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Today is St Piran’s Day in Cornwall

Happy St Piran’s Day to you all! If you want to know how to say happy St Piran’s Day in Cornish it’s Gool Peran Lowen, though please don’t ask me to try and pronounce it!

 

There was no way I could not do a St Piran’s post today and still hold my head up proudly as a Cornish person! Unfortunately, as St Piran’s is not recognised as a bank holiday for Cornwall, my lovely man has had to work, and the children have still had to go to school, but this didn’t stop me having my own mini celebration.

 

As soon as I dropped the children off at school this morning, I went for a drive to Gorran Haven and took a peaceful stroll on the beach, because where better to appreciate Cornwall from than a beach?

 

Gorran Haven was lovely to visit, and even though I don’t live there everyone I met said a good morning to me, and several wished me a Happy St Piran’s Day. This is part of what I love about Cornwall, the way the people (like me!) are so friendly and welcoming and that you never really get the chance to feel lonely in Cornwall.

 

Gorran Haven

 

After I’d had my stroll around the beach, I used St Piran’s Day as a good excuse to have  a pasty for breakfast! Well any excuse is a good excuse really.

 

St Piran's Day Cornwall

 

 

I feel extremely lucky and blessed to live where I do, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else in the World. I love the fact that this is where my children get to grow up, and we have recently bought them a book about the history of Cornwall, as I think it’s important that they learn about our heritage.

 

 

 

If anyone wants to teach their children a bit more about Cornwall and it’s history, I could not recommend this book more. It’s actually also handy for a simple read for adults who just want to know the basics, and if anyone is bringing children down on holiday to Cornwall this year it may be a good book to buy to add a bit of fun ‘education’ to your visit. It may also give you a few ideas of new places to visit.

 

In case you are wondering NO I have not been asked to review this book, I just happened to buy it for my children and think it’s brilliant.

 

If you want to read more of what I love about Cornwall you can see my Reasons I Love Cornwall post, and for more places to love visit my Carnewas , Wheal Coates or Padstow posts if you like. To finish off my St Piran post today, I thought I would leave you with the lyrics to the unofficial national anthem of Cornwall Trelawney!

 

A good sword and a trusty hand!
A merry heart and true!
King James’s men shall understand
What Cornish lads can do!

And have they fixed the where and when?
And shall Trelawny die?
Here’s twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!

Out spake their Captain brave and bold:
A merry wight was he:
‘If London Tower were Michael’s hold,
We’d set Trelawny free!

‘We’ll cross the Tamar, land to land:
The Severn is no stay:
With “one and all,” and hand in hand;
And who shall bid us nay?

‘And when we come to London Wall,
A pleasant sight to view,
Come forth! come forth! ye cowards all:
Here’s men as good as you.

‘Trelawny he’s in keep and hold;
Trelawny he may die:
But here’s twenty thousand Cornish bold
Will know the reason why!’

 



20 Comments

  • Lucy Magicmaker

    Could not agree more about teaching children the history of Cornwall, having just written & illustrated ‘The Story of Marmalade the Mouse and His Cornish Adventure’ … which is the history of Cornwall through the eyes of a mouse and a very bossy Cornish seagull called Sybil (and due out with the public very soon). On such subject, and thinking back to one of your earlier blogs where you posted a wish to earn your first ever REAL monies for a product review, perhaps you’d think about reviewing ‘The Cornish Adventure’ and then tell the world what you think ? I think you are just perfect for the job ! Hoorah for Cornwall and Hoorah for St Piran’s Day !

  • Liv

    Apparently there is an online petition to make it a Bank Holiday! I’d love the extra day off to eat some pasties and saffron buns! :p
    Liv

  • acornishmum

    Hi Lucy, this sounds fab. If you email me at acornishmum@aol.co.uk and let me know exactly what you are thinking you’d like i.e an advert on the blog as well? Then I will get back to you and we can definitely arrange something as I’m already a fan of your illustrations!

    Stevie x

  • acornishmum

    It would be brilliant to be able to have the children home for the day, and have daytime events that they could join in with it it did happen, as most celebrations happen when they are at school, or in the evenings which is harder to manage with children!

    Stevie x

  • Brigitte Ravenscroft

    I am going to admit that my eyes have turned a deep shade of green with envy. How unfair it is that you get to live in the most beautiful county ever and where, if I had my way, we would move to as fast as you can say pasty and cream tea!
    What I love about Conwall is not only it’s natural beauty but that it has it’s own identity, history and a strong sense of community. We try to visit twice a year and often go to the pubs and cafes used by the local poeople rather than holidaymakers like ourselves. We join in pub quizzes and but we’re pretty rubbish. We also like to visit out of season when it is quieter, the sea is angrier and the car parks are emptier!
    Of course we are enjoying Cornwall as visitors rather than people who live and work there. Everything looks wonderful when you are wearing rose tinted glassess and forget that the day to day problems exist in Cornwall as they do anywhere!
    Like many, I dream of my tearoom by the sea, and as for many, it’s just a pipe dream. But hey..a girl can dream.
    Enjoy your beautiful county. It really is a bit of a corker! xx

  • acornishmum

    Aw thank you. Admittedly as helpful as it is to our economy, and as welcoming as we are down here, my favourite times are definitely before the tourists arrive properly! The beach I was on today would never be that empty later in the year, and it’s nice being able to drive somewhere without being stuck behind a poor tourist who is driving 20mph in a panic around the Cornish lanes! Spring and Autumn are my favourite times of year down here, although the sea can be magnificent in Winter!
    Stevie xx

  • acornishmum

    Thankyou! I would love a pasty for breakfast every day if I could, but I’m pretty sure I’d have even less pairs of jeans that I can get in to ;) I do love living hire, not that I know any different really though!!

    Stevie x

  • acornishmum

    We’re having a staycation this year so although I live in the St Austell area, we’re travelling the huge distance of an hour away to stay in Bude for part of the Easter holidays! I’m really looking forward it though, as there’s some areas around there I haven’t investigated at all! There’s a beachy video up on my instagram that’s been making everyone groan with envy as well ;) Hope you have afab time when you come down!

    Stevie x

  • Amelia Appletree

    Great post! I think it’s great to teach your children the heritage of where they live. Although we’re not originally from Wales, we always have a little celebration for St David’s Day.
    You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. We’re always saying we must go on a family holiday to Cornwall, it’ll happen someday!

  • acornishmum

    Thanks :) If you do decide on a Cornish holiday check out my post on Trecombe Lakes near Falmouth, it’s perfect for family holidays! I want to go again, but we’ve booked a place near Bude for this Easter, still Cornwall but much further up, and I definitely feel lucky to live here :)

    Stevie x

  • Fern Blackmore

    My OH was saying yesterday how in school we never really learnt much about the mining etc of Cornwall and how we learn so much about other places in the world (and waaay too many times we do the amazon..)but hardly anything about local history, which is sad really. where did you get the book? I think OH’s son would love it, he loves OH telling him all about the different parts of mines and what happened in them etc.

    I was going to do a st piran post but our internet switch over hasnt happened so we have to grab internet when we can and it cuts out a lot so didnt want to start a post to have it cut out and lose the lot!

    we truly are very lucky to live here :D

  • acornishmum

    Hi Fern, it was the same for me I wasn’t really taught any Cornish history at school, which I find a bit sad! Luckily my boys have done some, although I do think they should have had a special day for St Piran’s at school instead of World book day, it’s a shame they fall on the same day! We bought the book in Waterstone’s in Truro, they have a little section with just Cornish themed books in which I love!
    Internet issues drive me mad, luckily since we started paying a ridiculous amount for fibre optic we’ve been ok with ours…should hope so too for the price! ;)

    Stevie x

  • Sam

    Amazing photos, I visited Cornwall when I was younger and it’s a holiday I’ll always remember. We drove down from Newcastle (Quite a journey) and arrived for the sun rising on the beach and we all sat having breakfast as a family at 6am. One of those places that I’ll always remember having good memories at!

    Sam

  • acornishmum

    Thank you! I’m very biased but LOVE Cornwall! I’ve just been watching Poldark on tv, I suspect we’ll have more tourists than usual down here this year after that ;)

    Stevie x

  • Kat | Beau Twins

    Ah Stevie, what a lovely post. I never knew of such a day – thanks for the lesson. That Cornish Pasty looks amazing – shame I am a veggie and on a detox. I love Cornwall, need to explore more!! Thanks so much for linking up to #SundayStars xxxx

  • acornishmum

    Cheese and onion pasties down here are AMAZING, possibly not detox food though ;) I keep meaning to go on a detox but we’re having a pub lunch tomorrow!

    Stevie xx

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