a quiet moment

Taking a stroll behind the barns belonging to the neighbouring farm the other evening I noticed this view of Trencrom Hill which is a perfect place to go to when seeking peace and quiet. From this view it looks to be practically in my garden, which now makes me wonder if all the large stones…

Christmas Day

Yes, I know that was over a week ago, but it was also the last day we saw the sun around here, until this morning. And even then it soon disappeared under a veil of cloud. It was also the last time I took a photo. Brian of Bushboy’s World fame is curious to know what…

My Magical Place

Summer already seems long ago; the year has swiftly embraced autumn. The light is subtly different now. The sun is lower in the sky and shadows are longer and hard-edged. There is warmth in a sheltered spot, but an underlying chill lies in the air like a harbinger of winter. The country lanes are no…

Chapel Carn Brea

Chapel Carn Brea is close to Land’s End in the far south-west of Cornwall, not to be confused with Carn Brea which is near Redruth. From the vantage point of the former on a clear day you can see all the way to the Lizard and sometimes to the Isles of Scilly. Alas not on…

a different view of the hill

A familiar place from an unfamiliar angle. I usually approach ‘my hill’ from the north or east side and take pretty much the same photographs, albeit it at different times of the day or in different seasons. Exiting through the western ‘gate’ gives you a completely different view of the rocks as well as new…

Picnic at the Rock

‘My’ hill is one of my favourite places to go. No matter how many times I climb up to the top I am mesmerised by the 360 degree views and the thought that once upon a time an Iron-age hillfort stood here. You can feel history in the air. A quiet, reflective and meditative place….

Fairy Flowers

Our native type (Hyacinthoides non-scripta, otherwise named common bluebells, English bluebells, British bluebells, wood bells, fairy flowers and wild hyacinth) appears in ancient woodlands and along woodland edges in April and May. The sweetly scented flowers only droop from one side of the stem and have narrow leaves unlike the Spanish invaders which are paler and…

up on the hill

I have been neglecting ‘my’ hill for months having obsessed over it during my first year of living down here. Last year Godrevy lighthouse became the object of my obsession and so far this year I haven’t found anything to usurp the lighthouse. Last week we had a brief interlude of a day without rain…

day 10: Rain Clouds

CUMULONIMBUS clouds are piled up high like scoops of dark ice cream. These clouds usually bring rain showers. To the north, in the background, it looks to be already raining heavily, whilst here on the top of Trencrom Hill we are enjoying sunshine and blue skies December’s #SquareSky challenge | Rain Clouds

Trencrom Hill: A winter’s tale

On the first day of December I thought it was time to see how my favourite hill was doing. My first shock on climbing over the solid granite stile was in finding that the undergrowth had been scythed to the ground (sadly Ross Poldark was nowhere to be seen…) The second was seeing the gorse in flower…