There are so many reasons that I love Cornwall, but I have limited myself to choosing just six so that this doesn’t turn from a blog post into an essay! Please feel free to comment on here and tell me why you love Cornwall.
Reason number one – Cornish Pasties!
I’m a real foody, so this really did have to come first. There is nothing quite like a Cornish pasty, especially on a cold day, when it warms you from the inside out.
They are easy to eat whilst walking around, they taste delicious, and I have never been able to say no to one! Hence the need for the treadmill currently taking up half of my dining room!
Now believe me, I have had the misfortune to try ‘pasties’ in other places and they really are not the same. I find it easy to say no to pasties in places other than Cornwall, and refuse to even contemplate it in the West Midlands where I was offered a square ‘pasty’, which as any Cornish pasty lover knows is just plain wrong!
Reason number two – The Weather.
This one may seem a little odd, with the storm we had last night, and with how quickly our weather can change down here. However, this is part of what I love! I love the fact that even on the wettest most miserable looking day, there is always the hope of it suddenly turning into a sunny one.
Also we rarely get snow, which my children aren’t as keen about, but if you’ve ever tried to navigate Cornish lanes in the snow, then you know this is definitely a good thing!
When we do have a storm down here, they are spectacular, and seeing the waves crashing into the local harbour walls whilst the rain comes in sideways really leaves me with a sense of awe, and makes the warm up at home with hot chocolate, a blanket and my favourite people in the world even better!
Reason number three – The beaches.
There really is nothing better on a Summer’s evening than picking my children up from school, and heading straight to the beach for a picnic tea (or even better fish and chips!) and a splash around. Whatever the temperature of the sea, being Cornish boys, they will always get right in there…and usually commence trying to drown each other.
Even in Winter, the beach is one of my favourite places. A stroll on the beach when the sea is rough and the sea air has its own special clarity of freshness is to me perfection. Nature at its best.
Reason number four – The numerous places to go with children.
Cornwall has an abundance of places to keep both small and big children amused. Some of my favourite places include Camel Creek near Wadebridge, Pentewan trail for long walks, Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre near St. Columb Major, Flambards in Helston, Paradise Park, Tehidy Country Park, and way too many more to mention! There are several I have not yet visited, but will be rectifying this in the spring and summer!
Reason number 5 – Cornish place names.
Now, this one is a little naughty, but I do so love listening to holiday makes trying to pronounce some of our local place names! This really does put a smile on many a Cornish person’s face. Just a hint of two very commonly wrongly pronounced ones…. Mousehole is pronounced “Mowzel” and Fowey is not “Fow-ee”, but “Foi”. Although in all honesty there are some even I have to ask Si to pronounce for me…which I blame on my non-Cornish mother!
Reason number 6 – The people.
Being Cornish myself, I may be a little bit biased on this one, but to me Cornish people are some of the most friendly around. Where ever you go in Cornwall, random strangers will strike up conversations with you about anything and everything, its hard to feel lonely in Cornwall!
People here also hold doors open for each other on reflex, if you have a child in a pushchair then will be fawned over, and if you drop something there is usually a clash of head, as way too many people try to help and pick it up! We look out for each other in Cornwall, and we usually know our neighbours and we look after each other.
So there you have it my very biased view!!!