I spent the Christmas period in Cornwall visiting my daughter Tracy and her partner, Rich. They live near St. Ives and were hoping to be in their new home ready for Christmas but the wheels of house buying grind slowly, particularly in Cornwall, and it was not to be. We therefore stayed in the Hayle Travelodge and spent the days with Tracy, Rich and my grandson, Sonny.

Me and grandson, Sonny.

Parking is only slightly easier in St. Ives during the winter months so we decided to take one car and spend Christmas Eve strolling around the beautiful narrow streets. Although early morning had brought a hard frost, unusual for the area, by lunchtime the sun was shining and whilst still chilly, it didn’t stop numerous surfers enjoying the waves.

Lunch in the “Lifeboat Inn” saw us partaking of the local brew as well as eating the fresh locally caught fish.

On Christmas Day, Rich worked the morning shift at Truro Hospital, so we delayed the gift opening until later. At just under 18 months old, Sonny didn’t quite understand what was going on but delighted in playing with his toys.

Sonny opening his presents

Rich played with his toy (a birthday gift earlier in the year) and gave us a short recital.

Banjo playing Rich

Tracy worked hard to produce a lovely meal, our first vegetarian Christmas Dinner, and it was very nice too. All to soon the day was nearly over.

Boxing Day we found ourselves back in St. Ives. Rich had the day off and we once again enjoyed strolling through the streets and taking in the fresh air. We met some friends of Tracy’s and we descended on a small coffee shop where hot chocolate was the order of the day.

To allow Tracy a well earned rest we ordered a take away evening meal from the “Curry Leaf” Indian Restaurant in Hayle. A highly recommended ‘blow out’!

On our way back home on Sunday, we travelled to Trelissick Gardens, near Truro, so that Rich could run in the Trelissick Estate 10k multi terrain race. So popular was this race that the organisers ran out of numbers. The sun was shining and in the beautiful surroundings it rounded off our break ideally.

Images from the race can be viewed at

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