Summer in Ye Olde West Country
As we are settling back into our normal routine, with Autumn knocking on our door, I just thought I’d share a little bit of our annual pilgrimage to Cornwall with you.
You know you’ve arrived in Cornwall when the landscape turns from rolling fields into heath and moorland and the buildings become few and far between and it’s with that change in scenery that I start to feel at peace once again. We normally stay in a small town called Hayle, a few miles from the old fishing town of St. Ives and this year was no exception. Of course, most of the towns are now aimed at the tourist industry rather than fishing, but in a funny kind of way this will preserve the landscape because the tourists want to see picturesque villages rather than modern industrial towns.
One of the places we visited was the tiny coastal town of Mevagissey. It’s typical of many of the coastal villages and towns that dot the coastline throughout Cornwall. It’s very pretty, with a small working harbour and fabulous views. There’s also a variety of gift shops and restaurants to visit which means you can quite happily spend all day there. We even managed to climb a steep set of stairs to find a seat that was up quite high, offering fantastic views over the village and out to sea.
The Cornish coast always makes me feel inspired and free, so much so that my other half, Sean and I have taken up body boarding over the last few years. Apart from looking like a couple of beached whales in our wetsuits, once we’re in the water with the force of the waves upon us, we gain a new respect for the ocean, one which brings us even closer to Mother Nature. We also tend to start calling everyone ‘Dude’, but we won’t go into that!
As well as being very pretty, Cornwall also has strong ties to ancient earth religions and is littered with sacred sites. If you look hard enough, it’s possible to find stone circles, standing stones, ancient villages and monuments, all of which provide a link back to the old ways. Some of these sites are still visited by worshippers and druids to this day and on visiting one particular stone circle, I almost felt like I shouldn’t have been there and found myself looking over my shoulder the whole time I was there, for fear that someone (or something) was watching me.
All in all, we spent two weeks in the beautful south west and came home utterly exhausted but thoroughly inspired and we’ve even started planning our next visit. If you haven’t been to Cornwall yet, I would suggest you book a holiday there soon because you really don’t know what you’re missing!
- Moonrust – New Age Shop
- Click on this link if you would like to visit the Moonrust Shop.