Monday, 6 October 2014

Summer into Autumn.

I feel a little like a frond of seaweed floating in this surf at the moment. I am being pulled in many directions & typically am at the mercy of circumstance rather than myself, something I am not good at. If there is a problem, a situation that needs sorting, I usually work it out but at the moment I have to go with the flow and there is much buffeting in its wake.

I realise that sounds very cryptic and I don't mean it to be. Illness has become a feature in our wider family and it has had a knock on effect with worry and sadness mingled with catch ups and laughs. Somehow I feel as though the summer, that beautiful amazing summer of sunshine and walks and endless sea swims, was a little sharper in focus for me than it may otherwise have been. 

I always take note of what's around me. The little things catch my eye from the slight pearl-pink sheen of a fragment of shell nestling in the sand to the soaring wings of a kestrel hovering over the cliffs with the sea swirling beneath. This summer I have noticed more. I have wanted to soak up every single thing I see & store it away like a photograph to be brought out at a later date. I want to stow away every turning shade of the trees as they shift their colours into the soft jewel tones of autumn, the umbers and ochres and berry leaves shimmering in the golden light.

I am lucky enough to live in the most beautiful county with its landscape so much a part of my soul that I honestly don't think I could breathe if I had to leave. A little over the top you may think, but I know me well. I have to swim in the sea, feel the cool salt water moving over my skin and dive deep in the depths to swim with shoals of sandeel, run my fingers through the long branches of varied seaweed and generally poke around in the secret pools beneath the waves.

I have to wander along the creeks and coves bordered by swooping woodlands where I can rummage for nuts & berries or search out some other treasure to take home and add to the various flotsam sitting on the windowsills. I need to see the boats tucked around the meandering banks waiting for the tide to lift them back into life once more.

I can't imagine not seeking out the beautiful flora as it moves from flourishing blossom to the seedheads I love so much, the shapes and colours often complimented by the watery backdrop so synonymous with Cornwall.

This is my solace when things are hard. As I said, I am lucky and when the tide pulls me this way & that, this is where I escape to find a clear head again.

Overall, despite the tone of this post, things are good and the summer has been wonderful with the usual mix of family, games, beach and huge meals.

But the pull has been there and I am determined to keep searching out the positives as autumn wends its way;

to continue to forage and turn nature into delicious (hopefully) drinks and preserves. Such a fabulous year for blackberries isn't it?

I am determined to allow the beauty around me to inspire my designs and to lead me maybe into new areas with my work, to take challenges as they present themselves and not miss a single opportunity by being complacent.

And when I am tired as I often am, I will push myself back out there

for yet another swim

in that wonderful, invigorating, mind-clearing sea.


Lucky me x


  1. Good to see you again after a while and sorry that life has been a bit difficult for you recently but it has obviously made you realise what is important to you in life. Your lovely photos illustrate how much you love where you live and how you need that to keep you afloat. I hope that quieter times are coming and that you will continue to find solace in your fabulous area come autumn, winter or spring!

  2. So lovely to see you here again especially as I have just got home from seeing Diana and Walter in Ledbury. We were talking about you (in a good way!) and wondering how you were. They say salt water is the cure for all troubles don't they? xx

    1. Oh hello lovely Sue! I so missed not seeing you both this year & will catch up properly in an email to you soon. How lovely that you both had another meet up. Take care xxx

  3. Pipany, you express yourself so very well. Although I live in a completely different environment from yours, the past year has also brought me much to absorb, and perhaps adapt to, as I discover what I can influence and what is way beyond my reach

    Thank you for this beautiful post with all that truly splendid water. You've refreshed me on this grey day in NYC.

    Best wishes to you and yours. xo

  4. Thank you so much for stepping back to your blog and sharing beauty.


  5. You say, and capture 'it' (ups and downs of life, living in Cornwall) all so well Pipany. What a wonderful post. Lesley x

  6. Dear Pipany

    Thank you for returning to this space with a beautiful post, albeit with the mention of illness and difficult times. I hope you continue to find solace in your wonderful Cornish landscape and the cleansing Atlantic waves and that gentler times will come soon for you and your family

    Love and best wishes.


  7. Hi Pipany, you left a lovely comment on my Sandy Shoes Cornwall blog ages ago and I've just tracked you down again! I just wanted to say what a lovely blog and fantastic photos you have. I hope we'll hear more from you, as you have a new follower. Take care, Antonia x

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