Showing posts with label Cornwall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cornwall. Show all posts

Monday, 31 July 2017

New beginnings

I just logged into my blog for the first time in ages and realised that it's been over a year since my last post. I have thought about giving it up as I never seem to find the time or motivation to write, but there's just so much going on at the moment that I think it'll be good for me to have an outlet. So I'm going to keep going for a little while longer, if only for the sake of my own mental health.

And talking of mental health, I gave up my job of 15 years last year. It was a massive relief at the time as I hadn't been happy there for a while, but now I've had a bit of time away from it all I do miss that structure to my week and contact with other staff in the office. I haven't been a lady of leisure for the past year though; I started a small ironing business which is doing well, and I love seeing my customers every week, but I am starting to feel a bit lonely.  My children are in school all day and it's just me and my iron. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks of having my children at home to keep me company. When they go back to school I've decided that I need to look for another job to get me out of the house. Spending too much time alone with my own thoughts is getting a bit too much!

So, new job to find. I'm already dreading he process of it - applications, interviews (hopefully) and starting something completely new with people I don't know. It's a scary thought.

The next thing is we've sold our house! Now we've got to start packing up our lives. We've accumulated a lot of stuff since moving into our current house 14 years ago. Back then it was just me, my husband, and a cat. We've lost the cat but have acquired three children and a dog. They all come with their own stuff. To be honest, the thought of moving has been filling me with dread, and I've suffered from a few health problems because of it. I won't bore anyone with the details as it all really stems from anxiety. I have thought about stopping the sale more than a few times, but we've got our reasons for moving so I need to be a big girl and keep going. I just hope that the end result with be worth it.

So, new job and new house (hopefully).

Do things come in threes? I'm going to be forty this year, and as the saying goes, life begins at forty. Maybe that'll be it. I hope so. I don't think I could take any more changes.

I just wish I could go back to where I stayed on holiday in Cornwall last week. Cornwall takes all my worries away.

So that's it. Just a quick post to get started again. I think I may need this over the next few months.

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall

Monday, 31 December 2012

Another year over

Another year is ending and as I sit and reflect on events from the past year, Is wonder what the new year will hold for me.

Without dwelling on anything too much, 2012 had lots of ups and down; very much like most years I suppose.  It's been too easy for me to just think about the negatives from the past year, but I don't want to start a new year feeling like that.  There have been struggles and tensions which are usually money related but lots of good times with the children too.  My youngest started walking, my older boys have won trophies for kickboxing, and we've had a few swimming successes.  In fact, just before Christmas my 5 year old did his 25 metre swimming badge which is utterly amazing as in the summer he was afraid to put his face in the water!


My oldest learnt to ride his bike, and my youngest took took a huge step just before Christmas when he gave all his dummies to the Christmas Fairy.

We've enjoyed a fabulous holiday at Coombe Mill in Cornwall (which I won) and we've spent an amazing weekend at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales where we visited The Kingdom of the Elves.

On the feed run at Coombe Mill

Santa is under there somewhere.....

It has been a really good year!

But it's now time to say goodbye to this year and look forward to the next.  So what's in store for us?  I wish I knew that but all I can do now is try to make the most of it.  I never usually make resolutions but there are a few things I'd like to do for the year ahead.

This is the year that I am determined to become more organised.  It doesn't come naturally and as I spoke about it early last year, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I'll never manage it.

I'm going to try with a few small things.

Firstly, I am finally going to meal plan.  I've managed to save a bit of money this year by changing my food shopping habits but I still feel that I'm wasting money by not having a meal plan.  I'm going to do some research online to try to come up with interesting ideas for meals.

Secondly, hubby and I started writing down everything we spent before Christmas to see where we can save some money.  I've already had a look at free online budget plans/spreadsheets so we can do this properly from now on.

Finally, I need a bit more organisation for my blogging and competition entering.  They are my only real hobbies but I feel that I need to allow myself set times to get things done.  It's something that I think I'll need to work on a bit as there's going to be a lot of organisation for me to fit everything in.  I think I need to get involved a lot more with everything.

I can't be too rigid in my plans as I'm easily bored so need a bit of flexibility in there.  If you have any tips or ideas that could help me then I'd love to hear them.

I'll keep you posted.

Happy New Year to you!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Coombe Mill - part 2

One of the best bits of staying at Coombe Mill was the feed run every morning which my boys thoroughly enjoyed.  But the is more to Coombe Mill than the animals.

On our first night there we went for a wander around the grounds and the children were delighted to find this fantastic play area.  There was a pirate ship and a trampoline and lots of muddy puddles for the little one to jump in (though these are weather dependant!)  It was hard to get the children out of there but as it was getting late, and we were all starving I bribed them with chocolate appealed to their better nature to get them to come back to out fabulous Scandinavian Lodge.

Ship Ahoy!
The Scandinavian Lodges are amazing.  The one we stayed in could sleep up to seven people so there was lots of room.    The living/kitchen/dining area was open plan and the full ceiling height made it even more spacious.  It was like a home from home as the kitchen was fully equipped with every appliance including a washing machine and tumble dryer, making those wet, muddy days so much easier and I could throw it all in the wash.  

The decking outside our lodge
Popping into reception was great as there were lots of things there to borrow or buy.  From bread and milk to homemade meals and desserts to buy.  Wellies, potties, games to borrow.  There's no need to pack your car with everything your little one needs as most of it is available to borrow on a first come first served basis.

I mentioned one of the play areas earlier; well that's not the only one.  There was another outdoor play area right next to our lodge.  The children would go racing off to it at any opportunity.  My oldest just loved the zip wire and the younger two loved the swings and climbing frame.  There's a baby swing here too which my little one thoroughly enjoyed.

If the weather is really bad there is an indoor play area.  We did have a look but never used it as, even though we stayed in October, the weather wasn't too bad, and even if it was raining the kids didn't care and would be outside playing with their waterproofs on.

We had lots of fun at Coombe Mill but we did spend some time exploring the surrounding areas.  It took us a while to get used to the narrow country lanes (though I do think that some of them could have been avoided if we hadn't followed our sat nav!), but we found some absolutely beautiful areas.  From Port Isaac on a drizzly day......

To the amazing Polzeath beach.  Who would have thought that it's October!!  The children adored it here.

 We also found a lovely little model railway museum and my train obsessed 2 year old can't believe his eyes.

We ended our week with a visit to Padstow for fish and chips, followed by ice-cream.  

Rain or shine, there is so much to do whether you stay on the farm, or go exploring.  This was my first visit to  Cornwall (and Coombe Mill) but it certainly won't be my last.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall