Ruddy Turnstone

The ruddy turnstone is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. The scientific name is from Latin. The genus name arenaria derives from arenarius, “inhabiting sand, from arena, “sand”. Wikipedia In the winter months you will find these sociable little birds running around St Ives and Marazion, spending most…

Sweet Charity

Time to pause. Breathe. Relax. Mahonia x media “Charity” has highly fragrant, deep yellow flowers borne in long spreading racemes. A plant that tolerates both the cold and shade it is an excellent food provider for pollinators and a welcome sight in the dull grey winter days.

Garden Abstracts

On Wednesday we were without electricity for 9 hours. So instead of staying in an unheated house with no means of heating any food or drink we took the opportunity to head over to Trebah Gardens on the Helford River for lunch and a stroll. In winter the garden is not so colourful so I…

A Silvery Morning

Occasionally when you look out to sea there is no distinction between water and sky. The monotone colours hardly seem worth photographing, but the subtle shimmering shades of grey draw you in and then you notice a pop of colour and the shot creates itself.

A Bracing Beach Walk

The Northern Hemisphere meteorological winter began on Sunday, a bright and crisp dry day with dramatic clouds approaching from the west. Time for a quick drive to the beach for a bracing walk. St Michael’s Mount is closed during the winter months, but you can still walk across the causeway at low tide to visit…

Changing Seasons – November 2019

This opening paragraph is becoming somewhat repetitious. Another month where rain and wind conspired against me for taking photos of this walk. However, just in the nick of time the sun shone yesterday for the first time in 10 days, there was no rain AND no wind! So I headed to the memorial garden to…

cornwall in colours

A short stroll along a harbour quay, cautiously peering into moored fishing boats  (there are no railings to prevent you from falling into the water) provides a photo opportunity for capturing the colours of Cornwall. Even on a dull November day, there are glimpses of cheerful bright colours to warm the soul. Not the fingers…

Hayle: Penpol Terrace Walk

Alongside the Penpol Creek is Penpol Terrace – a Victorian row of terrace houses with shop fronts built into the front gardens. Harvey & Co were eventually forced to allow trading to take place outside their Emporium (where workers spent the tokens they were paid in) but the lack of available space meant that shops…

Six on Saturday | All is safely…

…gathered in. Into the conservatory (1) that is. Given that the weather has been pretty shocking lately : far too much rain and also ‘stiff’ breezes from both the north and then the south  has kept me out of the garden for the last couple of weeks (personally I think a stiff breeze in Cornwall…