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There are some lovely pix on the living in cornwall website.

I woke up aware of the soft scent of blossom. I could smell it before I opened my eyes. We arrived back from holiday late at night and my waking sensation, in that drowsy interlude before full consciousness, was suspended and drifting somewhere between here and there. I opened the curtains to a mist of wisteria; smokey, dove-grey and soft lavender clusters cascaded from the vividly contrasting citrus-sharp, lime green foliage entwined around the trellis, dispersing a diffused, voluptuous purple haze against the sapphire sky.

We had taken the opportunity for a spur-of-the-moment break to Spain. We flew on the twice a week flight from Newquay to Alicante, courtesy of Ryanair. The upside of this, and anyone not living in Cornwall will not appreciate this fact, that to travel by plane, we have a journey before the journey just to reach an airport. The downside is, well, Ryanair! OK, the flight arrived on time and the cabin attendant doubling as a Cristiano Ronaldo look-alike, was something to look at as the airline doesn’t provide in-flight magazines, but the rules and restrictions on baggage are simply ludicrous, considering each bag, weighing 15Kg. is charged at £15 each way.

We arrived back at Alicante, checked in and the first bag weighed 10.2 Kg, it trundled down the conveyor belt to wherever baggage goes; the second weighed 15.5Kg! Surprise, surprise! The senorita with the tart-red talons, who must have been Franco’s grand-daughter, dictated, " ‘ees too ’eavy, you take out, you go to back of queue". I tried reason, as my very limited Spanish couldn’t articulate ‘silly cow’, succinctly. I explained, “Together they only weigh 25.7Kg and we’ve paid for 30Kg and we can’t get the first one back”. “No, no”, shrilled Senorita Franco, “You go to the back of the queue, itsa the rules”.

I apologise if this sounds like a xenophobic rant; it’s not, as we had a lovely holiday. While we were away, summer has happened in Cornwall. Out on the moor, I was amazed at the palpable effect a week’s sunshine has had on nature. The trees are in full leaf, yellow irises and marsh marigolds border the pond harbouring a family of young moorhen, gorse and hawthorn flowers perfumed the warmed air; most perceivable is the return of bird song, blackbirds and chaffinch singing so sweetly, swallows twittered, a melancholic cuckoo called and a green woodpecker hammered in the trees. This may read like a twitcher’s tick list, but I spotted tufted ducks, a heron, a kestrel and a jay.

As ever, ’summer’s lease hath to short a date’ and maybe the promises of May will be fulfilled this June…
I think we’ll stay home for a while!

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Lovely blog Mocking bird ... the trip to Spain sounds enticing even tho' you had to undergo the pedantic senorita!

Your Cornish countryside must be beautiful to look at ... what a lovely place to live. You describe it with real enthusiasm too ... so many different species! Home always appeals when you've been away doesn't it?! Bet your house doesn't care what your baggage weighs in at! ;O)

27 Jun, 2010


Why go to Spain when you have all this beauty on your doorstep? You can guarantee once you leave the country, summer happens here, lol.

27 Jun, 2010


We never leave Cornwall in the summer months, but everyone needs a break from routine, although looking out to sea right now, I'm of a mind that there are place in the world as lovely, but probably not that much more beautiful. There's a shimmering silver-blueness and a gentle haze across the horizon. Helps beat that Monday morning feeling!

28 Jun, 2010


I would live in Cornwall if I could ... for sure.

28 Jun, 2010

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