Rachael Reid’s beautifully curated Instagram feed is a visual tribute to her home county: sunsets over sandy beaches, sleepy villages and misty coves…
Rachael, what do you do for a living and how long have you lived in Cornwall?
Hello! I work within my local community to promote education and positive action around waste prevention, re-use and recycling. I’ve lived in Cornwall for all of my twenty six years.
Can you describe your Instagram aesthetic in three words?
I had to rope my friends in to help with this one… I think we settled on Romantic, Earthy and Soft. Whatever it is, it has certainly become an accidental love letter to Cornwall.
What’s the best thing about living in Cornwall?
For me, it’s the slowness. Living in Cornwall naturally decelerates the pace of modern life. Which isn’t for everybody, of course, but I couldn’t imagine post-work sea swims not being an option.
Are there any downsides to life in the county?
Absolutely. Cornwall houses some of the most deprived areas in Europe. Our salaries are low, while house prices remain high. It lacks diversity too: Cornwall is 98.2% white.
Where’s the most photogenic place in Cornwall?
Mousehole & Polperro have my heart. I think tiny fishing villages are absolutely magical; especially out of season in the fog and mizzle. When gift shops are bolted shut, awnings are asleep, and nobody’s around – it’s so special.
Where’s the best place to eat locally?
I love a pub with a nice view and outdoor seating. The Pandora Inn in Mylor and Smugglers Den in Crantock both immediately spring to mind. I also really enjoy Trevaskis Farm in Hayle for their generous portions and tasty veggies straight from the farm.
Best places to shop?
Truro’s Lemon Street Market for indie shops. Falmouth’s Highstreet for homeware (old & new) and antiques. Penzance’s Chapel Street for a variety of oddities. Oh, and Hayle in general for a treasure trove of preloved and second-hand shops.
What do you do to relax and unwind?
I wander the coast path, usually in search of a new cove, or a pub. Either is fine!
Are there any other Instagram pages you think we ought to check out?
Follow Rachael’s Cornish adventures on Instagram as @rachaelareid