Months have crawled by. Rain and snow have lashed down. We have been very busy. But finally, finally it has come.
Daytimes and evenings are crammed with tracking down essential items, endless rounds of laundry and making arrangements for cat feeding and plant watering.
Maps are being studied, suitcases lugged down from the loft and lots and lots of exciting day dreaming is going on. Oh joy, oh rapture! We are going to Cornwall!
Once every couple of years I persuade Woody that the south-west it just must be for a week away, unless he wants to live with a miserable, weeping soul who simply must see the sea that is.
And it must be the Cornish sea, or at the very least the south-western coast. All our childhood holidays were spent in this corner of England and it will hold my heart forever. There are plenty of other places I adore; the majestic Lake District, the heart-soaringly beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the charming Cotswolds, but it is the magic of Cornwall that beats them all for me. Woody on the other hand grew up on the coast, albeit the west Lancashire bit, so for him summer holidays mean things like green fields and arduous mountain climbs, but for me the perfect holiday destination needs these three things:
1) Harbours - a complete must, with jaunty fishing boats, gulls and lobster pots please.
2) Coves - I like my beaches cosy and with lots of rock pools.
3) Fishermans' Cottages - preferably staying in one or else much time spent imagining life inside.
Now we're not actually off until Friday but I enjoy this panicky, will we be ready, shall I take Friday afternoon off to load the car bit, all very exciting too. We're staying here (very glamorous and rather modern indeed) on a press trip Woody has organised and I'm looking forward to being inland and discovering a bit more of Cornwall away from the sea. With antique shops, cafes and an ancient castle we can't really go wrong. (I'm not even going to mention the weather.) So I'll be back in a week or so - you can't believe how excited we are! Happy holiday weekend to all.
Edited to add - I'm getting spamed via the comments link at the mo, so for the time being messages they won't be automatically posted I'm afriad. It should give me a chance to delete the rubbish! Thanks so much. Hav a lovely week.