HOME SWEET CORNWALLMarch 22, 2015
Out of the places that I've been lucky enough to travel to in my life, there's one place that will always be a particular favourite destination of mine: Cornwall - my former home and the place that I grew up. I'm sure that a lot of us can agree that there's simply no place like home-sweet-home. Here's a few thing that I miss about mine.
Let's start with the important stuff shall we? The food! Cornwall is a real foodie hotspot; you can literally get a taste of Cornish culture with its diverse range of acclaimed foods such as the famous Cornish pasty, cream teas and ice cream (to name a few). Cornish people are proud and passionate about the food it produces and it has gained global notoriety. Farming and fishing are two of Cornwall's largest industries so fresh, high quality ingredients are readily available and utilised in Cornish foods. You really haven't tried proper Cornish food unless it was produced within Cornish borders, so I always try to have at least one pasty every time I visit. If you are one of those people who think with their stomach (like me!) then you will love Cornwall's eats.
Proper Cornish cream tea at Roskilly's Farm.
Cornwall is almost entirely surrounded by sea and because of this it has a huge boating culture. Whenever I am down in Cornwall to see family we always try to go out on the water (if weather allows!). Sailing is one of my happiest childhood pastimes and my family are all huge boat fans, particularly my dad who's pretty experienced when it comes to yachting having sailed across the Atlantic Ocean several times and has even built his own wooden boat before. Although these days I don't get to go out on the water as often as I would like, it remains one of my favourite leisure activities in the world. There's something about being out to sea on a beautifully clear day, sprawling out on the deck with nothing but the sound of the wind in the sails - it makes my heart skip a beat!
Cornish people are renowned for being incredibly friendly. Sometimes going back to Cornwall after spending a long time in a big city can be like a breath of fresh air. Smiles, conversations and laughter all seem to come very easily between people in Cornwall.
I love the rurality of Cornwall, it has the sort of countryside that could melt the heart. Everything feels so much purer in the countryside where there's very little noise pollution, light pollution or air pollution. Getting a hiatus from the hustle and bustle and being back in Cornwall always recharges my batteries and I always leave feeling reinvigorated. I also love reverting back to my country girl self and donning my country clobber, be it wellies in the winter or a straw sun hat in the summer.
Cornwall has a big art scene, from painting to pottery, the Cornish are a pretty creative bunch. Everywhere you go there are art galleries showcasing the work of talented local artists, not to mention the Tate Gallery in St Ives. Cornish artistic creativity is often attributed to the beauty of the location which provides ample inspiration for artists and amateurs alike. I always feel creatively reinvigorated after a visit to Cornwall.
Cornish artwork for sale at Lemon Market in Truro.
Cornwall has some impossibly idyllic little fishing villages such as Padstow and Cadgewith where you'll typically find small, cosy cottages, corner shops selling artisan Cornish ice cream and post cards and restaurants serving fresh, locally sourced dishes. Cornwall is a big holiday destination and it's not hard to see why, it certainly makes for the perfect getaway.
Peace and Quiet
With workaholic tendencies, it can be hard to snap out of it and just relax. It can be nice to just switch off and in Cornwall you sometimes don't have a choice, what with its super slow internet and non-existent phone reception (at least that's the case where I am from). All-of-a-sudden time is freed up to do all the things you never seem to have time to do, like watching the sunset or sitting down to do some painting (yes I paint sometimes!). With so fewer distractions it's so much easier to reflect and realign yourself. It can be amazingly restorative.
With its large agricultural and artistic industries, Cornwall produces a lot of its own artisan products. Cornwall has almost become a brand in itself, signifying quality and creativity. Cornish markets are fascinating places to peruse, when browsing them you can really get an insight into the essence of what Cornwall is really about. With handmade gifts, artisan pottery and locally grown produce they are a farrago of all things quintessentially Cornish.
Inside Lemon Market, Truro.
From leisure to partying, dining to water sports, in Cornwall lots of things revolve around it's stunning beaches which are considered to be some of the UK's finest. Whenever I am down in Cornwall, trips to the seaside go without saying, whatever the weather. There's nothing better than looking out at the open ocean and breathing in the sea air. I'm always going to be a beach person, I suppose when you grow up by the seaside it becomes part of who you are.
I would recommend a trip to Cornwall to anyone, particularly in the summer. Although I don't see myself moving back to Cornwall any time soon, I do think that it is one of the best places to grow up and grow old, so perhaps when I'm grey and satisfied that I've seen the world I will call Cornwall my home once again. It's funny, I never really realised just how special Cornwall is until I moved away and travelled; I suppose sometimes you journey to the far corners of the globe and come to the realisation that there's just no place like home.