Kernow Erno

Kernow Erno

Whilst drowning in deadlines and surrounded by packing boxes; I have been dreaming of escaping to a tropical paradise.  My little daydream has seen me gazing at clear, blue skies and sipping cocktails whilst gazing at a tropical blue sea.

Yes, my dream of a warm escape has been a wonderful one and the only fly in the ointment was the idea of packing and shuffling four children onto a plane to head off to a far flung paradise. Though it seems that I might not need a flight as Holiday accommodation providers, Stay In Cornwall,  have discovered that 90% of participants in their  quiz, Kernow?…Err no! which pitches the coastline of Cornwall against that of the Indian Ocean could not tell which images were taken in Cornwall.

So, perhaps paradise is a little closer than I first imagined. Holiday accommodation company Stay In Cornwall has created a fiendishly tricky picture quiz to prove that the vast majority of people genuinely can’t tell the difference between a beach in the Indian Ocean and one hidden on the coast of our own little island. I’ve always been one to promote the beauty of the Britain, but I must admit that I have never before considered that it’s landscape could be indistinguishable from that of  the Indian Ocean.

Kerno Erno

Kerno Erno

The British Isles are amazing though and I think often overlooked. Consisting of more than 6,000 islands scattered around the main islands of Britain and Ireland, they offer stark contrasts and magical landscapes. I often feel that us Brits should get around our own islands more. After all there is so much to see; with over a hundred of the British off-shore islands being inhabited with the opportunity to see culture, history, meet people, communities and see magical gardens. Lighthouses, windswept gardens, gulf-stream-soaked, tropical gardens, castles, ruins and monasteries.

It must be said that the British Isles offer great variety, from coastal machair to woodlands, mountains, dunes and meadows. There are shady dells where you can imagine fairies living, to sunny banks and dramatic windswept backdrops and golden sunsets that it seems are equal to that of the Indian Ocean.

Well, perhaps I should stop dreaming of jetting off and should pack a flask and rucksack and head off for a British Isles adventure….first stop Cornwall!  After all the images of turquoise waters and dazzling sunsets have made me feel that perhaps paradise is just a car drive away.