Slow Living On Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

There is this little beach, about 5 miles from Lands End, that Mr L has been going on telling me about for, well, forever.

Officially designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, Porthcurno beach and bay has also been listed among the ten most beautiful bays in the World, so I guess the boy had a point when he kept suggesting we drive down and see it for ourselves.

 Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall


The weather was not on our side, but as they say there is no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing so we wrapped the girls up in their new Regatta coats and I put on my new Trespass Jacket (complete with zipped in fleece, I’m no fool!) and headed down to the water’s edge.

 Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
I had grand plans to take some wonderful family photos here for the Me and Mine project, but the weather really did have other ideas.

We splashed in the water and walked along the beautiful sandy beach hand in hand. Mr L told us of the shenanigans he got up last time he was there ten years ago on a lads holiday, to which girls giggled away at the thought of us ever being young!

 Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
 Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

We spent less than an hour here at Porthcurno Beach, but it was a very sweet hour indeed.

With the beach almost to ourselves we felt completely cut off from the world around us, the steep cliff faces embracing us into a sheltered break from real life.

As I wiped my windswept hair from my face and tuned towards the sea I couldn’t help but feel butterflies at my darling daughters stood in front of me; they are growing so fast.

 Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

 Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

Raising a child is so bittersweet.

That’s why we travel with them so much. Having children makes so you acutely aware of each passing day. Each milestone reached is another reminder that a moment in time has passed that you will never get back.

 Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

 Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

Creating memories, stories that will live on in our family long after these girls need to hold our hands rough water, is what life is all about.

It goes by so fast, embrace every new day with an open heart, because before you know it there will be no more new days left.




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  1. So true. They grow so fast. We’re always worrying about what needs doing in the house etc. yet kids don’t care about all that stuff. They’ll remember the fun trips to the beach or the park over the decorating or the cleaning. They are only young once. Beautiful photos. It’s hard to believe that you aren’t somewhere exotic abroad. The UK has such beautiful places to visit.

  2. For some reason this post made me feel so emotional Alice. I think it’s because I am acutely aware of how time is passing so quickly at the moment. You have summed up to me exactly why we travel too. And that beach looks beautiful- I adore Cornwall but have never been as far as Lands End. x

    1. Going far too fast right now. Lands End is cool to see but very commercialised – we will visit the Lizard instead next time i think

  3. Way too fast!! But you have spent this time, taken the pictures and stored the memories in your mind. Something to remember forever, no matter how big your girls become!!

  4. Well said Alice, that’s exactly why I travel a lot with my son, too. Getting out and about you’re creating special memories that you can share together – even just an hour at a beach. Gorgeous photos and boo to the weather. That infernal rain! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  5. Lovely post, that’s exactly why we travel with our son, and try to make the most of every moment – it goes soooooo fast :'(

    The bay looks wonderful, what a beautiful spot! If it looks this good in a grey day, imagine it under sunshine…

  6. Ah Alice I know what you mean! I feel exactly the same, each weekend I feel the need to do something together as a family to create memories and make the most of our precious time together. This beach looks absolutely stunning and how amazing you had it all to yourself. The pictures are beautiful and shows that you made some great memories while you were there. Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxxx

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