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postcards from polzeath

dear friends,

last weekend saw me returning once more to the coast.

it’s my retreat. my place to re-charge. a place where i can be quiet and still, re-connect with the earth and myself.

i took a mermaid rock away with me which simply says LET GO. it’s only a small rock, yet it’s big message kept whispering itself to me as i was away. in the quiet moments i would think of all the things i hold on to that i don’t need. these things will be thanked for their service, then gently removed from my life over the coming months.

i stayed in this pretty little shepherd’s hut, close to polzeath surf beach
the shepherds hut

with these beauties as my neighbours.
(there’s nothing quite like having a hand licked by the rough warm tongue of a cow. it’s exquisite)
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on friday, i went for a good long walk (6.4 miles /10.3 kilometres) along the coastal path from lundy bay
lundy bay

to the rumps
the rumps

An odd name for a headland, but one pertaining to the twin knolls that overlook the many earthworks that are a feature of this grassy, cliff-bound, peninsula.
Martin Hesp

around pentire point
pentire point

to polzeath beach (over in the distance)
polzeath

then back up the road to the car and home with some fish & chips and a bottle of locally produced cider.

saturday, before picking up my beloved from the train station, i took another walk along the coastline between rock and daymer bay
coastal path

i swear that this place reminds me so much of some places in new zealand that i felt a longing for my homeland, whilst also feeling completely at home
daymer bay

sunday, nic and i took the black tor ferry over to padstow
padstow harbour

and had a delicious lunch at rick stein’s seafood restaurant (we think he might own half the town), pairing our lunch with a delicious bottle of local bubbly, made just down the road at camel bay winery
rick steins seafood restaurant

before catching the ferry back to rock and spending the afternoon lying on the beach in the glorious sunshine
rock

monday, after a quick drive to padstow to pick up something for lunch,
fresh cornish crab rolls

we returned to london where i feel both completely relaxed after my time away and totally overwhelmed by the noise, the crowds, life. i feel somehow part of everything yet also removed from it.

with love to you wherever you adventures are taking you,
-leonie

p.s. more photos up on flickr and polaroids to come…

  • christina
    20/04/2010 at 00:39

    I daydream about having a little space like that shepherd’s hut for my writing studio… loved this whole set of photos!

  • rachel awes
    16/04/2010 at 01:18

    such evidence that loveliness comes when you LET GO.
    then again, loveliness seems to be synonymous with leonie. xox

  • Marianne
    15/04/2010 at 20:31

    Beautiful photos! Of course I especially like the cow, they are such a comfort of home for me. Beautiful, beautiful creatures.

    So glad you had a lovely weekend!

  • bella
    15/04/2010 at 16:29

    Wow… these photos are gorgeous! This little spot looks so refreshing. I’m glad you enjoyed your time away. xo

  • Swirly
    15/04/2010 at 16:10

    I LOVE that room!! And your photos are gorgeous…so happy it was a restful, rejuvenating journey.

  • julie
    15/04/2010 at 13:30

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful weekend away. We are heading near there next weekend and now I’m even more looking forward to it (although doubtful the weather will continue to be as good as you had it). My other half is from NZ as well, so I love the fact that it reminded you of home, hope it will do the same for him, it’s been a long time since we’ve been back and I know he would love to, but young family and finances mean it’s not the trip for us right now. I always find being by the sea completely recharges my energy and gets rid of the blahs, no matter what else has been going on