Hello you lovely lot! I’m writing as a much more positive, strong and well woman and I’m so so happy about it. Something that really proved to me how far I’ve come is my recent trip to Padstow, Cornwall.
|Padstow ice-cream is my favourite ice-cream!|
The reason we went on this trip was to help Will with his dissertation work- he studies physical geography and is doing a dissertation on micro plastic in sand. So, Will, his lovely mum and I toddled on down to Padstow (more like drove for hours and hours down to Padstow) to have a week of collecting sand samples. What I didn’t expect was how many steps and how many rocky surfaces we’d be walking on, something I’m so not used to with my fibromyalgia. We ended up doing around 8,000-11,000 steps for the first four days and I genuinely don’t know how I managed to go from a few dog walks a week to the level of activeness but I did! I surprised myself (and Will!) with how much walking I was able to do and how many hills I was able to climb and I was just so happy because it just shows how much better I’m doing- less than a month or so ago I was practically bed-bound but with a change of attitude, working out what works for me and practicing exercise has made such a huge change in my life.
Currently I’m struggling a little with my legs and energy levels as I did do so much more than I’m used to and the shock of coming home and mum not being here has made my legs a bit more sore than they were, but I hope that in a few days I’ll be able to do more again.
In Cornwall I honestly felt more me than I have done in probably a year. I was happy, loving walking, laughing a lot and just loving feeling normal (I’m getting emotional writing this haha) and I’m so grateful to Sera (my grief counsellor), my fam, Will, my friends and the doctors who have helped me and I’m so excited to feel even more normal and like myself as my recovery continues.
So, onto a bit about my ‘holiday’. I say ‘holiday’ because to me, early 7 o’clock mornings, loads of walking and being covered in mud and sand isn’t really a holiday to me! However we did have a couple of days off at the end which I’ll get onto later. So on the first day we studied mud flats. These are basically big wads of mud found in sheltered coastal areas such as bays and estuaries that form when mud is deposited by tides or rivers. So, as you can imagine, we got VERY muddy- especially me as I’m such a mucky pup already. The second day we went to St. Ives to the biggest beach I think I’ve ever seen. It was an experience getting down to the beach- across a rocky hill for around forty minutes until we finally found the way down. This day was really tiring but made so much better by the amount of dogs we saw- including a little ‘dulux dog’ party on the beach! And then the next couple of days was spent around St. Ives collecting sand from all the different beaches but finally on Wednesday evening we were finished! We then had Thursday and Friday to relax and explore the gorgeous Padstow which made up for getting all muddy and sweaty earlier on in the week.
Padstow is a special place to me- firstly the sea is my happy place but also it’s the first holiday I went on with Will back in 2016 when I went with his brother and mum- we had only started dating that summer. So to me it’s just our little town filled with loads of memories and it was so so lovely going around and remembering all the cute and funny memories we had made before as well as making a bunch more. I’m hoping in the future we can go more and really make it our go-to place to go for a little getaway just for us. Below I’ve shared some pictures from the holiday- pictures I love and treasure!
|a bladdy big beach|
|this was just opposite where we were staying…|
|…and this was just next door!|
|a lovely house I spotted in St. Ives|
|Padstow harbour- I love it so much|
|a new discovery and our new favourite coffee shop! You can spot the waiter- he was so lovely|
|this was right next door to us and I would’ve loved to go- maybe next time|
I hope you lovelies enjoyed this post! Let me know what you thought and if you’ve been anywhere recently.
All my love as always,