It is becoming a bit of a tradition for us to spend the February half term holiday in Cornwall. We always go back to the same village on the Lizard peninsula and, for the last few visits, the same thatched cottage on the sea front. There is something really comforting and reassuring about returning to the familiar. I love being by the sea 'off-season' - the wild blowy walks along the beach and cliff paths, exploring the cold clear rock-pools, warming up with blazing log fires at night (not, too, blazing because of the thatch!).
Walks at this time of year and in this part of the world tend to be very muddy. The kids were wise to wear wellies - I had chosen walking boots and so, much to their amusement, had to engage in commando style tactics to negotiate some of the hazards. This particular gateway was on our way back from Trellegast Barton Farm, otherwise known as Roskilly's. They do great food and cream teas in the 'Croust House' ('croust', from 'crust', is Cornish for a snack).
Of course, there was knitting to be done - in particular the project I have undertaken for the Ravelympics. So far, I have managed to keep up to schedule and have finished half of Benbecula(see previous posts and Ravelry for details). It is turning out to be quite a challenge: lots of cables in every right side row, and the tunic length more than makes up for the fact that there are no sleeves. However, I am enjoying making it and I have enjoyed watching some of the Winter Olympics, particularly the snowboard cross and the skiing. We even, briefly, became curling enthusiasts, although this has waned since we got home!
So now we are back home and back to work and school. I have a couple of big 20 mile races coming up in preparation for 'London' in April. It's snowing again and not easy to force myself out the door to put in some miles. Perhaps I'll have a cup of coffee and do a few rows of knitting before I go...