Holiday photos from Cornwall


Selfie at sunset in front of St Michael’s Mount (camera phone)

We spent the second week of our summer holiday at my brother’s cottage in Marazion, Cornwall, with its famous landmark, St Michael’s Mount. Our accommodation is undergoing major refurbishment and we had been warned to have an “indoor camping” experience. It proved to be far more than this, with a beautiful kitchen, designer chairs in the living room and one of the most comfortable beds I’d ever slept in. The view from the decking and the kids’ bedroom included St Michael’s Mount, the sea and, most evenings, a glorious sunset. It was a 2 minute stroll down into to the town and beach and we had a fabulous time; the week flew by and we wished we could have stayed longer.

Marazion is a heck of a long way from Cheshire, around 320 miles door to door. The nearest large town is Penzance and Land’s End is only around 10 miles away. The distance by car might put you off, but it really is worth it when you get there. We love Cornwall  and were in Helston at the end of May for a long weekend. Of course it’s the golden sandy beaches, the seafood, the picturesque fishing harbours, the surf and hopefully the weather that attract us, but there’s an added bonus – the light. There’s a magical quality and clarity to it that attracts photographers and artists – ever wondered why there are so many galleries in St Ives? The best of the light is, of course, early in the morning and late in the evening and this coincided with the times Ferb was allowed on the beach. I shocked everyone by being out of bed at 7am on several occasions and it was well worth it as you will see from the following sets of images. We all enjoyed sunset on the beach, walking along the causeway to St Michael’s Mount, our progress depending on the state of the tide.

Our summer holiday photos will give you the best overview of what we loved about it all, without the need for me to type many more words. I’ve purposefully added more graphics than usual as I’m doing talks and courses in September on how easy it is to present images with impact on social media and thought I’d kill two birds with one stone! To find out more take a look at my Facebook page for Picture It Big.

We spent the first week of our holiday on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales – you can read the blog and see the photos here.

All of the images were taken with my Fujifilm X10, a compact camera with limited zoom. It’s a bit more advanced than your usual point and shoot, with similar creative controls to a SLR. A lovely little camera all round!

If you would like to be able to take better photographs, come along to one of my workshops or book yourself a one to one course. Details here.


St Michael’s Mount at sunrise, noon and sunset. Enjoyed by man and beast alike.


There’s a big rock in front of the mount and offers the ideal opportunity to take a selfie.


The sea front at Penzance was severely battered by the fierce storms in February 2014, with much of the sea wall and promenade swept away. The fabulous art deco lido is still closed, awaiting much needed funding.


Nic and I are would-be foodies and were in heaven buying and cooking freshly caught seafood, as well as sampling it in restaurants whenever we could


This giant lobster is about 40 and we were sad to think of it living this long and ending up as a bisque! We returned later to collect our fish and he’d been bought by two burly blokes for an aquarium!


St Ives attracts thousands of tourists at the height of the summer and is not for the faint-hearted. We enjoyed our day there but I’d love to go out of season.


Nic and Sam chartered a motor boat for half an hour and wreaked havoc by steering into a buoy and severing it from its anchor. They sped off and crept back later under the radar!


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