5/20/2014

Life As A Daydream - A Week in Cornwall (Part 2).

Continuing on from yesterday's post, a sunny Tuesday morning in Cornwall started with a quick round of golf. Previously to this, the only sort of golf I'd ever played was of the crazy variety at the beach, so it felt a whole lot more serious lugging around a huge bag with lots of different clubs. Obviously I was awful at it, but the green was surrounded by a whole host of cows and bunnies and with none of us taking it at all seriously, it was a lovely, silly way to start the day.


Parka: ASOS Curve.
Dress: Yours Clothing.
Wellies: Jileon Wellies
Roses: Pearls & Swine.
Leggings: F&F True..

Lappa Valley.


Lappa Valley was next on our list, and if I'm really honest, it was one was one of the places I was most excited about visiting. I've always had a love for trains. There's something about them which turns me into an excitable child, so the chance to jump aboard a series of tiny steam powered trains was just too good to pass up! The lines were originally used for a minerals railway in 1849, and now transport people on 15 inch gauge carriages. One ticket gives you access to all of the railways, and take you on a series of short rides across a network surrounded by beautiful woodlands. Our final destination also offered rounds of crazy golf, and after all our hard practice earlier in the morning, it would have been silly not to have put our new skills to the test!


St Ives.



St Ives stole my city dwelling heart the moment we got there. I've always had a love for the seaside, but this was the first place in a very long time where I found myself contemplating that I could actually live there. It's an incredibly art-driven fishing town with it's own branch of the Tate galleries and with miles of golden sands and seal watching boat trips it felt like it catered for most of my sensibilities! Add in proper seaside chips and tea shops on every cobble stoned corned, I really didn't want to leave!


Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
















Thursday woke up wet and gloomy, which could only mean one thing - today was the perfect day to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary! Howard and I had really been looking forward to this as we're both big animal lovers and the sanctuary does such wonderful work. It's not just a tourist spot - it's a rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for seals and sea lions whilst also providing a safe environment for a whole host of otters, penguins, sheep, ponies and goats. The natural surroundings were lovely to walk through, with the rain unable to deter the beautiful views and stunning carpet of wild flowers. In addition to seeing the animals, there were lots of talks and feeding sessions throughout the visit which helped to get a real insight into how the place worked. The entry price was well worth it, even to just see Howard's face light up in the penguin enclosure!


Trerice.

Coat: ASOS Curve.
Dress: ASOS Curve.
Flowers: Pearls & Swine.
Necklace: Ladybird Likes.

As we drove back from Gweek, the sun suddenly came out and on a whim we decided to visit the National Trust's Trerice home. We only had an hour to quickly run around the beautiful Elizabethan manor house and gardens but managed to cram as much in as possible, including another cream tea! Although the gardens and interiors were beautiful, my favourite part of the visit was seeing Howard being dressed up in armour! That said, it was also really fascinating to see the on-going conservation work in action. At the moment they are working on the decorative plasterwork ceiling in the great chamber, and although it sounds quite dull, the intricate detail was utterly stunning when seeing it up close.


Eden Project.














Dress: Thrifted.
Cardigan: Simply Be.
Necklace: Sugar & Vice.
Leggings: F&F True.
Roses: Pearls & Swine.

Our final day was given to The Eden Project. This was something else which had been on my "must see" list, and although I'd read so much about it, I was still unprepared for how incredible the biomes looked. Something about the futuristic spheres and diverse plant life put you right in the centre of a sci-fi movie, and I loved it! The Mediterranean Biome was stunning, and with sunshine pouring it, it really was the perfect place to have a light Mediterranean lunch.With the temperature, sunshine and plant life surrounding you, it was easy to close your eyes and imagine yourself hundreds of miles away. 

The Rainforest Biome was on another level altogether. Inside we found the world's largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and indoor waterfalls. They had even installed a canopy walkway where you could quite literally, walk amongst the treetops! The heat was intense, and Howard and I were incredibly relieved to stumble upon the "Cool Room" which contained air-con and water dispensers. It gave us the boost we needed to continue through amidst the heat and humidity of the "jungle" and was so worth persevering through the whole circuit.


I think it's fair to say that I completely fell in love with Cornwall. Although I couldn't be any more of a city girl, the beachy wonders of St Ives really called me and was probably the first time in a long time that I'd gone somewhere and thought "I could live here". Maybe it was the beach, maybe it was the cream teas but already I'm dreaming of running away to visit it again soon.

Until next time,

Diana xx

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