It has been a busy month. Since I last wrote about my new life in Cornwall we have had several visitors, the garden has burgeoned into a green oasis and the days have grown longer and lighter.
At the end of May I made another visit over to Marazion and St Michael’s Mount to see what was flowering in the garden, followed by a lovely lunch in the Godolphin Hotel where we met up with old friends of the OH, over from Canada. Naturally we invited them home and took them up ‘our’ hill, where bluebells were in full bloom.
The end of the month also brought family from Surrey, who revamped the back of my new garden, turning it from a wildlife haven – broken, rotten raised beds full of weeds and forget-me-nots – into neat raised beds ready for planting. I’m not intending to grow lots of fruit and veg, but I am keen to grow herbs and salads so this has enabled me to do so. It also marked a birthday and a good family lunch at Ben’s Sennen Cove restaurant not too far from Land’s End. It was a gorgeous week weather-wise and everyone and his dog appeared to be in Sennen Cove that day; we spent ages looking for a space to park the cars and I ended up on the top of the hill! Good views though 🙂
The kids enjoyed the closeness to the beaches and spent a lot of time body boarding at Gwithian whilst my daughter and I paddled along the shoreline and snooped in rock pools. I treated them all to a surf lesson for their birthdays which they thoroughly enjoyed and can’t wait to go surfing again and we had a picnic lunch on ‘our’ hill which also provides a great place for Parkour!
I discovered that the traffic gets very busy around here in the school holidays and that even in term time St Ives is very popular. Getting to a car park can be quite hairy too as the ‘roads’ in the town are little more than alleyways! I really need to buy a smaller car!
A day out up north took me to a lovely Japanese garden in St Mawgan near the Newquay airport and to Bedruthan Steps on the north coast where I was able to go down the 120 steps on to the beach and have a closer look at the rocks.
And then mid June another member of the family arrived from Essex – OH’s daughter together with fiancé so we went back up the hill where much to my delight the foxgloves had replaced the bluebells.
A visit to St Ives proved a delight despite the fact that it was pouring with rain when we set off. Ominous black clouds hung over the land, but the afternoon turned out nice.
A stroll around the island up to St Nicolas’s chapel then across Porthgwidden beach and into the harbour from where we headed to Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden which was swarming with a school party. Cornish ice-cream to end the afternoon and dinner in a local pub finished the day well.
A drive around West Penwith calling in at some of my favourite spots ended the visit. Little Trevalgan, just outside of St Ives on the wonderful B3306 coastal road which runs between St Ives and St Just, usually provides excellent views along the coast and the narrow strip of agricultural land betwixt sea and craggy hills, but not on this occasion. Although the sun tried to break through the clouds were too heavy this day. But it didn’t rain so that is a bonus.
The day continued to be dull with cloud and mist obscuring all the views, though it was still a pleasure to see Carn Galver mine and engine house, Levant and Cape Cornwall. I forgo the enjoyment of a gooseberry yoghurt ice as we raced across the peninsula to Marazion and the enchanting island surrounded by sea. Chowder made a good substitute.
And, as always, there was the joy of discovery along the lanes in this part of Cornwall.
The Cardinal is continuing his photo project throughout 2016 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Read his blog for the new rules this year (he is running two versions) and to view his interpretation and those of other participants.