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Rebecca... PRO 1:06pm, 20 March 2007
Hi there, I'm Rebecca. I've been meaning to do this kind of thing for ages and found this group on Flickr recently so here we go. Hopefully being part of a group will encourage me to keep it up too. I don't have a good digital camera so most of the pics on here will be pretty rubbish!

I'm 26, live in Newquay, Cornwall. I never make resolutions (because I'm too weak at keeping them) but my aims for 2007 are:

win the lottery.

Failing that:
Stop spending so much
See a dentist
Surf more / better
Take more photos
Be happy!

2007 the story so far:
January - save save save, yawn! Agonise over designs for new surfboard.
February - saw Bloc Party in Bristol, got 1 year older, got lovely new board, went to Morocco.
March - Back at work after holiday :( at least the days are getting longer though.

So that's me so far, now got to put the last week's photos I've been saving up on here...
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Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 2 June

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In Bristol to catch up with some of Chris's friends. I can't take all day drinking anymore, ugh.
Rebecca... PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Rebecca... (member) 11 years ago
Monday 4 June

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Happy Birthday Chris!
I was trying to get a non-shaky pic of the cake but Chris wanted to eat it so this had to do...
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
How has another week gone by again? 2007 is going so fast...
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 6 June

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Aargh! Something's been and eaten my rocket! When I left this morning it was looking lush and nearly ready to eat. Now look at it :(
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 7 June

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I love red fruit and couldn't resist these 'biggest, juicyest, sweetest' cherries from M&S. They lived up to their name.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 8 June

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I got my first film back from my Lomo LCA camera, it was just a random test roll but I'm really pleased with the results.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 9 June

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It's so hot we spent the day at the beach - I went for a swim in the sea with no wetsuit on and it was lovely. No surf of course, we never seem to get nice weather AND good surf.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 10 June

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We went exploring the coast again today, only about 3 miles from home but we'd never been there before.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 11 June

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It's hard to see in this picture, but it's still totally flat. Despite this, the dark stain on the sea is actually a load of tourists who don't realise you need waves to go surfing.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Tuesday 12 June

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I'm on the red fruit again, today raspberries.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 13 June

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Oh dear, bang goes not spending any money this month. I needed some new clothes for work though and Monsoon have some lovely stuff this summer.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 14 June

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Did I mention we have Chris's little sister Emma and her boyfriend Jon staying for the summer? They've been here a week now and Emma's feeling homesick so their mum has come down to see her. We all got fish & chips by the beach for tea
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 15 June

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Rain stops play.
The building I can see out of my office is really taking shape now.
Rebecca... PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Rebecca... (member) 11 years ago
Saturday 16 June

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We didn't do the Watergate BLU today, the surf was almost non-existant but they still ran it. Jon & Emma wanted to go for a surf anyway so we all went for a freesurf, terrible surf but great to be in the water with the sunshine.
On the rat front - they're getting really brave & friendly now, problem is they won't stay still long enough to take a decent picture.

Correct no of lottery numbers = 2. Nearly!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 17 June

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Why does it always rain when you put washing out to dry?
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 18 June

oh bugger

Daren walked into my office this afternoon, looked mournfully at the empty jar and said 'damn I really fancy some sweets.' This reminded me of the cool electrocuting sweet jar I wanted to get him for his birthday. Which I suddenly realised was last wednesday. Fuck. I can't believe we all forgot. Now I feel really bad.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Tuesday 19 June

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When is the rain going to stop?
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 20 June

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It stopped raining briefly this evening, long enough for us to go for a quick walk on the beach. I love the feeling of sand between my toes.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 21 & Friday 22 June

See Tuesday.
Longest day of the year and it's raining so hard didn't see the sun all day.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 23 June

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A miracle happened this afternoon - it stopped raining. Chris took me out for a game of crazy golf, then we went for a walk and dinner at Pippa's. It was kind of like going out on a proper date, nice to spend time just the two of us.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 24 June

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Been playing with PhotoBooth on Jon's mac this afternoon. Childish but god does it make me laugh!

Correct no of lottery numbers = 0.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Been having uploading problems / not enough time in the evening to update this recently :'( so here in a big glut is what I've been up to recently:
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 25 June

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It's gone all stormy again, so we headed down to the harbour after work to watch. Amazingly there were two guys out in the storm surf, we thought they were tourists who'd got stuck at first but on closer inspection they knew what they were doing. Phew. I saw this old boat in the harbour, I love the way the paint was peeling off, such seasidey colours.
Rebecca... PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Rebecca... (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday 26 June

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There was a break in the weather this evening and we spotted this amazing cloud with the top lit up. Impossible to do it justice with this camera phone! Jon & Emma have gone back to Bristol for a bit as they haven't found jobs & the surf's rubbish, so we have got the house back to ourselves...ahhh!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Weds 27 Thurs 28 June

Rain rain
go away
come again
another day.
Glow* 11 years ago
Oh! I know that song too! Here in Paris we're beginning to have somme sun but they say it's gonna stop next week :s
I'd love to see the beach and the sea this summer but unfortunately I think I won't.How far are you from the seaside ?

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Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 29 June

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Two years ago I was still living in London, but had handed in my notice and was planning my move down here when the bombs went off on July 7 2005. Today's news reminded me of how it felt living in London at that time, and how removed from all that we are in Cornwall.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Glow - I'm very lucky, I live 5 minutes walk from the beach (see 14 June, that's the one I can walk to). Which is a fat lot of good when all it does is rain! We've had the wettest June on record or something in the UK, what's it been like en France?
Glow* 11 years ago
It's been really bad too, I must say :-(
We're just hoping it gets better in july and august;and then, we will complain it's too hot , lol !
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 30 June

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British Longboard Club Championships at Gwithian today. Needless to sat it was howling cross-shore with little swell. And it rained all day until we came back for the evening do when there was a lovely pink sun set.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 01 July

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Day 2 of the Club Champs. Not raining so much but overnight we've gone from virtually flat to overhead surf. Luckily for me the lifeguards decided to close the beach because of the big surf / strong wind combination and I didn't have to go out. However I saw these tourists on the ay down anyway, one of them was wearing shorts over the top of his wetsuit. I despair.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 02 July

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I hate mondays, it's always really busy at work as I have the wages to do and they never run smoothly. the surf is looking terrible again, I took this instead of one of the surf when we went to look this evening. My car really needs a clean!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 04 July

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Chris & I went out for dinner & cinema tonight, very relaxing.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 05 July

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Moooooo.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 06 July

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Daren decided to buy a surfboard this lunchtime. He's never surfed before in his life. Needless to say he had the piss ripped out of him for the rest of the day, including someone in one of our pubs ringing up pretending to be from a local surf school. Didn't get much work done.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 07 July

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Up in Devon for a Hotdoggers comp today, the weather was actually pretty good for once so we took Chris's car instead of the van - it looked really funny with four massive boards on top of it. Neither of us did too well, we just haven't been surfing enough recently, so we were both a bit dissapointed and have decided we've got to surf at least once during the week even if it is terrible.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 08 July

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We didn't stay up in Devon as we wanted a bit of weekend to ourselves and the forecast for home was looking ok. So imagine our annoyance when we looked at the beach and saw this mush. We tried to beat that raincloud on the horizon back home but no luck - soaked washing.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 9 July

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Had a follow up scan at Treliske today. Bad news is my cyst is still there, and it hasn't got any smaller. In fact it is a whopping 6x7 cm, yuk. Even worse when I got home I had a letter from the hospital saying my appointment with a consultant on friday to discuss the scan results has been moved to the 10th of August. That's ages away.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Tuesday 10 July

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It's funny how rearranging something can make it totally different. I made this papiermache thing as a nest box when we first wanted the rats, but we ended up getting adults so it was too small really and they've pretty much always ignored it. Today I turned it upside down and put it on the shelf and they loved it!
Rebecca... PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Rebecca... (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday 11 July

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Finally some sun! Got a reasonable surf in at Fistral this evening too.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 12 July

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Took Daren for a surf after work tonight. I promised I wouldn't take any pictures of him and I stuck to that so here's our perfect pre-surf snack - eggs straight from one of Chris's colleague's hens & ducks with some lovely fluffy bread soldiers.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 13 July

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Music & Wine
Went to see the amazing Quantic at Jelly Jazz at the Koola tonight. Awesome, soulful, and diverse.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sat 14 July

yuk

Things that irritate me #1
Litter. At the beach carpark not 15 yards away from a bin I find this nappy. Disgusting, ingnorant, not to mention just plain rude. How can people think this is acceptable behaviour?
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 15 July

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I'd just like to say thankyou to Chris for making me get out of bed this morning and go for the best surf I've had all year.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 16 July

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I set a butterfly free from behind our curtains this morning, you don't seem to see them that often any more.

Today I acheived one of my aims for this year - I WENT TO THE DENTIST. Got to go back next friday to have my front teeth sorted out, I'm terrified but excited at the same time.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Tuesday 17 July

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The rain is back with a vengence.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 18 July

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Tonight Chris, Daren, Katie & I went to see Mark Ronson & Lily Allen at the Eden Project. What an amazing concert venue. The rain held off, Mark Ronson was awesome and to my surprise Lily Allen was pretty good too. Chris has borrowed his sister's DSLR for us to play with, not sure I like it, it's not really designed to be used in manual modes, and the automatic ones are annoying. Now I'm confused, do I really want a DSLR or not?
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 19 July

See tuesday. Sigh.
Rebecca... PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Rebecca... (member) 11 years ago
Friday 20 July

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This is what keeps me going, coming home to this every night. Sometimes I just need to remind myself.

Upcountry there has been torrential rain again and the flooding has spread, but here today it has been gloriously sunny, it seems very odd watching the news of it while we bask in the sunshine.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 21 July

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Ahahaha the waiting is finally over! I know who dies!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 22 July

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What a lazy weekend, I feel like I haven't done anything. So we went for a walk in the evening just so that we'd been out of the house. I love these snails that you find in vegetation right by the sea, they always seem to be in big groups.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 23 July

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I hate mondays, work is such a slog. Then on the way home we avoided a traffic jam by taking a sneaky backroad only to be caught by another one. It took us 1/2 hour to do the last 3 miles, the police were diverting the traffic into Crantock and the narrow roads were obviously scaring the tourists. Pretty though - this is some bracken growing in the high hedge.
Rebecca... PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Rebecca... (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday 24 July

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At last, Chris's new car is ready! It smells so new inside it feels like a hire car. He wasn't feeling too good but he took me down to the beach for a night surf to give the car a surf test. I love surfing as it gets dark.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 25 July

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Had a loong day at work today, monthly management meeting.
Saw this undergrowth on the way home today, pic didn't come out too well but the leaves on one of the plants were almost perfect heart shapes.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 26 July

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The surf this evening - messy.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 27 July

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Well today I can cross one of my aims for 2007 fully off the list - I have had my teeth fixed. It looks and feels so much better and the experience didn't totally terrify me so I'm pretty pleased. Here's my lopsided mouth afterwards, I couldn't move one side at all it looked hilarious.
Rebecca... PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Rebecca... (member) 11 years ago
Saturday 28 July

Drips in the glassing bay

Went to see Adrian our surfboard shaper today to pick up some fins Chris ordered. I love visiting his workshop, there are so many interesting things to look at, least of all the new boards waiting to be picked up. This is drips of resin around the base of the glassing bench, it's like a history of all the boards that have been glassed there.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 29 July

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Took emma's DSLR out today. It's a pretty budget camera but it is a million miles away from my crappy cameraphone.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 30 July

Hmm I smell fish...

After work today we went to a couple of beaches and the harbor and just took photos and people watched. It's amazing how cheerful everyone becomes when the sun comes out.
There is usually a seal or two hanging around the harbor looking out for an easy fish or two to steal. This one was having a really good peer into a boat that had just come back.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Tuesday 31 July

Last surf of the day

We've both been a bit stressed recently I think, we could do with a bit of time off. We decided to make the most of the weather while it lasts and destress by going for a surf & bbq on the beach after work. The surf was small but really fun, I wore my shortie and no leash, it felt so good. Then bbq watching the sunset until it got dark.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 1 August

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I can't believe it's August already, this year is flying by. We had a big deadline to meet at work today, we had to get all sales for July entered and across to our accounts - it's the first time we've ever tried to get it all done only one day after the end of the month and we did it. We spent the afternoon walking round the office in disbelief.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
July 30th.. That is a wonderful capture of the seal... WOW!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 2 August

Lilacs?

My sister is coming to stay tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how we get on but good to see family. I sat on the wall talking to her this evening and saw this creeping plant.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 4 August

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Abby is here and it is like Cornwall has pulled out all the stops for her. After all the rain we've been having we've finally had a sunny spell that seems to be lasting. Chris is working today so we walked into town and went to the beach. Newquay is looking picture perfect today.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 5 August

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Chris and I got up early today to try and catch the surf. The forecast looked good but when we got there it was too good for me! I paddled out and took one look at the set waves and paddled back in. I think in the last year I have learnt to recognise & accept my limits, and today was my limit.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 6 August

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The traffic is starting to get bad on the way home from work, so Chris decided to try to get home without going on a main road. Some of the back roads are not for the week - both wing mirrors were brishing the sides a little further on and there was grass growing in the middle of the road. A bit of me loves this.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 8 August

Parker the tortoise

Aly brought her tortoise Parker into work today. He looks like such a wise old man and I'm so glad I decided to bring this camera into work today.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 9 August

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The sunset was amazing tonight but for some reason the pictures just don't capture it quite right, the sky was covered in intense pink and orange. Chris was tired after a long day at work so treated us to a takeaway - I challenge you to find a better view to watch ehile waiting for your order!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 10 August

Sleeping cygnets

Tonight we're heading up to stay at Chris's mum's in Bristol before going on to my parents on saturday. Which means I have to part with his sister's DSLR and return to the lowly camera phone. On the way home from work we spotted all the birds sleeping in the sun at Trenance and pulled over to get a better look. I never realised cygnets sleep on the water, all the ducks and adult swans sleep on the grass by the side of the lake.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 11 August

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It's so nice to be back home and see my parents, I haven't seen them since Grampy's funeral in April so it's good to see them in happier circumstances. This afternoon we went out clay pidgeon shooting with my dad, I took some pics on film so I may come back and replace this picture of me by Chris when I have them developed. I'm guessing this clay got away as it doesn't look very well lined up!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 13 August - Thursday 16 August

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I'm bored. This week seems to be an endless repetition of getting up, going to work, getting home, eating, going to bed. I'm missing the DSLR a LOT too, it's hard to motivate yourself to take photos when you're bored, the weather's crap and you've only got a cameraphone with you. I've been trying to take more film photos though maybe I'll come back and add some pics on when I've had the films developed.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 17 August

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Ahh the weekend starts here, and guess what it's still miserable with shocking surf. Oh well. This sign is on the way to one of the beaches, this time I made Chris stop so I could take a photo. I love all the different surf companies represented here, must be a bit of a nightmare for the council though.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 18 August

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My saturday morning lie-in was interrupted this morning by my dad, with the news that the Penhallow Hotel was on fire in town. Newquay has suddenly become the main focus of the UK news and it's really busy in town with everyone stood watching the demolition work. It's pretty shocking, there's practically nothing left of the hotel and no-one is sure how many people are missing. I took my Pentax spotmatic to take photos, but you can just see the smoke & shell of the building in the top right of this beach sign I snapped with my cameraphone.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Week Commencing 20 August

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I'm having another one of those weeks...
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 22 August

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Amazingly the weather is now approaching summery. We took advantage of it and went for a walk at Holywell tonight. I love being reminded of how beautiful it is here and how lucky I am. We walked around towards Perranporth and looked at the old mine shafts collapsing into the sea, just enjoying the sun & warmth. When we got back to the car park a dog had 'marked' my car - lovely!! I heard the other day that in the US VW Golfs are called Rabbits - can anyone confirm?!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 24 August

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Another lovely evening. We went for a walk through the park and up over the mini golf course. There's something so happy and energising about sunshine.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 25 August

The problem without wetsuits...

The only problem with surfing without a wetsuit on...
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Sunday 26 August

The problem with wetsuits...

And the problem with surfing with a wetsuit on! The dreaded handtan.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Tuesday 28 August

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Do not underestimate the power of a white skirt. Although I'm still walking like a cripple after lugging my big board back up the hill at Gwenvor on Sunday.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Well, hello surfer girl!

I so enjoy visiting diaries I've never seen before, and I've enjoyed browsing yours and getting to know your life, which you seem to have well under control.

All about rain, and rats, some good food on the way, but really about the beach, the surf, the weather. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you've got a wetsuit on, you can still surf in the rain?

if not, you could always relocate to my home town, Cape Town, or where grew up, Durban.

Carry on chewing, Becca!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Brings memories of my hometown Virginia Beach, Virgnia where I grew up. We don't have greatest surfing waves, but we do have a vibrant surfing community... and this made me homesick.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Hi guys, haven't updated in a few weeks so hello, and thanks for the comments!

We don't get the best surf here in the UK either, I don't think many people outside the UK actually know we get surf. The surf's best in the winter when the water is freezing, and when it does finally warm up for the summer it's mostly flat and full of tourists - you just have to make the most of what you get, and invest in a good wetsuit!

The weather is a national obsession, and it's official, we've just had our wettest summer ever. Humbug.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Well I've been waiting to get some films back before updating this, I'm trying to take more film to stop me wanting a digital SLR ;) so here goes:

Wednesday 29 August

Bag contents 29/08/07

I recently upscaled my handbag so I could carry a camera or two around with me more easily, thing is it's like a Tardis and rapidly fills with other junk! Click on it to see notes.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 30 August

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Year end is only a month away I can't believe it. This year we're really trying to get everything done much more quickly so I'm trying to get on top of everything.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Friday 31 August

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These are helping me with my work...
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 1 September

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Well it's not really summer anymore, but it's quite nice today anyway. We went for a walk around the harbour, the tide was all the way out so I could walk in it. There's something about boats and fishing gear I really love, the colours and the way the sea & weather wears them.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
That fishing boat... hoping for a 180 degree turn back into summer? :)

Low tide is always fun, all the stuff you find that remind back.. cool crabs and such.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Good to see you back again, surfergirl. Nice colours on that boat. Working hard, fortified by Maltesers?
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Hey guys, thanks! Yeah the malteasers were a BIG help ;)
I'm so behind updating this, but the films I've taken were worth the wait!

Onwards:

Sunday 2 September

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Well September is supposed to be the month of swells but nothing even on the horizon yet so I put my board out in the sun and stripped the wax off it.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Monday 3 September

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I hate mondays, but a walk on the beach after work makes things better.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
OK so some of these are stuck on my phone...

Tuesday 4 September

Where the HELL did that bruise come from?!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 6 September

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Another of the many things I love about living here - the annual Crantock Big Bale Push. 14 September - be there.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Saturday 8 September

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Still no swell. So we just bummed around, had a drink at the Windswept and watched the sea do nothing. Then had fish & chips at Rick Stein's in Padstow. Yum.
Rebecca... PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Rebecca... (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday 11 September

boats by lowertown quay

I have this week off work every year. Normally the surf is amazing. The strange weather trend continues and so does the flat spell. So we booked a last minute helicopter flight over to the Isles of Scilly. It's amazing, the sea and the colours, the boats, the lack of people or cars. This is the quay on St Martins where we are camping. So relaxing.

I went a bit mad with my cameras and took loads of photos, I can't resist posting this one too which I was particulary proud of:

rusty chain on the harbour
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday 12 September

Cromwell Castle

Today we went to Tresco, it's famous for its gardens but we didn't want to pay to go in so we walked around the coast to the north of the island to see Cromwell Castle. The whole atmosphere here is amazing, and the ruins next to the sea really caught my imagination.
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
Thursday 13 September

Peninnis Lighthouse

Last day today, so we went back over to St Marys for the day before catching an evening helicopter back to Penzance (how cool is that). We walked from Hughtown round the Garrison and over to Peninnis, which is home to this old metal lighthouse, and some ancient stone carvings too. So much to see, I'm looking forward to coming back already.
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