Small achievements from my week in Cornwall










Last Monday I went down to Cornwall for just under a week to spend some time with Paddy and his parents, who very kindly drove me down. For those of you who don’t know, I live in Cornwall with Paddy but I’ve temporarily been living at home with my parents in Gloucestershire since March to have medical tests/treatment. I have visited a couple of times since moving home but this time I was visiting because it was the Tall Ships Regatta in Falmouth. Even though I was feeling pretty terrible by my standards, I still managed a few little trips out which was a BIG achievement as I’ve not been out much at all recently due to the severity of my condition.

I can’t tell you how lovely it was to spend some quality time with my this one! Being away from each other is really hard but when we see each other it reminds us how worth it it is :) On the second day, after a day in bed recovering from the travelling, we went for lunch at our favourite cafe in Falmouth – Good Vibes where I had a hearty tomato, cucumber and chilli soup which was possibly the best tomato soup I’ve ever tried!


Tomato, cucumber & chilli soup at Good Vibes Cafe

On Friday we got up early to go down to the docks to see the tall ships when it opened for the day as we figured that would be the quietest time. I can’t cope with crowds of people due to the overload of sensory information they cause; I get very panicked and overwhelmed. The festival brings in thousands and thousands of people so we needed to time it right, which we did. Pads pushed me around the docks and the little market surrounding it which was wonderful – the ships were absolutely spectacular! I was then done for the day. Although there was so much going on Thursday-Sunday for the festival, including a parade, opportunities to go on the ships, fireworks, more markets etc, which I wasn’t well enough to experience, I was more than happy with being able to see the ships for an hour and I felt so greatful to be able to achieve that.

Saturday arrived and so did extreme fatigue and very bad tachycardia…the post exertional malaise had started to set in. I ummed and arghed all morning about whether to go out or not. It was my last day and I was desperate to go out to lunch with paddy and his parents to make the most of it but my body was telling me to rest and recharge. There were tears as I felt so poorly but after a little pep talk from pads I made the decision to go for an hour or so. Even though I felt like a zombie at lunch  – spaced out, sick and exhausted, I still really really enjoyed it and glad I pushed myself to do it! We went to the most beautiful gardens – Portager Gardens – to eat. The cafe is a newly converted green house and produces the most AMAZING vegetarian food using their own organic produce that they grow on site. They even make vegan, gluten free cakes which are hard to come by!!Surrounding the cafe are hammocks, a badminton net, table tennis tables, vegetable gardens and stunning flowers. I wasn’t well enough that day to stay and relax but I will return on a better day and spend an afternoon there in their beautiful haven and rest for a while :)

Food at Portager Gardens - frittatas, lentil & sweet potato soup, and a mezze plate.

Food at Portager Gardens – frittatas, lentil & sweet potato soup, and a mezze plate.

I am really proud of myself for what I achieved on my week away! What have you achieved recently? This week is going to involve lots of sleeping and Netflix watching in bed to rest and recover. Ciao!


  1. berrystylegirl September 1, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    I’m so truly proud and happy for you. It’s from all my heart. Wish your post-jorney recovery be as short as possible. Send you smile and love.

    • spooniesophia September 3, 2014 / 1:41 pm

      Polina you are the sweetest! Thank you, I’m sending you healing love right back. Hope you’re having a nice day xx

  2. Sian September 1, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    Oh you made me want to visit all these places. Sounds so beautiful and I’m glad you got to enjoy some of it. Hope the PEM doesn’t last too long. Happy resting xx

    • spooniesophia September 3, 2014 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks sian! It really was a lovely trip despite feeling so rubbish :) hope you’re doing ok xxx

  3. tlohuis September 2, 2014 / 1:59 am

    You should be very proud of yourself, as you did push through pain and fatigue, and you survived to tell us all about it. Kuddos to you! My big accomplishment for the week was that yesterday D and I were able to go with some friends to her husbands parents house for a cook out and swim. They have an in ground pool. It was so nice to just be out of bed. I spent the entire time floating around in the water, which was very relaxing and I was rather proud of myself for not cancelling. Today I’m paying the price, but hey, it was well worth it and I had a lot of fun. Take care. I wish you the best on your journey. :)
    I almost forgot, very nice pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • spooniesophia September 3, 2014 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Wow well done you! It sounds like you had a wonderful day and you should be really proud of yourself for pushing through and going ahead with it even when you didn’t feel like it. I wish you all the best too, keep trooping :)

      • tlohuis September 4, 2014 / 3:04 am

        Thank you for your kind words. It was a wonderful day and then the next day my brother died unexpectedly, so I’m not trooping too well, at the moment. I’m so very, very sad. We were very close and I just can’t even imagine life without him. You keep trooping and I’ll catch up with you soon. :(

  4. lennae87 September 2, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Good for you Sophia, I’m proud of you! I’m so glad to hear that you got to spend some time with Paddy and that you were able to get out for a little. Wishing you a quick recovery.

    Lennae xxx

    • spooniesophia September 3, 2014 / 1:38 pm

      Thank you so much Lennae. I am proud of you too for how far you’ve come recently, you’re doing so well! It was so nice to spend time with paddy :) xx

  5. emmafarrellblog September 2, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    Well done Soph, you’re a trooper you should be really proud of yourself, I bet Paddy is! Lovely photos too, such a cute couple and jealous you can pull off dungarees! Have a good rest but keep up the good work too :) x

    • spooniesophia September 3, 2014 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you lovely Emma! <3 haha I don't think I can pull them off, I look about 16 here! Especially with those bug sunglasses. I forgot to take my sunnies with me so had to buy a cheap pair when I was down there and these were all I could find :/ hope you're ok!! Xxx

  6. Samantha Betteridge (@SamBetteridge) September 2, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    You should be so proud of yourself! It looks like an absolutely beautiful place to visit and I’m so glad you enjoyed it :) The soup also looks delicious! xx

    • spooniesophia September 3, 2014 / 1:35 pm

      Aww thank you Samantha, that’s so sweet of you. Falmouth is wonderful, if you ever get a chance you should visit. It’s so quirky and relaxed, I love it. Xx

  7. Mandy Padfield September 2, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    You did brilliantly all week lovely Soph with the secret smile. I am so amazed at your strength to get through each day. Rest up this week now & look back on a lovely time last week. Heaps of love & super strength. XXX

    • spooniesophia September 3, 2014 / 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much Mandy, that means a lot!! I had such a lovely time with you, mike and pads, can’t wait for the next time already :) xx

  8. Hayley-Eszti September 4, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Just catching up, this post makes me so happy! You two make such a gorgeous couple and I’ve been in a similar situation with having to be away from my boyfriend to have tests done back home. It sucks and it’s not fun but when you get to spent time together after so long it’s extra special. I love all of the photos! <3

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