Trencrom Hill: A winter’s tale

On the first day of December I thought it was time to see how my favourite hill was doing. My first shock on climbing over the solid granite stile was in finding that the undergrowth had been scythed to the ground (sadly Ross Poldark was nowhere to be seen…)


The second was seeing the gorse in flower again reminding me of the proverb:

When the gorse is out of bloom,
kissing’s out of fashion.

The idea behind the saying is that gorse is always in flower somewhere. The saying is recorded from the mid 19th century.


Smoke rose from below, whether from a domestic fire or a bonfire I wasn’t able to tell, and the distant view was obscured by low cloud and mist.

I could just make out the blue waters of the bay as the sun peeped out from beneath the clouds, illuminating the fresh green crops emerging  below.


I went to sit on my favourite spot from where I can see both coasts, and simply enjoy the tranquillity of this ancient place.


even if I wasn’t entirely alone.


Turning away from the sea, the views to the south are verdant green pastureland.



As the winter sun began to set the dying bracken turned to burnished copper and winter-bare trees to gold in the soft late afternoon light.

And I walked home.


  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice to see your favourite spot changing with the seasons, Jude. Reminds me of your comparisons in Ludlow.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes. There I wandered around the river and the common, here it is on the downs. Only 3 more months and I’ll have recorded a whole year on the hill 🙂

  2. Every day, as we drove through Cornwall. I saw Poldark references. I think Mr ET tired of me excitedly saying, “That’s a Poldark name” constantly. As always Jude, your photos are lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is even a character called Mr Trencrom!

      1. Yes, there is. I saw so many names that are in the books. I talked about it so much Mr ET wants to watch the television series now.

  3. KerryCan says:

    Beautiful, beautiful scenes! It all looks so green! We have white . . .

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you 🙂

  4. susurrus says:

    I love this reflective post and atmospheric landscapes. Thanks for sharing the gorse saying. I’ve often seen it in flower when not expecting it and have wondered ‘what is its flowering season?’. Now I know!

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are different kinds which flower at different times. I may have mentioned that on the first of the hill walks.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Thank you, I enjoyed sharing this little interlude with you 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Have to take advantage of every sunny day! Only a week until the winter solstice now and then we are on the UP!!

  6. Pit says:

    What a wonderful walk. Thanks for taking me with you,

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for coming with me Pit 🙂

  7. Sue says:

    Thanks for my virtual walk, Jude! What a wonderful landscape

    1. Heyjude says:

      You wouldn’t see much from up there today Sue – cloud and mist!

      1. Sue says:

        That’s what we are due tomorrow….

        1. Heyjude says:

          I think we have the same 😦

  8. restlessjo says:

    That was nice, Jude, even if I had to give you a hoggy up over the stile. 🙂 Hugs, sweetheart!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… much appreciated Jo.

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