After St Pirrin’s day and the official start of Spring last week it felt like the weather gods had taken note and decided to send a few rays of sun our way. So after endless weeks of gales and rain the weekend was awash with blue skies, sunshine, birdsong and smiley happy people. It also gave us ample time to check over the chalet and see if the weather had reeked any havoc after a preliminary look a couple of weeks ago. The major casualty was the Torbay Palm tree which was pushed over by the wind at a 45 degree angle, so we brought it back to upright and tied it to the fence with rope (above pic). Unfortunately it’s quite obvious visually but it will be worth it if the roots take hold again, we are not holding out any hope but keeping our fingers crossed.
The sheep are back in the field again and are so used to people using the track that links to the South West Coast path that one even posed for a picture. We were heading through the field to go to the Cliff Top Cafe for our morning cuppa, the tide was in so we walked along Military Rd, which gave us a chance to see all the little jobs people have been doing to their chalets. Everyone had windows and doors open, lots of DIY was in evidence and people were making the most of the weather, some finding unusual spots for some light reading (see below). At the cafe everyone was crowding outside and we met lots of friends who had already been down to the beach and even tried out the waves, minus wetsuits!!
There’s beauty all year round. In the winter light I just love the way these rocks literally look like they’ve risen from the sand. They share the same hues, and the weathering and erosion looks like they’ve evolved vertically placing rocks together, like a row of books.
This weekend was the first for 2014 chalet guests and Saturday was almost like a first day of Spring with people picking daffodils in the fields between Torpoint and Anthony. The storms have been kind to the cabin but not so kind to the garden and the palm tree has been blown over a couple of times; time will tell if it will re root itself. Word is that apart from the cafe on the beach at Treganhawke most chalets on the cliff have survived the storms – the odd roofing felt being blown away. The beach itself has had lots of flotsam washed up as well as lots of sand being displaced. At Tregantle beach, where the fort looms over it on the cliff, World War 2 defences have been uncovered, the picture below comes from holidaysincornwall.com.
Happy to say that there was a quieter weather front in Cornwall this weekend and the guests would have been able to go for walks and even sit outside; we haven’t been able to do that or even see the view of Whitsand Bay for quite some time.
With, quite frankly, this bloody awful weather we’ve been keeping warm indoors and following the winter Olympics. We particularly loved the snowboarding so it seemed timely to post this cabin envy. Vancouver architects Scott and Scott built this as their own snowboarding cabin and for five months of the year it is reached via a gravel track, the rest of the time it’s accessible on a sledge! I love the way the cedar exterior has worn to a colour that blends with its snowy surroundings.
“The cabin was constructed out of a desire to directly design and build as a singular act, to work with the freedom one experiences when snowboarding, and in a manner which is centered in the adventure and not bound heavily in pre-determination,” (Scott & Scott Dezeen magazine)
In the last few weeks it has been easier to stay indoors than take our usual outdoor walks so I’ve been dreaming of warmer days and blue skies. Over the last couple of years one of my most popular posts, according to WordPress, is one about showman’s wagons. I have been meaning to do another for some time, so it was really good timing to become blog buddies with Spring Parc; a vintage holiday site in the Cornish Tamar Valley. They have four different wagons, or living vans; Duke, Pip, Maiden and Hercules. Duke, above, is a 1940′s showman’s wagon and Maiden, below is a great Western Railway Ale Wagon, also 1940′s.
Pip, below, is a 1930′s steam roller living wagon
and Hercules, above, a handmade cedar living wagon. Come and take a look inside…
Hmm cosy. With those wooden interiors, patchwork quilts and vintage accessories, I could happily stay in bed with a pile of books and a box of wine!
I am hoping the current storms sweeping the South West of England and Wales have been kind to the vans. I will give an update soon of the storm damage at Whitsand Bay, in the meantime stay dry and warm, where ever you are.
Photographs courtesy of Kitty at Spring Parc click to find her blog.
Him indoors took this rather arty photo from the fields at the back of the chalet and I can’t explain it!! I assume there’s something good to eat right there otherwise they’d be on the grass.
From David Neiman Architects, this beauty is the replacement for a burnt out ski cabin. The area- Crystal Mountain in Washington, gets several feet of snow a year so the roof had to accommodate a heavy weather load. With lots of re cycled materials indoors, an open fire and sleeping lofts, I don’t think I’d mind getting snowed in.