herbaceous borders

A herbaceous border is a collection of perennial herbaceous plants arranged closely together, usually to create a dramatic effect through colour, shape or large scale. The head gardener here obviously knows his stuff as these borders are jam-packed with plants and brilliantly choreographed. Lanhydrock is one of my favourite gardens in the spring as their…

another hill, another view

From ‘my’ hill I have a view northwards of Godolphin hill and Tregonning hill. With Cornwall rapidly filling up with visitors from other parts of the country and possibly abroad we are avoiding places which are too busy, such as the beaches and the tourist hot-spots such as St Ives and Godrevy. But staying close…

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…

The Lanes in April

Since the ‘step back from society’ took place in mid March I have been confined to exploring the area around my home. Places that I have explored in detail many, many times before and in 2018 I recorded the changes of nature throughout the entire year. So I feel as though I know these lanes…

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…

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…

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…

waiting for a sunny day

It seems like weeks since we had a sunny day and no wind. The rain has been interminable. But yesterday I was awoken abruptly by yet another scam Amazon Prime phone call, but delighted to see a blue sky at last. We decided that it was time to have a beach walk, so we headed…

The Lanes in November

It’s been a while since I walked along the lanes around here, but now I have had my back sorted out by the chiropractor and my foot on the way to recovery with a little help from the podiatrist I thought I’d start walking more again. Small steps first. We have had a lot of…

Heligan

It’s not a quick drive to these gardens as they are on the south coast and the other side of Truro from me, but one I thought I might do more often than I have. Living in the far west, almost at the end of Cornwall’s major road the A30, means anywhere eastwards is a…