Going Coastal – Devon

Going Coastal – Devon

Following on from my post about the Cornish Coast the other day, we also spent time exploring the South Devon coastline too. Our first sight of the Devon coast (apart from when we took the train to Exeter) was at the end of the day we’d spent exploring the towns of Dartmouth and Totnes. From my teenage years holidaying in this area, I remembered the coast around here well and remembered that the stretch of coast from the Dart to the Kingsbridge Estuary has a coast road famed for it’s stunning views. As my husband hadn’t been on this road before and the late afternoon sun was shining, we decided to take the long way back to the campsite and take in the stunning views.

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Going Coastal – Cornwall

Going Coastal – Cornwall

Whilst on holiday in May we took the opportunity to explore the wonderful coastline of the South West. Our first taste of the beauty of the coastline was in the town of Marazion when we visited St. Michael’s Mount (post here) and then again the next day when we went to the Minack Theatre (again, post here).

Our first full day on the coast was the following day, where we decided to try and take in 3 coastal spots in one day, as part of a trip down memory lane for my husband and a day of exploration for myself. Our first stop of the day was the tiny village of Sennen and Sennen Cove. This beautiful little village and gorgeous bit of coastline is almost at the very bottom tip of Cornwall and that’s exactly why we went there. Unlike the crowded and busy car parks at near by Lands End, Sennen is a peaceful alternative only a mile or so around the bay. By no means unknown, it’s a well worn path between the two, this was a great alternative to the extortionate prices of going to Lands End itself and you’re able to walk the coast path to the famous landmark instead, which is exactly what we did.

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A Day in Exeter

A Day in Exeter

It has been 9 years since I last went to Exeter and as our friends now lived there, we decided to plan in a trip to Exeter as part of our holiday. As they both work full time and the only Saturday we were in the South West was whilst we were still camping in Cornwall, we actually took the train from Penzance to Exeter instead of going from Devon, which would have been more logical!

One of the advantages of getting the train though, was being able to appreciate the incredible scenery of the South Devon coast. We’d been along a short stretch of the Cornish coast a few days previously and as always when travelling by car, the driver doesn’t get to see all that much as they go along so this was a perfect opportunity for us both to appreciate the beauty of the Cornish and Devon coastline.

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Life is better with routine – why do I find this so hard?!

Life is better with routine – why do I find this so hard?!

So I’ve been thinking a lot about routine and structure recently. Since starting my new job at the beginning of June, I’ve been trying to work in a vague routine. Wake at 7, out the door at 8:30am, back home at 5:30pm and depending on the day of the week, either back out for things in the evening or at home trying to balance between some time spent doing housework and making time for things I enjoy such as blogging, knitting, watching tv etc. Wrap everything up by 9:45pm so I can tidy up for half an hour or so, then I have 45 minutes (ish) to meditate and get ready for bed. This is for weekdays by the way, weekends are a bit more anything goes.

The waking up, going to bed, leaving and returning to the house times tend to be adhered to pretty well but everything else seems to go out of the window half the time. Yet, I know I feel best when I’m in a routine and being equal parts productive and resting. I am fully aware that real life cannot be portioned up into neat little blocks of time, things come out of the blue and plans change, but why, when it’s not due to out of the blue things, do I still seem to let my routine slip, knowing full well this will set me up to fail?

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Falmouth and the Looe Valley

Falmouth and the Looe Valley

Back in May we had a really lovely time exploring Cornwall as part of our 10-day camping holiday in Devon and Cornwall.

For the first few days we were based in the pretty town of Marazion. Right down at the bottom of Cornwall, in the middle of Mounts Bay, this tiny, pretty town is known for being where the causeway links across from the mainland to St. Michael’s Mount. It was a great base for our time down there and we were able to explore lots of different areas.

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