Snow in the UK is a rarity. In Cornwall, even rarer. Our little south western corner of the country, combined with its salty sea air is less than ideal for snow. Whenever we’re forecast a blanketing of the white stuff, it’s met with scepticism. However, when it does arrive and with plenty of warning, us Brit’s can’t help but freak out! [Read more…]
Cornwall has taken quite a battering this winter. Bitterly cold coastal winds combined with endless rain has caused many of Cornwall’s best loved dog walks to become muddy sludge underfoot. The coastal path from Swanpool to Maenporth is fast becoming one of my go to winter dog walks, particularly in this weather. With the much anticipated Beast of the East approaching, promising a blanket of snow across the county, we decided to explore our favourite stretch of the path in Falmouth.
This week Woody and I were kindly invited to Lily’s of Truro*, a dog friendly café and creative space in the heart of Truro. As a freelancer, being self-employed means I often work from home. While this may sound like the idyllic creative lifestyle, it can be lonely. It’s important to get out of the house sometimes, to explore your local towns and get those creative juices flowing! Lily’s is an independent café in the heart of Truro and is named after owner Simon’s six and a half year old Border Terrier. Unfortunately Lily wasn’t there when we popped in but we’re excited to meet her next time we visit!
DOGSCLOSURE: We received complimentary food and drink at Lily’s of Truro in exchange for this post. I purchased everything else featured in this blogpost myself.
We all know that getting a dog is a big commitment. However often you don’t realise just how big until you’re sat crying (and I mean ugly crying) one evening while your supposed four legged ‘friend’ is running circles around you causing utter chaos in your bedroom. Or maybe that’s just me!
Perhaps you’ve grown up with dogs as a child, or maybe you’re a soon to be first time dog owner. Whatever your situation, getting a dog is a big deal! Today I thought I’d share with you some of biggest things to consider before bringing home a new dog. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of Woody as a puppy, as I adopted him when he was a year old. However, this gave me the perfect excuse to delve into my archive and reminisce on Millie’s puppy days! [Read more…]
Winter sunshine has blessed us here in Cornwall and I’ve been itching to make the most of it the past few days. I decided to take Woody for a walk in Carwinion Woods, a National Trust walk near Mawnan Smith. The walk takes you through the woods and down to Porth Saxon beach. It’s a dog friendly walk all year round and fast becoming one of our favourites!
I’ve been a professional photographer for a few years now. Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2015, I’ve experimented with different specialisms including weddings, fashion, portraiture and pets. They say never work with children or animals but I’ve tried both (and definitely prefer the latter!) Today I thought I’d share with you some of my tips on how to photograph your dog, as I know it can be a challenge!
Tucked away in the Glasney Valley, a stone’s throw from the busy market town, lies the Penryn Nature Trail. An eclectic mix of wildlife, bridges, ancient woodland and streams, the trail is a dog friendly walk through a secret garden brimming with Cornish history. We are fortunate to live so close to this enchanting place, walking here most mornings. We can see the College Wood Viaduct from our window and enjoy watching the trains fly by. [Read more…]
It’s been six months since we moved back to Cornwall, swapping the city for the coast and it’s been by far one of the best decisions I’ve made! I feel more at home here than ever before and have embraced a more active, outdoor lifestyle with open arms. I created a summer bucket list back when we first moved down and I am proud to say I completed about half of it. However, there are still so many things I’d like to see and do in Cornwall! This year I’ve decided to create a more comprehensive Cornish Bucket List, jam packed with all the things I’ve been dreaming about since moving back to the sea!
Cornwall’s footpaths have turned into mud baths over the past couple of months. It has rained persistently for weeks on end, making even concrete pavements slippery underfoot. In an effort to avoid getting stuck in the mud, I took Woody for a walk at Penrose. Situated between Porthleven and Helston, Penrose boasts a variety of walks; our favourite exploring the woodlands around Loe Pool. [Read more…]
On the first sunny day of the year, I jumped at the opportunity to show Ryan around one of our new favourite places, Trelissick Garden. I first ventured here before Christmas after hearing so many great reviews and of course this National Trust site didn’t disappoint! Nestled between Feock and Truro it’s tucked away quite nicely, one of Cornwall’s many secret gems! [Read more…]
Woody has been part of our lives for just over three months now and we are amazed how easily he’s slotted in to our family. I have always been passionate about giving dogs a second chance and I knew that once the opportunity to adopt presented itself I would definitely be welcoming a dog into our home. It turns out that was far sooner than I expected! Today I thought I’d share with you some of the benefits of adopting a dog.
Being a spaniel, Woody is a lively boy who loves his walks. If it were up to him he’d be out sniffing and exploring with his friends all day everyday. He’s been described as a free spirit because he loves to roam. Brambles and bracken are his favourite to explore, the pricklier the better. I’m forever pulling thorns, grass seeds and burrs from his fur!