Tuesday 24 November 2015


This was Widemouth Bay just as the sun came out.

We’ve just got back from reviewing a very lovely cottage at Whitstone, near Bude. We had a bit of trouble finding it on Friday night, because I’d lost the directions, and it was raining and pitch dark, (you can imagine Dark Mutterings from Mr B as the afternoon became evening and there was still no sign of our cottage). However, having found Bennetts Court Holiday Cottages (quite easy when you know the way), we were taken to a lovely snug little Bramble Cottage where we lit the woodburner and snuggled in for the night.

Mr B took it upon himself to cook for the entire weekend which was lovely, particularly as I’d been feeling rotten all week. But despite the downpours at times over the weekend, we had a lovely break.

The cottage was warm and cosy, and our hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly. We explored Holsworthy and Bude on the Saturday, and on the Sunday walked along the beach at Widemouth Bay, then along by the canal and saw the most fabulous sunset.

On the way back we encountered a young deer, who’d obviously been hit by a car, and was lying dazed and trembling in the middle of the road. We drove back to the nearest farm, where a lady there wasn’t sure what to do either, so we headed back to the deer - only to find it gone. We were somewhat relieved at not having to make any decision over it, though its chances during that cold night, and having concussion, weren’t good.

The next morning dawned frosty and bright, so we explored a hill fort and then drove over to Stepper Point to do another walk for the book.

There is plenty to amuse children here - an outdoor swimming pool, playground area, resident rabbits, alpacas and guinea pigs to name a few. There is also a large paddock for exercising dogs so we had a run in here while the alpacas stared at us in amazement. All in all, if you feel like a quiet break, with or without children, it’s a wonderful spot. We can’t wait to go back!

Sykes Cottages

Tuesday 10 November 2015

More walks

This wonderful angel was standing outside a house on the Lizard, expressing its gratitude for the wonderful day we'd had, when I walked past here a few weeks ago with Fiona and MollieDog, doing a walk for the new book.

Since then it appears to have rained non-stop, and life has been somewhat dominated by a not very well Mr B, resulting in medical appointments and a lot of stress. But life is ever thus - we get the good bits and the not so good bits. I'm very glad to have a new project to work on, and one that I enjoy so much.

Here are a few more pictures from the other weekend, taking pictures for another walk, near Tregonning Hill (not far from Helston). A wonderful, magical,misty afternoon....

And Germoe church, taken from the mediaeval Germoe chair - both small and beautiful...