The George V Walk in Lockdown

During April most of my walks have been confined to the lanes around my home or up on ‘my’ hill (the one you can see in the background of the header photo and yes, that is how high up our house is). I have been doing my shopping at a small Tesco supermarket not too…

Black-headed Gulls

Gulls are members of a large, widespread family of seabirds. Often known as seagulls (though no species is actually called a seagull, and many are found far from the sea), they sometimes get a bad reputation for stealing chips. But gulls are intelligent, adaptable and often beautiful birds.  [source: The Wildlife Trusts] It is also…

Little Egret

My favourite walk along George V Memorial Walk in Hayle is not only interesting for the number of plants which grow there, but also the birdlife, especially in winter when migrants arrive to feast from the muddy tidal pools. The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) appeared in the UK in significant numbers in 1989 and first bred…

Changing Seasons – December 2019

This is the last month in my year of photographing the George V Memorial Garden in Hayle which lies alongside the Copperhouse tidal pool, a reminder of Hayle’s heyday during the Industrial Revolution and now home to a rich variety of birdlife. This flat trail, about three quarters of a mile long, goes through former…

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…

Changing Seasons – October 2019

I took the opportunity of a lovely warm and sunny day last week to head down to this walk alongside the Copperhouse Pool and was delighted to find the tide was out and well over a hundred light-bellied Brent Geese (Branta bernicla) feeding on the mudflats as well as a curlew or two. It was…

Changing Seasons – September 2019

This last week in September proved to be the real start of ‘proper’ autumnal weather. After a lovely few days of warmth and sunshine mid-month the temperatures soon dropped, the wind gained in strength and the rain, along with impressive thunderstorms, arrived. Making it a teeny bit difficult to get this walk in. Anyway last…

Changing Seasons – August 2019

August has passed all too quickly and with many more visits to the hospital. A quick walk along the George V garden was made after a morning of rain! Whist the rest of the UK suffered from yet another heatwave this month, we in Cornwall remained in a state of Cornish mizzle¹ for much of…

Changing Seasons – July 2019

Late again as July has been a somewhat strange month. During the first week my son was in hospital for a planned operation then home to recover, however he became quite ill so was taken back into hospital where he still is, and although he is making a good recovery now, there are still major…

Changing Seasons – June 2019

I thought I wasn’t going to make it to this walk this month. It has been a very topsy turvy month weatherwise and not at all like June and the beginning of summer. Rain (though not as much as a lot of the UK), mist, fog, gale force winds and lots of cloud kept me…