CORNISH NEW YEARJanuary 03, 2015
St Ives is a truly enchanting place to walk around at night; it's characterised by narrow cobbled streets, cosy looking houses which sit along its crescent shaped quayside and of course the glistening view of the town from across the bay. It's one of Cornwall's best loved locations so there little wonder why it's arguably one of the best places to spend New Year's Eve in the UK.
As I've not been back home in Cornwall for over six months, I wanted to do something more laid back and intimate with my family for New Year. I've never really been one to opt for a big alcoholic blowout to ring in the New Year or to spend the first day of January bed-bound and nursing a hangover.
Wearing fancy dress is a New Year's tradition in St Ives, so expect to meet a whole host of interesting characters.
There's a wonderful atmosphere; you can just feel the electrifying sense of anticipation building in the air as it ebbs closer and closer to midnight. The cobbled streets fill with costume clad merrymakers who aimlessly mill to and fro in excitement. Picking your way through the crowd is really rather a surreal experience.
The Mask grabbing a pasty!
St Ives has got real character; there are hot pasties in glowing shop windows and wooden boats on the side of the quay - you will certainly know that you are in Cornwall. It is definitely a must-see place.
St Ives lifeboat station.
Where else in the world are you going to find Gandalf tucking into a tray of chips?
The year goes out with a bang with a stunning firework display over the harbour. It's a truly magical occasion in a picture perfect location. It may not be the most ostentatious way to ring in the New Year but it sure is one of the most special.
A letter from 2014
If someone would have told me this time last year that I would do half the things that I've done this yea, I simply would not believe them. 2014 has hands-down been the best year of my life but it hasn't come without its difficulties. Sometimes life gets messy - that's just the reality of it - it happens to all of us at some point. This time last year was one of those times for me. I was very unhappy and it seemed as though everything was going wrong at once, however it's a time that I can now look back on and laugh. Perhaps sometimes things royally f*** up so that better things can fall into place, despite how hard it may seem at the time. Even though I could never have envisaged it, 2014 turned out to be the best year of my life
2014 saw me do a lot of things that I had always wanted to do but had never been able to muster up the courage. I travelled to many new countries I pushed myself to inject a bit of adventure into each and every day - even now I sometimes look back and can't believe some of the amazing things that happened. As someone who once grappled with anxiety disorder and whose life was dictated by anxiety attacks, I never could have imagined that I would end of up solo travelling half way across the world in a countries where I knew no one. Until now, I have never spoken openly about my struggle with anxiety, but it's now part of my past and I am pleased to say that I am no longer an anxiety sufferer. 2014 saw no relapses, which one of my biggest achievements of the year. It was something that had such a hold over me and my life for several years that I feared it would never come to an end. Perhaps talk in more detail about in the future, especially seeing as it's more common than people might suspect, particularly in young adults.
2014 also saw the launch of The Wayfarer, which is now almost 7 months old. Writing it has been an absolute pleasure and I am incredibly humbled that people are interested in my writing. If The Wayfarer inspires people to have adventures or travels that otherwise wouldn't have happened, then it's a worthwhile pursuit.
I don't really feel ready for 2015, it's a big year for me. I don't know what I'll be doing or in which country I'll be living by the end of the year but then again, when does anyone really feel 100% ready for anything? There is one thing that's for certain: whatever happens, I will be bringing The Wayfarer along with me. Regardless of the mystery that 2015 holds and the fact that I am reluctant to sober from the dream-like haze of Christmas, I'll be taking on the New Year with excitement and vigour and I look forward to sharing the adventure with you.
I suppose the subject matter of this letter is pretty different to what I usually write on here. Subsequently, on this occasion I've waived the fact that I generally don't post details of my private life on the internet that go further than my travels, but perhaps now you know the girl behind The Wayfarer just a little bit better. I would like to say thank you for reading and I wish you a happy new year.