A new addition to my Photos of Cornwall interview series today, this time from the lovely Jane Arschavir of Hodge Podge Days.
What brought you to Cornwall – if you don’t live here?
My family have always holidayed there since I was a few months old. When I met my husband he had relatives on the North Cornwall border, so our holidays were always at their place near Bude. We’ve travelled all over Cornwall over the years and there’s no better place in the world.
Where is your favourite place in Cornwall?
We stay near Bude an awful lot. Bude and Widemouth Bay are favourites, though I have a soft spot for Padstow, St Ives and Mousehole. I spent a lot of time camping near Truro and Falmouth, as well as exploring Perranporth beach as a child so I’d like to return and show my son the sights.
We are visiting Cornwall on a flying visit in a couple of weeks and we’re staying near Rock and meeting chef Nathan Outlaw. Can’t wait for that one!
What camera/mobile phone do you usually use for your photos?
Most of my photos of our visits to Cornwall are quick snaps taken on our phones. My husband had an iPhone which I used to borrow sometimes, or my old and now retired Nokia Lumia. I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy now which I’m yet to use in Cornwall. If I’m using my DLSR I have a Nikon D3330.
If you could take a photograph of anyone or anywhere in the world, where or who would you choose?
On my birthday in 2008 my husband took me to a restaurant in Bude called Life’s a Beach. It overlooks Summerleaze Beach and there’s a small harbour there. We had a really amazing meal and as we dined we watched the boats chug out of the harbour and a local team of gig racers being put through their paces.
Eventually the sky filled with the most magnificent sunset and we had the most perfect evening. I wish, I really wish I’d had a camera with me that night, to capture it all. But perhaps if I’d had a camera there it would have detracted from our evening. Who knows?
Describe Cornwall in a maximum of three words:
Rugged, wild, beautiful.
Pasty or Cream tea?
Why the “or”? I’m going to have to go for pasty, but a proper pasty, none of your chilled supermarket rubbish.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now doing anything, what would you be doing and where?
I’d be sat in my favourite beer garden, soaking up the sun with my family and enjoying a nice pint and a pasty.
Please tell me a random fact about you?
Weirdly I was going through some photos from my childhood last week and I found some from my first holiday in Cornwall when I was a few months old. There’s a photo of me in a beer garden and upon closer inspection it turns out to be my favourite pub in Cornwall.
What’s really weird is my parents never took me back to that part of Cornwall after the holiday and have only ever mentioned a holiday in Bude, not the tiny out of the way village. So completely by accident, one of the first pubs I ever went to 40 years ago is now my favourite place to have a pint. That pub is my destiny yes?
Thanks Jane, I love your random fact. Definitely fated to keep ending up in that beer garden – that’s a good excuse to keep going there! Also I am definitely not going to argue with you about there being no better place than Cornwall.
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