Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Holiday So Far.



Lots of cooking. I made a huge vat of chicken stock for the freezer using about four carcasses from roast dinners. I love making stock and just freeze the bones until I have time to do something with them. Add plenty of veg and herbs to make a delicious basis for loads of meals. The smell is always so comforting as it gently cooks away.




Last night Elias made fresh pasta and we coated it with a pesto style sauce of freshly picked nettles (try it - it's delicious), garlic and olive oil. So yummy and so very good for you. There are so many ways to use these otherwise pesky plants.






Bowls and vases billowing with beautiful lilac, the heady scent perfuming the house and adding a drowsy feel to an already drowsy holiday.





Piles of scones, soft and pillowy with lashings of homemade tayberry jam and (Cornish) cream.






Trips out in Mermaid where we get views of the town from a different perspective. I love the fact that the river winds through Falmouth and shopping involves pretty views such as these.





We took the boat and headed off up the Helford River to Tremayne Quay where camping is in the depths of the woods with no facilities, just driftwood for campfires and nothing but woods and fields all around.





We rowed past Frenchman's Creek and thought of the novel. How lucky we are that this pretty, tranquil spot is so close.






The racket of the dawn chorus woke us early and we headed back out to catch the tide.






It was chilly this early in the day, but the promise of hot sun was in the air. There is something so special about being the only people out on the water in the quiet of the early morning.






We stopped off at Durgan, a very pretty little village on the Helford where Isabella ran in and out of the rockpools.





Isn't it beautiful?

Well that's it for now - a brief post for once - as I am heading off for another day on the beach. Have fun x

14 comments:

  1. It is a blissful looking existence you have! Cornwall without crowds is perfection. You must need your boat to escape the hordes in the summer holidays.

    Lilac and scones, really what heaven!!

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  2. Oh my......what a lovely post....absolutely enchanting...and your feasts!!! Now I will have to cook something special today! Thank you for a wonderful way to start my day ! Enjoy every second...

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  3. Enjoy yourself on the beach! I do envy you your boat trips - it must be heavenly being out so early, too.

    Pomona x

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  4. Thank you for taking me on a magical journey! I felt like I was there too, enjoying all the beauty of the gorgeous area you are so lucky to live in. Super jealous! And I'm definitely making scones tomorrow x

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  5. A magical post Pipany! Your food and flower pictures are so amazing, and the Cornish seaside feels so close when I visit your blog! Have a wonderful weekend.
    Helen x

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  6. If I close my eyes I can imagine I am there, hearing the water gently lapping and eating fluffy scones with tayberry jam and clotted cream........... x

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  7. you sound really happy and calm at the moment - so carry on feeling at peace with the world - great post

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  8. Oh I feel hungry now! I really want a scone! Lovely post.

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  9. What a lovely time you are having in this gorgeous weather. I went to Lewes today with my youngest and we noticed lilac blooming everywhere and also thought it was rather early. Happy Easter. Karen X

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  10. Thank you so much for saring the wonderful pictures and the glimpses of family life - nothing like playing in, on and around the sea - wonderful memories in the making!

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  11. fantastic pictures - real 'wish you were here' images. So great that you've had some wonderful weather and you've certainly eaten well!

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  12. What a pleasure to see this latest post, love the gleaming photos, full of clarity and brightness. x

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  13. I sure you enjoyed it very well. You enjoying all the beauty of the gorgeous area you are so lucky to live in.

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