As I was dashing out the door at 7am to catch the train to Cornwall, I grabbed my Barbour off the peg by the door *just in case of rain*. Which shows old Cornwall hands just how much of a Cornish virgin I am.
As we travelled west on the train from Paddington, the London heatwave became a thing of memory somewhere around Dawlish in Devon, and the sky seen from the train started to look ominous:
The train view rapidly turned into this:
By the time we reached Bodmin Parkway, 20 miles from Newquay, it was really quite wet outside:
At Newquay station we were drenched just running to the taxi, but the calm of the The Scarlet hotel in Mawgan Porth, and the views from reception, out over the water roof, made up for it.
On Wednesday afternoon we set off in light drizzle from The Scarlet on the uphill coastal path to Bedruthan Steps for a cream tea and that’s when I really, really gave thanks for my Barbour. When I spoke to their publicist back in spring when they offered me a coat, I hadn’t realised how much of a revamp was going on at the brand and all I can say now is hallelujah, because this lightweight version really was perfect for yomping up and along the coast road, keeping me dry but not sweatily uncomfortable.
In the short sunny window we had on our return from sitting face down in a bucket of clotted cream lil’sis took these photos of me just underneath the hotel:
Trousers: my BELOVED J Brand black skinny jean legging which I have lived in – The Olympia 901 (courtesy of J Brand)
Jacket: Barbour Ladies International
(The rather nice quilted one is on sale here for an amazing £69)
Shoes (just seen): Converse hi-topsbecause they are the only non-smart shoes I ever wear -bar Minnetonkas, walking boots & Hunters
LLG was a guest of The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall