Besides the Cornish Sea….

Why is it that being by the sea really does make everything better? Blowing out the cobwebs, the lapping waves creating some sort of inner calm, everything seems better with some sort of  beachy filter.

Normally we are wondering the coastline of Devon, bumbling around Budleigh or strolling through Sidmouth; Come summer or winter its one of my favourite places to be….perfect for a super tight husband too as it free!

This week we explored another of our favourite places (as you will know if you read the blog) Cornwall, in particular Porth, Padstow and surfer paradise Watergate bay, all nestled along the coastline or nearby to Newquay.

Taking time for a change of scene, a couple days strolling on the sand with windswept hair is exactly what I needed to recharge plus the toddler only bit me about 5 times…inset roll eye emoji..  a million ice creams later and some lovely time with a set of parents and we are ready to face the world!

Check out my other Cornwall posts if you fancy some destination inspo

Love Harriet x

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She’s getting Married….Bath Hen
  1. One of my besties is getting married and it was my special job to arrange the hen plans, cue spreadsheets and note pads galore, it was time to plan!
    After what felt like months of nailing a cottage big enough for these 13 chicks plus the need to be in a fab location, I finally confirmed a beauty! Set just outside of Bath and with its own heated pool and mini spa, it was all ours for a gloriously warm weekend in June.

Once the hefty admin bits were ticked off,  money exchanged, endless shopping lists written and millions of whats app messages exchanged, it was finally time for the fun frilly stuff to be arranged, the games, the décor, the pretty paper straws and marble napkins! Ebay became my best friend and I’m sure the postman now wonders what I do to warrant so many random delivery’s!

The week leading up was daunting and I was sure something had been missed, throw in the task of boxing up the food and storing it in the crazy heat wave along with baking and icing cupcakes and my first attempt at a gluten/ dairy free lemon cake, it was hard to  resist the temptation of opening the prosecco early! Friday rolled round and with my trust assistant Zoe we excitedly loaded the car ready to meet the other ladies and finally set off!

We made a pit stop at the Bear & Swan pub in Chew Magna which had a lovely quaint but boutique feel to it. Zo and I wanted to quickly slip away and leave the girls to finish their lunch whilst we opened the cottage and sprinkled some hen décor around before the ‘Bride to be’ arrived.

Once we had all excitedly looked around the house, gathering our bearings, running out for a quick trampoline (!) it was time for afternoon tea complete with pink prosecco and loads of sugar. The afternoon flew in a haze of bubbly fizz and before we knew it we were in our comfy clothes and ready for an evening of party food and plenty of games!

Many laughs later and plenty of shots consumed it was time for bed and ready for a Saturday full of spa treatments and inflatable unicorn loving!

 

A hen wouldn’t be complete without the chance to glam up, grab a cocktail and hit the dancefloor with the girls so we ventured into beautiful bath and enjoyed a more sophisticated Saturday night out with a chance to burn off the ever consumed calories on the dancefloor!

The weekend flew, the group of girls were amazing, everything was fun, full of giggles and perfect for our bride Bekie! After a million pictures shared, we all gave our goodbye hugs and excitedly planned another night out before the wedding obvs!!

 

We booked our cottage and pieced together a package with the help of  Acacia Cottages and I cannot recommend them enough, so efficient and helpful!

If you’re going on a hen, have an amazing time!

Love Harriet x

 

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Stumbling across Polperro….(Treehouse break part 2)

Whilst it was super cosy in our Treehouse hide away (See my previous post) you should know by now that I love a little wonder and to discover somewhere new! The sun was out, the air crisp, so the girls and I hopped into the car and set off following signs which lead to Polperro, we decided to just go with it and see what we could discover there!

Once parked up, we followed the stream through the valley amongst the gorgeous array of cottages,  quaint pubs, cafes and holiday lets…even a Christmas shop which received excited squeals from this gaggle of girls!

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The path eventually takes you out onto a small harbour and sandy beach decorated with colourful fisherman houses and  a beautiful landscape which stretches miles out to sea.  History notes that Polperro was a hot spot for smugglers and with its secluded coves and caves you can see why!

Polperro has a lovely heritage and  charming feel about it , close to Looe and Pelynt there is plenty to fill a couple hours, enjoy a coffe on the harbour wall and breath in some fresh Cornish air!

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Check out my other Cornish posts here  I seem to have a little love affair with Cornwall at the mo!

Love Harriet x

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Sunday Rambles…Knightshayes Tiverton

Sundays have always been and will always continue to be a family day in my eyes, a day to go out together or snuggle up watching a film, either way its the day in the busy week to slow things down a little and just enjoy each others company.

Our particular favourite thing to do on a Sunday is go for a leisurely walk, ramble around a beautiful Devon spot (I can assure you we have many) blow out the cobwebs and  stumble across a coffee shop… throw in a roast dinner and some good TV and that’s it, we are in heaven!

The saying ‘a Sunday well spent brings a week of content’ couldn’t be more true!

Confession time…I love a National Trust… yep there you go, said it and yes I am still in my twenties (just) and Devon seems to have some of the most amazing National Trust Properties around, luckily for us Knightshayes is near enough on our doorstep! So one chilly but bright October morning we decided to round up some fellow Patchetts and the doggies for a weekend wellie walk.

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Celebrating our 2nd Wedding anniversary….Celtic Manor

2 years has flown by, that amazing wedding day back in August 2014 went too quickly but the memories and the fun we had at our wedding always puts a big smile on my face!

In our 7 and a half years of being together, Ian and I have never really made a big ‘thing’ of our anniversaries, instead opting for the cliché,  why celebrate just on one day, every day should be special blah blah, I was fine with that back then but now that we are married it seems important to take some time out and celebrate the milestone every year, even just a ‘date’ to get away from the day to day parenthood seems so special and rare now a days.

Our first anniversary last year, was very different; We had a week old baby and both full immersed in a blurry bubble of parenthood however, we still managed to go for a lovely afternoon tea with new human in tow. The only draw back was that we rushed the afternoon, constantly checking on our sleeping baby, worried by the restrictions of feeding/ nap time and unsure how long we could push being out with a newborn (oh if what we knew now)

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