Cabin Envy Paradise Cove


To some Paradise Cove will not be a surprise but, like the area here in Cornwall, up until a few years back it was a well kept secret; not so much these days. In a recent visit to California we took our rental car and headed up the Pacific Coast Highway making the decision that after an hour we would stop for breakfast. I had read about Paradise Cove, with a trailer park that was the anthesis of what we think American trailer parks are, one that had attracted people whose life/work balance was a healthy alternative to those who got up, commuted, worked, commuted, and slept. People who were drawn to the sea, to a place where, in the 50s and 60s there had been a film star image of somewhere that was used for iconic TV series and films. I fancied checking it out.

We had set off early and around fifty minutes on the road we saw the Paradise Cove sign and came off to have a nosy. The road led us directly to a parking lot, rather than the one for residents only, with a hefty $35 parking charge that almost deterred us until the small print said the charge was far less if we got our ticket validated by the Paradise Cove restaurant. We headed in… to a retro diner filled ceiling to floor with black and white photos of the cove depicting a time when fishing, whaling, filming and finally surfing were its main attractions. Also like this part of Cornwall, the cabins were originally used by fisherman as an overnight place to stay whilst waiting for the catch and, over time, the place got used by lifeguards and surfers. This was visually filed away on the walls of the dining rooms, rooms which spilled out onto the beach under large marquees.

It was Shrove Tuesday and in the UK we would celebrate with pancakes so we opted for a Paddlers Breakfast supposedly for surfers coming back with a hefty appetite but we just had the appetite. It came with 3 eggs how you like them, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes plus two buttermilk pancakes on the side with butter and maple syrup. A pot of freshly brewed coffee was left on the table which made him indoors very happy.

After wading through the huge portions we had to walk the beach to help digestion but also to check out some of the mega million dollar beach homes along the way. These are what people expect when you mention Malibu, eye watering prices for homes that are insanely huge and, well, insanely distasteful. Like this …


Last time this cruise liner home was on the market it was a mere $27million, and look at it, its built on sand for gods sake.  Some of the mansions up on the road above have walkways down to the beach, some even have beach cabins – much more my style. [I think there’s a hot tub on the right hand side and a roof terrace on the middle cabin].


Some are smaller and have a quainter style to them and ingenious ways of storing the boards.


but when it comes down to it I would rather have a smaller cabin in the trailer park that’s built on, oh I don’t know…land!!


here’s the beach cafe seen from the small pier and you can see on the cliffs above a couple of cabins which are much more my kind of thing.

What I don’t know because we always go out of season, is the buzz at the height of the summer, some say it’s lost its hidden magic, some still think it’s the best but friends tell me you have to get there early for a parking spot and it’s difficult to get a table in the cafe at certain times. A read of trip advisor gives differing views. All I can say is at 8am on a February morning we had the beach to ourselves, there was a smattering of diners in the restaurant and it felt like we had chanced on something out of the way. Looking at the photographs it made you a little envious of those people in the 1960s who were lucky to be part of the film crews in the cove, or the first lot of trailer owners who kept the cove a secret so they could keep the place to themselves.



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Helen Round at Mount Edgecombe



The cushion above is a favourite view of mine, it depicts Rame Head, which is at the eastern tip of Whitsand bay and can be seen from the back of the chalet. I bought it locally, at the studio of Helen Round in Millbrook our closet village and there’s a whole range of items with Rame Head on including mugs, bags and tea towels and I’ll let you into a secret, mine is a tea towel that I turned into a cushion cover – it was far too nice to use for drying up. Helen’s work can also be found at The Upcycled Home, a shop in the stables at Mount Edgecumbe but I hear that she will have her own enterprise there from March 3rd. To welcome Helen to Mount Edgecumbe the Upcyled Home are giving away a set of her linen napkins, all you have to do is post a comment on their Facebook page here for a chance to win.

Helen Round, The Barrow Centre, [opposite the Blacksmith’s Forge], Mount Edgecumbe Country Park, Cremyll, Cornwall from March 3rd.



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Free water refills at the Cliff Top Cafe



The Cliff Top Cafe on Treganhawke cliff at Whitsand Bay offers free water refills and has put it out on it’s Facebook page. They are one of 1600 refill stations in the UK, check the rest out here on Refill UK, so wherever you are in the country you can look out for these refill stations.  The Refill Cornwall facebook page is here 


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Cabin envy in inhospitable landscape

These cabins have been chosen for their position and as you can see they start with just a friendly boulder alongside and get gradually more and more inhospitable. These are shelters for intrepid explorers on treks through Norway and Croatia all from Cabin Porn.


Folgefonna glacier. Christian Reitan



Lofoten, Norway, David Hugo Cabo


Croatia Nicola Grabar

Croatia, Nicola Grabar

finally I came across this on tumblr, I have a fear of heights and added to that the angle of the floor looks like a definite case for vertigo.

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Throw away

Here in the UK we have become a throw away nation although I’m sure its the same wherever you are and the amount of stuff that isn’t getting recycled is out of hand. Today, it seems that plastic pollution is a worthy news item, with our government looking at a 25 year plan to eliminate plastic including the 25p carrier bag tax across the board, plastic free supermarket aisles and a tax on take away coffee cups.


on the A361 North Devon

Since the new year I’ve had to make a couple of long journeys, one to Oxfordshire and one to the other side of Devon – North Devon, but that alone takes two hours because of the twisty cross country roads and what with fog and frost and starting the journey first thing I decided to stick to the main motorways. It’s quite visible how much waste is on the motorway verges yet as the route gets more rural the lack of waste is noticeable, in fact the only thing you see is road kill. On a ten mile stretch of the A361 from South Molton to Barnstaple I counted 25 dead pheasants on the roadside; had I been so inclined I could have picked most up and sold them on as braces. Yet as we come into the outskirts of towns or close to services you start to see the throw away culture, quite literally as most of the waste looks like it’s come from being lobbed out of a vehicle window.


For new year I treated myself to a reusable eco coffee cup and I love using it, plus I get money knocked off the price of the coffee for bringing my own mug, well certainly in the large company I used. Now, I personally don’t have a coffee habit although I know someone who does, so him indoors got one too!! I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel, I know it’s a small act and there’s a certain smugness about it and one coffee cup may not have an impact at all but the feel good factor is a start for a more plastic aware 2018.

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Cabin Envy Penguins

While here in the UK we currently have Storm Eleanor blowing across the country and I keep checking outside to see if anything has blown away I also take comfort in looking at these pictures.  Both are shelters, the first in Antartica and the second in Tasmania, both have penguins as peignoirs and both are sourced from Cabin Porn.


Research cabin, Antarctica, Joshua Shapiro


Shelter at Sandy Bay on Macquarie Island , Tasmania, Jeff Kauffman



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winter sun


Winter sun over Rame Head.

Merry Christmas to all my Sea Field View followers, here’s to 2018 where, hopefully, my posts will be more positive about plastic pollution and the health of our seas.

Have a wonderful holiday season and see you on the other side.


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