Sunday, 4 January 2015

New Year in Mousehole

We decided to do something a little different this year and spend New Year down in Cornwall.  Instead of going to St Ives we chose Mousehole (pronounced Mowzal) where they make Christmas and New Year a bit special by putting up illuminations.  The Mousehole Harbour Lights are run by a group of volunteers and draw thousands of people to the small fishing village every year. 

We stayed in a fabulous apartment in a house right at the top of the village with views right across the village and out to sea.

 Looking down on the harbour at sunrise.

 The lounge was very comfortable and had lots of quirky art pieces all around.

 The apartment is in the house above all the others, on the left.

Looking out to Mounts Bay.

The dining table at the double-aspect window was a great place to play.

I sat here every morning to watch the sun come up too.

Not quite as sunny on New Year's Day but still lovely.

We were treated to a couple of beautiful sunsets too.

The view across the village at night was beautiful too.

We had a wander round the harbour at dusk to photograph the lights and reflections.

Not to be outdone, Mousehole staged its own firework display at midnight on New Year's Eve and my DH took miilions of images which I'll spare you.  Here are just two.

At the risk of making this post a mammoth one we did venture out of Mousehole courtesy of the very lovely and special Carolyn who took us to Morvah, which was shut so we talked to the cows and they slobbered everywhere.

We were also treated to a short visit to St Ives but alas no beachcombing this time.

 Approaching the town through the grounds of the Treloyhan Manor Hotel.

 The sandbank is still there in the mouth of the harbour.  It was interesting to see the muted colours in the clothing of the people on the beach, very different from the summer colourscape.

I'll be back with part two, not so long as part one, soon.  I need to go to bed and nurse the cold the old year left me with :-)


Mystic Quilter said...

Sorry you're down with a cold but what a lovely post to kick of the New Year.
It was a delight to see your photos of Mousehole, I loved it as a youngster when we always drove down to Cornwall and Devon in the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing your trip.

sharon young said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful post, it bought back memories for me too, going down there with my future DH and wondering if my little Fiat would make it up the hill. We holidayed in Cornwall for years when our children were small and lived there for 3 years, in Launceston, it was the only place that's ever felt like home for me.
I hope your cold gets better soon.

Peneller said...

Lovely photos Julie. Despite your cold you seemed to have a good time in the far west. Brave of you to travel so far in all the chaos on the trains!xxx

Heather said...

What a super apartment and I'm glad you took plenty of 'toys' with you! Your photos are wonderful and really capture the essence of those beautiful surroundings. Hope you are beginning to feel better and seeing off that wretched cold.

Wendy said...

Not sure how you find these fab apartments. I am glad you had a fab time, whilst we shivered in the snow and ice xx

Anonymous said...

Hope your cold soon gets better - there have been so many germs around this Christmas. My heart is so full from looking at your wonderful, evocative photos that I want to run off to mounts bay (probably my favourite place in the whole world) right now!

Sandies' Patch said...

Well, they say a change is as good as a rest!
Hope you are feeling much better soon. xxx

Sue Wild said...

I'm soooo jealous! I've been following Mousehole lights on Facebook and would have liked to have seen them. Youre lucky to have spent a lovely time there, with such lovely skies too. Happy New year!

Corrine at said...

I just love that a village is called Mousehole. I would so want to live in a place like that. Great views and fun with Carolyn, what could be better. xox

Maggi said...

What a beautiful setting for an apartment. Lovely place to be at that time of the year as Mousehole is well known for its light display. Hope that you are beginning to recover from your cold.

Gina said...

What a wonderful place to stay! Happy new year Julie.

Margaret Cooter said...

Such lovely skies! What a delight.

Pamela Winter said...

Hope the cold has now gone.
Fabulous start to the new year what a lovely spot. Look forward to part two . happy new year to you both xx

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Anna said...

Great post, good to see Mousehole at a different time of the year, I walked through earlier in the year.