Since the ‘step back from society’ took place in mid March I have been confined to exploring the area around my home. Places that I have explored in detail many, many times before and in 2018 I recorded the changes of nature throughout the entire year. So I feel as though I know these lanes well. However, there is always something new to record. A different time of day, different light, changing weather.
And even a different route.
Ironically since the plea to #StayAtHome the weather has been glorious. Usually I would be nipping out to the National Trust gardens in Cornwall to swoon over the wonderful Magnolias, Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons that fill these gardens in spring. Instead I am limited to what I have in my garden and what I can find growing in the Cornish hedges.
Instead of heading left at Brunnion (our nearest hamlet) towards Trencrom Hill I turned right towards Cripplesease. Similar lane, but different views. Here you have a view of hazy Mount’s Bay with St Michael’s Mount. It looks quite close doesn’t it?
Even ‘my’ hill at Trencrom looks different from this angle.
On reaching the ‘main’ road (B3311) at the hamlet of Cripplesease you can catch a glimpse of another engine house ruin. This is Giew Mine (Giew Consols).
There is a public house here too, though sadly closed at the moment so no chance of a glass of wine before returning home. Another good view of the sea though.
In the distance you can see Rogers Folly or Tower at Castle-an-Dinas, an Iron Age Hill Fort near Ludgvan. This could be my next walking destination. Though it is a few miles away and I’d be walking on a narrow road for part of it. Now might be the best time though as traffic is light.
I was looking for a public footpath that might lead me to the Twelve O’ Clock Rock and the Trig Point on Trink Hill, but although I did find a stile onto a field there wasn’t a clear path and the rock looked as far away as it does from my home. Walking back is downhill most of the way, but of course living on a hill means you always have an up at some point. On the way back I was looking for lines for my photo challenge on Travel Words and I rather liked this implied line of dairy cows who were not keeping the recommended social distancing. Perhaps they haven’t herd? [sic]
More lines caught my eyes
And closer to home, a young calf scrambled to his knees, reminding me that even in these dark days, life does go on.
My final photos are of a more familiar sight / site on my blog. These are especially for Pit who sees faces in rocks and clouds. I wonder what he and you see here?