I've been hoping to get down to the beach the last few times I've been down in Cornwall, but one way or another the weather or our schedules wouldn't allow for it. Yesterday morning we all woke up early, and cleaned the family holiday lets in record time so that we could get down to our favourite local beach in time for lunch. It was a little bit windy, but otherwise the weather was amazing.
PINAFORE FROM DAHLIA | ICE CREAM NECKLACE FROM ONETENZEROSEVEN
BLOUSE FROM H! BY HENRY HOLLAND AT DEBENHAMS
I wore my Dahlia denim pinafore over a new ice cream print blouse from H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams that I picked up in the sale. When you're lazing on the beach all day, fashion is hardly a top priority, but I wanted to wear something summery and fun all the same. I also had my retro high waisted bikini from Topshop in my bag, but in the end it was just a little too windy for a dip in the sea to be appealing!
Lunch for me was a local burger topped with plenty of cheese and onion chased down with Fentimans Lemonade. Afterwards we treated ourselves syrupy flapjacks, nutty brownies and Cornish ice cream whilst soaking up the sun on the cafe veranda. Before my family relocated to Cornwall in 2005, we used to holiday here every summer (and pretty much every Easter/half term/bank holiday!). There are photos of my brother, sister and I sat on that very veranda ranging from when we were small children through to the present day. You'd think we would be bored of it, but I think a stunning beach that's only five minutes down the road is something you can never truly get bored of. As a teenager I began to take it from granted, but now that I've moved up to Bath I love it again.
We lounged on the beach for a few hours, just chatting, helping my brother revise for his upcoming GCSE exams and flicking through wedding magazines. After a while my sister and I decided to go for an explore with my camera. We took some stunning photos of her outfit, but she's nervous about starting to blog again as she feels she's left it too long. Now that I'm a bit more freed up for summer, hopefully I'll be able to help her relaunch it. She's such a little character, and she's so much more comfortable in her personal style than I was at thirteen!
When the beach began to empty for the evening, we lit up our little barbecue and began to snack on olives and strawberries. The beach is at it's best when the sun begins to dip a little and all of the holiday makers call it a day. It's at it's prettiest and it's most serene; just a handful of local families and older parties enjoying the last few hours of sunlight. We played beach games in the shallows, ate barbecued bacon and laughed at shifty looking seagulls. We ended up hanging around long after the barbecue had burnt out.
I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that yesterday was a taste of the summer to come. If we can steal a few days like it in between the race that will be the last few months wedding planning and upcoming family birthdays, it's bound to be a good one. Cornwall can be infuriatingly isolated and boring sometimes, but having so many beautiful beaches at your disposal makes being 'stuck' here entirely worth it.