We headed down to Cornwall over the Easter period to visit my brother-in-law and his wife at Falmouth. In a very cosy arrangement their landlord let us stay in one of the other barn conversions where they live. These were previously holiday lets and are still fully fitted out. This meant we had our own space but were still nice and handy. We started our journey down on Thursday, stopping at the Tumbling Weir Hotel for the night. This was nice enough all mealtimes were a bit child unfriendly: dinner service starts at 7pm and breakfast isn’t until 8:30am. Trying to find somewhere else in Ottery St Mary to have dinner didn’t prove too easy either. The suspicion is that the hotel makes most of its money from weddings.
On Friday we continued on to Falmouth, stopping in Exeter to do a bit of shopping. Saturday we headed over to the massive beach at Gwithian so Ian could catch a few waves whilst we amused Emma with bucket and spade. (Must remember to build sandcastles closer to the sea if you want to be able to fill the moat with water!) The next day we went to the Lizard and met up with Sarah’s sister and friends. We did the short walk from the village over to Kynance Cove returning via the lighthouse. It was a gloriously sunny day and the cove was busy but absorbed the numbers well. It’s a perfect spot for kids with lots of bits of beach, pools and caves.
Our luck ran out with the weather on Monday and we spent much of it watching the rain coming down through the window. Things improved for Tuesday though and we made another surfing trip, this time returning to Ian and Sarah’s old home of Porthtowan. We walked along the coast to Chapel Porth where Emma played in amongst the rocks and Ian plucked up the courage to enter the towering waves. The rain returned again on Wednesday but by then it was time to return home (to sunny Southampton!).