Live from (near) Liskeard, here's the first of this week's blog posts as we take our first holiday for a couple of years with a week in Cornwall.
Becky, Rhys, Lee and myself are spending a week in a gorgeous bungalow on a dairy farm on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Although rural Pembrokeshire and rural Cornwall share a lot in common, for us it's more about getting away from home for a bit with a change of scene and a chance to explore somewhere new.
With the others in the group all being teachers, getting away has limited opportunities. After a year of being frugal with a new home, we decided that this half term was a good time to get away. It's also a kind of relaxing (early) birthday break for me, which is nice ;)
We're assuming the snowy weather elsewhere in the UK explains why the motorways down here were so quiet, and allowed us to have an easy journey; we even managed to pick up some food for the week in Taunton along the way.
I think all of us fell in love with the house as soon as we arrived. Built in the late 2000s from reclaimed stone from an old barn, the building's got a lot of traditional farmhouse character yet is packed with mod-cons. A fabulous large kitchen diner, three bedrooms (two with en-suite), a log burner in the living room, the list goes on. You're instantly made to feel at home when you walk in, with scones, jam and clotted cream waiting for you when you arrive.
Last night was our settling-in night. Apart from having a little walk down to the village to find out where the pub was (and to make a reservation for tonight's meal), Rhys and I got on with getting dinner ready then we settled down with some telly and the log burner.
Today's plans, being a Sunday, aren't too strenuous either, with the Wales vs Scotland 6 Nations match on this afternoon. We may venture out for a little bit later, but I think we'll be saving the exploring for the rest of the week.