We made a trip to Northcott Mouth near Bude this weekend for a friend's 30th birthday. The cottage we stayed in was right on the beach and beautiful, if not a little cold in the bedrooms. Luckily our house is also quite cold so we weren't worried about freezing the baby. We arrived late at night and couldn't find it, asking a security guard at a holiday camp, who said he couldn't tell us - we weren't sure if he knew but didn't want to say or not! In the morning the view from our bedroom was breathtaking. After breakfast, we walked along the beach, Jam did some rock stacking and I played the violin whilst Rowan slept in the sling. Some of the others donned wetsuits and went for a dip. A couple of the gang made a white spiral line with all the stones that had white lines running through them.
We ate organic roasted vegetables and soups with chunky home-made bread. We skipped up to the clifftops to drink port and watch the sunset. We had lots of instruments and music was played morning til night. Folky bluegrass music, sometimes a bit too bluegrassy for Jam's liking and I did some spoof rapping and silly song singing on top of it on the second night, after a glass of port! I felt like my old self made an appearance that night, to a new audience. I made them laugh til they cried and it reminded me of my old friends now in pastures new. I didn't get much sleep due to my boobs being in constant demand through out the night, but the huge grin on Rowan's face more than made up for it every time and at least I slept soundly in the car on the way home.
On our way there we stopped off at Gantie's ( a cross between grannie and auntie) so she could see Rowan. She's been poorly lately and hasn't been able to visit. I was horrified and slightly amused when she tried to feed him some chocolate on her finger - 'No' I screamed, on deaf ears, 'No' again much louder, 'don't you dare, he's only 4 months old!' 'Oh, but I just want to treat him dear'... I can see we may have problems there in the future, hopefully I nipped it in the bud, bless her! She gave us a beautiful sheepskin for him to lie on and he loves it, even if he was a little bit sick on it, it was a godsend at the cottage to keep him warm and content. She plied us with goodies, bulbs for the garden, a beautiful hand-knitted hoody cardigan for Rowan, birdseed, peanut butter, schloer and kind hearted god fodder in the form of small daily strength bible reading books. Hmmm.