Sunday, 24 May 2015

Tales of Mud Maids & Dreams of Poldark .....

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We've just returned from a week in glorious Cornwall
one of the places we visited and which has been on my list for years is
It DID NOT disappoint
what do you make of the Mud Maid?
I wonder what she's dreaming about
she looks totally magical and spellbinding

The whole place was breath~taking and lusciously green
It's hard to imagine that it was only re~discovered in 1990
It's huge too and quite exhausting
we were REALLY pleased to find that they have a gorgeous cafe
the food is incredible
all homemade with lots of vegetarian dishes

I also went in search of Poldark
well a girl would be a fool not to, huh?
I wish I could say that I found him
but to be honest if I had I wouldn't be here writing my blog!!!

This is Levant tin mines a world heritage site
they did a little of the Poldark filming here
and I totally recognise it from the series
maybe it's where the pilchards came in?!
Boy it was WINDY.

St Ives ..... LOVE.

I won. Take that.

A little Smitten stitching.

A magical steam train ride here
I was born in the wrong era

LOTS of beautiful walks

My garden has exploded in the lovielest possible way

I had a lovely time but it was a dream to come home
for one thing we had to leave Sweet B behind as she had work commitments
I think I get separation anxiety when we're apart!
So I was eager to get home
I do struggle with holidays
I always seem to get health issues and never sleep well
I feel like I'm the only one. Please tell me I'm not.
I love the thought of them
can you be allergic to holidays?!

I mostly eat the 'Deliciously Ella' way these days
it has helped my tummy issues hugely
but it's pretty hard to keep that up on holidays
so that could be part of it.
I'm very envious of people who return from their adventures full of vitality
that would be a dream.

I was getting sewing withdrawals BIG time
so between scaling the laundry mountain I made this little hexie dish
I saw it on Instagram and fell in love with it
Lisa & Sarah from
A Spoonful of Sugar blog
have a wonderful tutorial for it if you fancy making one, they're super quick.

Came home to this BEAUTY

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x


  1. Well I am so very glad that you did have a good time away and found lots to enjoy! I am also so very glad to hear that someone else feels they are allergic to holidays! I do enjoy it while I am away, but I hate hate hate it before we go, and get in a terrible state about everything, and again during the actual travel, especially if it is by plane. If I ever say it though people think that I am ungrateful for the holiday and truly I am not, I just get so stressed. So although - because I never say that - I don't know how you feel, I do sort of know how you feel and am soooooooooo glad that you actually said it! Now I know that I am not alone!!! But back to the good, we went to Heligan some years ago, before the lady was there, and it was wonderful, so I am sure that it is even better now. It really is a wonderful place isn't it. I love your little dish too, how gorgeous!!! xx

  2. Wow what a trip i want to go right now!

  3. Incredibly beautiful pics Jooles. Almost a secret garden .... fantasy land...sigh!!!
    I hate gulls they can be quite vicious....!! My mother who lived in Paignton used to have to fight the gulls to get the rubbish in the dustbin I said vicious birds!!!
    It sounds to me your body likes its cosy routine so that could be why you have issues when you go on holiday. I find keeping to your normal routine eating times ect while on holiday helps. :-)

    keep well

    Amanda xx

  4. Your photos are a joy as always Jooles. I love Cornwall, having spent many holidays there growing up. I love to go away but like you, love to go back home too. Hope you managed to enjoy yourself despite feeling under the weather xxx

  5. Lovely photos Jooles. It's been more than 10 years since we went to cornwall but I remember Heligan well, it's beautiful isn't it - the Mud Maid was there then and I seem to remember a giant's head too? Looks like a lovely week away, hope the laundry mountain decreases in size quickly - where's that laundry fairy when you need her? :o) xx

  6. Ooow, Cornwall is on our (long) list too! I loved Poldark too, so funny to see that mine :-)
    That garden looks so magical! Lots of love from Mirjam.

  7. Ahhh I would so love to visit this garden - it is on my dream list. But I am like you and don't stray far from home. But isn't it wonderful to be content with home. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

  8. The mud maid is amazing! I love it!!!

  9. I always love going on holiday but coming home is a joy too. Cornwall is a great place to go, we were there a long time ago, your photos are wonderful and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.......should like to go there, I have the book of Tim Smith how they restored it. Your little hexie dish is so pretty!

  10. beautiful beautiful pictures!!!!!
    xxxxxxx Ale

  11. thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photo's. I loved Poldark so much I'm reading all of the books on my reader. Never been to Heligan.Looks amazing. I only like 5 day holidays....Monday to Friday,coach trips. I love it while we are there but am glad to get on the coach to come home. Cornwall is a bit too far but I'm going to Torquay in July.I usually worry about the bed ( arthritis) ha ha.

  12. I read the Polkark series when I was in my teens - would love to go to Cornwall one day. Your holiday photos are amazing! I love your little hexagon tray - so sweet!

  13. Gorgeous photos, Jooles. Cornwall is a place I'd love to visit one day, meanwhile, I enjoy all the photos I see. The Lost Gardens of Heligan sound intriguing. Love the hexagon dish. What a wonderful welcome home from your pretty rose! Hope you soon feel sorted out.

  14. Love, love these photos, the mud maid is amazing. Having travelled lots in the past I've given up holidays forp a few years. It's a long story but it seems a bit pointless and I'm probably better at home! Having said that if Cornwall was nearer I'd be tempted xxx

  15. Jooles, your photos are beautiful- like a fairytale. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Cornwall is so lovely- we always tend to head North for holidays so I haven't been there since I was a slip of a girl of 17, but I have fond memories! (I'd definitely make the journey if I thought I'd find Poldark, but don't tell Mr Dotty!)
    I always find it nice to come back home too. We can't be kept from our stitching for long! xx

  16. What a rich country with these beautiful landscapes.
    And such a beautiful sewing.
    Miss xx

  17. What fantastic photos! Thank you for taking me to Cornwall again, I do love it so. And Poldark of course. I adore the books, which I first read, ooh, 25 years ago (!) and I remember the first tv version which I loved, but I have to say I love this one even more!! Jen

  18. It does look like a fabulous holiday - and Heligan, I'm green with envy, you lucky thing - but I think holidays are always a mixed blessing for we girls with chronic health issues.

    The mud lady is quite wonderful, isn't she.

  19. Beautiful photos, I love Cornwall and your photos have brought back lots of happy holiday memories. I don't travel well either which is one reason we always self-cater. And a good bed is essential. I can recommend Landmark Trust holiday homes. I've making quite a collection of hexagons and wasn't sure what to do with them so thanks for the link to a spoonful of sugar, I might make a pillowcase or two to go with with my new patchwork quilt.

  20. the little dish is so cute Jooles. I have just popped over and had a look at their site :-) In my experience St Ives is the worst place for gull muggings!! The mud maid is amazing I have never seen anything quite like it! I too love to get back from my hols and into my own little home. We went to the in-laws for a weekend recently and both Hubby and I said we must be gettting old (both just turned 40) as we would rather just stay quietly at homeI hope you soon recover some energy. x

  21. Welcome home! It seems you found the greenest part of England! I've never been to the westside of the UK but hubby and I have made it a priority for the next time we visit. I hope your tummy troubles disappear soon. It's hard to enjoy anything if your tummy aches.

  22. I'd never heard of these gardens before and am now utterly enchanted. Real-life magic! ♥

    'Hope you feel better as you get back to your usual routine. :)

  23. absolutely amazing pictures, thank you so much for sharing them with us. it does me a lot of good watching them, very soothing, thans


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