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Lightning Over Cornwall Towards Plymouth

We were travelling home from Falmouth last night and followed this spectacular storm.
When we got home it was still raging and probably lasted a couple of hours - this is the view we had from our bedroom window at 1am this morning looking towards Plymouth, which is some 40 miles distant.
It was an incredible show, with a constant succession of flashes.
Kay and Sime xx
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Our Neighbours

The ladies next door have been giving birth in the field. Their babies are like any other babies - they sleep, they feed, they follow their mums everywhere, they run around, then fall asleep again.  These little beauties are completely unaware of their fate...


But we know...
And this is one thing which makes living here difficult.
How can people eat other beings without feeling terrible?  It just doesn't make sense.

Both the posters are from the Cornwall Vegans website.

If you are in Cornwall or will be on Saturday 22nd April - do support this event!
Perhaps you have been considering veganism - this Vegan Starter Kit will help you to get started and if you have any questions, need help or ideas for recipes - just ask, we are always happy to talk to folks who want to change their diet for the better.
And in case you haven't seen this on iplayer - Here is Simon Amstell's Carnage.
Please, please think seriously about the food you eat.  Do you want to support murder or compas…

Dodging The Rain

Spring is supposedly here, though not sure it has truly arrived in this area of Cornwall and it seems like everyone who lives outside of Portmellon is experiencing warmer, drier weather than we are.  Our hibernating season has been a long one this winter, so even though it still has been quite chilly and wet - we thought it was about time we just got out there...
We met up with a friend for coffee on Sunday morning in Mevagissey and are happy to report that the newish cafe on the harbour, She Sells has very nice coffee and vegan smoothies.
It's been months since we walked round Meva, so afterwards we had a walk to the end...


Kitty in the window... Not for sale!

Heading back up the hill...

Caerhays Castle beach - Porthluney - just before sunset...


Dusk on the Fal Estuary. Canada Goose watching at Ruan Quay...

The Fal is quite high at the moment.


Swans further down the estuary...


We love taking what we call the back road from Truro, through the woodlands and out on to the marshland…

Being Grateful

We made a pact a few years ago that we would only leave Meadowcroft if we found somewhere really special to live. One of the most important things featured on both of our lists was to have stunning views, so when we found our French house - the view just blew us away!
We are still waiting for the sale to go through and so far, it's been nine months since our offer was accepted... The notaire discovered a slight glitch in that the terrace was actually owned by a neighbour. It was then agreed that the present owner of the house was to purchase the terrace and shortly before the sale went through the neighbour unexpectedly died... His estate is now being transferred to his brother, who is more than happy to sell the terrace and we have been asked if we would like to continue to wait. 
We are not in any rush and know that our little house will be worth waiting for...   Maybe the exchange rate will be more favourable by the time we go through the sale and in the meantime - we are maki…

Living With Less

It's two months since we moved into our little home and despite the fact that it's rained every day since we arrived - we love it!
We sleep with the curtains open and wake every morning seeing the sea, although some days the mist has meant we don't see anything for a while, but it's fascinating having such a vast view of the open sea and the coastline into Devon.


We see the changes in the weather and the colour of the sea. The blustery and gale force winds bringing rough waves and then days of mill pond calmness. We see storms coming in, the dark clouds and glimpses of blue sky.


From the kitchen we look down on Portmellon, which is very pretty and at night is like a Mediterranean hillside village with twinkling lights, next to a glistening sea.


We are living in this small space and it is wonderful.
Life feels simpler, we have definitely slowed down and just enjoy being cosy and snug with the kitties...



We all seem to sleep more too, which is very nice!

We are hoping f…

Be Inspired #3

We recently watched a wonderful film about Jhamtse Gatsal - The Garden Of Love And Compassion and the Buddhist Monk, Lobsang Phuntsok who decided to build a safe and educational haven for many underprivileged children living in poverty in the Bhutan/Tibet area.

Photo taken from here
This man is such an inspiration, the way in which he genuinely cares for the children and is dedicating his life to making a massive difference to so many.
Please do read all about it here...Tashi And The Monk and watch the Film Here for free... 
Perhaps it will inspire you to think more about ways to give and help others and to understand the positive impact giving makes on not only those you wish to help, but your life too!

And there's more...
Becoming Minimalist - 9 Ways Generous People See The World Differently.


It really does get quite addictive - but in a very nice way!!!

The Art of Laughter

EE Cumings quote taken from here.
You only have to do a quick search on the internet to see that laughter is becoming big business. There are clubs, online courses and therapists dishing out ideas to bring laughter into your life... 
How bizarre is that? 
People need to be taught how to laugh and of the health benefits it brings, which incidentally are huge - but what has happened? Why don't folks know how to laugh? It is such a basic instinct and yet, we're not doing it... Well we do, but lots of you don't.  We know how our mental health influences our physical health, so no wonder laughter is now seen as an important ingredient for  healing illness. 
There is so much fun to be had if you spend time with people who make you laugh, so if you're not getting enough - seek out others who share the same sense of humour, who can help you change and before you know it...  You'll be enjoying a good belly laugh every day, crying with laughter and feeling so much better. We'r…