Under the Sun

Whilst most of the UK, well the south-east, has been baking under the sun for the past week, here in the far south-west where we are practically surrounded by water, things haven’t been quite the same. For two days last week it was mizzle all day, grey and wet. Then on Friday the sun appeared….

Hayle: Isis Garden

The garden is dedicated to the RNLI and named after the first lifeboat, Isis, which was given by the University of Oxford and named after the River Isis. It was a rowing boat, which was in service for 21 years, during which it went to the aid of 11 ships and saved 51 people. There…

Summer on the Hill

Having to stay close to home during the last five months I have been grateful that I have a garden to tend and countryside in which to walk. I am lucky in that I live a mere five minutes walk from one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the whole of Cornwall. The ancient Iron-Age…

the coming home trees

Everyone who travels along the A30, the main route in and out of Cornwall recognises this copse of trees on a hill near the border between Devon and Cornwall. Cookworthy Knapp is near Lifton and the clump of 140 beech trees have inspired numerous works of art over the years. The site is known by…

Hayle: Phillack

The Parish Church of Phillack, stands high on the edge of the Towans overlooking Hayle’s Copperhouse pool. Originally dedicated to St Piala or Phillack, it was latterly changed to St Felicitas and St Piala’s Church. (Piala was the sister of Gwinear and came over from Ireland accompanied by him and 770 companions, only to be…

creative with light #2

This month I have been running a challenge on my Travel blog about being creative with light. So every time I go out and about I am being more conscious of the way the light falls; the shadows; the colours. These red roses simply glow in the late evening sunlight. The shadow patterns are rather…

creative with light #1

This month I have been running a challenge on my Travel blog about being creative with light. So every time I go out and about I am being more conscious of the way the light falls; the shadows; the colours. Coming home past Alice in late evening sun I noticed the way the golden light…

St Michael’s Mount

First visit this year! But of course the actual island isn’t open for business yet. I hope I get the opportunity to visit the gardens, but until then I can at least now get a little bit closer.

Hayle: Copperhouse Trail

I have mentioned before that the town of Hayle was a divided town back in the days of the Industrial Revolution. Engineering companies established in the town provided machinery for the Cornish Mining Industry and also exporting worldwide. At the eastern end the CCC (Cornish Copper Company) began smelting copper in 1758 and the Phillack…

The Buoys are having a Party!

On the rare occasion this month when the sun has been shining during our shopping trips in Hayle I have taken the opportunity to have a little walk around the south quay just to see what’s happening. Last week I was fascinated by all the buoys on this fishing boat. It looked like they were…