Monday, 2 June 2014

Down on the West Coast they've got a saying: if you're not drinking then you're not playing...

Hi guys: this is my first post writing to you as a free woman. I have handed in my final project at university and although I'll still be roping in to help out at our degree show and London show (at the end of July) all of my university work is done. Although it's impossible to tell what the future will bring, I am currently finished with education. It's a weird feeling, waking up thinking there's work to do and realising there's nothing, and of course it seems the moment you've finished a degree there are a thousand pending questions from friends and family: 'so what are you going to do now?' For now, that is to make a start on my post-uni to-do list, but to be honest it's also to do silly things like wasting a few hours playing the Sims without the crippling guilt, and to have a couple more days where I can just relax completely before throwing myself into my next endeavour.

For now, I wanted to share some snippets of my weekend with you. On Friday evening, after handing in my project, my boyfriend came to pick me up and we headed down to Newquay to join some friends who'd been down there for the week. The trip was short but sweet, here's what we got up to...

I've visited Newquay before and always make a point of visiting Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm. They're the farm responsible for Rattler cider, they make the best Scrumpy, and this time we went on the tour as well. It was really interesting to see more of the farm and learn about the cider-making process, and by the end of the tour we got to sample each of their (many, many) ciders and wines, which was great when deciding which ciders to stock up on: both for myself and for gifts. The cider is strong, over 7%, but I maintain that it's delicious and it's really cool knowing it's all produced on the farm.

The prices are incredible when you buy them from where they're produced: there were draught pints for £2, and 2-litre bottles of Scrumpy for just over £10. For non-drinkers, there's also all kinds of jams and chutneys produced, and of course juice, so there's something for everyone. I visit there every time I'm near, because I just love their products: this time I bought some strawberry wine along with my Scrumpy, but brought back all kinds of other things for friends and family.

My friend had booked a horse ride with Reen Manor Riding Stables, near to Perranporth beach, and I ended up joining her for a two hour beach ride. I used to ride regularly when I was younger, but haven't ridden for over a decade and I was so nervous I'd be no good any more! But I'm so glad I went for it: it's amazing how much you remember, even after all that time. Although my legs muscles weren't thanking me for the experience after the two hours, I had an incredible afternoon cantering on Perranporth beach in the bright sunshine and splashing in the waves.

On the second day, my boyfriend and I had a little time to ourselves as we went for a walk on the beach in town, and then back to the beach near the apartments. He had a lot of fun building me a sandcastle, which was promptly destroyed by an eager child before we were even out of sight!

Overall, the getaway couldn't have been timed any better and was exactly what I needed. Between fun days and evening drinks it was lovely to be able to remove myself from real life and get away, even if just for a few days. They say salt water can cure anything in life: either through sweat, tears or the sea. I just wished I lived nearer to it...


8 comments:

  1. It looks like a lovely weekend and a fab way to end your uni days :) Congratulations!

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  2. Congrats on finishing your degree! Must be such a good feeling! Newquay looks lovely :)

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks Alice :) yes it was beautiful! I'm not sure it's completely sunk in yet haha xxx

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  3. Oh Lana. ♥ I haven't been to Newquay for years but the beach looks nice! I'm much happier when I have sand between my toes.

    Tara x

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    1. Thanks T! I feel the same, I'd love to live by the sea but it's that eternal struggle: work/friends/family vs. beeeeach! xxx

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  4. Congratulations on becoming a free woman and finishing uni! You definitely deserved that holiday after all that hard work you've been doing! I am so very jealous that you were down in Cornwall, and visited my favourite beach in the world (Perranporth)! Isn't it gorgeous? I can just imagine how heavenly it was to go horse riding along it, and I think I'm going to have to do the same one day. I love Newquay, too, and I'm pretty sure I visited that cider farm when I was about nine or ten with my family. I haven't been to Cornwall since 2010, and I really miss it. I'm always happiest on Perranporth beach! xx

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    1. Thanks so much Louise! Perranporth is beautiful, thank you for the suggestion and it just felt like heaven cantering down it! There's nothing quite like the sand between your toes xxx

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