Saturday, 21 January 2017

Our Cornish Adventure

Just a quick heads up...this blog has squeezed three of the best days and some of my favourite photos into grab a brew and get comfy!
For those of you who don't know, I spent 3 wonderful years in Cornwall studying my degree in Textile Design. They were the best 3 years of my life because I finally understood what it meant to be independent...especially being over 500 miles away from home. 

However saying that, I was lucky enough to enjoy my first year with the love and support from my Mum and Dad's best friends, who already lived in Falmouth. They quickly became like my second parents, before they moved away a year later. 

In Cornwall I really found myself, and alongside that I found some of the best friends I could ever have asked for. We made some of the best memories, that will stay with me for a lifetime. Leaving was hard when we all graduated and moved on, but I knew this chapter of my life would always hold a very special place in my heart.

So it is no surprise that after MONTHS of checking flights and train prices, I seized the chance to finally take Arran to visit my home away from home.

The night we arrived, we immediately met with my best friends Emma and James. We had quickly all become friends in mine and Em's final year of uni. Em had her studio desk right next to mine, so we became like studio sisters, and it is a friendship that still continues as the years pass by. 

That night we spent a good few hours catching up on the last year and a half in a lovely place called The Lounge. We chatted and enjoyed lots of baby cuddles with their new addition Bea. Being a studio sister means that I get to be known as Aunty Cat and I couldn't love it more!
After saying our goodbyes, we then met with my other best friends - Mim and Dan, who were my flat mates in first year of University when we lived in halls. I then went on to live with Mim for the final two years of uni, in a stunning top floor flat above the sea.

This photo was taken from my bedroom window - 2nd year 2012.

Mim and Dan recently bought their first house, which became our home for the next 3 days.

After a delicious dinner, wine, and more catching up - we were soon ready for bed to refresh ourselves for a day of adventuring ahead of us.

In the morning, after an amazing brunch of gluten free-banana pancakes, bacon, fresh berries and maple syrup to fuel us for the day, we piled into the car and set off.

We were taken to Trelissick Gardens which is a National Trust garden - perfect for a lovely walk in the fresh air, and to burn off some of those brunch calories!

 We gently bimbled around the grounds, taking in all the views and chatting about all our happy memories and how things of changed since we left our perfect university bubble.
 Even though it was cold, it was crisp and bright, with blue skies breaking through the clouds and even the winter sun appeared from time to time.

 While the boys strolled ahead, Mim and I took our sweet time to really catch up. There is no greater friend than the one you spend months, maybe even years apart from, and then when you are reunited it is like no time has passed at all.

 Our walk lead us to this little courtyard where we sat in the sun, sipping a coffee and taking in all the families that had come to enjoy this beautiful garden, along with their 101 different types of dogs...
 Soon it was time to hop back into the car as we were heading to the heart of our happiest times...Falmouth.
 There is nothing quiet like this little town. It is nestled right by the sea, and sings a gentle hum of rocking boats and seagulls...
 Every time I visit Falmouth - changes have been made to all the places I remember, but the memories always remain the same.

Below is our old flat, the top balcony with the wooden panelling, which we were lucky enough to call our home for two of the best years!

After popping into the Costa Coffee below our beloved flat for a well deserved coffee, we headed to the best view point in Falmouth.

The sea stretches out for miles and you can just sit and enjoy the ever changing views...

Our final stop is probably my all time favourite place in Falmouth, which I spent SO many happy days - Gylly Beach.
The next photo I am particularly proud of, especially capturing that start of a 'bromance' like no other...
We walked along the beach, watching children and dogs splashing and swimming in the water, totally carefree!

The light was incredible and as Mim describes it -  it looked like something out of a Disney movie...I patiently waited for Ariel to surface, but no such luck this time!

 I have always loved being near the sea...I feel lighter, as if all my worries are drifting out to sea with the tide. This trip was possibly the best so far because I was able to totally switch off from the craziness of life at home, and just enjoy every moment. I barely glanced at my phone the whole trip, and it totally reaffirmed my love for Cornwall, and how I will always see it as my second home.

Falmouth will always be 'my place' and being able to share that with Arran was so special, and I think he now loves it almost as much as I do!

 After enjoying paradise, hungry and tired from all the fresh Cornish air, we headed home for another wonderful dinner cooked by Dan and a very lazy night on the sofa.

The next day, Mim and Dan had to go to work, so we took this opportunity to spend one last day with my two favourite girls. We spent a couple of hours at Em's house where I fed this little angel some greens, as the weaning stages have now started - before we headed back into Truro to spend the afternoon nattering away over coffee.
 Seeing how much this little one has grown and how amazing Em and James are doing at parenthood, fills my heart with so much joy. It's crazy to look back and think of all the days Em and I dreamt up our futures and now we can see them unfolding...

I really hope you enjoyed this special insight into my home-away-from-home.

I can't wait to go back in the summer months for more adventures.

Love Cat Xx

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