And now the year is over…

The end of the year marks nine months of living in our new county. It has been a time of adjustment. Moving from living in the historic centre of a delightful market town along with easy access to great butchers, bakers, a thrice-weekly market, a lovely river walk and stunning Shropshire hills, to a rural abode next door to a cattle farm and within 1.5 miles of beautiful beaches, has been ‘interesting’. It has been a time of settling in and exploring the new neighbourhood. Taking time to put down roots.  And making time to simply observe what is all around us.


Top row: March daffodil fields; October St Ives harbour beach; December fireside; June Japanese Garden

Middle row: April St Michael’s Mount; August sunset

Bottom row: July Trink hill and Wheal Alice; November local fingerpost; May Gwithian beach; September Trengwainton’s scarecrows

Just a little taster of my new life. Next year I hope to do a bit more exploring – there are beaches to discover, country parks, NT gardens, Bodmin moor, fishing villages and tea-rooms.

I hope you will join me.



  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice to see you diving into your new life in Cornwall with such enthusiasm, Jude. Thanks for bringing us the sights from the west during the latter part of the year.
    Looking forward to many more in 2017, and another year of blogging friendship.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      You too Pete πŸ™‚

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Not a bad place to live is it? Another ten years and you’ll be a local πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t think I have ever felt like a local Gilly, moved far too often for that. But I shall work on it πŸ˜€

  3. Not over yet – still 12.5 hours to go here! Of course I’ll join you in 2017. I’ve fallen in love with Wheal Alice too.

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing much more of Cornwall through your posts next year, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall try not to disappoint you πŸ˜€

    2. Dina says:

      We too! πŸ™‚ This is a very nice retrospective, Jude.

  5. Lynn says:

    You can count on me following along in 2017! Happy New Year!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You too Lynn!

  6. Sue says:

    Looking forward to my virtual visits to Cornwall width you in 2017, Jude..and hoping one day that it might be a real visit! Here’s to a good 2017 πŸΎπŸŽ‰

    1. Heyjude says:

      You too Sue πŸ™‚

  7. restlessjo says:

    It’s like Meg said on your other post- it’s too easy to miss you when you have more than one blog. I feel like I’m playing hopscotch, and after wine that’s not a pretty sight! I only saw this because I was looking for something I saw first thing this morning and didn’t have time to read. Grumble over! Like the year πŸ™‚ Quick bath and ready for the cake and fireworks.
    Beware of making it look too nice. I might come for a closer look πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well there won’t be as much posted on the garden blog this year – I shall be concentrating on the Cornish one, unless I do some travelling! Anyway it is good to keep you all on your toes πŸ˜€

      1. restlessjo says:

        New Year’s party game- Hunt the Jude πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Any ideas for a new focus? Ha! You can take that literally if you like…

        1. Heyjude says:

          More slow photos, less snaps. Maybe back to single photo posts as was originally intended.

        2. restlessjo says:

          Bit more like Paula πŸ™‚

  8. ailsapm says:

    Hi Jude, just popping over to wish you a joyous, laughter-filled 2017. xxx Ailsa

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hi Ailsa – thank you, and the same to you! I might even manage a few more of your challenges this year if you are continuing them.

  9. Us too, except we’ve swapped urban Essex for rural Essex and it’s been quite the culture shock!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Whereabouts are you living now then Julia?

  10. jennypellett says:

    Sure will Jude. Happy New Year.

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