Hello from the other side…
I have been a Cornish resident for a week now and already I feel at home, like I was always meant to be here. No pangs of homesickness or yearning for my former life.
I took the week off work to focus on unpacking, settling in, getting aquainted with the village where we’re living and get all the boring admin stuff out of the way that goes along with a house move.
It was also a perfect excuse to take some time out and relax after what has been a pretty stressful time.
Despite a very wet and windy week, I have been a bit over excited at wanting to get out there, do stuff and explore the whole of Cornwall yesterday. But as time is on my side a bit more now I can pace myself, be patient and appreciate this beautiful county instead of trying to cram everything in a hurry.
Here’s a few things I have been up to this week:
1. Been surfing
Pretty inevitable! I hoped to get in a couple of times but it’s been pretty windy onshore conditions all week. The session at Watergate Bay wasn’t my finest hour. I hadn’t surfed for 3 months, my pop-up was incredibly slow and I only caught a handful of waves.
But…I got in and it was so good to be back in the sea! Lots to work on but I have a plan. More about that soon.
2. Made some new friends
Friends are hugely important to me and I love meeting new people, but I’ve had my fingers burnt recently so I’m a bit wary.
But within a week, one of the surf senioritas got in touch and suggested we get together and yesterday, I bumped into some Instagram friends. We have been talking for a while now – they moved to Cornwall last year too and it was awesome to finally meet them in person.
Looking forward to a coffee/surf/SUP/beer with them soon!
3. Caught up with existing friends
Through my blog and spending time in Cornwall over the past couple of years, I have friends who live here. It’s been lovely catching up with Amy from Mellow Waves and Biff from the Surfing Sumo, as well as walking along the beach with friends from back in the Midlands whose holiday coincided with our move.
4.Eaten some amazing food
Cornwall is renowned for being a food addict’s sanctuary. There are tons of amazing places to eat and drink whether you want the full on posh nosh dining experience or simply grabbing a steaming hot chocolate whilst watching the wild waves of the Atlantic.
I will be reviewing a few of the places I have discovered along the way. This week’s stand out has to be the Lusty Glaze Beach Restaurant – gorgeous location, amazing food; a soothing candelit, firelit and fairylit heaven!
5. Caught up with family
On move day, our car was packed to the gunnels with me crammed in the back seat wedged in between the two cats. Despite this we couldn’t fit everything in so thankfully Ste’s folks paid us a visit to bring the rest of our stuff.
I also caught up with my cousin who was on honeymoon and staying in the most amazing flat overlooking Fistral beach.
And thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I have given my mum a guided tour of the house via Skype. I can’t wait to show her in person when she visits us at Christmas!
6. Walked on deserted beaches
Cornwall is amazing at any time of year but especially in the winter. You can walk on deserted beaches without seeing a soul. It’s eerily beautiful particularly when the Atlantic is wild and woolly.
And after being blown about by the howling wind, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeking shelter with a hot chocolate. The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach bar are two of my favourites.
7. Made our rental house a home
We have only got a few months here but I have fallen in love with our traditional Cornish cottage. It’s teeny tiny but so cosy and homely with its log burner for the harsh winter days.
Despite me wanting to get outside and explore, I’m just as content staying indoors and cosying up under the crochet blanket in front of the fire.
8. Visited Padstow when it’s quiet
Ste used to work in a school so for 6 years we have been restricted to taking holidays at peak times. The past couple of occasions we have visited Padstow, thousands of people had the same idea. With walking speeds reduced to a shuffle and crowded shops you could barely squeeze into, it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
Mid-week in November is a different kettle of fish and we spent a few hours taking in the pretty little harbour, wandering leisurely round the craft and food shops, and having a mouthwatering fish and chip lunch at Rick Stein’s.
9. Explored new places
I love exploring new beaches, surf spots, places to eat and drink and coastal walks I never knew existed. I have barely scratched the surface this week and whilst I thought I knew Newquay like the back of my hand, I discovered a lovely walk up past where the Cribbar breaks (Cornwall’s big wave surf spot).
It was a blustery day and I finished the walk by heading into town to Whiskers – a laid back, cat inspired coffee shop which transforms into live music venue at night. I highly recommend their hot chocolate and vegan friendly blueberry muffins!
10. Bought a new domain name for my blog
I’m no longer landlocked, so I have been slowly changing the name on my Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter profiles. I wanted something that regular followers would still identify as me and keep my logo but with a slight tweak.
Cue ‘Kernowsurfgirl’ (Kernow being the Cornish name for Cornwall).
The blog address is still kernowsurfgirl.com until I actually figure out how to change it but I will keep you posted as soon as I have done it!