Welcome to The Primitive Cornish Hovel. A place where I will share my love of prim, vintage, family history, many interests & everyday life. I hope to show you a glimpse of a bygone age through the history of my family & the many 'treasures' I hold dear. Mixed in with this will be snippets of life today. Do drop in again for a visit to see what is happening at 'The Hovel'. Comments are welcomed.


Friday, 29 April 2011

A Royal Wedding and Some More



Welcome to The Hovel on this special day. A day where the whole world witnessed the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I wish this lovely couple every happiness in their life together. It was a refreshing change to see a royal marriage so relaxed and if not for the coverage the couple were like any other. Kate is a breath of fresh air in the Royal circle with Princess Diana paving the way before her for a more relaxed attitude....Congratulations William and Kate...


The photographs below of William and Kate are curtsey of www.celebuzz.com

The Balcony Kiss

The First Balcony Kiss, Prince William's Parents 1981

A More Formal Affair on the Balcony. The newly married couple the Duke & Duchess of York 1923

A Royal wedding would not be a wedding without the traditional Balcony scene. It seems that Elizabeth and George were the first newly-wed Royals to go on the balcony to greet the public. The first recorded account of a royal member greeting the public from here took place in 1851 when Queen Victoria stepped onto it during celebrations for The Great Exhibition....

Prince George, Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married 26 April 1923 at Westminster Abbey

Princess Mary (daughter of King George V & Queen Mary) and Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood married 28 February 1922 at Westminster Abbey

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip married 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey

Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones married 6 May 1960 at Westminster Abbey

Anne, Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips married 14 November 1973 at Westminster Abbey

Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer married 29 July 1981 at St. Pauls' Cathedral

Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson married 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones married 19 June 1999 at St. Georges' Chapel, Winsor Castle

Today's marriage brought together people and nations from all around the world and for a day we were all united. I got quite emotional when I saw so many Union Jack flags flying and it made me feel very proud to be British...


I do not wish to mar this joyous occassion but I would like to send my prayers and thoughts to the people of the US who have suffered from the devastating tornado, God Bless...

Until next time, take care...Hugs Chrissy xx


A Wedding is a Fusion of Two Souls,

Two Hearts, Two Loves, Two Minds, Two Goals

Forever Into One


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Remembering My Cat Mr Darcy



Hello Everyone, just a quick visit today. I don't know if you recall my beautiful ginger puss cat called Mr Darcy but it is two years today since he passed away. I still miss him so much and feel cheated that he died only aged 7 years. But he was suffering and I could not allow that to happen. So to mark his life I am remembering him here today....

Mr Darcy, my beautiful furry friend

The other day my dear friend Hilary had a lovely surprise for me, a photograph of Mr Darcy that was given to her by a neighbour. Hilary also used to have a ginger cat that looked very similar to Mr Darcy and her neighbour took this photograph thinking it was her cat Kevin.....how do we know it's Mr Darcy? Kevin was very reserved and would never approach children. I will admit I shed a few tears when I saw the photograph but what a special unexpected gift to have. Kevin passed a few months before Mr Darcy but Hilary and I like to think that they are still playing together in cat heaven...(I have not shown the child fully in the photograph because I have not asked the parents permission to do so...)

My gentle, sweet Mr Darcy

Thank you for sharing this day with me. People who know me know how dotty I am about my furry family who are part of who I am. To lose one is to lose part of me. God Bless Mr Darcy.


Until next time, take care...Hugs Chrissy xx

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Happy Easter Everyone



Happy Easter everyone, I hope you have a lovely time with your family and friends. Hopefully my three grandees will be visiting Sunday afternoon....yep I forgot to tell you that the youngest, Blake, came home from hospital last Saturday. I haven't seen him since he's been home due to my having a cold and cough, didn't think it was wize. So really looking forward to seeing them all.....

Let's hope we don't all need our brollies & the sun shines for Easter

Oh to live in a place like this...

Until next time, take care..Hugs Chrissy xx

Friday, 22 April 2011

Happy Good Friday & Earth Day



Hello from the Hobblers at the Hovel....why Hobblers you may ask? I have given this nickname to my hubby and me at the present time because that's what we are. Due to my enthusiastic de-clutting mode my personality surged ahead and my body finally protested. I knew I was silly doing what I did but my goal is to finally get the spare room, etc, sorted so I can have a proper spare bedroom for my grandees to come and stay over. I did take it steady but you know what it's like when you're on a roll....well with my various back conditions I suffered for my good intentions and thus am slowly hobbling about.


Hubby was very good helping with small day to day chores, including playing with the dogs. One such event was a game of football!!! Going for the kick of the season hubby put all his strength into the kick and hit the concrete instead..ouch..On my advice due to a rather swollen and very brused right toe my son took him to hospital and yep he has broken his toe. Well you can imagine what the pair of us look like and the moral of this tale is to remember that we are now middled-aged and not in our twenties any more..lol..



I hope you all had a relaxing Good Friday. April 22nd was also Earth Day, or Mother Earth as it is also called. I prefer Mother Earth because that's what it is. For without the Earth, like our mothers, we would not be here. I do try on a daily basis to help in some way to minimise the effects our modern world has on the earth. I recycle, etc, and am careful of what I use both inside the house and garden and always open to any ideas.


With the earth in mind I would like to show you a beautiful corner of Cornwall that I visited last May along with my very good friends Una and Jan. Set in an unspoilt natural landscape is Caerhays Castle near Mevagissey...Apologies for the poor quality photos but without knowing I had not got the camera on the correct setting...

The entrance to Caerhays Castle

Just inside is this small cottage with an interesting sign on the gate

The lady in question was very nice and not at all scary..lol.
After walking up the driveway Caerhays castle was seen in the distance

The castle was owned by the Trevanion family from 1370 to 1840. Unfortunately due to being heavily in debt the family fled to Paris living everything including the family dog and horses. The bailiffs moved in and Caerhays Castle was abandonded for 13 years until a Cornish member of Parliament, Michael Williams, purchased the property and restored it. The castle has since remained in the Williams family and both the gardens and castle are opended to the public....So please join me in a tour of the castle grounds...

A splash of colour

But first coffee and cake beckons across the yard

Nearly there

What a quaint cottage. Would love to live here but wouldn't want the visitors..lol..

Doorway to shop and cafe

Some interesting items in one of the outside buildings

My very good friends Una & Jan before we set off for our walk

Shades of green, pink and white

No formal garden here, nature as it should be

Look a Fairy Door

Nature's Archway

A carpet of bluebells under the shade of a tree

Left to Nature

Splashes of colour overhanging a Cornish stone wall

The Art of Nature

The beauty of nature's own design

The Nature Trail Continues

The view through the trees

A Rustic Walkway to the Castle

The Beauty of Wisteria

The Castle awaits for our guided tour

Who Awaits in the Tower?

A last look before we go for lunch

The view as we walk back down the driveway


There is a lovely beach belonging to the estate called Porthluney Cove and is for public use. Unfortunately my camera battery was flat by this time so I was unable to take any photos. After a great time in the grounds and castle we sat here for our picnic lunch. I would certainly like to visit here again....

Until next time take care...Hugs Chrissy xx