You know that feeling when it is pouring with rain, the thunder is rumbling and the room keeps lighting up with flashes of lightening while you are smugly curled up somewhere warm and dry? That is precisely how I started today – Day Two in my magical paradise.
I woke up at 8.30am to the most incredible thunderstorm, hearing the heavy rain battering the windows, and I just curled up tighter in my covers and lay there listening to it. I didn’t want to waste the day, but equally, I wouldn’t be going far in a thunderstorm either!
|Not a sign of the thunderstorm to be seen!|
By the time I finally decided to get up, showered and dressed, the sun was beaming, with the little puddles on the balcony the only sign of the rumbling thunderstorm I had woken up to.
I had a yummy breakfast looking out over the river and then decided to head into Padstow, the local fishing village, a 15 minute cycle ride away on the “Camel Trail”, an old railway track turned cycle path (which means it is nice and flat for riding on!)
Padstow is BEAUTIFUL, with loads of places to buy Cornish fudge, pasties and the freshest fish you will ever lay your hands on – whatever fish you buy, you can guarantee that it came out in on a boat at 5am that morning!
TV chef, Rick Stein, has a small empire in Padstow, with a deli, patisserie, fish + chip shop and a high quality exclusive seafood restaurant as just a few of his businesses in this beautiful town.
I wandered around for a bit, and visited some of my favourite spots – a large number, I now realise, are related to the amazing food and treats available in Padstow – if you are trying to eat healthily, ice cream, fudge and pasties of all flavours and fillings are hardly a recipe for the bikini body you want to whip out on the beach the following day – all in moderation though I suppose!
|There are hundreds of places to get fudge in Padstow – this is the best one.|
|Likewise for pasties it has to be here!|
Padstow has a regular ferry across to Rock, which is actually incredibly close – a 5 minute boat ride across the estuary.
As I had time at my own disposal, which, frankly is complete bliss, I got on the ferry and hopped across to Rock for a cup of tea at “The Blue Tomato”, looking out over the sand banks and watching the tide come in – whilst making sure that the sun only hit my right arm – apparently you can get sunburn on the M5 through the sun roof of your car!
I probably sat there, drinking tea for a good couple of hours – taking some much needed brain time and catching some more of this glorious sunshine.
I have to say, I had the opportunity for some serious people-watching today (definitely a favourite past-time of mine) and it was really sad to see so many people with their eyes glued to their phone screens and ignoring the gorgeous surroundings and, in the majority of cases, the people they were with!
How sad that we have now got to the point in life where we can be in such a beautiful place, maybe with family or friends, and still be more interested in what someone you once went to school with and haven’t seen in 10 years has posted on Instagram, or what is trending on Twitter.
I was on my own and I only got my phone out to send a photo to my family and to chat briefly to my mum over my cup of tea.
Operation “#phonesdown” begins now. Let’s live our lives and enjoy every minute instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing or live tweeting every step you take – you can Tweet, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Bloglovin when you get home people! 🙂
Anyway, at about 5.30, I finished my tea and headed back over to Padstow on the ferry and then back to the house.
I do feel like I have a bit more headspace already today. I can feel this little corner of the world helping and clearing out the cobwebs in my head that are cluttering up all semblense of sensible thought. I’m just enjoying having my time to myself and being able to make decisions about what I want to do with each day. It really is magical down here as well as beautiful.
The sun is still shining so I’m currently sitting in the early evening sun on a sunbed with my photos of today uploading and some music playing. I suppose the rest of my evening will be similar to this – I’ll just move inside when it gets chilly. I might go for a walk a bit later, though I think what will probably happen is I will get comfy and relaxed and want to stay in, which is fine. After all, these 3 days are about me soaking up as much magic as I can.
More of my “Three Days Of Magic” tomorrow evening – to read “Day One”, click here.
For more information about “The Roundhouse” where I am staying, click here or visit their Twitter @Roundhousechat.
Rebecca LouiseJuly 5, 2015 at 7:53 pm
I love the idea of Operation Phones Down! This is definitely something I'll be trying on my summer holiday.
ReneeJuly 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm
Gorgeous photos! I love seafood. I think I could get used to a town like that 🙂
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KatelynnJuly 6, 2015 at 2:59 am
Cornwall looks simply beautiful! There is nothing better than a few days to shut off and relax – can't wait to see where you went on day three, and hope you have another great day!
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm
The other thing you can do is when you go for food or coffee, pile up everyones phones face down on top of each other. The first person to check their phone pays the bill. Boom!
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm
I could so get used to it down there. I love it so much!
Rosie LadkinJuly 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm
I loved it – just what I needed! Glad you enjoyed these few posts – I had a lot of fun writing them!