What you've said...
Hello, I've recently moved from Suffolk to Downderry, Torpoint. I was reading
your blog about your visit to your sister who lives in Suffolk. I know what
you mean about the 'neatness' of suffolk's gardens, and hedgrows. I grew up
in Norfolk and it was always a little bit more 'wild' than suffolk. What I
love also is the laid back attitude of the Cornish, and the 'celtic' approach.
I spent a wonderful evening yesterday at a 'party', that was reminiscent of
a music jam session down the country in Ireland...kids running around, enjoying
themselves, not demanding but laughing, everyone drinking but not being loud
or getting drunk and people getting up and singing and playing the instruments.
Best Wishes, Evie
How fabulous! well done you. I'll mention it on the show (Steve
Wright in the Afternoon, Radio
2) if it comes up in conversation and we'll be happy
to plug it on my blog/site which gets half a million hits a month.
All the best, Janey Lee Grace
Hello, I posted to your website over a year ago now, having wanted to move
to Cornwall and been frustrated at every turn. You were kind enough to publish
it on "What you say" and I have just re-read it. It all seems a
long time ago and you'll be happy to know that I'm typing this from our new
home in Cornwall! Our old place sold very fast, luckily and we had to find
somewhere quickly, but we did, a new house that looks old, in the Camborne
area. We're not far from the sea....we can see it from the bedroom! We are
in the countryside but not far from any town. It's WONDERFUL! And I'd say
to all you who yearn to come down for the lifestyle (and that includes week-long
mizzles - that's mist and drizzle!) then don't give up. It happened to us.
Proper job! Sue Woollatt
Gloria replies: Fantastic Sue, I'm glad you took the chance
to make your dreams come true!
My family & I are thinking of moving to Cornwall. I have 'ached' for
Cornwall for years & almost feel homesick when we leave to travel back
to Gloucestershire. We all only have one life & I cannot
see the point in spending it somewhere that doesn't feed your soul! How on
earth does one go about it, where do you start... Many thanks, your lovely
website filled a couple of hours of my day & added to my daydreams!
This was wonderful! Any chance of getting hold of a copy of these recordings?
I'm sure there would be a market for a CD. Thank you for sharing this. By the
way I found this on Facebook, posted by a friend.
- Sally Burley, St.Day.
Hi, If ever you get this on disc I would love a copy. I did a concert with
Brenda when I was a child and played with Carharrack Brass band, The land I
love, loved it. Brought back some brilliant memories. Hope we see it on disc
Thanks Tania Gilbert Davis
Brenda Wootton's rediscovered recordings - please keep me informed, I'm definitely
interested in any downloads or CDs that may become available! Takes me right
back to my youth at the Count House & Pipers
Hi there, Great to see the info on Brenda Woottons Paris recordings (via Network
Cornwall). I have sent on to my sister in New Zealand who was a big fan of
Brenda's in the sixties. Are the recordings going to be available to buy?
best wishes Mary Lunnen
I would be very interested in the CD when available. What a joy and pleasure
to hear Brenda Wootton again. I was a fan at the Pipers in St Buryan in about
1967 and then in PZ near St Johns Hall.
Hi there, lovely site thank you!!!! my husband and I, our 19 month old baby
girl, two horses , 2 chickens and a dog are planning to move to Cornwall later
this year, we have been dreaming of doing it for a long time as we, like you,
fell in love with the area.... Although very excited we are still anxious
as we want this to be our 'forever move' and do not want to get it wrong...
We want to live where there is a year round community, and potential to make
good friends, good schools, nice places to eat out and visit and within a reasonable
distance of surf beaches as my husband is a keen surfer. We have been looking
around Helston and around St Ives but wondered if you could give us any tips?
Gloria replies - I can only speak about our part of Cornwall and personally
wouldn't consider living in those coastal villages that are spookily quiet
in winter as the properties are mostly second homes. However, many villages
and small towns have wonderful communities, good schools and shops with everything
you could want to bring up your family. I can't advise you, just enjoy doing
What a wonderful website! My husband and I adore Cornwall. We are staying
in Hannafore in May this year to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Indeed,
we have enjoyed at least 2 Cornish holidays every year throughout our married
life. My mum and dad used to take my sisters and I camping in Cornwall when
we were younger. I can only remember the cold driving rain - we never seemed
to be there during good weather - but I immediately fell in love with the beautiful
countryside, friendly people and amazing food (pasties and ice cream!). I remember
my sister and I taking ourselves on a late evening walk without telling our
parents. This was in St Agnes. We found our way down to the cliff path where
a gale was blowing. We laughed as we stood on the edge and leaned into the
wind whilst watching the waves crashing below us. When we got back to our campsite,
mum and dad were furious with us for going out on our own in such terrible
weather. We just couldn't understand them. What could hurt us in Cornwall?
When I am in Cornwall these days, I will often leave our B&B in the early
hours and go for lonely walks in the fields or along the beach. I will stop
and talk to dog walkers or other aimless ramblers. I would never dream of approaching
anyone like this at home in Bedfordshire. Cornwall certainly does instill one
with complete trust and one simply cannot fail but to relax.
Julie Burton, Bedfordshire
Hello Gloria, I have read your website with avid interest. The reason being,
my wife and I and our young daughter are moving to Cornwall from the home counties
this year. In fact we have just sold our house and are seeking our dream home
We are adamant we are doing the right thing... Your website
has steeled our resolve somewhat as it's so nice reading and hearing of people
who have gone before us and been happy - that is the key for us to be happy!
My partner and I are thinking of moving to Cornwall when we've finished
our training... we are planning a camping road trip in the summer to explore
more and help us move towards our dream life in the country by the sea. I love
your website and can't wait to one day be living on the coast of beautiful
Cornwall... Many thanks and all good wishes for 2010
Emily , Kingston on Thames
We love the website. Wicked awesome (as we New Englanders say!). It made me
think of the holidays spent in Cornwall in my youth, and how much I miss the
area. I feel a home visit is overdue. I may need some further recommendations
from you. Best wishes for the New Year.
Christine & Bud Carey, Boston, MA
An amazing 2010 to you. I love your website - it's very beautiful, clean and
fresh and inspiring.
I love your website and I think you have a real gift for writing - very enjoyable
reading! I was reading your article about the fishermen's jetty. So the rich
guys with high London salaries don't like the scenery being spoiled by industry?
If they really wanted to be part of the community I'm sure they could use their
influence, contacts and access to funds to come up with a jetty that respects
the natural beauty of the area. How much fun can it be to have a holiday home
in a place where the locals probably loathe you?
I found your website through membership to GOY (Grows On You). I really love
gardening and Cornwall and always enjoy our holidays there. We used to live
in South Wales but now live near Leicester due to work commitments. Your interest
in gardening, poetry, photographs, and life shows us all that you have a zest
for living, a very full life and are very grateful for what you have going
for you - keep it up! (and keep your amazing website going!
Thanks for this lovely insight into living in Cornwall. My family
and I have been having our holidays in Cornwall for the past 10 years and
now we are investigating the possibility of buying a small business (art gallery)
and bring up our young family in a place that has been "pulling us" for
years. ... I feel that we have a big mountain to climb before we can start
living the dream.
Glori-ous! Keep going as reading your anecdotes make for a perfect
slice of "me" time taken with a good measure of latte. You're a natural
story teller and should be published.
Gill & Ron Rowlands
Thank you for such a great read. We've been trying to move to Cornwall for
years; our attempts scotched by the house price differences between our area
(Lincoln), house sales falling through at the last minute and the need to not
remove son from a good school just before vital exams. Now, we are in the best
position possible, our house renovated to within an inch of it's life, our
son happily ensconced in a home of his own with his true love. We will be on
the market within weeks. At last we can look again at a move to our spiritual
home, where art, rugby and surfing are woven into the fabric of life. We won't
be able to afford anything much, but whatever we get we will make our own,
and it will be yn Kernow! (Yes we are learning Cornish!) Thanks again for a
breath of Cornish air.
We've been coming to Cornwall as many times as we can over the past 15 years,
and now we bring our children to our favourite places. We don't bother holidaying
abroad - why would we with such beautiful places on our doorstep. We long to
move there, but have the usual worries about schooling, earning a living, future
jobs for the children etc. Maybe one day we will have the courage to take the
leap, your website has certainly given us hope..
It was interesting to read your article about the fisherman at Helford and
the second homes. I used to work for Cornish company working on boilers and
during the course of my work travelled about Cornwall. It seemed to me that
most coastal villages along the coast between St Austell and around Falmouth
were second homes...I am a Cornishman whose children would
never be able to afford a house in Cornwall so in 2007 came to New Zealand.
Here on the South Island, on the west coast they have "crib huts " and "crib" time
so I wouldn't be the first Cornishman here. Again, it was good to read your
site and I wish you every joy in the future.
Paul Reynolds, New Zealand .
Fantastic site, I can relate to all that you have written about, I also love
the comments from visitors.
It just goes to prove that good writing and a travelers tale will always get
to people. your writing reminds me very much of a female Bill Bryson, frank,
intelligent and most of all humorous, not hard though here in Cornwall, where
I am almost daily brought to my knees by some amusing event or character. It
is a real gem of a place to live with vibrant people, communities and rich
Keep up the good work. Sarah Butter.
You are so very lucky. I spent every summer as a child in Mawnan Smith, and
all I want is to move my own family to the area now. We spent a week last summer
near Halvasso and trekked around. It felt like home.
I liked it very much. You have the soul of a poet, and it is easy to see
you love Cornwall. I am not Cornish, but Walter is and we visited Cornwall
twice.... Your pictures were very good.... I intend to look at your web site
soon again. Good luck in your endeavor, which seems more of a "labor of
love" than an occupation! Thank you for sharing with others.
Phyllis and Walter Herd. Pen Argyl, USA.
I have sat here reading through and looking at the pictures and I fel just
what you are writing about - I have spent many a holiday down in cornwall and
also I have first knowledge of one of the (second home dwellers) in Helford
and have had quite a heated argument and as for the one from Mayfair - I listened
on the radio....... One of these days I have friends who have a mobil home
at Trevose and I am coming down sometime this year so I will get my fill once
more. I think your ramblings etc are just lovely and I am sure will be appreciated.
What a lovely surprise! I have just finished reading all your news and tales
on your great website and enjoyed learning more of your life in Cornwall.
Photography is great and I look forward now to following your web diary.
The website is a million times better than blogs, twitters and facebook entries.
Needless to say I am very impressed with what you have achieved on your website
- Well done and keep up the good work as I am sure many people will be very
interested in your articles.
As a frequent visitor to Cornwall - yearly from the late 60's - it only confirms
my love of the place. Interestingly, my parents had a Springer Spaniel (Pete)
who, despite his breed, absolutely loathed the water! I will visit your website
again - definitely!
Hi I just saw your site, i've always wanted to live in Cornwall but were never
certain that I could make a go of it, especially as I have a family. It's great
to see that you seem to have made a success of it.
Geraldine - Birmingham.
I've been coming to Cornwall for years; you've made me want to
finally take the plunge!
We've been trying to guess where you live; is it Polperro or
M&D - Camberley
I'm beginning to feel as if I know your family; especially your dog, he
Our family always came to Cornwall since we were children for our holidays. We
continued to do so when we grew up and would love to move down there one day,
at present all we can do is hope to make it happen.
Regards - Jane