Five things I'm going to miss about Cornwall
In ten days we're leaving the UK for new adventures in Spain. It's made me look at our home country in a different way, so I wanted to share the top five things I'm going to miss about Cornwall.
It's a truly beautiful county at any time of the year, but my favourite month in Cornwall is September. It's usually still warm and sunny, with a good amount of daylight in the evenings.
There's also a real feeling of peace and tranquillity at this time of year. Cornwall takes a deep breath in July before everyone works flat out over the summer to make the tourists happy. Then when they all leave at the end of August there's a county-side sigh of relief, and you can see the locals smiling more.
Don't get me wrong: I love tourists, and I absolutely love living in a place where people come on holiday. It makes me feel like I'm on holiday too!
But it's great when they leave and we get the county back for ourselves.
#4 Polridmouth beach
Polridmouth is our local beach and my favourite in the whole county.
It's a 15-minute walk from the nearest road, so it's pretty quiet even in the middle of summer. It's sheltered in a valley, so it's often calm even when the coast is stormy. It's a gently sloping sandy beach, so it's perfect for a swim and often has crystal clear waters.
Some of my favourite evenings of the last ten years have been spent sitting around a fire on Polridmouth beach.
#3 The coast path
For the last few years, we've been trying to walk the 300-mile length of coast path that runs around the edge of Cornwall.
We've seen some astoundingly beautiful places, like the old mining areas between Cape Cornwall and Zennor, and around The Lizard peninsula. But the whole thing is spectacular.
I'm really going to miss the wide open, green space in this part of the country.
#2 Lost in Film
It's been suggested by several people that the whole reason we're going to Spain is to escape our local community cinema Lost In Film!
This couldn't be further from the truth, the success of the film club is one of my proudest achievements and I'll really miss being involved in it.
We've shown over 130 films to an audience of more than 5,000 people over the last eight years, and there's a great team of people in charge who will keep it going.
#1 The people
My favourite thing about living here are the wonderful people. We've made so many good friends over the last decade.
But more than that is the amazing sense of community here. I'm really going to miss saying hello to a dozen people every time I nip out to the shops.
We'll miss the people most, and you're the main reason that we're coming back after our adventure!
What are your favourite things about Cornwall? Leave a comment below!
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