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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

In mourning for the sea.

I'm home. Early. It was wet in Cornwall. I had a lovely time but Husband decided enough was enough. I'm sad. Sad because time with the children is so precious and two weeks by the sea once a year isn't much time out of our lives but we managed less than 9 days. Tall Girl will be 12 this autumn. She may not have more than 4 more summer holidays with us (I got fed up with holidaying with my parents when I was 16, though I hope she still will want to come away with us for years to come yet).

We had 3 days on the beach. Small Sprog did body boarding for the first time and loved it! He shrieked at the top of his voice for joy on the crest of every wave! Tall Girl enjoyed it in an altogether quieter way but was happy all the same.

We managed to walk a lot. Often in thick mist! Cornwall is renowned for it's sea mists. Someone stole the cows from the bottom of the garden, not just the cows but the whole hill behind the cottage too and the distant sea view. The mist was so thick at one point it was like something out of a Steven King movie. We were just alone in the world, or so it seemed!

But Husband got fed up being damp and Tall Girl said there was more to do at home in the rain and here we are. Home. Back to the suburban sprawl. I'm not ready for this. I needed more time. More time to hear the silence of the countryside, the wind on the cliff tops and the endless crashing of the waves on the sand. I needed more thinking time, away from the mundane chores that haunt my world. I needed precious moments, still need, I feel bereft.


Maggie May said...

Oh dear, what a pity! Cornwall is so beautiful when the weather is good. We are also finding it difficult to take the children out to places where they won't get wet.
Oh, don't work out how long tall girl will go on holiday with you. That is quite depressing. My eldest grandson is just twelve too. I suppose they won't want to come & see us for much longer. Now you have me doing it!
The weather might turn for the best but it isn't forecast.

cheshire wife said...

I can sympathise with both you and your husband. There is only one thing to do for the next few days - pretend that you are still in Cornwall.

scargosun said...

I am so sorry that your holiday was cut short! Not fair in any country or planet!

Don't forget to email me your email addy so I can send you the pic I took for Small Sprog.

BS5 Blogger said...

Hello Sub,

Well, while we are blessed to have you back, I am sorry you feel bereft of thinking time and children time. You wrote a striking description.

I think you must have a holiday at home until Saturday and not be 'at home' one bit until then.

BS5 x

swile67 said...

oh i so love the crashing waves on the sand too...that is sad you had a rainy holiday. i think in most parts of the world it has been a rainy summer. we have had loads of rain here in canada too. i hope you will get your precious moments soon!

lucy said...

hi suburbia!

darling, i too mourn the ocean. for me, i used to live across and my morning runs will perhaps be my most special memory of my whole life.

i'm sure you will soon find space for the happiness from your little suburbia.

darling have a beautiful day. xxo

Rose said...

I do feel for you,Suburbia. I know what you are thinking,too, about Tall Girl. We managed one vacation with all four children, then the oldest son couldn't or didn't want to go anymore, then the second son, and so on. Now I'm trying to convince Husband we NEED a vacation, but it's very hard to convince him to leave the house! I'm thinking about taking off on my own:)

I hope your next holiday is less damp; you still have some years before Tall Girl has other plans.

Dori said...

Nothing quite so depressing as a holiday cut short. Unplug the phone, ignore the doorbell and pretend you're still in that happy place!

It is good to have you back--the blogosphere is lonely these days with everyone gone here and there!

Lindsay said...

Sorry you had to come home. I must admit we often came home the evening before we were due to leave if it was lousy weather. I remember lovely surfing holidays in Bude, my Dad and I used to spend the day in the sea (so it seemed to me at 10 years old).

Liz said...

Aw, bless you. That's not a good way to come back from a holiday. Come and stay with me. We have enough wet coats in this house to create a perfect fog. Or you can walk round the cliffs - I prefer them in the wild weather as you only get the proper people there then. The ones who laugh and say, Good weather for ducks' people.

But we're glad to have you back.

Another friend said she couldn't get on my blog at all. I don't know why!!!

Working mum said...

I had two very wet fortnights in Cornwall as a child. My parents said never again!

I have a weird feeling we might end up doing the same next week on our holidays. We have a cottage by the beach but nothing else. Constant rain could send me home, too!

The Dotterel said...

It was very wet in Wales, too - and guess what? Now we're home the sun is shining! Bet it is with you, too.

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Suburbia said...

Sweet of you BS5, thanks. Don't encourage me in my ranting though, I could go on and on!!

BS5 Blogger said...

Anytime, Sub!


Anonymous said...

Oh, that's such a shame! Of course, being the doting mother and wife you are, you had to concur and come home. Mist is a wonderful thing, especially when you can't see anything at all, and in a place like Cornwall. It must've been magical!
Good luck with the urban sprawl...


Akelamalu said...

Oh what a shame the weather spoiled your holiday. The UK is such a beautiful country but without good weather it can be just downright miserable! Anyway, welcome home.

BS5 Blogger said...

Doe we, your loyal readership and blog friends have an ABC Wednesday to look forward to, or is Suburbia of BS9 not sufficiently sunny?

Hope you have a nice evening whatever gives...

ChrisB said...

Cornwall is lovely but you do need good weather. We often used to come home a day early, but haven't been down there for a couple of years. I have been lucky because my daughters always wanted to come on holiday with us as well as do their own thing. Now we holiday with them and grandchildren so I consider myself lucky.

starnitesky said...

I am getting caught up on my blogs. What a shame you missed part of your holiday because of the weather,there is nothing worse than bored children or is it bored husbands!

It rained most of the time I was away too but as I was staying at my son's house there was plenty of cleaning to do!!

Suburbia said...

Maggie, sorry to remind you1 When they're small it seems that they will be dependant forever but time passes so quickly.

Cheshire Wife, I wish I could pretend but it's not working.

Scargosun, I'd forgoton, sorry, will sort it out tomorrow

Rose, I hope you can persuade him to go somewhere nice soon.

Hi Dori, it's nice to be back in a funny sort of way!

Lindsay, I want my 2 to have good memories of summer hols too

Liz, can I come and stay?!! I'm just off to pack now and it won't take long ot get there so see you soon!
Still can't read anything on your blog :(

Suburbia said...

Working Mum, I hope the weather is better for you.

Dottrel, yuck! Damn weather!!

Peter, thanks I need it!

Akelamalu, it can be so beautiful can't it? That's why I get so cross when the weather doesn't behave!

BS5, ABC Wed and another post too! Keeping busy here ;)

Chris B, that sounds perfect and I shall hope for the same.

Starnitesky, you cleaned on holiday?! Well I guess a woman turns to cleaning when it rains!!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

It does fly by far too fast.
I wish I could give you a pocket full of days to pull out at your leisure and enjoy whenever you needed one.
What a treasure that would be.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Thank you for the link. Cornwall sounded lovely even with the rain and mist. Sounds very Daphne du Maurier-ish! Hx