The beach at Sennen Cove has two names apparently: Sennen Beach and Whitesands Bay.
I just wanted to clear up any confusion from the get-go, because I certainly hadn’t realised this and found it very confusing when searching on Google…
You see in my whole life growing up here in Cornwall, I’ve never actually been down to Sennen. This is shocking to some people, as it’s one of Cornwall’s most popular, famous beaches, with a thriving village community too.
Granted, it’s quite a long drive from where I’ve always lived (around the Redruth/Truro areas), but that’s a pretty poor excuse. When you live in Cornwall, heading out on a 45 minute drive is pretty standard if you want to get to some new and beautiful places. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to visit!
I’m a huge fan of the Penwith Coast in general. It can be pretty wild but the water is always the most incredible colour that you just don’t seem to get anywhere else in the country. Everyone loves places like Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder – which have grown enormously in popularity due to the stunning Caribbean waters – and there are plenty of other beaches and coves along that westerly bit of coastline that are just as stunning.
Sennen being one of those – clearly!
I’ve always known it was famous for its good surf conditions and community, but didn’t realise it also had that same amazing blue water. Of course, the incredible weather this week definitely helped when it came to taking some photos…
Sennen beach is dog friendly between 1st October and 30th April, which meant Pepper and Maisy got to have a good run around on this beautiful long stretch of beach when we got there. There’s nothing these two love more than splashing about in the water and chasing after tennis balls!
My friend Liv came with me and we walked along the shore chatting mostly about dogs and animals, as we usually do. I think it’s great that Sennen’s beach ban starts a month later than most other beaches (most Cornish beaches don’t allow dogs from this coming weekend – 31st March *sadface*!), as it means we get an extra month of fun with the pooches.
The weather this week has been incredible, and while of course I am hoping it stays for the foreseeable, it’s always hard to navigate when you’re self-employed. I know I talk all the time about how I love the freedom of being my own boss, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, BUT it also comes with a big responsibility and a BIG sense of guilt whenever you’re not working.
I know I’m lucky to have the option to head out for a sunny adventure on a Tuesday afternoon if I want to – and I swear I’m not complaining, I definitely don’t take it for granted – but I’m sure other self-employed folk will understand what I mean when I say that as Spring and Summer roll around, creating a balance between work and ‘being outdoors in the nice weather’ can be really hard.
I’ve been working for myself for over 4 years now, and I’m STILL figuring it out. Last summer I took so much time off to be outdoors during the beautiful weather of June, July and August, that I didn’t make much money at all and found myself struggling when Autumn rolled around.
I think it’s normal for any freelancer to struggle with feelings of guilt whenever you’re doing anything that isn’t ‘work’, because you know that (unless you have a passive income business – which CONGRATS if you do!) any time you’re not working, you’re not earning any money. We can usually deal with that by setting boundaries and priorities, but when this time of year comes around, the temptation to leave your desk behind and get outside can be VERY HARD to pass up.
Especially when you live somewhere as beautiful as here, am I right?
I use the dogs as an excuse to myself A LOT, and of course, taking photos for this blog helps me justify my skiving off in search of sunshine. And up until recently because it gets dark early, I also usually end up working in the evenings to catch up and do things I would have done during the daytime, which works well!
However, I am aware that (as of Sunday), the clocks go forward and the evenings are getting lighter, and I’m very easily convinced to meet my friends at the beach for bbqs and evening sea swims…
Hopefully this year I will get better at my balance. I’m in a really good place with my business right now and enjoying everything that I do – working with lovely clients and creating brands and websites that I really love. I think this obviously helps because each day I am motivated to get things done work on some beautiful projects.
But maybe no one ever feels totally satisfied with their freelance balance during Spring and Summer? Maybe this is an unattainable status of zen that I am chasing, and I’ll always feel like I’m either spending too much time indoors or too much time out and about…