Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The unexpected - once more

I had an unexpected holiday in many ways. Firstly, it was in Penzance rather than Crowlas. The cottage was old fashioned and parts of it dark, but the living room and main bedroom faced the seafront and sunshine poured in the windows all day which was blissful. I was more tired than I’d realised and, while I was disappointed that my first guest couldn’t come, I was almost relieved that I had more time to myself. Not that I did very much, but pottering along the seafront in the sunshine (it was very warm and sunny that week) and sitting reading in an old fashioned, high backed chair in the sunshine, with a cup of tea, and watching the goings on along the prom with Moll dozing at my feet was wonderful.

The view from that window changed at every time of day with the weather and the tide. (The picture above is on my first evening, just before the prom lights were switched on.) At low tide I saw a heron one morning, and an egret the next day. Later on, we saw swans having their morning bath. When the tide was high, waves thudded into the promenade wall opposite with a noise like thunder, and the whole cottage shook. And at the highest spring tides, it was like a firework display – first the rumble of thunder from the waves, then they arched over the road and ripped into my garden before splattering all over the walls. That was truly a sight to behold.

I have several friends in Penzance so it was good to catch up with them – as a result Mollie went to her first private view which she thoroughly enjoyed, and I managed to catch up with an elusive editor. My friends Deb and Rich arrived half way through the week and we had a wonderful day out walking at Porthcurno and Porthgwarra, visiting St Just and a drink at the Tinners Arms in Zennor.

So while the first part of the holiday was extremely quiet it was just the rest I needed. Funny how life can turn out to give you what you want, even if you don’t know you need it.

12 comments:

ADDY said...

You had SUNSHINE? Here it has been nothing but mist, rain, doom and gloom for the last week or so. How nice to stay in a cottage with such a lovely view. Hope it's recharged the batteries.

Flowerpot said...

I was lucky, Addy! It's been horrible here in Falmouth but only a few miles away we had lots of sun - I even got quite brown. Back to doom and gloom now!

Talli Roland said...

That sounds absolutely perfect. And what a view!

Flowerpot said...

It was, Talli and it is!

Akelamalu said...

That sounds like the perfect place to relax, lucky you. x

Rena George said...

That holiday in Penzance sounded perfect, Flowerpot. We all need a little time on our own now and again, even if we don't at first realise it.
Walking at Porthcurno, and then a relaxing drink at the Tinners'Arms...BLISS! X

Melissa Marsh said...

It sounds so lovely, to just sit and read and relax by the seaside. I admit to being jealous. I would love to do that for a few days, but I am quite a long ways from the seaside!
:D

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - it was a real treat. I must do it again!

Flowerpot said...

Rena - I was very lucky!

Flowerpot said...

Ak - my holidays tend to be action packed so it was great to have one that was half and half!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Gosh that does look beautiful. A good view makes all the difference when you're away from home.

CJ x

Flowerpot said...

CJ - doesn't it just? But then I'm very lucky - there are lots of lovely views here!