All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.
I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.;
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.
Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray.
You know the preacher liked the cold;
He knows I’m gonna stay.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.
If I didn’t tell her I could leave today;
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

I chose the words of this song to sum up what it seems to me the rest of the country feel about Cornwall. The song California Dreamin’ is often referred to by people as the laid back fairytale. It is usually meant as a state of denial. Basically it means that one if hoping for something to happen that is not going to happen!

Like coming on holiday to Cornwall. It’s a place for magic to happen on holiday. On holiday in Cornwall things special happen. Come to Cornwall on holiday and discover the magic….

What a heap of crap! Not all crap. Cornwall is an amazing place to go on holiday. It has amazing beaches, sandy, stony, rock pools, and even one with it’s own bath tub! (You’ll need to ask me in the comments)! It has an amazing coastal footpath and the Saint’s Way (you can walk these, just visit Encounter Walking for more information). Bodmin Moor, Goss Moor and many beautiful fishing ports. If you like you can even go to theme parks! But this, this is a glimpse of Cornwall. When everybody else has packed up and gone home we still get on with life in Cornwall. And it is amazing. We have truly inventive people living here. We have extra-ordinary and talented musicians, web designers and developers, business men, green grocers, youth workers and social workers, teachers, mums, dads, children, schools, hairdressers, dog walkers, vets, doctors, gardeners, builders, property developers, salesmen, carers, checkout staff, book sellers, writers, bloggers, photographers, vicars, skippers, brewers, wine makers, and tasters (plenty of them!), cider makers and apple growers, farmers, butchers, chemists, woodworkers, metal designers, mechanics, bakers, antique sellers and the list goes on. You see what a lot of people don’t realise is that Cornwall is far more than a holiday destination, a place of dreams. It is a place where real people get on with real life and actually earn an income.

When you hear us moan about second home owners it’s because there is not enough homes to go around. Young people are priced out of the market. Villages like Lerryn lie empty during most days of the year and light up around Christmas and in the summer. Second home owners also don’t pay to live here. They don’t pay the full amount of rates and don’t do business down here. Some people might say, “they bring the tourist trade”, but that is the problem. Cornwall is not a large theme park. It is place where people live and get on with their lives. What would you feel if we emptied 25% of homes in London of people and said they are now being sold as holiday homes? It sounds stupid but that is how people treat Cornwall. Simply as a holiday destination.

I am a youth worker by trade but also build WordPress websites… One of the things that drives me mad is that I cannot host my own websites on a server run by me! The nearest data centre accessible to the public is Bristol. And yet the main cable that supplies internet to the rest of the country runs right through the middle of Cornwall. Why can’t we build a data centre in Cornwall? Some high up has decided we don’t need one. Probably because nobody takes Cornwall seriously.

I want to end with saying, Cornwall is a magically place and I am happy that holiday makers come here and have an amazing time. But I would like the rest of the country to stop buying our homes and start treating Cornwall as a place of business and homes and not a theme park.

All the leaves are brown, Autumn in Coulson Park
All the leaves are brown, Autumn in Coulson Park

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