St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Nestled down in a little corner of Cornwall is the small village of St Mawes. Dom and I stopped by on the way back from a speedy weekend trip, for one last afternoon of sea air, boat watching and ice creams. On a sunny day the beaches in Cornwall would easily be mistaken for the Riviera, if not for the unmistakably English seaside-ness.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Hop over on the King Harry car ferry and travel down the coast past the rolling hills.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Wander along to the castle, slowing climbing up hill to take in the beauty of the harbour. From the castle you can look across to Falmouth, and if you have a little extra time, you can hop on a ferry across to the town and do a bit more exploring.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Head back into the town and pick up a picnic lunch from the little deli and enjoy it on the rocks at low tide. It’s much more enjoyable watching the boats coming and going than sitting outside the shop and dodging the hungry seagulls.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Walk along the harbour wall for a different perspective. Don’t forget to take lots of photos from the lookout point!

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

It would be a crime not to grab an ice cream on a sunny day. Roskilly’s, of course. When in Cornwall…!

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Like a lot of places in Cornwall, St Mawes is lovely, but you’ll cover all of it within a few hours. If you don’t fancy doing a bit more exploring then make sure you take a book with you. If you’re up for something a bit more adventurous there are plenty of boating and sailing activities on offer.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

Here we are, back again with another very delayed post. My motivation to do anything other than come home from work and wait impatiently for Love Island has gone seriously amiss. It’s really no wonder that time is just flashing by when all I seem to do with my days is turn up for work, wander home, maybe pop to the gym and then sit in front of the now infamous reality program.

It’s made me really think how much time we spend watching other people live their lives. I know I’m guilty of letting one too many hours float by whilst watching stupid videos on youtube.

A few weeks ago, having had work on that really sunny Saturday while everyone else was out basking in it, I decided I had to make the most of Sunday if it was to be my only chance that week.

After attempting to get out of the house at a reasonably early time to beat the rush to the seaside (11am counts as reasonably early, right?) we headed down south to Lyme Regis. This beautiful small town on the Jurassic coast was absolutely heaving with people who all clearly had the same idea. And after the palaver of trying to find a parking space – a drama involving a near miss crash and a race to another town to get cash for the charity car park we eventually managed to find, we began the stroll back down to the beach.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

As you can see, it was a pretty glorious day. We settled down with a Cornish pasty on the sand and Dom went for a quick dip in the sea. Although don’t be fooled by the sunshine like he was, it’s certainly still chilly in there!

Afterwards we wandered along to the breakwater and small harbour, admiring the boats in all their colours, shapes and sizes.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

Of course no trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream that then melts in the sun so you have to eat it really fast. If you happen to be in Lyme Regis then I highly recommend the gelato stand on Marine Parade – I wish I could remember what it’s called because it was damn good gelato.

Make sure you wander back up through the little town, there’s plenty of little shops, including sweet shops making Devonshire fudge. A delightful little place, perfect for a short day or afternoon trip. Afterwards Dom and I raced back to Bristol to get to the Lido before it closed but unfortunately didn’t make it in time. Sitting in a bath tub of cold water to cool yourself down is just not the same as an open air swimming pool.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

I’m determined to have more days like this and really make the most of summer. Low-key day trips and afternoons enjoying the outside. I know I’m certainly too tied to my phone and computer for most of the week and it’s time to pack it all away. Savouring days like this one in Lyme Regis will only help in making sunny days in the office a bit more bearable anyway.

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Photos by Dom John

Spring is one of my favourite times of year. It’s usually pretty sunny, there are daffodils everywhere, you can start venturing outside without six layers on and well, easter eggs of course. But it seems this year it’s a little slow in the uptake. Am I wrong in thinking that normally by now things are starting to get a little be milder?

In the UK at least, it’s still in the winter-y region on the temperature scale. Nevertheless I’ve been cracking out my more spring like wardrobe with the hope that it might encourage the fairer weather. The newest item is this cream knit jumper with a rolled hem. There’s something about the rolled hem that really sold it to me – it just rolled right down when I pulled it on and was so satisfying that I had to buy it. That, and the nice light weave that will make it perfect for the slightly sunnier weather (I’m determined that it’s on it’s way).

It’s also around this time of year that I start baring a bit more skin. I’m a big fan of a rolled up jean, especially when it’s a different tone to the rest of the denim. It might only be a little slither of ankle, but that slither, well it basically transforms the whole thing into a spring beauty of an ootd!

Word of warning – on this particular day my ankles were freezing. Maybe I was a bit premature with this particular weekend…

Accessories for this would normally be a light jacket, a pair of slip-on flats and some bangin’ gold hoops (standard). I would normally remove the chunky bobble hat, but as I mentioned, it ain’t spring just yet people.

What items do you get out ready for spring? Let me know and give me some fresh ideas. You can follow me on Instagram for multiple photos of spring blooms and on Bloglovin for all new Girlglobalising content!

      Jeans | Asos  Jumper | H&M  Jacket | Miss Selfridge (old)  Trainers | Asos

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I didn’t really want this post to turn into another ‘this is what I did on the weekend…’ or ‘I’ve been sooo busy recently…’ type of post as there’s only so many of those I can write before they literally all sound the same. And I’m pretty sure no one wants to read that many either! The trouble is that while attempting a travel/lifestyle blog there’s a certain amount of time in between trips that needs to be filled and I usually try to do that with weekend material.

You might be mistaken in thinking that these photos were taken in a foreign country that gets slightly more sun than poor Britain does. It’s June and I’m still wearing woolly jumpers on my way to work, people! But despite me squeaking on many different occasions ‘I feel like I’m abroad!’, I actually just popped down to North Devon for a few days. This particular town is a little place called Clovelley; a little quintessentially English fishing village that is all tiny cobbled streets and no cars allowed. My visit here coincided with my first festival of the season, but it wasn’t one I was actually planning on going to, or even new existed. It was a Seaweed Festival, to celebrate all the ways it can be used. I have to say the only seaweed I ever normally eat is wrapped around a bit of sushi, but I got the chance to try some seaweed sausage and even seaweed popcorn!

With the sun showing its face for once, I took the chance to get my paste-y pale arms out and rolled my jeans up as far as they would go. You’ve got to take these opportunities when you can! My next festival will be in July and is much more your normal kind, featuring one of my favourite artists ever. Excited is not really the word!

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What’s with the sea and feeling free?

Last month I took a trip to East Sussex, mainly to visit my Gran but also because my cravings for the Coast had been making themselves known! I just don’t know what it is about the Coast that makes me feel so good, so free and so calm. I think it has something to do when the never ending space stretching before you.

 

Just 30 minutes along from the great city of Brighton is the tranquil town of Seaford. The residents may be aged 60+ but the beach is half as busy and perfect for a little thinking time. The final photo of the post is my favourite and I’m so glad I caught them moment in a picture.


I happened to take a wander down there as the sun was setting and it just confirmed all my thoughts about living by the sea. It was just stunning! Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be a resident of Seaford. I might have to wait a few years before I’m in the average age range though!

 

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