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Kynance Cove....An Ideal Retreat (Part 1)

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November 4th. It is six o’clock in the evening and I am in my little cocoon, the cottage where everything stands still. Even the clock in the kitchen shows 10.23 all the time, at least it is right twice a day…lol

I have lit the candles in the cozy little sitting room as I do each night and the fire is crackling merrily away.

I am comfortably installed on my sofa as the wind and rain lash against the cottage.

A few moments later I get up from the sofa, take three strides to the cottage door and upon opening the top half of the door, I peer out into the darkness as the half moon briefly breaks through the cloud ….. the time has stopped. There is nothing any more, nothing else except the ocean in its infinity.

The histerical waves crash against the cliffs and rocks furiously kissing them, eroding them into incredible sculptures with the passing of the years.

Fabrice
(No, I’m not Drunk and apologies to anyone into poetry)

My Sitting Room

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Part 2 – Hidden Paradise

When I stayed at Kynance Cove earlier this year, I discovered the Lost Gardens of Helligan, near St. Austell (such a beautiful name for such a beautiful place). When I reached the ‘Jungle’ I was a completely taken aback by the splendour and simplicity of it. I was absolutely captivated, it was as though I was in front of a painting. When I returned to Kynance Cove last week, I had to re-visit the Lost Gardens to see them in the winter.
Of course the gigantic rhododendrons and azalias etc were no longer in bloom, but the picture, although different was as nice in Winter as in Spring. It was November, but I felt as though I was walking in the Atherton Tablelands of Queensland, Australia.
The first 2 pictures were taken in April,and the remainder were taken last week.
I hope you enjoy them.

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Comments

 

what a beautiful place-- in all its moods and being so close in the cottage is amazing....:o)

7 Nov, 2011

 

Great blog and so cosy, but why does the bottle not explode on top of the blazing stove?

7 Nov, 2011

 

good point Drc!!

7 Nov, 2011

 

Beautiful views..

7 Nov, 2011

 

Wow waht lovely pics!!!!
I love all the candles :)))))
Amazing pics of the seashore..lovely Mossy :)))))

7 Nov, 2011

 

Is it Shangrila ?

7 Nov, 2011

 

Fabulous Photo`s, it does look ideal for a quiet retreat and looks so warm and soothing with all your candles...

7 Nov, 2011

 

Stunning...I am very envious! :)))) Lucky you!

7 Nov, 2011

 

Fabulous to see this again ... OH and I stayed very close to this cove many years ago! ... Love the waves crashing against the rocks . . . . .

7 Nov, 2011

 

It sounds just wonderful, wish I was there. Don't apologise for the poetry I loved your blog, great photos, loved the beach and that fire with the candles looks wonderful!

7 Nov, 2011

 

Lovely blog. That fire makes your place look so warm and cosy!

7 Nov, 2011

 

Lovely blog! Know Kynance very well,M.Lived at Marazion until I was 18. Brings back many memories.Enjoy your stay!

7 Nov, 2011

 

What an amazing place to stay Mossy, its just beautiful and I love your description of the waves crashing against the rocks. Also its nice to meet your face!! Enjoy the rest of your stay in that little piece of heaven.

7 Nov, 2011

 

How lovely...I could just imagine what it is like there. :))) Enjoy...

7 Nov, 2011

 

Looks lovely. with stunning photo's too..

7 Nov, 2011

 

Thank you all for your nice comments, I am now back home and missing Kynance Cove already.

7 Nov, 2011

 

The cottage looked so cosy and welcoming, beautiful photos from Cornwall, a magical place to be, pleased you enjoyed your time there.....

8 Nov, 2011

 

It's part 1 Avis, I'm looking forward to part two as well! Are you staying virtually on the beach Fabrice?

8 Nov, 2011

 

Yes Stickitoffee, the cottage is virtually on the beach, about 30 seconds from the steps leading onto the beach. You can see the cottage in the 7th photograph. It is in the middle. One the left are 3 very old disused fishermens cottages (you can see them in photo 4) and on the extreme right is an old wooden cafe which is now closed fore the winter. This area is totally unspoilt, most of it being owned by the National Trust, even the track leading to the cottage is private, so there are no other vehicles.

8 Nov, 2011

 

Sounds like a little piece of Heaven Mossy :)

8 Nov, 2011

 

Yes Pixi, this place is really a piece of heaven, no noise or people at night, just hundreds of stars (when the clouds break). Even looking through the kitchen window when it is pouring with rain, it is an absolute delight to see the sea crashing against the cliffs. I don't often have this feeling, but when I left a couple of days ago it was like leaving home.

8 Nov, 2011

 

Awwwww that's so nice..do you go there often?
My Granny (now dead) came from Cornwall. Never been there though, they lived in Torquay and we used to go down there every summer for holidays. :)

8 Nov, 2011

 

thank you for this blog mossy ~ it is just wonderful; what a privilege to be staying there. looking out at that everyday must be utterly wonderful ~ an ever changing view that forever pleases ~ no matter what the weather ~ although it would be a bit scary in a force 9 gale.

i understand that feeling of leaving home ~ thats what its like when i have to leave a scottish island; some part of me stays there though and some of that island comes with me too!!

will you be able to recreate a little memento of that wonderful scenery in your garden mossy? if you do i would love to know how!!!

8 Nov, 2011

 

Awww the memories, I had a break at Anstys Cove (think that is how you spell it) many moons ago, and visited Kynance Cove while down in Cornwall, amazing place. Your blog is beautiful the photographs are stunning, glad you had such a fabulous holiday. I am green with envy. thank you for posting the pictures.

8 Nov, 2011

 

Thank you once again for all your nice comments as this place is very special to me. This is the second time I have stayed in the cottage Pixi, (I was there in the spring and I intend to return at the end of the winter and/or spring time).
Yes Stickitoffee, I think it is a privilege to stay there, is can be difficult to book. I would love to recreate a little memento of this beautiful place as I have done about some other wonderful places i.e. Snowdonia and Australia but as you know the garden is a little handkerchief. I do feel very frustrated, however I did bring back some succulent plants growing wild on the cliffs.

8 Nov, 2011

 

If anyone can recreate it mossy - you can!

8 Nov, 2011

 

So glad you had a lovely time, photos are stunning. The Lost Gardens of Helligan, bliss, I have not been there but did see the TV programme about the lost gardens being discovered and brought back to life, just lovely, it gives me goosebumps to think about it, part of the garden they say seems "haunted". Very atmospheric.

8 Nov, 2011

 

The jungle is my favourite part of Heligan too Mossy...isn't it pristine? Imagine that! November in England! The microclimate there is quite something isn't it....wonderful..I hope I'll be able to go there again some day.

8 Nov, 2011

 

thank you for the extra pictures ~ i loved the lost gardens, it feels as if you are entering jules verne's world or tolkein or someone; a truly fantastic place.

8 Nov, 2011

 

I so enjoyed this blog thanks for posting it for us. Great photo's of a wonderful place. The cottage looks and sounds idyllic.

8 Nov, 2011

 

I didn't expect Part 2 to be attached.....Going back in..

8 Nov, 2011

 

Its a long time since I visited Heligan and I hope to go back again someday, I absolutely loved it and your photographs have brought to mind many happy hours spent there, in fact I`m going to look for our photo`s.
Fabulous blog Mossy, I really enjoyed it, thankyou...

8 Nov, 2011

 

Well what a wonderful retreat to go to..you are so lucky :)

9 Nov, 2011

 

Your cottage looks cosy. And you took some wonderful photos - especially the crashing waves - I love the sea when it's rough.

9 Nov, 2011

 

my favourite photo is the 6th one ~ with that white sand and the solid rocks, bit like the western isles?

9 Nov, 2011

 

Thanks for the pics of the jungle, have not visited Heligan....yet!!

9 Nov, 2011

 

Its so beautiful......sigh.
I watched a prgramme about it a few weeks ago..simply stunning! One day I might go there :)))))

10 Nov, 2011

 

Yes it is so beautiful Pixi, particularly for an artist, I can imagine you in front of a canvas, painting all day long. It is a very inspiring place.

11 Nov, 2011

 

Lol I think I would jsut sit there in awe..;)))

11 Nov, 2011

 

and i would just sit there and watch pixi painting and mossy creating a garden! bliss!!
oh, i would break off to make you a cake though!!

11 Nov, 2011

 

Aw lol that's nice :)

11 Nov, 2011

 

Hi Frabrice..
Lovely pics.... lovely blog :o)))

12 Nov, 2011

 

I would also like to sit and watch Pixi painting and then devour a large piece (or two) of Stickitoffee's delicious cake. Thanks Terratoonie.

12 Nov, 2011

 

;-)))

12 Nov, 2011

 

Lol Am I getting any cake?

13 Nov, 2011

 

Oh yes pixi, what sort is your favourite?

13 Nov, 2011

 

:))))))))
Well..I like lots! lol I am partial to a cream meringue..think that's my fav! THo I'd eat anything really lol :))

13 Nov, 2011

 

Have you ever seen the meringues in carluccios? They are huge!?

13 Nov, 2011

 

I've no idea what carluccios is lol

13 Nov, 2011

 

Oh sorry, Italian deli and bistro, meringues are as big as my outstretched hand and two or three inches high!

13 Nov, 2011

 

Wow Fabrice - two blogs in one! Kynance Cove is one of my absolute favourite places in the WORLD . . . as you say, it is so unspoilt, and I loved your poetic description of "hysterical waves". (I would LOVE to book that cottage that you stayed in!) We were there in July, paddling and eating chocolate cake, and met my son's girlfriend there (he lives in Falmouth, so we do get to go once a year, lol).

Heligan is bliss too . . . glad you had such a great time. :)))

13 Nov, 2011

 

wow lol :)

13 Nov, 2011

 

Mmmm... cake, I am rather partial to large scones with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. I have often had some while sitting outside the cottage with a pot of tea. Absolute heaven.

13 Nov, 2011

 

That sounds perfect mossy and very appropriate for Cornwall!

14 Nov, 2011

 

Oh wow! I love scones etc..I make quite good ones myself :) I remember when we went down to Devon on holidays going to a place called Badger's halt ( don;t know if its still there) having a cream tea..with the sceons and clooted cream and home made jam..mmmmmm...AND I had a huge meringue aswell..lol..ah well that was back in the day when I could eat as much as I wanted and not put on any weight! lol Simple things in this life mean the most really eh? :))))

14 Nov, 2011

 

Ah my dyslexic fingers are back again lol sry!

14 Nov, 2011

 

No problem Pixi . . . yes, the simple things in life are the best. I make scones too, but M&S ones are just that bit better, lol!

14 Nov, 2011

 

haha! never shop there so I wouldnt know :)

14 Nov, 2011

 

Pixi, I am opening my garden for the NGS next year and although I can't serve refreshments at general openings because the garden is so small, I will do so for private openings and would appreciate a recipe for good scones, if you don't mind sending me yours (I would call them Pixi Scones).

14 Nov, 2011

 

225g self-raising flour
25g Sugar
25-50g butter (or margarine tho butter is better!)
Pinch of salt
Milk to stir
Sultanas if you like :)

Sieve the flour and add salt, rub in the butter/margarine then add the sugar. Mix to a soft rolling consistency with the milk.
Roll out to bout an inch in thickness and cut out with a cutter lol
Bake at 230c 250f or gas mark 7 for about 10 minutes.

YUmmy!!!! :))))))))))))

Think this is a typical recipe for scones. THo some add an egg to the mixture aswell..my granny used to add some of the egg then brush scones on top before baking wiht the rest of it. I sometimes do that but sometimes I dont have effs lol

14 Nov, 2011

 

Thank you very much Pixi, I will try it out in a few days.
Much appreciated.

14 Nov, 2011

 

Eggs that is lol not effs!
You're most welcome Mossy :) I'm going to make some today :)

15 Nov, 2011

 

Sorry Mossy I have just found your wonderful blog. I have added it to my favourites so that I can return to your lovely photos. I hate not remembering places I have seen on GOY. Your cottage looks pretty cosy too.

15 Nov, 2011

 

PS Pixi....... I always use effs in my scones!!!!

15 Nov, 2011

 

Haha thats whats wrong i need a little eff! lol

15 Nov, 2011

 

i was wondering where i could get effs
but of course a pixi would know where effs were or was that elfs??

15 Nov, 2011

 

They taste quite magical anyway. :o)))

15 Nov, 2011

 

if they were really magic you could taste them and eat them but didnt put on any weight!!!

15 Nov, 2011

 

no effin idea sticki! lolol

15 Nov, 2011

 

pixi!!! only you could say that
;-))))

15 Nov, 2011

 

oops no elfin idea! hahaa

15 Nov, 2011

 

I completely agree with you Stickitoffee, they are magical but before you go on the scales...lol and by the way Pixi, do you use the yellow and white of the effs?

16 Nov, 2011

 

:-)

16 Nov, 2011

 

Yes the whole eff and nothing but the eff lol :)

16 Nov, 2011

 

Merci Pixi, I will use one whole oeuf.

16 Nov, 2011

 

so that is sorted then!! well done mossy and hope the baking goes well!!!

16 Nov, 2011

 

Ooh lala! ;)

16 Nov, 2011

 

beautifully posted mossy, the words and photos, the cottage looks so cosy and inviting to, enjoyed reading this :o))

18 Nov, 2011

 

I have had a giggle reading the comments here, elfs and oeufs!!
Wonderful blog, into favourites. How magical the cottage and the sea and love the little wood burner with all the candles. Thank you Mossy.

18 Nov, 2011

 

Gorgeous photos...I was AWOL during the time you posted this blog, Fabrice. As always it was a delight to re-visit GoY and find this blog. What a beautiful location to chill and gather your thoughts. Lucky you :)

15 Mar, 2012

 

for me this is already a paradise!

16 Mar, 2012

 

Where IS Mossy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16 Mar, 2012

 

Hello Pixi, nice to see your smiley face. I returned from France 4 days ago and since I arrived, everything has been a mad rush, with my garden and work etc.

I hope you are well, I have been making a huge number of chocolate cakes in France, i.e. brownies, melting chocolate cake etc, etc and it's not because it's me, but they were absolutely delicious. Lucky I am working now, because if I was still at my family home I would look like a stuffed goose....lol.

I hope all is well in your garden and didn't have too many problems in the winter. I think one of my tree ferns which was in the most exposed area has died, although it was very heavily protected with leaves and fleece, but anyway.... I am sure I will find something nice to replace it.

Kind Regards,
Mossy

16 Mar, 2012

 

do you have a recipe for those lovely chocolate things please Mossy?

16 Mar, 2012

 

Aw welcome home Mossy..we missed you.
Oh don't talk about chocolate cakes! I'm on a diet!!! Lost 5llbs so far another few more ti go yet, but I was naughty at class tongiht and ate a cake!!!!! lol
You are a goose lol
Can't wait to see more lovely pics of your beautiful garden :)) Nice to have you back again :))))))

16 Mar, 2012

 

Hello Stickitoffe, (Sorry Pixie for your diet)

I hope you are well and all is fine in your garden. This is a recipe for a cake (for 6 people) I really like and is easy to make:
4 eggs, 150grms caster sugar, 200 grms black chocolate (50-70% cocoa), 125 grms butter and 50 grms flour.
Preparation:
Eggs - separate the whites from yellows, mix the yellows with the sugar until you have a foamy white mixture.
Melt the chocolate with 3 teaspoons of water in a bain marie or micro wave with 3 tea spoons of water.
Mix the melting chocolate with the mixture of egg yellows and sugar using a mixer.
Add the sived flour, melting butter and the firmly whisked egg whites and a pinch of salt to a buttered cake tin.
Cook at 170c for 15-20 mins.
Cooking must be short to keep the smoothness of the cake.
When you put your knife in to test the cake is cooked, there should be chocolate on the tip when you withdraw it.
Remove from oven and leave to cool a bit before removing from baking tin.
This cake is nice served with ice cream, my preference is rum'n'raison.
Enjoy.

19 Mar, 2012

 

oooooooh yummy thank you Mossy that is brilliant! i shall definitely be trying that out!!

19 Mar, 2012

 

Sticki, when u bake it please throw some for me via ???airlines, that would be so delicious ,lol!

19 Mar, 2012

 

with pleasure Junna!
hpoe it doesnt get too squashed on the way!

19 Mar, 2012

 

Oh get thee behind me Mossy! lol
Will try it when I've got all these pounds off! :))))

19 Mar, 2012

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