And now the year is over…

A look back at the sixth year of our life in Cornwall. Another year full of unexpected events and very little travelling, but still the beauty of this county continues to shine. So please come with me and take a look at 2022.

January saw an astonishing number of Starlings around the neighbourhood. I have never seen so many and the murmurations kept me spellbound.
February is the anniversary of the day on which we took the keys to our Cornish home – that was 6 years ago and we celebrated by having lunch in the lovely village of Mousehole.
March took me to Land’s End for the first time in 30 years. It was a beautiful day except for a ferocious wind blowing.

In April I drove down to Surrey to see my daughter and her family and join in with the celebrations of my granddaughter who turned 18. It was a lovely time and I was very pleased to fit in a trip to my beloved RHS Wisley Gardens as well.

Bench with hedgerow of Exochorda macanthra ‘The Bride’

And of course April is my favourite month as this is when my spring bulbs, including the Tulips, begin to flower in earnest.

May presented some beautiful sunsets at home and at the end of the month a visit to South Devon
Where we visited the lovely Garden House  in nearby Buckland Monachorum
June saw us in lovely Devon and a few days in Tavistock where we drove around the glorious Dartmoor National Park.
July saw us stuck at home after the car broke down and the garages were unable to even have a look at it until August. So back to cloud watching again.
And enjoying my garden of course.
The car was returned by the middle of August just in time for me to drive down to Surrey again for another delightful long weekend with my daughter. This time we had a wonderful walk in Richmond Park, the home to around 600 roaming deer.
In September we visited the lovely NT Trengwainton Gardens which is always a delight.
And in October we went to another NT garden near Truro – Trelissick – which is another favourite. The weather was spring-like and we enjoyed a woodland stroll.
November saw us in St Ives for a visit to our GP and another Covid booster jab. The stormy weather provided us with this lucky rainbow scene across St Ives Bay.
And December’s bright, but cold weather, brought us this amazing light over the peninsula.
Cheers! Enjoying a glass of cold New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc overlooking the beach.
I hope you will join me in my Cornish adventures this year.

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  1. Jane Lurie says:

    A beautiful series, Jude. Those starlings! And your lovely flowers are a delight. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Jane. Not so many starlings this year.

  2. Wow 2022 was quite an Adventurous year for you and I hope your Cornish adventures will continue to be incredible even this year. Beautiful pictures of the flowers especially πŸ”₯πŸ’“πŸ’“

    Have a great week

  3. Tina Schell says:

    So very beautiful Jude – obviously Cornwall agrees with you! I’d be a bit cranky waiting for my car for a month but you have so many beautiful places to walk I suppose it was a gift in disguise! Lovely flowers as always and your rainbow image is spectacular. And must note, Mousehole….bad name….beautiful spot!!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I was more than cranky Tina, I was terribly anxious as I didn’t even know if it could be fixed and at what cost. A car is essential where we live. And Mousehole is actually pronounced Mowzel so not so bad πŸ˜‰ though like a lot of places in Cornwall the houses are mostly holiday homes or lets.

  4. poppytump says:

    Aah Cornwall . My favourite county Jude with all it’s pros and cons πŸ˜‰ A splendid round up of your year in photos . Good to hear your car did get fixed and you managed a couple of trips away . Let 2023 be a good one for you Jude !

    1. Heyjude says:

      Gosh, I really hope so Poppy. Struggling to get anyone to sort out our leaks though, it seems builders here are either ‘too busy’ and ‘not taking on any more work’ or uninterested.

      1. poppytump says:

        That seems a common ‘conversation’ with a couple of friends around here too Jude. Leaks can be such a problem :/ we had a burst header tank pipe during the beast from the east in 2018 my word … Victorian lath plaster ceilings down plus ensuing flood damage not good . It took 6 months to put right .
        Wishing you a speedier result !

        1. Heyjude says:

          Friday 13th has struck- car break-down (again).

        2. poppytump says:

          Oh no 😦 Sorry to hear that Jude . No fun stuck without transport . Here’s wishing a speedy recovery / solution x

  5. pattimoed says:

    What a beautiful year in photos, Jude. I love your image of the rainbow and that startlingly beautiful sky in December. All the best to you in 2023!

  6. A beautiful gallery, Jude! I especially like the rainbow in the St Ives image, and the beautiful light in the image below it.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks John. The light was amazing in December.

  7. JohnRH says:

    Excellent. Garden House and stone wall are just a couple of my faves.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The Garden House is a fantastic garden. Famous for snowdrops too so I might try and get there if we get a decent day.

  8. January’s photo of the starlings are amazing and April’s flowers (your own?) are beautiful. Oh, and the sunset in May – wow! June and July’s landscapes are simply gorgeous. And your glass of Sauvignon Blanc just reminded me I should walk over to our fridge … it’s Friday afternoon after all πŸ™ƒ. Such lovely photos Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Corna. Yes the spring flowers are all mine, I am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to buying spring bulbs. Quite excited already to see this year’s bulbs coming up.

  9. Beautiful. Seeing photos from you of your surroundings around the year is a great way to see the best in Cornwall.

  10. Every one of these images is so beautiful. Even without a lot of travel you managed to fit a lot into your year. Looking forward to seeing what 2023 brings you.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hopefully a few more trips away, though I haven’t booked anything yet.

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