Our days with our friends in Cornwall have been filled with getting 3 boys to and from surfing lessons. Helping keep 2 teenagers busy in the afternoons (after being forced to awaken by noon) with outings or organized activities like ‘coasteering’ (a jumble of rock climbing, kayaking, and learning to jump off cliffs into the sea without dying), going to the beach, pub, or simply planning the next amazing meal.
Yesterday we went exploring for a hidden beach that required us driving a distance up a hill, through some fields, scattering some sheep off the road in the process, and parking (only room for 6 cars), then walking through more fields and finally picking up the south west coast path that winds throughout Cornwall. We passed ramblers and dogwalkers. Finally, we came to a quite narrow and overgrown path that looked like it headed down closer to the cliffs and the beach.
Richard forged ahead to see if it seemed not too precarious, leaving our party of 2 adults, 5 kids and 1 dog waiting behind. He soon emerged with an excited grin on his face. “This is it!” So off we set, practically bushwacking our way down to what was a rocky cove that may have revealed a beach at low tide, but at the moment, was a perch of a few large rocks for us to scramble down to, lifting Bernie, the large standard poodle, down to join us. The boy wanted to take a dip but the waves were quite big and there were no wet suits at hand. Richard however, braved the waters for a quick he-man dip, though it took him a few tries to find purchase on the rocks to get back up.
Scrambling underneath brambles and bushes to discover a private, little used cove was, forgive the word, but truly magical. Only the appearance of Mr. Tumnus, or the Hobbit himself, would have made the setting any more storybook.
And tomorrow there will be more surfing in store, more jogging along cliff paths trying to work off the inevitable wine from this evening, and a ‘banana boat’ adventure for the boys.
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