i adore holidays in our own country. we've got such a diverse countryside, with ever changing communities as you drive through fields and forests across county lines - and there's still so much of our own country that i want to explore! i made a mental note a few years ago to try and explore the UK before i tried to discover the rest of the world again, because i felt like i didn't really know it as well as i should. i suppose this is the first step towards this exploratory mission...
anyhow, onto some holiday snaps:
♥ breakfasts in pj's in bed is important from time to time on holiday. it was so fun making our own breakfasts each morning, at whatever time we liked and with the best Waitrose supplies. we had eggs, veggie fry-ups, fruit, coffee, all things we wanted. i even read through my own book for inspiration and we had mexican style baked eggs one day - yum!
♥ we made sure to walk every day, whether that was around shops, by the seaside, along a river or in a forest. we even rented cycles along The Tarka Trail one day - which was perhaps my favourite day, even though i ended up with a sore behind. we stopped for lunch in Fremington Quay, and ate delicious fishcakes and scrummy lemon polenta cake.
♥ it's also very essential when in Devon/Cornwall to make sure you get a good cream tea, and we made sure that the one cream tea i had was the best! we went to The Coffee Room in Bude, where the scones are made by the father of the woman who runs the place, and who also runs the bakery down the road (which make amazing pasties - better than Pengenna).
don't forget to put the cream on after the jam if you're in cornwall, and cream before jam if you're in devon!
♥ ostler's cottage was gorgeous - it's a classic cottage, and as such was perfectly well appointed - we were even greeted with red roses and homemade cherry sponge on arrival. the gardens were phenomenal too - inspired by Sarah Raven (who I work for!) and brimming with colour. a little touch of paradise.
♥ going on holiday in blackberrying season is awesome. we spent the whole week trying to find the biggest, juiciest, tastiest ones, and swapping our best finds for taste trials. i love blackberry season, so it was good to finally get out and try a few.
♥ we did our fair bit of sightseeing - bude, padstow, and clovelly to name a few towns we discovered. bude is my favourite, with random shops and cafes. at padstow we ate some amazing local fish, and went for a walk along the cliff path which was blustery but brilliant. clovelly is a very cute little town - you have to pay to get in, but it's worth it...
♥ we ate a crab sandwich from the seafood shop at the bottom of the hill, and then we ate lunch at the New Inn at the top of the hill - totally unassuming place, but the food was just perfect. i had a veggie lasagne, and Pete had the seafood platter.
so there you go, a little glimpse into what we got up to! hopefully i'll be back soon with a couple of delicious recipes and lunchbox photos for you all. i hope you're enjoying the beginning of autumn too!
currently watching: breakfast on bbc1 - very important to catch up on what's been happening in the world whilst you've been away!