Monthly Photo Challenge: October

October has been a strange month. Quiet. Having returned home after three weeks travelling east and north to Scotland it was a relief to be back home and unpack. Living out of a suitcase for more than a few days becomes very wearying. I also missed my garden, which had turned feral whilst I was away – weeds spreading themselves all over the veggie beds, grass growing as high as my knees. It took a while to tame it all again.


After a slightly damp and foggy start to the month the weather changed and with an easterly wind we experienced a wind free garden for over a week. The first time since moving here. The sun shone though it wasn’t always very warm and although we had a couple of walks to the hill and drives to St Ives for shopping and chores, and a visit to the delightful Mousehole (Mowzel) for a celebratory lunch we didn’t really go out anywhere. I think after the previous hectic weeks we wanted to nest again and just enjoy the peaceful surroundings of our country home. To be honest having views like these makes us a little lazy when it comes to exploring our new county.


And then I went to Barcelona. Returned and fell ill with a fluey/cold virus which kept me out of the garden and off the computer for a while.

Of course I always take my camera with me when I leave the house so I do have a few photos to share from this month. Above is from the circular walk around Trencrom Hill and below images from Mousehole and St Ives.

A birthday sunset
A birthday sunset

On the beach

The sun is so low now that even in mid afternoon it casts long shadows, and since Sunday when the clocks went back (why do we still mess about with the clocks?) the sun disappears over the hills at 5:00 and by 5:30 it is dark.  We are now entering my least favourite time of the year, but my first winter in Cornwall so I am slightly more enthusiastic wondering what is in store for us.


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.


  1. Sue says:

    I do hope you enjoy your first Cornish winter, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suspect that will depend on the weather – apparently it can be grey from November to March so we shall see. I hope not, grey is my least favourite colour for the sky 😦 but once I shift this virus I will attempt to get out more and maybe visit some Christmas markets.

      1. Sue says:

        Grey is my least favourite, too….today’s weather! By contrast, yesterday was bright and sunny, with plenty of contrast……

        1. Heyjude says:

          We had a bit of both today but the mist won in the end, quite warm though. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunnier, I might try and head up the hill.

        2. Sue says:

          It’s a beautiful day today

  2. Fluey-virus thingy is not approved by me. 🙂 Beautiful gallery, I lvoe the beach shots. Now I’ll check out your Barcelona post.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Nor me – I hate feeling ill. This beach is one of my favourites especially out of season when there is hardly anyone around.

  3. beetleypete says:

    An idyllic pastoral scene in the top photo, Jude. I know what you mean about this time of year. Dark around 5 pm last night, and foggy and misty all day today. Hard to get enthusiastic, but at least you have somewhere different now, for your seasonal record in photos.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hate the fact it gets dark so early, but trying to keep positive that in 49 days we reach the shortest day and then it is upwards all the way! One point about living here is that when darkness falls it really is dark. No street lights! Probably similar for you. I’m not keen on night driving in such darkness so we tend to stay indoors during this time of year. I shall have to make an effort and get out during the daylight hours!

      1. beetleypete says:

        Same here with no streetlights. Pitch black by 6 pm. Makes me sleep better, but not good for anything else. I also never drive at night, unless I have no alternative.
        Fortunately, it doesn’t bother Julie, so if we go out she drives. No help for you unfortunately, being the only driver in the house.

  4. I missed something! Two somethings: Barcelona and birthday. When’s the latter, so I don’t miss it again? And happy belated! I know what you mean about nesting in. All Saints today and I’ll be very cranky if I miss the lit up cemetery, but it’s cold and wet. I love you bit of Cornwall. Is that the shadow of a gate in the first shot? Beautifully placed, whatever it is.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Barcelona over on Travel Words if you want to visit. Birthday was beginning of October – there is a post on here about the day. And the shadow is a gate into the field. I had to get that in to the photo 🙂

  5. Pit says:

    Looks like a beautiful October in Cornwall. As to living out of a suitcase: I agree with you. It’s not too pleasnat for me either. We had to, though, recently, on our “RailTrailsRoadTrip” [].
    Have a great week,

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ooh, that sounds intriguing – I shall be over for a visit shortly 🙂

  6. afairymind says:

    Beautiful pictures. Cornwall is a gorgeous county. I hope you enjoy your first winter there, and manage to avoid any more fluey/cold viruses!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have been quite lucky in that this is the first cold I have had since flying to Australia 2 years ago! Which makes me think I caught the virus on the plane back from Barcelona 😦

  7. Anabel Marsh says:

    Totally gorgeous! Hope you’ve shaken off the virus.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Coughing now… and after an afternoon of potting tulips a little bit stiff and achy!

  8. Oh Jude, we will definitely have to return to Cornwall and spend more time. Mr ET thinks two weeks, but I’m saying at least three weeks to really explore and enjoy. Living out of a suitcase is my favourite thing to do. 🙂 You do live in a beautiful place. I’m looking forward to seeing, via your photos, what Cornwall is like in winter. Happy November to you.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Carol! 2 weeks is probably enough depending on what you want to see and do – if you base yourself in Truro then everything is at most one hour away. We visited north Cornwall, Bodmin and Penzance from there. Or have a week in Truro and a week in Penwith as it is very different down here. Truro has a train line too so you could visit Plymouth and Exeter from there.

      1. Something to think about for the future.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Indeed. How often do you visit the UK then?

        2. We’ve been five times – 1999, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2016. This time was really only because our daughter was living in Manchester and in 15 days she leaves for Canada, so we may not be back for a while. But eventually we’ll be there again. We still have so many areas we haven’t been to.

        3. Heyjude says:

          So will there be Canadian adventures to come?

        4. Everyone is asking us that and we haven’t even really talked about it yet. It depends partly on how long she stays. She has a two year visa but I suspect she will come home before that, or save her money so she can travel elsewhere on the way. The trouble is that she is a little unpredictable and when we have to decide so far ahead she may not actually be there when the time comes. Part of the reason for going to UK in 2013 was because she was going to be in London, but she ended up working on a Disney cruise ship in the Caribbean! We still had a great trip though. 🙂

        5. Heyjude says:

          probably not best to rely on her then! She sounds as though she is having a lot of fun travelling the world.

        6. I’ve lost count of the countries and places she’s been to. She’s worked in France, USA and England and as part of the Disney cruise ship staff she travelled through the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Alaska. She has a very adventurous spirit and isn’t afraid to go places on her own.

        7. Heyjude says:

          A girl after my own heart!

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    You can settle in for a Cornish winter, it will be mild, wet and windy!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not today though! Going to finish off planting my tulips – I seem to have overdone the ordering this year!

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