GoPro (birthday present). After a quick change and some chocolate croissants it was time to head over to the south coast for my jet-ski session.
The south coast of Cornwall is relatively unknown for me having not explored it. It was the best option for jet-ski-ing as its generally flat when the north coast’s firing. Gorran Haven where the session took place is a pretty, sleepy little village with a small harbour and tiny beach – I fell in love with it immediately.
I got to go first, thanks to birthday girl privileges, after a safety brief on the beach. Despite being shown how to drive, I was just stoked to be a passenger (and slightly wary of the choppy conditions). After getting past the harbour, my ski driver hit the throttle and we zoomed out across the open sea, up and over the waves, sea spraying in my face. I felt totally exhilarated, full of adrenalin and alive! It was incredible!
After a few more goes of being a passenger, and not wanting to kick myself later for not having tried it, I drove the ski and by this time, I was glad it was a bit choppy! That feeling of zooming up the wave face and crashing down the other side was just immense. I really got into it and threw the ski around a bit, doing sharper turns and just having such a blast! Me and Ste took turns and he got so into it as well which I was stoked about. Having to swap places involved the person at the back of the ski getting off into the open sea. I’d never been out that far ever and it was an incredible feeling being surrounded by such a huge expanse of water…so calming!
Then an unexpected bonus came about when someone suggested harbour jumping…something which hadn’t made it to the bucket list but I’d been wanting to do it. Luckily we were with people who knew the harbour well and knew that the water was deep enough at the point we were jumping. So, we all took turns with some pretty impressive back flips (although not from me!) and my bosses little boy being super brave! Embarrassingly, I wasn’t so brave to begin with and let out a pretty blood curdling scream as I launched myself off the harbour wall. But I loved it, so went back for more.
After a bit of open water swimming, a final go on the ski and a drink afterwards with the ski crew, my boss and her family, it was time to head back to Newquay for a meal at my favourite restaurant – Lusty Glaze. It’s a beautiful setting full of fairy lights which reflect the magic of the place. The meal itself was one of the best meals I’ve had since moving to Cornwall. The perfect end to a perfect day and exactly how I wanted to spend my 40th birthday!
Bucket lists and being 40
There’s something about turning 40 that makes you reflect on what you’ve achieved so far and what’s still ahead. It’s the perfect time to create a bucket list and a couple of people really close to me had the same idea!
My mum bought me a beautifully inspiring bucket list journal to capture 101 dreams and desires. It’s packed with inspiring stories from people who’ve pursued their dreams including surfer Felicity Palameteer! I’m looking forward to curling up with a cuppa and compiling my list!
My friend Kelly challenged me to a ’40 things to tick off in my 40th year’ list. It’s a great idea and as I have just a year to tick everything off, it’s a very focused way of keeping on track!
So with the Cornwall bucket list, the 101 bucket list and the 40th year list, I’m predicting lots of adventures and exciting times ahead. They say life begins at 40, and so far I’m loving it!