Some Of The Reasons I Love Cornwall by A Cornish Mum.

 

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.

 

Cornwall - St Austell stones near Carn Grey

 

Reason number oneCornish 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 twoThe 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!

 

sunset at Land's End Cornwall

 

 

Reason number threeThe 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 fourThe 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!

 

Pentewan Cornwall

Reason number 5Cornish 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 6The 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!!!

Sea Cornwall

Stevie x

 




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  1. 21 June 2015 / 11:27 am

    As the East London half of a half London, half Cornish partnership (clue in the name!), I also love Cornwall. What I particularly like (besides visiting the in-laws) is the quality time that we have and how relaxed we feel when we are there. I also love ‘proper’ pasties in the same way that I love ‘proper’ Pie & Mash. My daughter loves both in equal parts too. Some of our favourites places are Whitsand Bay, Trebah, Polperro, St Ives & Agnes, Padstow (who wouldn’t!). More loved though is that my daughter can help out in the Community Shop, that we know most people in the pub, that we can play trolls in the coal shed and that we can go to the beach at a moments notice.

    • 21 June 2015 / 11:54 am

      Even more reasons to love Cornwall :) You can’t beat a proper pasty,

      Stevie x

  2. 18 September 2015 / 7:47 am

    I don’t know Cornwall at all but I did live up in Aberdeenshire for eight years and I did get a chuckle from the ways people mispronounced all the place names when they visited (after I’d learned them all, of course!).

    #PicknMix

    • 18 September 2015 / 11:49 am

      My Mum isn’t Cornish so there were times when I was younger when I got the names wrong ha! I get to be the smug one now though ;)

      Stevie x

  3. 18 September 2015 / 8:37 am

    Oooh it’s been years since I had a proper Cornish pasty! This is one of those posts that makes this desert expat miss home.
    Hoping to have a holiday to Cornwall on our next UK visit, even more so after reading this :-)
    #picknmix

    • 18 September 2015 / 1:27 pm

      If only Cornish pasties could be posted easily ;)

      Stevie x

  4. 18 September 2015 / 9:49 am

    Lovely photos and pasties – the perfect advert for Cornwall!

    • 18 September 2015 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks, it’s an old post one of the first ones I wrote :)

      Stevie x

  5. Gemma @ Confessions of a nagging mother
    18 September 2015 / 9:54 am

    It’s been years since I was last in Cornwall but would love to take the kids on a trip there. It is a beautiful area of the country and your pics are fab! Stunning sunset!

    #picknmix

    Gemma xxx

    • 18 September 2015 / 1:37 pm

      Thanks hon, that one was taken down at Lands End, one of my favourite places!

      Stevie xx

  6. 18 September 2015 / 10:02 am

    My in-laws moved to Bodmin almost 12 years ago (from Surrey) so we love visiting them every summer. I love the fact that there are so many “hippy” shops, selling crystals, fairies, boho stuff etc. I love Tintagel and Boscastle, St Nectans Glen, Mevagissey (hope I spelt that right!). I love the accents – my MIL is still very much London, but my nieces have a lovely Cornish twang! I must link up some of my Cornish posts to you!
    Sarah x

    • 18 September 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Obviously I am a little biased, but Cornwall is an amazing place! I don’t have much of an accent at all!

      Stevie x

  7. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    18 September 2015 / 10:10 am

    I love Cornwall. I think I have mentioned to you before that I lived there as a young child. My grandparents were from Devon but not far from the border. They lived right near Dartmoor in a village not far from Launceston. I really love visiting although wish we had time to do it more often! Thanks for sharing/hosting #PicknMix

    • 18 September 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Cornwall is brilliant, the only teeny downside to being a blogger here is that most of the events I get invited to are in London!

      Stevie x

  8. 18 September 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Oh I love this post Stevie. I love all of the above too!!!

    I also love that the weather in one town in completely different to the next! It could be beautifully hot in St. Ives and snowing Falmouth (this has actually happened once too, my dad lives in Falmouth and I ended up face-timing him from St. Ives because I was sat on the beach and it was so sunny (but December) and he was in the garden in the snow!

    I also love the words that people say. My auntie says ‘alright my bird’ to everyone and my gran calls everyone ‘ansom. And nowhere else could you get away with calling someone a maid or a cock without it being insulting. Although I get really annoyed when I’m meeting someone and they say ‘be there dreckly!’ That could be in ten minutes or in six hours! x

    • 18 September 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Ha love it :) The weather is pretty crazy in St Austell today one minute hot sunny day with clear sky then clouds come over and it’s freezing and rains…then sunny again…I have zero idea what to wear at the moment ;)

      Definitely the best place to live :)

      Stevie x

  9. 18 September 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Cornwall is lovely, I remember lots of lovely beaches there on holiday as a child and I think you are right with the cornish pasties too, they are the best in cornwall

    • 18 September 2015 / 8:48 pm

      I’m very biased but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

      Stevie x

  10. 18 September 2015 / 6:41 pm

    I love Cornwall we regularly holiday there and it must be a wonderful place to live, my husband and I were chatting when we were last there with a local and they said that it gets so unbearable in the summer holidays though that they try not to go out too much – is this true?
    And yes the beaches are amazing.
    #picknmix

    • 18 September 2015 / 9:11 pm

      It depends on the area of Cornwall lovely, some of the smaller places that really attract tourists like Padstow are places I refuse to go near in the Summer months as it’s just crazy, and the roads do get pretty mental but we’re all used to it and just grit our teeth and teach our children inappropriate words by accident in the car ;) It’s a small price to pay

      Stevie xx

    • 20 September 2015 / 3:04 pm

      Thanks lovely,

      Stevie :) x

  11. 19 September 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Fab reasons to love Cornwall! The more I read about it from all the lovely Cornish bloggers the more I want to visit. There really does seem to be so many things to see and do and I’m jealous of how close to the beach you are. I definitely couldn’t be without the snow though, O is already looking forward to getting the sledge out the shed!
    I know what you mean about the tourists pronouncing things wrong. They do that up here too, sometimes it takes a while to work out which town or village they’re talking about and I feel bad staring at them with a confused look trying to decipher what they are saying!!
    I love friendly places too, I normally find that people in small towns and villages are friendly and always say hello, stop to chat if you smile, but go into a city and everyone is in a rush! Smaller places are so much nicer! :) x

    • 20 September 2015 / 3:06 pm

      I do wish we could get snow a bit more sometimes, as in my part of Cornwall it’s a really rare event! I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else though, however I’d love to visit Scotland at some point!

      Stevie x

  12. 20 September 2015 / 10:50 pm

    I have to admit I have been to Fowey and also pronounced “Fow-ee” too! I actually did not know that I have been pronouncing it wrong all the time until now! lol! The long walks looks really nice, very tranquil. I also like the Eden Project too. :) #PicknMix

    • 21 September 2015 / 8:46 am

      Oh bless you ha! Mind you there are some places even I get the name wrong, Si corrects me and I’m Cornish! ;)

      Stevie x

  13. 21 September 2015 / 9:25 am

    You sure paint a great picture of Cornwall – it’s now on my places to visit list! I love some of the names down there and I wouldn’t be able to pronounce them properly either – same problem here! Listening to people try and pronounce Welsh place names is just too funny!

    #PickNMix

    • 21 September 2015 / 9:46 am

      I would be completely lost with trying to say Welsh place names! ;) I’ve never been to Wales, it’s also on my list!

      Stevie x

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