Summertime Memories

I am sitting on a wooden slatted bench complete with lichens; in the shade today as it is 26.5°C and that’s warm for Cornwall. The wind is sloughing through the trees above and opposite me, pigeons cooing. I have a book with me for a change and I will read in a moment or two, but for now I am happy to simply sit and listen to the sounds around me.

The crunch of gravel warns me of people approaching along the path, snippets of conversation are overheard. Whining children, distracted parents, someone looking for a dog that has apparently escaped from off the ferry and run into the garden. Two small toy dogs are dragged along the path, one permanently on its side. Pink sunhats match pink sandals. They continue their chattering journey through the garden. I am left once more in silence.

These poor Cornish gardens are being hit hard by the weather conditions this year. First the unwelcome snow (first in three decades this far west) followed by the current unusual heatwave. The Hydrangeas are drooping and wilting in the heat. Looking very sorry for themselves. Petal edges curling up in disgust.

I hear the clang of the chains from the King Harry ferry just a few hundred yards away taking cars and people over to the Roseland peninsula. One day I will do that. For now though I stretch my bare feet in front of me as I write in my notebook.

~wander.essence~ prose



  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    I hope that I too will someday get to a point where I’m comfort to sketch in my notebook. I love that you added in this photo.

    I don’t know much about handwriting analysis, but I was told once that the version of the letter g you’ve used in the word sunlight and green is indicative of a creative mind 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Interesting fact about the handwriting!

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        I’m not surprised in relation to you though 🙂

  2. As I started reading this I thought – goodness, it’s warm in Cornwall in January! Then I realised what I was reading… You paint a wonderful picture with your words, and then the photos just add to the warmth and summery-ness of the post. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Needed cheering up Elaine and this was languishing in the drafts folder.

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