My name is Chrissy and I live in Cornwall with hubby Andy, a furry family of 4 cats & 2 neurotic Border collie dogs. Together we all share a pre-1830 house in constant need of renovation, affectionately called ‘The Hovel’. Some unseen residents also share our home and for the most part are well behaved!!! Our home is filled to the brim with an assortment of interesting finds, hubby has another word for it but I think secretly he likes them! I am a self-confessed hoarder & clutter bug with a ‘designer’ home, I created it & there isn’t another one like it... Originally from Nottingham we decided to move to Cornwall some years ago & never regretted it. With its beaches, Holy Wells, standing stones, fishing harbours & quaint villages living in Cornwall feels like being on permanent holiday. I have one son and am a nana to three gorgeous little children. I have many interests such as crafts, history, myths & legends, etc, & love anything vintage, the older the better. I am also a passionate family historian & so decided to combine my interests to see where it takes me.
Mercedes passed away on 14 December 2011 at the very young age of 23 from Cervical Cancer. Her mother has set up the 'Mercedes Curnow Foundation for the early detection of Cervical Cancer'. If you click on Mercedes picture above it will take you to the FB page....
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Thank you for stopping by. Where possible I like to use my own postcards, photographs, etc. You are welcome to use these for personal use on your blogs, websites and crafts. However, please do not use them in any items for sale either as individual items, as a collection or in crafts, thanks. Other images used in my blog that do not belong to me are available at the websites on my links list, which have their own useage guidelines. I hope you enjoyed your visit and take care..
"I looked back and saw my father and his father and all our fathers, and in front to see my son and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond....
As I felt so they had felt and were to feel, as then, so now, as tomorrow and forever. Then I was not afraid, for I was in a long line that had no beginning and no end." Richard Llewellyn
Where possible I like to use photographs and postcards from my own collections. However at times I use graphics, photos and information from the internet and would like to say thank you to the following.
"Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."
'Stylish and expressive, you were meant for Paris.
The art, the fashion, the wine!
Whether you're enjoying the cafe life or a beautiful park...
You'll love living in the most chic place on earth'.....
What City Do You Belong In?
'Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times...
You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings
Whether you're carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you'....
************************************************************* 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.
Thanks for dropping in at the Hovel. The days are certainly wet and colder here in Cornwall, which is to be expected with winter just around the corner....
Well, I have had a busy few weeks, especially when I was preparing to have a hand operation. Yep, back for another op. I've never been to a hospital so much as I have in the last two years, if not for me then for a member of my family. I joke I should have a room named after me..lol..
I was only in for the day thankfully and fortunately they were able to do it this time. I was booked in to have my hand operated on in October but I had a cold so they sent me home. Luckily I only live ten minutes walk from the hospital, St. Michaels in Hayle, a lovely hospital with brilliant staff.
The reason for the op was that I had a trigger finger and a large splinter embedded in my thumb, thankfully both on the right hand...Yep it hurt when the local wore off and I also had a general anesthestic. You can imagine the fun I had with being right-handed!!!! Hubby was a gem though, especially the first few days when I had to wear a sling...
The guilty hand
Thankfully it is on the mend but I am still limitted with certain actions, carrying bags, etc. But it doesn't stop me having a drink of tea or coffee, as can be seen below....
Yes, you guessed correctly, it is outside in the rain!!! But I was sat under a umbrella..lol.. I was in Camborne waiting for my son who was attending a family meeting. Yep, he is a single-parent again but with three children this time. It's been a difficult time as you can imagine but he is coping brilliantly....
At least I had some greenery to look at while waiting...
It will be sometime before I sit outside drinking tea again however...
Talking about cafes brings to mind another favourite one of mine. I have mentioned Johnny's Cafe in Hayle before but did not show any photos, so I will now....
Johnny's Cafe across from Hayle Harbour on a warmer day..
A place to relax and have a coffee and cake...Yes that is sunlight you can see!
Discovered during renovations so the owner decided to leave it like this, I'm glad she did..
Old school desk. I feel old, I had one very similar when I was a school!!
Nice rusty radiator
The cafe was originally a house and next door was a organic shop owned by the same person. The owner decided to knock through downstairs and open a cafe. As she did she discovered some interesting features and left them as they were. All furnishings are mis-matched and work well together. I would love to live somewhere similar...hang on I do, it's called the Hovel..lol..Seriously, if you like rustic you will love this place....
Another gem revealed, hidden behind years of paper and plaster..
To the Ladies we go..
On a wall inside the Ladies, an appropriate saying..lol..
Great baby-changing area..
Now I'd like to take you outside to show you where I usually sit with a hot drink or snack....
I may sit here so I can look towards the beach in the distance..
Or I may sit here so I can glance across towards the harbour to see the boats waiting for the tide to come in...
Interesting seating but I've never sat here
I love this table..
Well, unless it remains dry I will not be having tea and cakes outside for a while. Until next time, take care...Hugs Chrissy xx
Welcome to the Hovel on this day of Remembrance. A day where this year we remember the fallen at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2011...This is why we wear the red poppy to remember those who sacrificed their lives so we could live in freedom then and now....
'With Best Love from Jack'
The War Memorial in Hayle, Cornwall Showing the names of the men of Hayle who died in WW1 & WW11
Until we meet again I'll pray for you,
Until the clouds depart, and the skies are blue;
Dark tho' the night may be, love's star will reign,
God keep you true to me, untill we meet again.
GOOD-BYE, DOLLY GRAY
I have come to say good-bye, Dolly Gray
Good-bye Dolly, I must leave you though it breaks my heart to go
Hear the rolling of the drums Dolly Gray
Have you heard the way he died Dolly Gray
Let us also take the time to remember all the animals that took part in war
Eight million horses, mules and donkeys died in WW1 and many mules served in WW11. Hundreds of dogs and 300,000 pigeons served Britain in both world wars. Many other animals also served in these wars including camels, oxen, cats, etc.... They did not know why they were there but served with loyalty and dedication with the men and women fighting for their country's freedom... ~~~~~~~ It is with gratitude and respect that I am thankful that they did for without them I would not have been blessed with the family I have. Thank you for allowing my child and his children to live in freedom today...
My darling grandson Dylan, that smile says it all...
My adorable grandaughter Korenza. Although a sad look I think it's a beautiful image..
I love the expression on Dylan's face..
Korenza with her daddy, my son Christopher....The things you do for your kids. Korenza insisted that her daddy wear this all the way home from nursery. And he did..lol..
Until next time, take care. Hugs Chrissy xx
************ With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,