Feb half term is the one i least look forward too…the festive cheer has long gone, the diet has started, and I’m usually busy pretending i’m not a bit skint and planning our escape to somewhere hot and sunny.
This year however, the chance came up to go to Cornwall, courtesy of my husband’s (I always feel really old calling him that!) work. Even though I would never usually choose to go to Cornwall (weather iffy and a loooooong drive) I was still on maternity leave so the alternative would have been me at home entertaining a baby, a 5 year old and a dog all week – Cornwall suddenly looked very attractive! and free!
I had to drive separately with the boys, dog and all the equipment and even though I had a tiny prosecco head, the drive at that time of year wasn’t that bad. It’s crazy how much stuff you need to pack with a baby though, and our accommodation for the week did include some baby bits that I could have got away without packing. Here’s some tips on what to take when travelling with a small baby:
√ A Babybjorn sling – much easier than a buggy for coastal and beach walks.
√ A bumbo rather than a highchair – especially the mama’s and papa’s once with the activity tray.
√ Don’t bring the steriliser – use boiling water and the milton fluid tablets
√ Remember there’s shops etc their if you run out of milk and nappies. Or do a supermarket delivery to arrive at your accommodation
√ We took a travel cot, but the owners had set one up for us so we never used it,& we also took the full iCandy travel system buggy, but to be fair we could have got away with just using the car seat attachment or a smaller one piece buggy as we used the Babybjorn so much.
We stayed in-between Newquay and Watergate bay in an old Postmasters house, situated right on Porth beach. With a huge terrace balcony and floor to ceiling windows it was stunning.
Surprisingly the weather was lovely and dry all week too. Yeah it was February and that balcony didn’t get much action, but it was nice enough to be able to sit and watch the tide, while enjoying a cup of tea and a scone.
At first I was a bit daunted about having to sight see with the boys (and dog!) alone while Paul was working, but it was really nice to explore new places and once we were out and about it felt good. Sometimes it just seems to be more hassle than it actually is, and it felt good going out on walks and exploring, and having lots to talk about at the end of the day – although some of the sharp cliff edges are a bit hairy and we nearly lot the dog over this one!
We went to Padstow a couple of times and loved seeing the boats, walking through the windy streets, and enjoying our pasties outside (in woolly hats mind, but outside, in feb!)
We tried Rick Stein’s fish and chips, which was nice, but there’s nowhere really to eat them so we ended up on some benches outside his cookery school, which is a shame as that stretch of road is hardly the most picturesque.
Driving to Padstow we took the most beautiful coastal road and went through a lovely town called Mawgan Porth. The beach here is really cute with a little stream running through a bridge, but we didn’t stay long as Big bro jumped straight in and then was annoyed his wellies and jeans were soaked. Luckily we dried them off at the nearest restaurant called ‘The Catch’ I still think about the mussels in bacon and white wine sauce I had here, with the homemade rosemary focaccia. mmmmmmm. Everything about this place was awesome, and I think that meal was worth the drive alone!
On our last day Paul finished work early so we drove to St Michaels Mount. I’d been to Mont-st-michel on a school trip AGES ago and had always fancied seeing the english equivalent. Unluckily for us it was the coldest day weather-wise, but it was still pretty cool taking the bus that turns into a boat journey and walking back across the low tide, and the cafe served all fresh and homemade lunches.
I will most definitely re-think Feb half term after this trip, and it has made me appreciate how lovely the UK is, and that we don’t always need to look to exotic shores to have an amazing family break.