Padstow with cousins
It’s no secret that I love Cornwall. We’re lucky that Rich’s sister live in St Ives, as it means we have a good reason to visit. I suppose I am even luckier to have married in to such a lovely family, especially as I have the two best nieces in the world. When we were staying at Coombe Mill, we obviously had to arrange seeing them for the day. We decided to go to Padstow. It is somewhere that I have never been, and only about 30 minutes from Coombe Mill.
The main reason I wanted to visit Padstow was Rick Stein’s fish and chips. I became vegetarian when I was ten years old. I started eating fish again about ten years later. A lot of that was due to watching Rick Stein on TV. I felt like I really should try his Fish and Chip shop. Unsurprisingly, it was busy, but definitely worth the wait. My hake and chips were so good. Although the garlic mayo I had to dip my chips in was really out of this world. All of it tasting even better for being eaten outside on a gloriously sunny day. Hopefully I will get to the Seafood Restaurant someday…
After all the fish and chips had been polished off, and Freyja declared that it was “the best fish and chips ever”, we needed to go and walk them off. We headed towards the quayside. Again, it was busy, but not unbearably so.
I love watching the girls together. Freyja and Rose are closest in age and the will walk around holding hands and looking like they planning some sort of mischief together. I always worry that with Amelia being so much older, that she won’t have much time for my girls. This is never the case. She is so good with her younger cousins, especially Emily who absolutely adores her. I sometimes think it is a bit of a shame that they don’t get to see each other frequently, but maybe it makes them appreciate each other a bit more for it.
After wandering around the quayside, we decided to walk up the path that runs alongside the estuary. It was much quieter than down in the town. There was a huge expanse of grass that the girls took advantage of to run around on. They were having so much fun together. I tried to take pictures of them, to capture the moment. Obviously it was almost impossible to get a decent picture of all four of them running around!
There was a lovely view from here – across the River Camel and then out towards the sea. It is really not hard to see why people fall in love with this part of the country. Is there anywhere finer on a sunny day? Of course, all four girls paid little attention to the views. They were far more interested on being with each other. Which, of course, was absolutely fine. I’m glad they were able to make the most of the precious time that they had together.
At the top of the slope was a war memorial. The cross was decorated with a Celtic knot pattern on Cornish granite. It just seemed so in-keeping with the area.
From up here you could then see the sea, and the coastline of Porthmear that we had visited previously. I’m sure the girls won’t remember Padstow for the fish and chips, the pretty quayside or the scenery. However, I am sure this day will bring back lots of happy memories of them spending time with their cousins.