In 2006 I moved to Newquay on the northern Cornish coast of England. After eight years in stressful London, I needed to get away from the big city. I got a job as a bar tender at the most popular bar and moved in with a new friend.
I made friends extremely quickly and since it is Britain’s most famous surf town, I learned to surf too. Newquay was the first place out of South Africa that felt like home. With a close knit community of like minded people, it was easy to feel like I belonged.
After two years, I went to Australia on a two year working holiday visa. When I got back, I lived in Newquay for another two years before I got itchy feet for new experiences again.
The thing is, no matter where in the world I go, I always miss Newquay and those of my friends who still live there. Having spent too long cooped up alone at home, I decided to spend some time back on the coast hanging out with my friends and making new ones.
My close friend has an allotment so we spent an afternoon tending her veggies and preparing beds for the next crops. It was so good to get my hands in the earth!
Ok I promise it wasn’t all wine drinking and relaxing, I did turn over beds and trim the hedges!
My favourite part of Newquay are the incredible, expansive beaches and I’m very lucky my friends Daz and Lorna have an awesome dog that loves to go for walks with anyone for any excuse.
Alfie and I waded in these rock pools for ages, so therapeutic!
Towan Beach where I learned to surf as seen from the decking of Belushis where I first worked.
Lorna and Daz are two of the most wonderful people I know and the coolest hippies around. Lorna is basically my therapist, her calm nature and level headedness always helps me to think clearly and she never judges me no matter what kind of shenanigans I get up to. Daz is an amazing photographer and all round beautiful guy, it’s no wonder they own the coolest dog in the world!
One of my best friends, Katey, took over ownership of my cat, Slinky, back when I went to Australia. As you can see, he is the laziest toe catcher and the fluffiest big bear you will ever meet.
A trip to Newquay would be a waste of time if you didn’t get into the water at least once and I am so glad I did even though I haven’t surfed since 2007! I managed to borrow a board and some guy’s wetsuit and Lorna and I went out on a small day which turned out to be a ton of fun! I absolutely wasn’t expecting it so you can imagine how delighted I was when I caught and stood up on every wave! I was absolutely stoked!
I was also completely out of breath after about 20mins and had to get out of the water a couple times to catch my breath and give my arms a chance to stop feeling like noodles. Surfing is hard work!
I had so much fun back in my old town with friends old and new that I’m going back on the 13th for a week and hopefully will surf a lot more.
Walking on the beach is also so very therapeutic. Something about the electro magnetics in the earth that soak into your body through your bare feet and balance your energies out. You can read about it in this great book called Grounding. It’s also known as Earthing and many holistic health people recommend getting your bare feet on bare earth at least 10mins a day to ground and balance yourself.
I certainly felt calmer and more centred after a couple days walking and running on the beach and getting covered in sand!
Have you ever been to Cornwall? Where’s your favourite place to visit?