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Treasure Box Tuesday – 17th July

Durdatha whye! (Good day to you) Don’t ask me how to pronounce that as I’ve only lived in Cornwall for 5 minutes and don’t know anyone who speaks the dialect yet, but I as soon as I do I’ll be asking if the Cornish are also known as Corns.  Although on reflection, this probably isn’t the case and may cause some sour looks in my direction, but it would be kind of fun but unfortunate (for the Corns that is) if it were true.

So anyway after a week that was exhausting and sometimes harrowing we are now firmly enscounced in a little stone terrace cottage in a small Cornish village, and by small I mean there isn’t even a pub which is pretty rare anywhere in Britain, but luckily the local shop sells a wide selection of cheap plonk should the need to pour red wine on the situation occurs (which is does with some alarming frequency).

In the process of unpacking our joint collection of random crap, I’ve resdiscovered some of my precious treasures which have been in storage for the better part of the last year so I thought I’d share these today.  In various parts of the world but mostly in the basements, lofts and garages of my family members, I have boxes and boxes of curios and trinkets collected during my travels however as I’ve pretty much continued a semi-nomadic lifestyle since then I haven’t had the chance to enjoy them all in once place.  I’m  hoping Cornwall will be the place I can finally do that….and then look out, you’ll be bombarded by batik wall hangings and ornate Nepalese incense holders but in the meantime, I’ll have to make do with my acquisitions of more recent years, and here are some of my favs:

A Buddha head with a funky fresh twist

Picked up at the overwhelmingly awesome Jatujak weekend market in Bangkok, this cost around £2 and there were a variety of groovy colours to choose from.  I wanted them all!  Jatujak is apparently the largest weekend market in the world and in it’s sprawling rabbit warren of stalls you can find almost anything you can think of, and quite a bit that you can’t.  I’d highly recommend a visit, it’ll take you most of the day to get through and will be excruciatingly hot and humid but the sheer volume of stuff to browse is worth the trip alone. Oh a tip: if you are going to be in Thailand a while, leave this till the end of your trip as you’ll ineviatably want to buy way more than you want to carry around on trains and buses.

Fun with Chopsticks

I bet you’re thinking what’s so great about coloured pencils, but you’d be wrong! Ha. These are in fact chopsticks that look like coloured pencils, of course. I haven’t told you yet, but I actually have quite an impressive chopstick collection, but as per above this is currently in a box somewhere in NZ so these are the only unique set I have with me in the UK.  As far as practicality goes they are kind of slippery to eat with, but fun all the same and Squigglet loves trying to pick things up with them and play the drums too so multi-purpose points all around!  From memory these ones came from Japanese department store, Loft, which is an amazing emporium of all sorts of cute and cool things you never knew you needed but have to own.

Lastly is my latest collection obsession, old teacups.  I could be all right on and call them vintage as there’s no doubt that some of them actually are, but  others are just sort of old and a little chipped so I’m not sure they warrant that claim.  I started collecting these when I was pregnant with Squigglet as I’d decided that when me and Io get married some day, it’s going to be a woodland tea-party theme with outside lanterns and wild flowers and wine in teacups or maybe tealights in tea cups but probably not tea in teacups.  Anyway, that’s how it started and it kind of still is the end goal but in the meantime I’ve become quite attached to them for their own decorative sake and recently my eyes have started straying to teapots as well, extravagant.  Needless to say the first thing I unpacked in giddy excitement was my humble teacup collection, which now takes pride of place in the dining room displayed in a lovely old wooden cabinet we got on freecycle.

Tea anyone?

So now that I’ve suitably distracted myself from unpacking the rest of our stuff for another day…I’ll sign off and make myself useful. Arg.



Silent Sunday…….

Silent Sunday.......

Discovering the delights of our new Cornish home and relaxing after a manic week of moving, cleaning and adapting….sunshine!!

It’s Pantscake! Cornwall Househunting Challenge

Being the sort of free spirits we are, slightly stressy but flexible all the same, we are about to take the plunge and move to Cornwall in mid July….with no friends in the county but some close by in Devon, no idea of where we should live other than close to Io’s new job and no concept of what it’ll be like in deepest darkest winter. Excellent, just the sort of challenge I used to thrive on in my globe trotting single days but now with the added complication of a family and some major financial considerations.

We shot down to Cornwall this week to take a look at some rental properties in the hopes of finding somewhere that would feel right for all of us. Perhaps it’s the area we are searching in or maybe it’s the time of year, but we weren’t exactly thrilled with what was on offer, especially after comparing the rental properties of the same price range to Mid Wales.

You can see the sea!!

As we are essentially a single income family at present, our options are rather limited. Most of the places we viewed were on A roads or main roads for those who dont work on the British road system, which means cars and trucks whizzing by your front door all day and sometimes all night depending on where you are.

We do tend to prefer the quainter older properties, but these come with their own set of issues, namely damp, tiny spaces and no parking but the bungalow houses available have absolutely no soul and are largely made of concrete slab although some of those did have relatively private gardens and were detached so a bit similar to what I am used to back home in Kiwiland.  However, we did find a terrace cottage set way back of the main rd with a large garden area and relatively new kitchen that was the pick of the bunch, the previous tenants very friendly cat was still around and I wanted to adopt it, although apparently we aren’t allowed pets?

What I was rather incensed with was the fact that the letting agents for this property are asking a £450 letting fee! In comparison to other agencies this is exorbitant and adding this on top of 6 weeks deposit, 1 month rent in advance and moving costs for furniture and utilities  how the heck do some people manage to get into accommodation?   People are struggling to get on the ownership property ladder due to the reccession so in turn more and more of us are renting instead, so letting agencies can take advantage of high demand and short supply to pull this kind of stunt.

Quite frankly although this is the only property we saw that we would consider living in, I am loath to pay a fee that high, and for what?  The privilege of the letting agency dealing with us instead of a landlord?  Basically you are charging the tenant for the services you provide to the landlord, on top of council tax which in New Zealand I guess is the equivalent of ‘rates’ which only property owners pay, not tenants.

Still after much deliberation we have decided to go for it anyway, as we don’t have time to spend looking for our ideal place right now so if after 6 months we decide it sucks, we can always move with a little more insight of where and when is a good place to look for a new home but I think after a year of not having our own place we’re going to love it regardless.

Oh and whats Pantscake you may ask? It’s a bit of a long story involving a 4 year old and a pear cake but has since been adopted into  our vocabulary and means something is a bit rubbish, also quite useful to use in place of swear words in front of little ones 🙂

Now that we’ve got a new pad….I can start obsessing about pillows, lamps and duvet covers yay more excuses to internet window shop!

I could get used to this view

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