In the autumn of 2010, my dishevelled, pre-Kiwi self turned up on the doorstep of 18b Eglantine Road, Wandsworth.
The impersonal process of entering in to a flat share via a Gumtree ad is a common occurrence in London. Albeit a terrifying one. Sort of a lonely-hearts column meets an X-Factor-style popularity contest. Awkward, after-work viewings spent discussing the practicalities of divvying up the bills whilst all the time I’m thinking to myself whether the bank account is going to stretch to cover the amount of bleach I’m going to need to move in to this place. And use that bathroom.
But here I was. On a doorstep. With all my worldly possessions. Little did I know that in only a few months this house would become my home, and my flat mates – like family. Naaw, I love you guys.
So this weekend my former flat-mate, brother from another mother, desert boot wearing, enigmatic grey squirrel fanatic John(ty) and his wonderful girlfriend Vik, crossed the pre-Bodmin boundary line in to Cornwall. Since moving out of London, rarely have we had a chance to meet up, so it felt only right that we made this reunion special.
Cornwall didn’t let us down.
Wintry walks, glorious crisp sunshine, delicious food, seals (and even a mermaid) provided a spectacular backdrop for a wonderful weekend stay. Or – as John(ty) put it – an incredible 24 hours.
Here are some of our photos. Happy memories for us – a highlights reel of Cornwall in winter for you.
Rick Stein’s at Porthleven
Looking for other places to enjoy during the Cornish winter? Then why not check out our winter guide to Polperro? Or want to remember what the sun looked like?! Then be sure to read our guide to Nanjizal.