Updated: Sep 4
We were very fortunate to be able to take a few days break away this August to our favourite place, Cornwall. We decided to book a couple of Airbnb spots instead of taking our beautiful bell tent this time, which we ended up being incredibly thankful for when the storms Ellen and then Francis suddenly hit the UK!!
We left home at the break of dawn to make the most of the first day and arrived early at *our first destination, an absolutely beautiful place called Mawnan Smith, in walking distance of the Helford River and just south of Falmouth. Having never visited this place before, we decided to explore straight away.
Having no idea just how beautiful this spot would be, we let our intuition lead us down a magical and leafy Cornish path which meandered through the greenest and most diverse area of outstanding beauty, finally leading us to an almost *deserted beach. And what an absolutely breathtaking place it was! This hidden gem, cradled by the most serene trees and rugged rocks, was covered in the smoothest pebbles, with tiny boats moored, bobbing about on the clearest and calmest water. Only one other person was there, an early morning, wild swimmer, who greeted us with a warm smile as we too headed straight for the cool water! I was so glad I'd worn my bathers, ready for my first Cornish dip of the year! The water was absolute bliss and started the trip off in the most perfect way as we all suddenly felt a sense of calm and total relaxation.
I can honestly say that this moment stood out as one of our favourites of the whole trip and we even agreed that this spot was at the top of all our most favourite places ever visited!
We returned to this beach at the break of dawn each morning to bathe in the calm sea and drink in all of the natural beauty around us. It was so wonderful to share those moments with a few locals too, a mother with her young children, a man who's dog patiently waited for him on the beach as he swam far out and around the boats and a group of young women heading out for a dip together, laughing and full of light. Right at that moment, if it had been possible, we would have stayed there and not returned. It was so very lovely, so connected to nature. A perfect spot of complete and utter bliss.
During the second part of our trip we travelled up to the rugged north of Cornwall, staying in a beautiful *Cornish cottage in Carnkie quite close to Godrevy, a place we've spent much time in the past, where we took our first trips together when we first met and have returned year after year with our son and little blue dog. It was so wonderful to see how little blue remembered where he was and seemed to gain so much energy, just like a puppy again! On the first day, we found a fantastic spot up in the dunes, sheltered from the wind on the stunning Gwithian beach. A perfect spot to watch over the entire stretch of sand, enjoying the views from the Godrevy lighthouse all the way to St Ives. An absolutely stunning view and extremely inspiring.
It was during this week that the storms hit Cornwall but thankfully the rain arrived at night leaving us to enjoy very blustery and invigorating beach walks and marvel at the gigantic, crashing waves. A great week of surfing, body boarding and chilly morning swims ensued and thankfully my husband, Stu, had brought along perfect wetsuits from his store 4BOARDS - the sea up north is much colder but so much fun!
We were also blessed with sightings of grey seals in the wild, happily relaxing on a beach below as we walked high above during one of our blustery, coastal walks. My son was absolutely over the moon, after having visited the Seal sanctuary in the south and having drawn seals during lockdown, he was in complete awe at seeing them in the wild and has now decided he wants to either be a seal, have a pet seal or work with seals on day! He's definitely a NO.1 seal fan!! :-)
It was a wonderful trip that has left me completely inspired and full of energy for the next stage in my journey with JO ROSE STUDIO, so coming home was a mix of emotions. As sad as we were to leave, we also felt so much excitement to get working again and putting our plans into development. Keep your eyes posted!
I'll be posting here again soon too as I've got lots to tell you about and lots to catch up on! Oh and don't forget to join my mailing list!!! You'll be the first to hear about the release of my new prints which are coming soon! I've now finalised sizing and costs, so sign up to receive a discount code when they are released and also hear about my plans for seasonal art and crafts too!
Love and light
Jo xx :-)
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