Hawaiian Holiday

Our daily decision was, to the right… 20150714_010015 or to the left 20150714_005343 Kailua beach on the windward side of Oahu and my favourite place for twenty five years.

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Long journeys


Photo by C Ashdown

Last weeks guests found this on one of their walks, they took it back to the chalet and did a little research. Made from gutta percha these were used as insulation for laying cables on the sea bed before plastic came along, the text translates as thunder river. Our guests found out that they come from a sunken Japanese liner and were made in West Java, a region of vast volcanic mountains.¬† From West Java to the West of England, that’s quite a journey! And we are making quite a journey too, to another area of vast volcanic mountains. We will be heading off this weekend for a BIG family holiday to celebrate the end of GCSEs. Because teenage son has officially left school early we can take advantage of the airline prices before they double them over the summer holidays.


Picture: aloha-hawaii.com

Kailua, on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii is where we will be heading and we are celebrating 25 years since our first visit there. Instead of Cornish cliffs we will be hiking up volcanic craters, so there will be a blogging hiatus whilst we recharge batteries and get a healthy dose of vitamin D

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Cabin (houseboat) envy

Whilst trying to organize myself before going on annual holidays I chanced upon these pictures. A mild distraction from cancelling papers and milk, getting keys cut for cat minders and emailing chalet guests with directions.


This Dutch houseboat looks so serene and calm plus an extra artist’s studio.

Photographs by Anouk De Kleermaeker

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From the book My Cool Houseboat by Jane Field Lewis

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Whitsand Beach Event


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Today’s beach find


We came across this heart made from rubbish found on Freathy beach. Someone had created it and made sure it would not be taken by the high tide by placing it on the stones out of the waters reach. It’s rather beautiful don’t you think.

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Cabin envy holiday

Its getting close to the holiday season and I am looking forward to heading off to warmer climes after teenage son has finished his exams. To get us in the mood here is a holiday cabin envy. I love the blue of the sky, the whitewashed walls, the painted ladder, the colour of the shutters and I especially love the curtain in the doorway.


Image P. Massey Home & Garden

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The sand returns

I have mentioned before how the winter tides take the sand from the beach revealing the rocks and stones.

Heres the beach at Freathy a couple of months ago with the rocks exposed


and now here it is with the  sand returned


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