Days Out: A Summer Walk – Revisiting Trelissick

We were having a relaxing Sunday recently, when we decided to go and have a wander around Trelissick again. The joy of it being quite close by means we can just get in the car and be there a few minutes later! I did post about a visit to Trelissick way back at the beginning of the year,  in this post, when we got our National Trust membership, and I thought I would share some photos from this visit, to show what it looks like in summer!IMG_9073It still wasn’t too busy at Trelissick, though the car park was definitely more full this time! We encountered a few people walking around, but it didn’t feel crowded.

I loved seeing all the bright colours of the hydrangeas.

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The trees are SO impressive at Trelissick, there are different kinds everywhere you turn!IMG_9090There was a childrens trail when we visited this time, which was a great opportunity for younger visitors to learn a little more about where various birds, bugs and other animals live. IMG_9095I took part too, and found that it was a great way to really stop and look around at the wealth of creatures that make these places their home. IMG_9102Closed in the winter months, we stopped by to see the crossing boat, which you can take from Trelissick on the Fal river, to visit Falmouth! IMG_9109Of course we had to stop by the house, where we were delighted by someone playing the piano beautifully. We had a look around, this time there was an exhibition about the local girl scouts! (There is always something new going on!)IMG_9124And of course no visit to the house is complete without stopping by the kitchen tea-room for some nice cake…IMG_9128We had a lovely visit, and it just shows there is so much to see all year round!
IMG_9130It’s heading to the end of the year now, where a lot of National Trust properties locally, close for the winter months, for conservation work. I hope to visit enough to keep posting until November, but it is worth checking online for opening times at this time of year.

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What’s Happening – August 2018

Hi!

I haven’t done one of these posts for a few months, so I thought I’d check in and say hello! KayThis last month has been amazing here on the blog and so if you’re one of my new followers, (or not! All of my lovely followers are equally awesome!) Welcome, thank you and please do comment and say hi on Twitter, Insta or Facebook, I love hearing from people!

So, what’s been happening?

It’s been a great summer, lots of days out and generally enjoying the sunshine here in Cornwall! We’ve done some things I love every year like the car showsimg_8519And some new things like Cornwall Comic-ConTardis (2)I haven’t been going to the Cinema as much, but did go and see Christopher Robin this week, and we saw The Meg last week.

At home we’ve glided through the Movie Challenge so far, it has been a fairly easy one this year, we have something a little more challenging lined up for next year though!

My reading “challenge” hasn’t gone very well so far, but there’s still time for me to catch up so I have hope I’ll crack on and read some more soon!

Craft wise, not much happens in the summer on the cards front, just because I don’t have many Birthdays, but it does give me the opportunity to work on some other things, like sewing, which has been progressing nicely! It’s been nice to spend some time doing that, and of course I’m still scrapbooking. The knitting WILL progress now it’s less hot.

What’s new!

Oooh fun things are afoot! This final third of the year (eeek!!) there will be some new things occurring! So keep an eye out for some newness!

I have been looking more into collaborating with brands and bloggers, so hopefully you’ll see some new posts from me, some guest posts, and maybe even seeing me away from here chatting to other bloggers! EK Punch XmasI’ve actually done HUGE amounts of crafting behind the scenes, because I have decided to do Blogmas this year! I’m very excited, if you know me already you’ll know I LOVE Christmas, and I’m also using as an opportunity for some guest posts! So you won’t get sick of me posting for a whole month.

And if that wasn’t enough…

You can still expect to see more days out, more scrapbook layouts as the year progresses, and of course seeing any crafty projects I manage to finish!

So, on that note, as you’re here, is there anything you’d like to see, or see more of, or less of? Anything else? Feel free to leave a comment, Email me (it’s down the bottom there somewhere) or of course you can contact me on social media!

Kx

2018 Scrapbook – July

And we’re in August, how did that happen?!

Of course it may be August, but as ever I am sharing last month’s scrapbook pages. For those new to the blog, I do a simple book every year, just to have something more than photos on a computer. For the last few years it’s been a Smash book, but I have a small ring-bound scrapbook this year!

I always look forward to July as there is usually a lot going on, mostly because it’s Car Show season, which I’ve posted about through the month, but also because the good weather means more days out.

Previous month: June

So here are the pages for this month: It had to be Cars themed this month really didn’t it! Though we did get out to another National Trust place to enjoy the sun!

Again only one cinema trip to see The Incredibles 2, which I loved! Hopefully we’ll see a few more films soon! We had intended to go more than once, which is why the page is so empty! This page is really busy, but if nothing else it does reflect the month! I did enjoy our evening at the beach, stopping for drinks. We have done this a couple of times now! Fingers crossed, although it’s a bit grey and showery at the moment, that we get some more nice weather soon!

So here are my July pages:

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Days Out – Cornwall Comic-Con and Gaming Festival

On August 5th, here in Truro, we got our first local comic con event!

There was plenty to see and do on this bright sunny day, and I thought I’d write a bit of a post to share some of our photos from the day!

Held at Truro College, offering great inclusive access to all, and free parking, in a great location. There were not one, but two Transformers to meet outside in the sunshine along with Cars cars, and some other movie cars including the DeLorian from Back to the Future (complete with replica props from the films!)…I loved spotting the Tardis (and learning Peter Capaldi had been in here too, and he’d autographed it), and I also enjoyed getting involved in some cosplay fun! We found the Iron Throne replica too! Perfectly positioned for a photo-op in one of the hallways, there was plenty to do, and access to many different rooms with things going on! There was a cosplay QandA  in the Theatre, and a competition in the afternoon for both children and adults. There was also green screen setup in the front hall near the entrance for professional bespoke cosplay photographs on custom backgrounds.

The Jurassic Park Jeep was parked outside with more props too! Including the night-vision goggles and John Hammond’s famous cane.There was awesome cosplay turn out, this little Joker was one of my favourites! There were lots of great activities, like Hama bead art, glitter face painting and cosplay meetups, as well as photography and signing sessions with the guests (including Hannah Spearritt, Mark Dexter and Clem So).

Bumblebee was out in the courtyard playing some music and meeting guests! And Star Wars characters marched through the event to great fanfare!As you can see there were plenty of stalls selling all of your comic con favourites! Spread between several spaces there was lots to buy, from new T-shirts, to cosplay weaponry, and all sorts of movie based memorabilia both old and new!There was also plenty of hot and cold food snacks and drinks on site, which were all reasonably priced, lots of places to sit too, inside, or outside in the sun!

More cosplay goodness from Gamora and Star Lord! Daryl’s Motorbike from The Walking Dead was parked outside, along with his crossbow and a Lucille replica to protect ourselves from this creepy zombie girl!Inside and up the stairs there was a full corner devoted to Harry Potter for photos, a huge Hogwarts wall, or this creepy Aragog setup! You could also meet real life animals out on the front courtyard including owls and snakes!Also for some great photo ops, Cornwall Comicon and Gaming Festival was proud to have UKNegan as a guest! And he was excellent! (If a little scary! OK he was lovely really!)Fab Attack on Titan cosplay!  Downstairs there was a whole room devoted to retro gaming, as well as more game style meetups upstairs near the theatre including a VR gaming setup!

There were some Dinosaur encounters out in the courtyard! We are assured that there were no major incidents!
Overall this was a brilliant event, and we hope it will return next year! We had good fun and met some fab people!

Days Out – Finding The Lost Gardens of Heligan

At the beginning of this month, we visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan, as it’s a nice place to have a wander around in nature!

Located just outside of Mevagissey, Heligan’s gardens were once truly lost, and over the last 25 years or so have been uncovered and carefully restored and finished into a great place to visit for all the family!

There are fun things to spot, amongst the woodland and plantings…Places for the kids to run and jump and play! And beautiful trees and plants to see!The trees and shrubs proved a nice shading canopy as we visited on a hot sunny day at the beginning of the summer holidays! There’s plenty of parking, and it didn’t seem too busy when we visited on a hot and sunny Saturday.
We walked down to the Jungle, and it can be steep at times, and it is recommended that sturdy footwear is worn when visiting. (I mean I wore flip-flops during this day out, but I’d probably suggest something a bit more robust!) There is a lot of walking, but there are benches to have a break!When we came back in early spring we didn’t make it as far as the jungle rope bridge! So it had to be done this time! Not suitable for under 5’s as this crossing is a little challenging. There is an alternative footpath for those unable to use the bridge.One thing I love about Heligan is the chance to see the animals! Be careful of gates as you walk around as there are sheep walking around! We stopped by to see the pigs and other animals, there are 18 native and rare breeds here at Heligan, and it’s always fun to arrive just at feeding time! Even now in August we saw some babies (collective “awww!”) The barn, where in spring you head to see the newborn lambs, has become a fun spot for smaller kids in the summer, with ride-on toys, drawing and other hands-on activities! This summer Heligan is home to Kneehigh and it’s fun theatre! Lots going on which you can find out about on the Lost Gardens of Heligan website.As well as the woodland walking, the jungle, and the animals, there are also the flower garden and the kitchen gardens! Full of bright colours at this time of year, this is a great place to stop and take some photos (or even do some painting!)There were so many great colours on show when we visited!
On the East Lawn there are currently all sorts of summer activities taking place too throughout the holidays, from Den Building to charcoal drawing or simply relaxing in the sunshine! There is also a Kids Summer Adventures passport to collect, with fun facts about Heligan, things to spot and even stamps to collect as you explore the gardens!
We stopped off for some food and drink in both of the on site cafe’s during our visit, and there was plenty to choose from, both hot and cold. Heligan also has a shop on site so you can take home a souvenir, or even some fun summer activities for at home!

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Days Out – Car Show Season – Trewithen Country and Classic

This is our final “regular” car show event this year, as we gave Mt Edgcumbe a miss this year.

Trewtithen Country and Classic Car Show is an event every year organised and run by Marie Curie Cancer Care in Cornwall. This year it took place on July 29th.The show, which takes place at Trewithen Gardens near Probus around the end of July every year, is a great family day out, smaller than some of the other car show events here in Cornwall, is great fun, and a chance to see some cars we don’t see at any of the other shows. This is often a little more high-end an event, where you’ll spot a few more Aston Martin’s and classic Jaguars. As well as cars shown by their owners, such as this Aston, or the McLaren in the background,  you can also see some dealers such as Jaguar Land Rover and Mercedes, on site.This Morgan was one of my favourite cars at the show! Loved this uncommon blue colour. This classic Porche 930T was beautiful too, we had a nice chat with the owner.

There was such a variety at the show, though the wet morning did mean there were fewer cars than expected. It was still a great turnout though! This MG was definitely an eye-catching addition to the incredibly varied lineup!The Tea Shed, is well stocked with homemade cakes and treats, and there’s plenty of indoor and outside seating to enjoy a drink, and relax. Better still, the money you spend goes to charity!

There were also food vans on site too, should you want something else to eat.
There are activities to keep the kids amused, from classic games including hook a duck, whack the rat, face painting and more…To local singers! There is also a dog show and some stalls selling handmade items.As a lover of all things handmade I liked seeing the Cornwall Association of Woodturners hard at work creating beautiful things – they were really friendly, and I learned some things too!Local artist Kev from Art With Kev was there, to paint fun caricatures for attendees too!Overall this is a great event, though it was a little rainy to begin with the day was bright and fun, everyone was really friendly, and it’s so nice to be able to support a good cause, while enjoying a day out! 

Days Out – Blue Reef Aquarium

Recently we visited Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, which was a really fun way to spend some time while in Newquay for the day with family.There were five of us, and we had a voucher for some money off too, which you can pick up in a lot of Cornwall visitors guides available in the summer, and come with lots of vouchers for money off attractions all over Cornwall – which is great if you’re visiting or resident alike!Blue Reef Aquarium is located right on Towan beach, and parking is a little hit and miss, but you can park at the top of town, and it’s only a short walk past the shops and you’re at the beach.When you enter you’ll have your hand stamped, as the walk around the aquarium doesn’t necessarily take that long, but you’re welcome to stop and have a bite to eat in the on site cafe, or even pop out to the beach, and then return for some of the scheduled feeding times, which is a really nice touch!There are also fun things for the kids to do (as well as spotting a lot of the cast of Finding Nemo) when we went it was spotting coloured footballs on your way around, but this theming does change throughout the year.When we were there, there was also a quiz on sea life and pollution to raise awareness of issues affecting the ocean environment worldwide. The answers to the questions could be found hanging from plastic bottles as we walked around the aquarium.We loved spotting the fish protecting their eggs, and also these alligators! Seeing how well all of the creatures coexist together, much like they would in the wild.Another area everyone enjoyed is the walk through tunnel, where you can see many different species of fish, including this ray, and the black tipped reef sharks!Once through the underwater tunnel, you head above the surface for a different view of things, and it’s a great spot for taking photos or video!Finally you reach the open pool area, this is the perfect place to spot Omiros, the rescued giant loggerhead turtle as he swims just below the surface.There is of course an on site gift shop too, to buy a little souvenir of your visit.

We love Blue Reef, and although it may be small, there is plenty to see and we’ve been more than once and always have a great time!

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Days Out – Car Show Season – Wadebridge Wheels

Wadebridge Wheels car show is one of my favourite days of the year, I look forward to this show, which usually takes place the second sunday of July at the Royal Cornwall Showground. This year “Wheels” took place on July 15th, and it was such an amazing sunny day! Organised and managed every year by the Wadebridge Rotary Club, there are always loads of different cars to see, for every taste, and this show is only growing year after year. This years show was HUGE! With so much to see, including some really interesting cars you don’t see at the other shows. We’ve shown our car a couple of times here, and it’s always a great experience, and thoroughly recommended if you have a love of cars and you’re in the area.

Classics Sports cars Various car clubs, including the Cobra club, Mini club, Jaguar club, Sports club & many more! Supercars American cars TV and movie cars With a variety of food stands on offer, auto jumble and other stalls, as well as children’s activities, and entertainment in the parade ring throughout the day, there is plenty to keep everyone busy on this great summer day out! The different thing about Wadebridge show, as well as the cars and motorbikes, is the addition of agricultural, steam and military vehicles, and the stationary engines, this is a little niche perhaps but we like to stop by and have a look, because you don’t see them anywhere else! There were also shire horses this year, giving people a short carriage ride around for an extra charge. I did go and say hello, but neglected to take their photos!

Overall again this was a brilliant show! We really enjoyed it, I think the only thing we came away saying was that we may need to arrive earlier next year to ensure we see everything!

Days Out – Cotehele House and Gardens

The summer continues! We recently used our National Trust membership and visited the lovely Cotehele in Saltash, heading a little further afield to the Tamar Valley! Cotehele is a (mostly) Tudor manor house, formerly owned by the Edgecumbe family, also owners of Mount Edgcumbe House in Torpoint. As well as the house, there is plenty to explore, with orchards, woodland, valley gardens and don’t forget to stop by the quay!
Upon arrival, after quite a long drive (thank heavens for air-con!) finding ample parking, we stopped first of all in the Barn  Restaurant, which was a beautiful airy space, but very in keeping with the surroundings with wooden beams and other historic details.  We had a lovely cream tea (Jam first – we may be close to Devon, but still in Cornwall!) There was of course a great range of hot and cold food and drinks available. And if you would prefer to grab something on the go, on weekends and in the school holidays the Piggery is open, to grab ice creams, snacks and drinks to carry around with you as you explore the gardens!  Cotehele house is truly beautiful, originally built in medieval times, but mostly Tudor in style, the Edgecumbe family really wanted to keep the house as a testament to history,  revelling in ‘the good old days’ the house is filled with stunning tapestries, hangings and other historic items, kept in such beautiful condition. There is also a historic chapel in one corner of the house, a small kitchen as well as a WWI exhibit in what would have been the breakfast room.

A short walk from the house, takes you to the upper gardens and the orchards, great outside spaces in this sunny weather, and so much to see! Perfect for nature spotters, and flower and plant enthusiasts alike.  Exiting the main area of the house, you can either drive to, or take a short walk down to the quay, beside the Tamar river, you can stop for an ice cream, or head into the Edgcumbe tea room for a bite to eat. Here you can also learn about the quay, and see the Shamrock, a beautiful Tudor ship, which unfortunately was covered over when we were visiting, as it is undergoing restoration. We also popped into the visitor centre to learn more about the history of the quay.  Walking back up to the car park, we went through the woodland, and found a historic chapel, built by Richard Edgcumbe I to give thanks for the safe escape of he and his men from King Richard III’s men in 1483.  We finished our walk, heading through the valley garden, spotting the dovecote and some more picturesque plantings, a waterfall, and even some pretty dragonflies.

Of course, Cotehele also has an on site gift shop selling local items, including food and drink, as well as souvenirs and other National Trust items. There is also a plant shop, should you wish to take home some of the plants you can see around the gardens.

We had a wonderful day out, and of course you can find out more on the National Trust Website.

With the summer holidays now here, it is great to note, that many of the National Trust properties also offer trails and other activities for younger visitors.

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Why not check out some of the other National Trust sites we’ve visited this year:

St Michael’s Mount

Glendurgan Garden

Godolphin

2018 Scrapbook – June

July! And what a summer we are having!

We’ve had some great weather this month and it’s made for some really fun days out!

Previous month: May

I’m glad, at this half-way point of the book that I’m still doing the Disney sketching. They’re not perfect but it’s just to get me drawing again really, it’s very relaxing!

We had some amazing weather this month! Loving it!It was great to spend some time with family this month too! My Mum, her boyfriend and my youngest Brother came to visit, and we had a couple of great days out enjoying the sunshine! Stu’s Mum joined us for one day out too!

It was nice to visit somewhere new in June too! What isn’t shown is that in Polperro, I (who am terrified of spiders) held a tarantula! I’m not cured though!

We haven’t been to the cinema much lately, a lot to do with times of showings. A lot of films are on after 8pm and it just means too late a night midweek! Of course we still went to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It brought back memories of going to see Jurassic World while we were in Paris!

So here are my June pages:

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