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Post Bath

2017

There have been a few times lately bath time has rolled around and I’ve realized I haven’t taken a photo yet today. Crap.

This happened today, so I pulled out my camera and took this one of Callum once he was out of the bath.

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I set the camera down, and pulled Max out of the bath. As I dried him off he stood there saying “cheeeeeeeeeeese”!! He really is Callum’s shadow right now – naturally he needed a photo too!

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We’re Home

2017

The bond these two have created the month we’ve been away is so strong. We took them away from everything familiar and they just held on tight to one another (And us of course). Traveling is so much more than just going away for a little while.

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Today was positively British. I had no idea what to expect when Gareth said we were visiting this open air theatre on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The first show happened here in 1932 and it’s still being used today. Imagine!! Seeing a performance with that stunning ocean view as the backdrop. It was incredible. Kay said to me – imagine this place being in Britain! Well…I can’t imagine it being anywhere else (except Greece…I could definitely see it in Greece).

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I would love to see a show here once, but I have to say…Max and I tried the seats out. They aren’t the most comfortable.

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The view from the Minak Theatre showed us Porthcurno right below, so we had to go have our lunch there, and play for a while.

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The wind picked up and we all got chilly. Callum was soaking wet from walking through that freezing cold water. Max was soaked from falling over. So we stripped them and changed them and headed to our last stop of the day – Sennen Cove.

Callum had a gazillion questions about the Lifeboat Station – how does the boat come out? How do the people know what to wear on the boat? How do they know someone needs to be rescued? It’s no wonder his brain is on overdrive these days.

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Another full, beautiful day.

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Mar

St. Ives

2017

We drove down the twisty turning roads from our cottage we had rented to St. Ives. We parked at the very top of the town, so now we walked all the twists and turns down to the sea.

I really want to remember the crazy amount that Callum is walking right now. And that Max is right there behind him shouting “me doooooo it!”. Their bodies are moving and their brains are on overdrive.

We made it down to the water, and it was positively warm. Gareth pulled his boots off, so incredibly happy to dig his feet into the sand. Callum spotted him and asked if he could take his shoes off too. Max was right behind him, and mine came off soon after. These boys haven’t spent much time at the sea – in fact this trip is Max’s first visit to the ocean – so they need to soak it in as much as they can.

The day was incredible. We set up camp on the beach, walked, dug in the sand, ran, played, and the boys had a great time shouting at the seagulls.

St. Ives is a city like nothing I’ve seen before. At first glance it gave me that Bondi, beach side kind of a feel, but with the ancient buildings and the church bells ringing, it really is completely different. We walked up through the town after we were down on the beach, and the lanes were winding and the close, the buildings were oh-so-British.

Cornwall, you have our hearts.

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Mar

Tintagel

2017

When I come to the UK, I want to see castles. Castles and coastline, thank you very much. My mother in law laughed when I asked to visit Tintagel while we’re in Cornwall. YES Kay, another castle!

Tintagel castle is wrapped up in the myth of King Arthur.

The site is one of the biggest ruin I’ve ever been to. There are ruins on a few different hill tops, the stairs up to reach them are steep and uneven. Taking a 4 year old and a VERY headstrong 2 year old up these steps? No problem at all!

Callum walked the whole thing. He has amazed me on this trip! There is so much to look at and he is so interested in it all that he doesn’t seem to notice the work he’s doing. We walked around 300 steps (ONE WAY!). It’s no wonder we can’t seem to feed the boys enough these days.

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Callum and I left the paved path and went climbing

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All Max wants is to watch the water

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And up we go

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If you want to give this mom a heart attack…this was the place to do it.

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Probably the only 15 seconds I wasn’t clutching onto him while we were on the edge.

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There was so much to see Callum needed his binoculars

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This was, most definitely, one of my very favourite days of the trip so far! How incredible to see these castle ruins on the top of these cliffs, with that stunning ocean view below.

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Mar

Bury Port

2017

Grandma Kay loves, loves, loves the ocean. There’s no denying that. All she wants is to spend some time with the boys in the sand. So we suited them up and headed to Bury Port (after stopping at Tesco for some wellies for me!). It’s a large, flat beach perfect for the boys. They have no experience with the ocean – Callum was here when he was 1, but he doesn’t remember that. So grandma Kay had to show them some long, strong shells the boys could dig with – they’re called razor shells – and they went to work using them like shovels and digging up the beach.

Max was instantly into it, and adored digging in the sand. Callum wasn’t so sure, he didn’t quite “get it”. So grandma walked with him and answered all of his thousands of questions.

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Max digging in the sand

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It’s really cool to see the boys exploring something so incredibly different to home.

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When we were finished on the beach Callum a gazillion questions about all of the boats in the harbour. They’ve never seen anything like that before.

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As you can imagine, their brains are on overdrive.