Birthdays at Bedruthan Steps

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Dress: Enjoy
Bag: {Think} Boutique

It was my dad’s birthday at the weekend and to celebrate we jumped in the car and went wherever the mood took him. The birthday mood took us to Bedruthan Steps – which is quite literally one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall, the world.

Falmouth dreaming

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It’s been almost a month since I decided to leave London and accept a job back in Cornwall. It’s had its ups and downs but yesterday was one of those days that confirms moving back to the homeland was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long while.

Yesterday was the last day of the Pendennis Cup, a four day yacht race that takes place around Falmouth Bay and culminates in an amazing Red Arrows display. We decided to take a trip up to Pendennis Castle to have a walk around the castle, watch the sailing from the top of the cliff and lie on the grass and watch the Red Arrows fly overhead.

Red Arrows over Pendennis Castle | Photo: Laura Peta

Red Arrows over Pendennis Castle | Photo: Laura Peta

Falmouth Hardbour | Photo: Laura Peta

Falmouth Hardbour | Photo: Laura Peta

Although the day started off a little cloudy we were treated to some beautiful clear skies, which led to some amazing sunset views.

Yachts in the bay | Photo: Laura Peta

Yachts in the bay | Photo: Laura Peta

Sun setting over Gyllingvase | Photo: Laura Peta

Sun setting over Gyllingvase | Photo: Laura Peta

Cracking sunset | Photo: Laura Peta

Cracking sunset | Photo: Laura Peta

I’m an absolute sucker for a gift shop, and the English Heritage gift shop at Pendennis Castle was no different. I bought the most beautiful blanket (that I’m currently huddled under now despite the warmth of the day) that is made from recycled wool. Wool that has been respun into an environmentally friendly throw perfect for cool evenings, or hot summer picnics. Cool, huh?

Recycled Wool blanket from English Heritage | Photo: Laura Peta

Recycled Wool blanket from English Heritage | Photo: Laura Peta

So although I’ve had to make some big decisions and move a lot of miles, it was definitely worth it.

{This post was written whilst watching How I Met Your Mother and eating Gluten Free Chocolate biscuits}

6 Months on 35mm

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I finally got round to finishing off a roll of film that had been in my camera so long I couldn’t remember what was on it! Terrible, I know, but it did make getting them developed a little more exciting. What I found brought a huge smile to my face. There were pictures on there from our glorious summer, we were lucky enough to get tickets to Hyde Park Calling to see Elvis Costello and Ray Davies, it was an amazing summers day. The highlight being Ray Davies (Of The Kinks fame) singing ‘Waterloo Sunset’ as the sun set on Hyde Park.  I honestly felt like I was in a Sofia Coppola movie!

There were also a few pictures of a girly trip to Bath where I met with a few of the girls I went to uni with, although it was bitterly cold and rained all day so the pictures were few and far between!! The last few photos on the roll where a few I took over Christmas. The family and I took a day out to Padstow for some Rick Stein food (YUM! I urge you all to go to one of his restaurants if you ever find yourselves in Padstow) so I took the camera to finish the roll off. We went for a little coastal walk in between rain showers and managed to get a few snaps looking over to Rock while the sun started to set.

The next roll is already loaded and this time I won’t leave it quite so long to finish it!!

I shoot on a Canon AE-1 and used expired 35mm film.

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

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Ray Davies - Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Ray Davies – Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

'Waterloo sunset' Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo: Laura Peta

‘Waterloo sunset’ Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo: Laura Peta

Elvis Costello, Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Elvis Costello, Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

Shoreditch Graffiti : Photo - Laura Peta

Shoreditch Graffiti : Photo – Laura Peta

Afternoon Tea, Bath : Photo - Laura Peta

Afternoon Tea, Bath : Photo – Laura Peta

Carousel, Bath : Photo - Laura Peta

Carousel, Bath : Photo – Laura Peta

Carousel, Bath : Photo - Laura Peta

Carousel, Bath : Photo – Laura Peta

Scrabble

Scrabble : Photo – Laura Peta

From Padstow to Rock : Photo - Laura Peta

From Padstow to Rock : Photo – Laura Peta

Wintery Beach Paths, December 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Wintery Beach Paths, December 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

#100happydays Round Up…

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This seems to be a challenge that I’m actually able to keep up with, and I’m truly loving it.

#100happydays

DAY 8: making things. DAY 9: Meeting the chap at the station. DAY 10: New socks. DAY 11: Woody walks. DAY 12: Pub quiz. DAY 13: Porthleven. DAY 14: Cardigan. DAY 15: Pepper in a pepper

DAY 8: My dear friend, Jess, is getting married and it’s all very exciting. Whilst I was back in Cornwall we had a wedding planning session and this was a scrap book I doodled on for her to fill with wedding inspiration.

DAY 9: Whilst I was lucky enough to manage two whole weeks off work to visit my family in Cornwall, the chap didn’t. So this picture is his train pulling into the station after a week apart.

DAY 10: Nothing beats a brand new pair of socks, especially if these socks are from Seasalt. The socks are made with 77% bamboo making them the softest socks ever to have graced my footsies!

DAY 11: Soggy walks around Cardinham Woods. Cardinham Woods is a beautiful wood in North Cornwall, there are walking trails, biking trails, trails along the river and paths for dogs. It’s such a beautiful place, unfortunately it poured with rain while we were there and we got very wet. Luckily for us (although not my waistline) there is the most beautiful little café there too. We sat infront of a big wood burning fire and ate soup with fresh gluten free bread and a gluten free chocolate brownie. It was heaven.

DAY 12: There is a small bar in my home town that we always used to go and so make a point of returning there with everyone when we are back in the motherland. They do a really good pub quiz on a Thursday night, we learnt stuff, we ate chips, had a good old chin wag and a catch up, but most importantly we didn’t come last!!

DAY 13: BUTTONS! I’m not sure what is about them but ever since I was a little girl I’ve had an obsession with pots of buttons!

DAY 14: Porthleven – a gorgeous little village in Cornwall. We went to visit my Aunt and Uncle who live right by the sea (it’s gorgeous!) and on the way back down the hill the sun had started to set and the whole beach was bathed in a beautiful golden sunlight.

DAY 15: My mother is an incredible woman. While I was home she finished knitting me a cardigan. It’s taken two years and it’s absolutely perfect!

DAY 16: I absolutely love it when you cut into a pepper and there’s another pepper growing inside! PEPPER BABIES!

So there we have it, my latest #100happydays round up. Just writing about these pictures again has put a smile on my face. This challenge is definitely worth taking part in, go on, what are you waiting for?!

The first week of #100HappyDays

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As you may or may not know I have started doing the #100HappyDays challenge. (You can my other post about it here) Here are the photos from my first week…

#100happydays first week

DAY 1: Reading the paper. DAY 2: Architecture. DAY 3: Pianos. DAY 4: Hanging out with my mum. DAY 5: Too many pictures on a wall. DAY 6: Decorated plates. DAY 7: St Ives

DAY 1: This was a rare moment I had to myself, in complete silence snuggled under my blanket I sat and read the newspaper. A small and simple pleasure that always makes smile.

DAY 2: Architecture. I adore architecture and am always fascinated in the styles of different buildings. In this case I was at Paddington Station,, the gorgeous ceiling, metals gurders and sun streaming through them put a smile on my face before I boarded a train for the next five and a half ours.

DAY 3: The piano.  I had some holiday to take from work so have come  back to Cornwall to spend a few weeks with my family.  Day 3 is a picture of my piano.  I have played since I was 5 years old, and although I don’t get a chance to play the piano whilst I’m in London it is always a welcome relief when I return to my parents.

DAY 4: My Mum.  She had a day off so we spent the day together, chatting, painting our nails and just generally being a little bit girly.

DAY 5: Walls with too many pictures on.  I really love interior design and in particular walls with lots of framed pictures on.  This photo was taken in the Truro Lounge, one of the many Loungers restaurants around the country.  The first one I found was the Velo Lounge in Bath where I went to uni.  We used to go a few times a week for an amazing hangover breakfast and amazing weekly quiz.  The Truro Lounge is pretty much the same quirky set up, only rather than a hangover breakfast I had brunch with the parents surrounded by framed pictures dotted all over the walls. perfect.

DAY 6: Decorated plates. This little beauty is from Marks And Spencer, I found a couple left and they were only £2 each! Bargain.

DAY 7: St Ives. No matter what St. Ives is my little slice of heaven. I spent most of life here working, eating, drinking, swimming, surfing, first dates, first kisses you name it St Ives was it.

So there we have it, the first 7 days.  I am loving this #100happydays challenge, finding the little bits of happiness in each moment has made for a rewarding week.

Are any of you taking on the challenge? I’d love to know how you’re all getting on and how you’re finding the experience.

Catch up…

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I fear I have neglected my dear blogatron a little too much recently, although not a hundred percent due to idleness I have started to slip back into my old ways, but no more! My photography course is rapidly coming to an end (my last two hours of exam are on Friday morning!) my new flat is waiting for my arrival on Saturday, and a new (thrifty) London life is soon to begin.

As I have been so incredibly slack at keeping up with my posts on here, I have decided to do a quick round up of the last few months in pictures…


A sneak peak at my Personal Investigation ready for marking

Having spent a week in London, succesfully house hunting, amongst the buildings/roads/occaisional park, I have made an effort to get out and enjoy some of the best Cornish scenery.  As much as I love London and am beyond excited to finally be an official resident, I will miss my lovely Cornwall soo much.  Here are a few Instagram snaps that sum up what a wonderful place Kernow is …

Porth Nanven, aka Dinosaur Egg Beach
 

Porth Nanven, aka Dinosaur Egg Beach


Trencrom Hill


View from Trencrom across to my hometown

The Merry Maidens for 19 Magazine

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I based this photoshoot around the Cornish legend of the Merry Maidens.
So it is told that nineteen maidens on their way to Sunday worship were distracted by the music of two pipers (who can be seen in a near by field).  Caught up with the music the young maidens, full of mirth, ran into a nearby field to sing and dance.  With this being a sin on The Sabbath Day, the tale tells of a lightening bolt turning the maidens and their pipers into stone as penance for their sins.  All that remains of these young maidens is nineteen stones, forever standing in a perfect circle!