It's so rare for us to have temperatures drop below freezing here on the beach in Cornwall, but Storm Emma, also known as The Beast From the East, swept across our coastline bringing inches of snow and days of sub zero conditions. Amongst the chaos, of which there was plenty, there were some moments of beauty. We ended up on Watergate Bay on Friday lunchtime where we were blown away by the huge icicles coming down the rocks. I'd never seen anything like it on any of my travels across the world, let alone on our own doorstep. It was so incredibly beautiful, and almost unreal. There were hundreds and thousands of icicles formed by the natural water coming off the top of the cliff down towards the sea.
The snow storm made it very hard to travel further afield, so we stayed in Newquay later on in the day and played on the golf course and went tobogganing down the dunes on the beach, again something super surreal. The whole of the town came out to play, with kids, mums and dads all joining forces to race down the roads on their chosen transports. Bryony and I used our Dick Pearce Bellyboards to steam down the hills, whilst my other friend Verity chose a baking tray from my oven and plastic bag. (Great choice Verity, there was some serious speed to be had on that tray!). The sites around Cornwall were divine and I've loved seeing everybody's photos from around the coast. My favourite photo of all has to be this one below, taken by the Kynance Cove Cafe. This is the view of the freshly fallen snow from their beautifully located cafe. I spend a lot of my summer days here on the South coast of Cornwall, it's truly breathtaking, both in snow and sunshine.