Saturday, 31 December 2011

Our Route Back to Ayr Holiday Park, St Ives

Instead of taking the short route back to the campsite through the steep streets we headed back via Porthgwidden Beach, where the views over St Ives Bay and Godrevy lighthouse were stunning in the December sunshine.

From Porthgwidden beach we made our way up to the headland to the RNLI 'look out' and Chapel of St Nicholas that overlooks St Ives Bay.  Whilst up there the heavens opened, and with no shelter we walked back to the campsite in the rain!!!!

St Ives Harbour on Christmas Eve

Once down in the harbour we had a wander around the streets, busy with last minute Christmas shoppers, before heading to the Sloop Inn where we sat outside drinking coffee watching the world go by in what turned out to be warm sunshine!

Christmas Eve Rainbows in St Ives

 We awoke to some blue sky on Christmas Eve so walked down into St Ives for the morning.  The weather was very changeable, although thankfully it was dry inland, so we were treated to an array of rainbows!!!!

Christmas In St Ives 2011

After having our best Christmas ever in 2009 at Ayr Holiday Park, St Ives and then an aborted trip down there in 2010, due to the harsh Winter, we decided to try again this year and thankfully it was successful, in fact very successful as it was the mildest Christmas for very many years! 

We both finished work on the 21st December, spent the 22nd cleaning and packing Daisy.....and sorting out a few minor problems with her (flat leisure battery, no fan/window demister in cab, etc., etc!).....Grrrrrr!!!!!

We left home in pretty heavy rain on Friday 22nd to travel down to St Ives and arrived mid afternoon to dry, but very windy weather.  We were only the third unit to arrive on site so had no other campers spoiling our wonderful view from our pitch!

We spent the afternoon decorating Daisy and generally getting into the festive spirit (Rattler cider!!).

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Mini Heatwave in October!!!!

The beauty of a motorhome is being able to just go whenever the fancy, or weather (!), takes us and that's what happened last weekend.

We had nothing planned or booked (rare for us!) but watched the forecast closely and to our delight they were right for a change and the 'promised' mini heatwave actually arrived!!!

We decided against travelling too far and headed the short journey south to Newquay.  Porth Beach to be precise, a place we have very fond memories of - our first holiday together, many hotel holidays with family and friends and we nearly bought a cottage there before deciding on Bude!!!!

Porth Beach Touring Park sits just across the road from the beach and out of season is a tidy, quiet site - perfect for us.  We were able to choose our pitch and settled for a nice large, corner pitch right at the bottom of the site.

We arrived Thursday afternoon in glorious sunshine, pitched up and spent the rest of the day sat outside before heading across to the Mermaid Inn (the pub on the beach) for a pint or two later that evening. 

Our visit coincided with the high spring tides on Porth Beach.

The sunset that evening was glorious.

Next morning after a lovely lay-in we caught the bus into Newquay for the day.  We used to walk from the site years ago but these days Paddy can't manage the distance.  Once in town we headed towards the harbour area for a walk on the beach in the really warm sunshine.

After a lovely pub lunch in Newquay, sat overlooking the harbour, we caught the bus back to Porth and spent the rest of the day on site sat in the sunshine listening to the football on the radio and reading.

On Saturday morning we got up, had breakfast and decided to spend the day in and around Porth.  We walked onto Porth Island before heading onto the beach (doggie beach ban ended on 30th September - great timing!!!) to let Paddy have a paddle.

After a coffee in the tearooms sat overlooking the beach we headed back to the site for the rest of the day and again just chilled out in the sunshine before having a meal in the Mermaid later that evening.

The temperatures, a steady 23 - 25 degrees was unknown for October but it certainly made for a lovely sneaky trip away in Daisy.  Here's hoping that maybe it'll happen again......VERY SOON!!!