Holiday to Cornwall

Running on the sand

After all the lovely weather we’d been having so far this summer we had high hopes for long sunny days in Cornwall for our holiday last week. But it just wasn’t meant to be. The first half of our week was very wet and quite chilly at times, but it didn’t get us down as with a toddler in tow everything is fun whatever the weather!

We stayed in a little cottage which was part of a converted barn on a working dairy farm. We had no internet and little to no mobile signal – after the initial panic I actually found it really relaxing! It meant that our holiday was a proper escape from reality.
Puddlesuit smiles

Taking a ride on the Launceston Steam Railway was a fun way to keep out of the rain. There were three different types of carriage and we rode in all of them since our ticket permitted us to travel as many times as we wanted throughout the day.

Daddy and R on the train

Rosalie was given her own ticket which she kept in her coat pocket and showed to the conductor when he came around. She especially liked the sound of the whistle!

Launceston Railway

I took this photo of Rosalie at Launceston Castle – she was running down the slope into Daddy’s arms, and I just love how happy she looks. Seeing her here makes me a tad emotional as she looks like a proper little girl.

Launceston Castle slopes

Our nearest beach was Duckpool – it’s very rocky near the cliffs making it good for rockpooling…

Duckpool beach rock pools

…but at low tide there was plenty of sand too for Rosalie to dig in!

Duckpool beach sandy

We visited Duckpool Beach on a wet day and Rosalie had so much fun jumping in the waves – aren’t puddle suits great?!

Raining at the beach

And here’s the proof that I was there!

Family portrait at Duckpool beach

Wednesday was our best day weather-wise, so we took the opportunity to hire bikes and do some more of the Tarka Trail. We did Torrington to Fremington last year on our holiday to North Devon, so this time we went in the opposite direction, towards Meeth.

Tarka Trail

It was such a hot day, Rosalie was getting restless in the trailer and I was ahem, a tad saddle sore, so we didn’t cycle quite as far as we had planned, but we did discover an amazing spot for lunchย so we spent a happy hour in the orchard eating freshly prepared wraps and nachos and watching Rosalie play with some other children.

Toddler and her teddy

Rosalie had her very first ice cream in a cone from the Hockings van in Bideford. She did surprisingly well considering it was melting at a rate of knots!

Toddler eating ice cream

We spent a morning at Sandymouth Beach – building sand castles, picnicing and paddling.

On the beach

The beach looks deserted, but there were other people on it, just not very many, and it is a very big beach! Rosalie had a whale of a time in the big pools of water…

Beach splashing fun

I love this photo of me and my baby girl (despite the windswept look I’ve got going on).

Mummy and R on the beach

On our last day we spent the day at Clovelly, which is a pretty, cobbled fishing village built into the cliff.


It’s really steep but Rosalie managed to walk most of the way down and back up again, with a few stops of course!

Stop and smell the flowers

With all the walking on those tricky cobbles Rosalie was quite worn out and had a lovely sleep in the carrier – it’s rare for that to happen these days so I really cherished snuggling with my sleepy baby girl whilst having a stroll and a grown-up chat with Jim.

Family selfie

I was so grateful that we were able to go on holiday, Rosalie definitely enjoyed spending so much time with Daddy, and I came back feeling refreshed. There really is nothing better than spending time with my family in the fresh air, whatever the weather.

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  • Reply
    Vickie Rich
    July 25, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Oh these are such gorgeous photos Jess! You all look so happy and relaxed. I am so glad you had a lovely time on your hols! Vx

  • Reply
    July 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    What a lovely holiday despite the rain!! You all look so happy and I swear Rosalie shot up several inches while you were away!

  • Reply
    Jess Eliot
    July 31, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks Vickie, we had such a wonderful time x

  • Reply
    Jess Eliot
    July 31, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    It really was lovely, thanks Carie x

  • Reply
    August 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Such gorgeous, happy photos! It looks like you had a fab time and I know what you mean about coming back feeling refreshed.
    This post makes me want to visit Cornwall.
    Becky xx

  • Reply
    Jess Eliot
    August 17, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks Becky xx

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