cornwall in colours: green or blue?

Puya chilensis (Sheep eating plant) is in the Bromeliaceae family and has striking stiff leathery mid-green leaves of up to 3 feet in length with spines. The trumpet-shaped yellow or green flowers grow on a tall spike. The flower spikes are up to 2m tall. Growth is slow and spread by offsets. I was astonished…

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…

Postcard: finding space

The Hayle Towans last week were possibly one of the few beaches where social distancing was not an issue. Couples and families all managing to find plenty of space on a beach that stretches for 3 miles along the coastline and on a day like this with a low tide possibly a mile wide!

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…

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…

Hayle: St Elwyn’s Church

At the point where Hayle Terrace merges with Penpol Terrace and almost opposite the swing bridge leading to North Quay stands an impressive building. St Elwyn’s Church was the last building to be created by John B Sedding, the designer of the Brompton Oratory. It was completed in 1888 and is a good example of…

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…

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…