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Friday, July 22, 2011

Vacation photos: Cornwall, England

I'd love to share a few photos from our vacation in England, if you'd like to see...

Our grandmother lives in a teeny tiny fishing village called Polruan. Our first evening there, we had a drinks party on her terrace. She invited her friends of all ages, and we ate smoked salmon and potato chips.
Toby loves a good party...
We toasted my cousin and her husband, who were celebrating their first wedding anniversary. (Aren't they cute?)
And this is the view! Crikey! It was so much fun.
During this trip, Toby met his new "cousins" (they are my cousins' daughters) for the first time ever. It was ridiculously endearing to see them all play together. My British aunts referred to them as "the littles," which I loved.
We had a few rainy days (not pictured:), but on a particularly sunny afternoon, we took a spectacular boat ride to Lantic Bay, a beach nearby. (That's when we took this family photo, too.)
My cousin's husband Nick brought along a bottle of Cornish scrumpy, which is a strong alcoholic cider that tastes just like apple juice.
Toby drank too much and passed out. (Kidding.)
The English ocean water was freeeeezing but my cousins are brave.
One day, we all hiked to visit my grandfather's grave, which is in a lovely countryside church overlooking fields of sheep. My grandmother always brings whiskey (his favorite) to sprinkle over his grave.
My awesome sister Lucy carried Toby all the way (uphill). Yay for aunts!
Have you ever had a Cornish pasty? It's dough filled with beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and lots of pepper, and you can eat them with one hand. (Originally, they were developed for miners and sailors.) Delish...
As with all great vacations, we ate way too much.
In the evenings, the yellow light is gorgeous, and we sometimes take walks and chat with sweet old ladies on the street.
At the end of each day, we'd just hang out, cook dinner, gossip, play games and drink gin & tonics. I remember how my grandfather used to sometimes call out, in his booming British voice, "Noise level too high!"
One evening, my brother made the mistake of dozing off in a chair, so naturally we decided to see how many items we could stack on him before he woke up. (I thought the bottle on his head was especially impressive:)
Our final morning, we got up early to leave. We were sad to go but the bright side was seeing the view from the terrace. The morning fog looked foggy and magical--right out of Peter Pan. Polruan, we miss you already! Thank you for having us, Milly! xoxo

P.S. English wedding hats, and ten tips for traveling with a baby...

189 comments:

life is happy most of the time. said...

how exciting! i love vacation photos! even though they do give me a bit of wanderlust! that fist one is so dreamy! and what an amazing portrait! will check out all the rest! hope you guys have a lovely weekend and beat the heat somehow! xx

Teri B. said...

wow! looks like the most perfect family vacation... you have the rest of us jealous! unless you just didn't post the pictures of the bickering ;) thanks for sharing.

teri
www.bockting.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I have a random question about taxes. I've been wondering about this for months.

If you post about your trips on your blog, which is the source of your income, do you deduct the expenses of your trip as a business expense? Seems like that would be reasonable from the IRS' perspective, but I don't know if bloggers do that.

Jake said...

Looks like a riot. Makes me miss hanging out with my extended fam.

Joanna Goddard said...

anonymous, i'm not sure...i think you maybe could if it was a very work-heavy trip -- but not for a more personal trip like this? i'm not sure, you might want to ask an accountant, who would definitely know better than i would :)

chelsea said...

So dreamy!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these sweet comments!! Polruan has such a great vibe -- i would recommend visiting if anyone's taking a vacation to cornwall at any point! you can rent the sweetest little cottages.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ah. This looks like the quintessential holiday primer everyone should follow if they want the perfect trip!
Just wonderful!

Erin LaDue said...

Love the pic of your brother and of course, Toby sleeping off his binge : )

J said...

It looks so lovely and chilled - I love hanging out with family and yours looks like so much fun! My grandparents lived in Cornwall and my childhood memories are all wrapped up in playing on the beach opposite St Michael's Mount. My other grandparents lived in Devon - so I was really, really spoilt for beautiful English coasts! Makes me want to take a trip down there again soon ...

Nicole said...

So beautiful! I love family vacations. Toby has a bit of a 'big boy' look in the photo with the other littles :)

spearmint baby said...

Amazing, gorgeous! & now i want a cornish pastry ;) that cool ocean looks so refreshing on this hot friday afternoon!

missmehoneybee said...

Wow, so cool to have such great family in your life. What a charming little village. I want to go! :)

danielle said...

gorgeous photos joanna! i'm afraid you may have just sent a horde of noisy american's running for the shores of polruan. but i especially love the photo of toby passed out on the boat! ha! what a wonderful, special time to share with all your family.

xo

nicole said...

These are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. xo.

Katie @ Chai Thoughts said...

*Sigh* Britain is so wonderful. I can't wait to go back. Looks like you had a lovely time. :)

Sarah, PoppyinPearls said...

these are such beautiful photos Joanna. Really stunning, I'm off to the isles of Scilly near by for my sisters wedding in Oct, I hope we have as much fun and as good weather as you seemed to have!

Callista said...

That looks like so much fun! This post reminds me of my own family, and it makes me a wee bit homesick. It seems like you have a wonderful group of relatives.

sophie said...

I would like so much to travel around the seaside and the countryside in England... This village is really tempting and I love frozen sea!
It seems stupid that living in Europe (Belgium then Switzerland), I've never been there (while I travelled to North and South America...).
Joanna, Thanks for your blog, my new morning coffee reading! The family/work posts are so true and inspiring, I'm still thinking about them!
And all your post about mothering are so... familiar (with my 16 months-old son).
Hugs from Zurich

Sarah Corsello said...

Oh Joanna! Thank you for sharing these. My 50% English side is beaming with pride all of sudden :) Polruan is now on the bucket list.

catherine sprunt said...

So idyllic!
I always think you look like an All American type of gal, but in these photos of you in England you completely look like an English Rose! And Toby is super cute with those little rosey cheeks! xo

Kate vdZ said...

Aren't European family get togethers great! All of my family on my Dad's side live in the Netherlands I always have a fantastic time reuniting with my extended family. The food is great too!

hello. said...

what a fantastic trip + super lovely pics. the photo of your brother made me crack up...at our family gatherings, you nap at your own risk too! one time my brother fell asleep, his toenails got painted. the last photo is especially beautiful.

Annalise said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. It just looks like bliss. Glad you had a great trip!

Liliana said...

Wow! Absolutely breathtaking. It's funny I felt the need to read "the littles" in a fake british accent. Also, that part about your grandmother bringing whisky to the grave site made me tear up. Maybe it's just the pregnancy hormones. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

Amy Rene said...

that looks so amazing! love that last shot... it's so pretty!

I also especially love (I believe that's) Alex in the background of your "loud" family's kithcen wearing his headphones. that's totally something my hubby would do.

thequeenofhearts said...

Thank you for posting these beautiful photos Joanna. I'm from Cornwall but I'm moving to Portland, Oregon in October and boy will I miss it!
*Geeky fact- the knobbly end of the Cornish pasty was so the miners could hold the pasty with their dirty hands and then throw the crust away :) * x

Nathalie said...

You all look like you're having such a wonderful time. Makes me smile :)

Unfurled said...

So lucky that your English family is in Cornwall! When we go to England to visit family it's in Birmingham. OHHHHHH no. :)

Caitlin said...

Beautiful photos! The landscape is breathtaking, thank you for sharing with us.

Nora said...

wow! how beautiful! looks like a little village in italy. haven't thought that england has such a beautiful seaside.

Katie said...

Those pictures were beautiful. A lovely balance of family and sights. It looks magical.

nikaela marie said...

lovely!!

is alex listening to music on headphones in that one photo? hee! it is just a funny image cause it looks like everyone else is socialising around the dinner table and he is taking a socailizing break.

xx

your trip sounds amazing!!

Channeling Contessa said...

Heaven. Absolute heaven! Thanks so much for sharing.

alli/hooray said...

What a fun trip! I love the feel of small villages like this. The photo of Toby asleep in his little life jacket is so adorable.

K said...

Jo, this was such a sweet post! My family is half-British too, and I love visiting them and getting back in touch with my English-ness. I've never been to Cornwall, but have always wanted to go.

Barbara said...

Ah... Cornwall in the summer, how lovely!
Reminds me of my trips down to Bournemouth (south coast of england) to my uncle's property when I was living in London. My daughter (she was 2 then) would strip down naked and take a dip in the English seaside, not very proper of her at all! but a priceless memory.
What a lovely experience for your family. Toby may not remember exactly everything at this age, but I believe it will still leave a mark on his heart. Isn't it great having relatives in ol' Blighty!? Thanks for sharing :)

J + M said...

What a dream trip, cutest family ever!

inspired winter said...

Gorgeous photos!
I've just forwarded your link on to my in laws- they'll love seeing it! It's putting a bit of a lump in my throat!
*sigh* x x x

Caroline said...

The shot of you and Toby on the boat is precious, Joanna! Looks like a lovely time

Aya said...

Amazing. Thank you for sharing. It looks relaxing and fun, like the ideal family get together. Your grandma must've been ecstatic to have you all there.

ps--Your legs are so looong in the photo with the sweet old lady. Wow!--Lucky lady!

Pink Princess said...

Ooh just lovely. That's what a vacation should look like!

Corrie Anne said...

Wow. Gorgeous. Love the prank!!

jessica quadra PHOTOGRAPHY said...

i enjoyed these photos so much! i fantasize about visiting cornwall and running into tori amos (she lives there), and then having cream tea with her. that's not crazy at all, is it?
p.s. your grandma is the cutest! i love grandmas!

Ashley said...

It's awesome to see some snapshots of you and your family. I LOVE the last picture.. I really hope you have that hi-res! Don't you have a nautical theme in your bedroom.... it might match!
-ashleyfaye
ourbklyn.com

thinkpriddy said...

what an adorable life jacket baby! hehe

Diana Mieczan said...

What a beautiful place and that view...WOW..There is something about British summers that I simply adore. Glad you had a fantastic time and I bet your gran was over the moon to see Toby:) Kisses, Joanna.

Robyn said...

Oh so lovely-looks like you had a great time. These family posts of yours are my favourite favourite to read! Glad you have lots of good memories from your hols!

hip hip gin gin said...

Your vacation looks so lovely, nothing better than a low key family holiday! And that photo of your brother is hilarious!! I'm impressed both by how hard he is sleeping and at your item balancing skills.

rebecca s. said...

what beautiful photos!

i especially love the one of "the littles" playing together, it is so sweet.

i also love your memory of your grandfather saying "noise level too high!" my grandfather says something similar by closing the door to his den, hah.

Kat said...

Great pictures. It sounds like a perfect family vacation.

Your description of the end-of-the-day activities reminded me so much of vacations at my grandmother's house in South Carolina when I was a kid. The adults (6-10, depending on what families could make the trip) would make dinner and have cocktails while the cousins played games or took a last swim in the river. After dinner we would all play games or go sit out on the dock. There were a few years (age 9-12 maybe) where I was recruited to be the cocktail waitress and would freshen-up everyone's drinks. It made me feel like a grown-up, even though I wasn't drinking.

My grandmother passed away several years ago and the entire family doesn't get together much anymore, but I cherish the memories from those summer vacations.

Jill V. / TerraSavvy said...

That last photo is AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing!

Louise said...

I'm off to Cornwall for our hols next month and seeing those photo's has got be all excited! I live in Brighton, Sussex in England, so Cornwall isn't so far for me to go ...
I love your descriptions of Cornwall, they made me smile. Stuff (like the pasties) aren't probably that known in the US, but here are they are an almost 'everyday' food. Reading this post made me realise what my country is unique for. And that final picture is magical. You're right it is straight out of Peter Pan. Thanks for sharing - it was a joy. x

Loree said...

Cornwall is so pretty. I'm dying to visit. Your photos will bring you smiles and cheer for years to come.

DeeDee said...

As Liz Lemon would say, "I want to go to there". It looks so beautiful and you obviously had the best time!

By the by, who is that devastatingly handsome older gentleman with the blue cabled sweater? Hello!

Cath said...

Extraordinarily perfect. I am continually struck with how very uplifting, inspiring, and love filled your posts are. Thank you for always bringing such happiness, beauty, (and great humor) to the world. Enjoy a lovely weekend!

Alex said...

What a wonderful vacation! I'm a huge fan of pasties, p.s. Yum!

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

Gorgeous pictures! I especially like the series of everyone in the water--it's a nice mental vacation on a hot day like today.

Also, Cornish pasties? De-li-cious!

quesoburgesa said...

i have such a crush on your brother... so cute!

Jessica said...

That last photo is amazing!

Looks like a wonderful trip. Cornish pastys are so yummy :) Did you have any sausage rolls? Those are my favorite.

I was born and raised in England, and looking at photos like these make me miss it so much.

paige said...

adorable pictures! do you and your sister still have a close relationship even though she lives across the country? my beloved sister just moved to California for seven years while her husband does his residency (seven years!) i miss her terribly! from these pictures, though, it seems like yall just pick up right where you left off. i hope the same goes for me! thanks for sharing these lovely pictures! xoxox

G. said...

Looks like you had a great time! That last picture is breath taking.

//.amanda.eleven. said...

Gorgeous spread! Really enjoyed momentarily living vicariously through you.

Catherine said...

Oh wow, the scenery, the fun you guys had. I wish you took me along with you! Love the quotes from your grandparents and also the sleeping game. We used to do that to my brother in his bed. With smurfs put in every which where.

BH said...

My husband's great, great grandfather is from Cornwall. He stowed away in a boat to America when he was sixteen. We've just moved to London with our little one and are dying to find out where he was from so we can go visit! (We're so gung-ho about Cornwall that our daughter's middle name is a traditional Cornish name: Loveday).

I loved seeing your pictures. It makes me want to visit even more!

Alex said...

Hey Nikaela, I was cooking chili for the whole crowd. Always listen to music while cooking!--Alex

Ms. Habit said...

love getting a sneak peak at an England summer. Looks fabulous all the way around!

PoetessWug said...

What a beautiful area!!!....And impressive balance on the sleeping fella! LOL

Lara {simply irresistible blog} said...

Such great pictures. It looks like you guys had a wonderful time and the English countryside is just magnificent. Toby is adorable.

Sage Crown Parker said...

so lovely, makes me homesick :)
happy to see some family photos, thanks for sharing.
xoxo

the cape on the corner said...

oh, cornish pasties, my favorite! what fabulous pictures! makes me nostalgic for my brief visit there many moons ago. you are so lucky to have another home there.

Mindy said...

I was going to mention that in the 5th picture down, the girl's profile looks like you...but then I figured it must be your twin, right?

Lisa said...

Wow, great photos. They really make me miss Cornwall, I have to get back there asap! It seems like everywhere you turn there's a beautiful photo just waiting to be taken!

Leigh said...

Wow, it looks like such a happy time! Polruan is obviously a completely magical place. I love all your stories of adventure and family in this post, and the glimpse of Hot Uncle Hamish!

Samantha said...

Your grandmother's graveside tradition for your grandfather is so lovely.

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Hilary Anne said...

Wow! What an enchanting place. How special that you have family there. Looks like a wonderful time!

Hilary Anne
Bumbleandbear.blogspot.com

saraalana said...

oh my goodness. toby in his little bandana is tugging on my heart strings!

domestikate said...

Oh wow, your photos are stunning and your family are fabulous! Looks like you had the best time.

littlewinterbride said...

oooo cornwell looks so lovely! fun family vaca

Hollie said...

this looks like such a fun trip! :]

Gray Skies said...

That last photo is amazing! I loved Cornwall when I was there a few years ago - it's such a magical, beautiful place. I'm a bit jealous that you have family you can visit there :)

A Girl, A Style said...

Thank you so much for sharing these sweet pictures/tales. And oh my word, that village - with it's tiny sloping paths and the views over the harbour is simply adorable. Must get to Cornwall!

Briony xx

http://agirlastyle.com

Joanna said...

Your family is adorable. I see so much happiness in these photos! And that one of your brother sleeping is priceless.

Karoline said...

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Elizabeth Alley said...

This post was really touching. Thanks for sharing, as always.

Stephanie said...

Wow, thanks for sharing pictures of your amazing vacation! I what to go there...right now! That little village looks so charming and relaxing. How awesome to have a place to stay and family to see when you go there, it looks like you all had such a great time. :) Your gramma is adorable.

Susie said...

Love love love. Can I live there?! Thanks for sharing.

Hilary Nicole said...

It would be so amazing to have relatives in other countries. Beautiful family! Have a wonderful weekend!

XO Hilary Nicole
http://thehippinista.blogspot.com/

Anna said...

what a GREAT trip! Love all the shots - particularly the lovely food and the piling things on the sleeping bro. I love the reference to the 'littles' we in Australia call kids 'littlies' sometime - very similar. Love it.

XS said...

What a lovely vacation!! I'm so glad you had fun and that you shared your stories so that we could live vicariously through your adventures :)
I hope your summer is going well now that you're back home!!!

Franziska said...

Oh, that's how I imagine how a vacation in England must be! Absolutely lovely (and fun filled)! :D

wildchild said...

oh my goodness:) that just looks like such a good time. i'm glad you had fun with your family.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i see that others have commented this as well...but alex's headphones are too funny!

KimChicSisters said...

toby is so cute! thanks for sharing.

http://kimchicsisters.blogspot.com/2011/07/golden-summer-days.html

Ruci said...

I'm so jealous! I miss England so much-it's my favourite place.

Anonymous said...

I love that Alex is wearing headphones listening to music!

--JamJam said...

I'm from Grass Valley in northern California (an old mining town) where pasties can be found and I truly miss them. It seems as though no one has ever heard of them!

Nuha said...

i loved these photos, and the thought of calling babies "the littles" is so cute! i might just take it on myself, haha....oh, and your husband in the background pic ,wearing the headphones, is too funny!

Kelly Galvin Robson said...

Joanna, this is so delightful. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos. What a beautiful family. :)

xoxo
Kelly

Bronwyn said...

Wow, how gorgeous! And yes, I love Cornish Pasties too...
Such a lovely vacation!

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Sara said...

Aah, looks SO lovely! That last photo is absolutely dreamy.

You are such a skinny minny, so soon after having that babe! Would love a post on how you stay fit, and how you "bounced back".

Claire said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. They're making me nostalgic for the 3 years I spent in England at college/ uni there. It was a different side of England I experienced, being in land-locked horse country - Warwickshire, but the landscape of England is still absolutely gorgeous and charming.

Mieko said...

Gorgeous photos, as always, and great stories! (Glad to hear you all ate well and too much. That's a sign of great vacation!)

Jennie said...

Oh my goodness - i so love this post! Its making me miss England so much. Really beautiful family photos!x

Caroline Royce said...

Jealous.

ks said...

You can almost smell the sea....lovely :)

Sara said...

Looks like a wonderful and beautiful vacation! I just got back from London, and I loved it!!! I know it's not quite the English countryside (although we did spend a day in Windsor/Bath/Wiltshire), but I loved every minute of it!

Olivia : I am still learning said...

absolutely gorgeous!

You are so lucky :)

Shea Nichole said...

It looks like a magical little village! Great photos!

mary♥cate said...

I LOVE this post. I officially want to move there. Cute wee babe that Toby is :) xx

Letitia Linke - The White Shed said...

LOVE your photographs you have captured such great times! Letitia xx

magdalenapiwowar said...

TRE, POL, PEN make the cornish men :)

Casa Très Chic said...

Love to see photos from your family vacations, you obviously had fun, I can see that.
Beautiful family.
Hugs
Tereza

Lisa said...

Adding one more comment to this amazing list seems silly, but I have to ask, since these photos remind me so much of a British programme my folks love - have you seen Dr. Martin? I watch it just drooling over the views and vistas of Cornwall...

East Coast-er Momma said...

*sigh* dude.
Does that say it all?? how awesome...

Flourishing Networks said...

Fantastic photos of a great holiday. I love the old catch them when they are a sleep!! love it. I love the last photo very pretty.

Anonymous said...

these pictures are beautiful.

Anna said...

So gorgeous, and so kind of you to share with your readers! Looks like a wonderful place to go— a little utopia.

In Corners of My Mind said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. My husband's parents live in Falmouth Cornwall and sadly I have never even been...they always come to us as we have two little ones at the moment...this makes me want to go even more...when the time is right I suppose...and I'll have to read your post on travelling with baby again...though mine are almost through the baby stage now (littlest is 2), do you suppose it gets easier?

mina said...

you have the sweetest blog and the most adorable son. this vacation looks perfect.

also, i'm loving that anonymous comment. my blog is all about travel. i'm totally going to make it a mission to figure out how i can legally deduct all of my travel expenses from now on.

rachel said...

I wish I was born into your family! I swear I should have been born in England. Sometimes I think it was a very big mistake to that all my ancestors moved to Texas. Oh well! I'll just continue to talk in a an English accent for fun,watch Harry Potter, and dream.

laurenjeanallece said...

These photos are just so happy! There is truly no place like England. I want to go to this little village next time I'm there!

Theresa said...

What an incredibly sweet post.

Maiz Connolly said...

I love your vacation! We used to go to England to visit my husband's hometown and grandparents, and this brings back some sweet memories. The picture of your sleeping brother is hilarious.

I wrote a post about the history of Cornish pasties, if you'd like to see:

A Dinner With History

Jess said...

I love your sense of humor! Beautiful pictures! I'd live to visit England someday!

Abbie said...

I just love Cornwall! Looks like you had an amazing time! The sleeping-brother-stacking-challenge is hilarious! :D

Jo Bradford said...

Thanks for the lovely advertisement for my home county of Cornwall, it looks like you had a brilliant time. I married into the Cornish way of life 12 years ago and have never stopped appreciating how lucky I am to live and work in Cornwall, it's the perfect place to be a full time artist.
Meanwhile my husband runs his outdoor activity business from the local beaches and he thinks HE has the best job ever (I still think mine's best though, cos in the winter I can work in my pyjamas by the fire, while he still has to go into the freeeeeeezing winter seas!) :)

Wedding Themes said...

very enjoyable moments !!!
You have a great family :)

Sydney said...

this post makes me smile so much :) thank you joanna! and i never knew you have a twin sister Lucy, she's so loving! ;)

Sydney

Bert said...

Great photos, Jo.

Polpero, just along the coast is lovely, too.

Collins said...

wow, that is just absolutely amazing. what a trip. and such a cool family to spend time with! :)

Michelle Kendrick Hartney said...

Looks so lovely! How way Toby on that long flight?

cde said...

What a lovely trip! I love the idea of vacationing with lots of family, or making a vacation out of visiting family. Toby is such a little charmer!

the lil bee said...

What gorgeous photos! And such a sweet tradition your grandma has. I love that!

Mia Hinchey said...

I just moved back to America from the UK after living there for 3 years with 5 of our 6 children. I miss it. Thank you for sharing this post, your trip looked lovely. PS: I am a mum of identical twins!

Darcie said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I've never been to England, but if that last picture is any testament to what it looks like, I will have to go!

carlota said...

really nice post! i'm from barcelona, but i'm living now in south of england (devon) and I enjoy reading about your days here.perfect weather for what I see! (you were so lucky, we're having lots of rainy days here...)

Cozy in Texas said...

Lovely pictures. I lived in England (Cornwall for 10 years) until I moved to the US.
Ann

Fleur De Moi said...

Looks like you had a wonderful family visit! I have one planned for next month and can't wait.

Cap'n Bex said...

It WAS your chap I saw! I knew I should have called out and said hello! As I said, I live in Golant (4 miles from Fowey, across the water from Polruan!!).
Wow, small world :)

Giorgia Student-Flair Blog said...

I am italian and great fan of your blog, what a coincidence that I lived so near Polruan for a while, I know that place very well. Cornwall is amazing :-)

Anonymous said...

These pictures are just wonderful.

Becky said...

What fabulous pictures! It looks amazing - thanks for sharing!

Jess said...

I just got back from England (I was near Nottingham) a few months ago and your pictures make me miss it so much! It looks like you had a fantastic time too

marylounorton said...

So enjoyed these pics! What a great family you have!

Rachael said...

Good gosh, that photo of Toby asleep on your lap in the boat is ESPECIALLY adorable of him and particularly stunning of you!

Kimber and Casey said...

wow what a charming little place! it sounds like you guys had so much fun! wish i had relatives there too so i could come and feel welcome and not just touristy!

Kerri Lynne said...

What a fantastic little family vacation! The view is incredible -- makes me want to get up right now and travel to Polruan to see it for myself!

PS: I can never get over how adorable Toby is...especially in his little life jacket! :)

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Michele said...

Must make those pastries! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful holiday! xoxo michele

Amanda Dionne said...

Thank you for cheering me up with this lovely post. :) I am vicariously living through you. Have a splendid week Ms. Joanna.

Joanne @ Rich Radiant Real said...

What gorgeous photos, Joanna! I can feel the warm air right through my screen! I was born in Cornwall and my gran sometimes still makes Cornish pasties (vegetarian for me), even though we're all across the other side of the world now. Looks as though you had a simply wonderful holiday.

Sobrina Tung said...

looks lovely! I love all the stripey-shirtness going on in this vacay :)

Annette said...

WOW! what an amazing trip! Im going to Europe for the first time ever in October and I hope it's THIS delightful. Your family seems so sweet & fun! Lucky girl you are!
XOXOX
Annette
www.neonpolish.com

Cristina said...

I was in Cornwall last summer, watching these pictures I feel I miss it (I visited even Polruan!), it's all so enchanted there!

theappletea said...

cool vacation photos!!

Honsk8s said...

Thanks for sharing Joanna! Beautiful pics and a beautiful looking little village!

nicola said...

Beautiful pictures. My partner's family holiday in Polruan every year, it's a stunning part of the country.

Ana said...

So beautiful. This last "Peter Pan" photo is just breathtaking. It looks like you really had great time there, and your lovely family reminds me of those sweet&funny big families we have been watching in some uplifting films :) England is gorgeous!

Mélanie A. said...

What a wonderful family . Thanks for sharing these precious moments with us

La Franglaise said...

It looks wonderful! One week of English food, landscapes and weather = bliss :) Cornwall is my list of places to visit in England. Bonne semaine!

Roberta Roth said...

OMG! Looooved the pics, they are amazing. And I really love to see that there are still some people with th same family values as my familly. Almost all of my friends never see their grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. It feels so good to know that you're raising little Toby the same way as I was raised (and probably you too).
I'd love to have relatives ins other countries, so I could visit, but most of my family lives 10 minuts from my house. (I live in Brazil by the way).

XX

Isabelle said...

Looks like you had a nice weather, good for you
In France the weather has been awful the whole month of July...
This post got me convinced : i have to take more picture ! Such nice souvenirs...

el {what you fancy} said...

Isn't Cornwall magical?! Gorgeous pictures, they really capture how much fun you had :) Thanks for sharing them (especially when you piled things on top of your brother)
~el

Chloe said...

What a lovely trip! And such fantastic photos. My Grandparents were from Padstow in Cornwall - I used to go every year but haven't been back in a while. Seeing that familiar coastline through a fresh pair of eyes has made me feel really nostalgic! Such a special part of the world, thank you for sharing.

Allison said...

I visited England in 2007 and have been craving Cornish pasties ever since.

Rebeka said...

I absolutely love all of your photos! How fun!

Kim said...

WOW!! That last photo is AMAZING. I would love to display it in my home.

Barbara said...

I am currently visiting Cornwall too and I found it is an ideal place for fairy tales. I rarely visited a place of such beauty.
Your photos are really beautiful, I hope your spent a fantastic holiday!! - Barbara

Yumi said...

Looks like it was such a fabulous trip spent with family! I love how many generations were there together :) The village is so picturesque!! Thanks for sharing with us!

Liz H. said...

I hope this wasn't already asked... where is Toby's cute head scarf from? What a fun way to cover his head :)

Lee May Foster-Wilson said...

You came to my corner of the world!

It is beautiful here and it looked like you got to enjoy it in all it's glory in the sunshine...I hope you didn't have too much of the infamous Cornish rain at any point!

kel said...

to. die. for. thanks for sharing your vacation with us...the pics made me relaxed, melancholy for my own family and itchin' to travel! awesome!! i love love the idea of sprinkling a loved one's favorite "spirit" on their grave. so thoughtful and sweet.

Amanda (Dear Frances) said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful family vacation! The last photo looks so much like the Maine coast, where my family roots lie. Beautiful!

ana said...

You have a big gorgeous family!!! these pictures are great! and the last one is just fantastic... thanks for sharing!

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Modestmerlin said...

Great photos!

Ally said...

You capture everything that is lovely about the UK oh so perfectly. xo

kristen kendrick. said...

i googled polruan, and these photos are a million times more gorgeous than any online... this post made me want to drop everything and get there asap. thank you for the awesomeness that is your blog!

Annie said...

Question- where did you get that awesome lifejacket for Toby? My family's about to head off on our vacation and we could use one for our own little guy!

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Reina said...

oh my lordie, that last picture IS magical!
I LOVE family reunions and yours looks like it was amazing.

And that is the BEST caption ever-' Toby drank too much and past out. (Kidding)'
HILARIOUS!!!

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Lari Washburn said...

What a delight! I fell as if I've been there myself! thanks for sharing. Your gran is gorgeous!

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Carrie L said...

This is such a beautiful post - I'm from Falmouth in Cornwall and have never visited Polruan...Weirdly I used to work at the company that made the cyder (Cornish spelling of cider!)you were all drinking...I miss being able to take some home with me on a Friday evening!!

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