Oh sorry, did you think I had finished with the posts about why I love Cornwall so much?
Nope! My list of reasons why I live here is long and ever-growing, so it’s going to keep happening. And with a blog name like ‘The Cornish Life’, what did you really expect anyway?
Today I’m talking about how living here in this beautiful part of the country affects my every day life; just the small, subtle things that make all the difference!
So what is this Cornish lifestyle I always speak of? Well, it’s…
1. Sharing secret swim spots with friends
When you can’t move for tourists in August, you gotta help a pal out and let them know the best, most peaceful place for a sea swim! There’s always some secluded secret to be found…
2. Finding out the stranger next to you knows at least 3 people you also know
I love that there’s such a community here in Cornwall and it seems like everyone is connected somehow; like, it’s weird, but in a good way, right?
3. Getting the BBQ out at every possible sunny moment
Sun’s out for 5 minutes? GET THE BLEDDY BBQ OUT! Often as soon as you get it out the sky will go overcast again or the temperature will magically drop 10 degrees, but you gotta persevere.
4. Regularly getting lost or stuck down country lanes, but at least the view is nice
It’s less of a panic for us Cornish locals and more of an intriguing way to take a short cut. Often you’ll pass the most beautiful of countryside views when you’re lost in the Lizard or on the Roseland somewhere.
5. Waking up early on a weekday for a quick surf or swim before work
Okay so I maybe did this once when I was employed, but I always loved knowing I could if I wanted to, and loads of my colleagues did this throughout Summer thanks to the company’s flexi-time policy. Now, as I’m self employed, I go out at any time of day to do this if the weather’s nice!
6. Learning to love grey drizzly days because at least it’s not raining & windy
… But the weather is not always nice. In fact, it’s more often than not pretty shitty. So when it’s not actually raining buckets or blowing a storm outside, you learn to rejoice and grab that moment when you can – even if it’s still grey and grim.
7. Spending lunchtime with a picnic at the beach
Got a break for lunch? Hit the beach! It doesn’t matter what the weather is, as long as you’re spending every spare waking minute outdoors, it’s A-okay.
8. Foraging for blackberries to make jam in Autumn
Do you even live in the country if you don’t spend all September foraging along the hedgerows for blackberries to make into jam or crumble?
9. Going for coastal/countryside walks with friends when in need of a pep talk
Rather doing things that cost money, I love just going for walks with my friends to catch up and have pep talks. Olivia and I do this every week and always find somewhere new or forgotten to explore; this week we went to the Tehidy South Woods. This is somewhere I haven’t been in years as they don’t allow dogs, but I spent so much of my childhood here, it’s fun to revisit!
10. Spotting dolphins out to sea at the perfect moment
It’s happened a couple of times in my life here in Cornwall and one I won’t forget. It was the last ever day of Primary school and the whole of my class went down to Porthtowan for a farewell BBQ on the beach before we went off to Secondary school. It was a stunning evening, and just as the sun was setting, a school of dolphins came leaping out of the water in the evening light – magical!
11. Making friends at communal feast nights and events
There are loads of community events and fun things going on here in Cornwall all the time. Other than the great Cornish festivals, I’ve also loved heading to random feast nights and communal meals recently too. It’s a great way to make friends!
12. Travelling by boat to the pub
We did this quite often when I was really young and my parents had a boat, and I recently relived the experience with Olivia & Tom on their boat. Only in Cornwall can you moor up to a creek-side pub and eat dinner on the pontoon!
13. Getting a friendly toot from a steam engine on the A30
If it’s not a tractor or a horse and cart, it’s a steam engine, going 15mph on the main road. After a few moments of annoyance, you’ve gotta just smile – the old Cornish boys are always so filled with pride and passion… nothing can ruin their day!
14. Fending off seagulls from your fish & chips on a Spring evening
It’s not a real summer evening at the beach if you’re not fighting for your life over a box of fish n’ chips with a ravenous clan of seagulls is it?
What’s your favourite thing about the Cornish lifestyle?
(Photos taken in Tehidy woods)
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