Saturday Sketches #5

The Ross Bridge, Penzance – Sepia Pencil The original swing bridge was built in 1881 from an old railway turntable to give access to the Abbey Basin and dry dock. This bridge was replaced in 1980, constructed by local Cornish company Visick’s Foundry.  The bridge, which opens to allow boats into the dry dock approximately…

Saturday Sketches #4

Dry Dock and Abbey Warehouse, Penzance – coloured Pencil A large network of smugglers’ tunnels runs beneath Penzance, spanning out from the harbour to the Abbey Warehouse, the Turks Head and Admiral Benbow pubs on Chapel Street, and to Causewayhead and Market Jew Street. 

Saturday Sketches #1

To fill in the dreary winter months when my garden is not very exciting (and usually too wet to go out and find anything to photograph anyway) I am taking a break from the Six on Saturday meme. I am going to post some photos that have been taken on my phone and edited with…

Six on Saturday | Late October

Nothing much has changed in my garden this week, the Hosta is looking very sorry for itself, the Asters have finished flowering and all the Cosmos have been removed and binned. Some bulbs have been planted, but most of them are from last year so I don’t know if anything will come of them. I…

Penlee Park

Penzance is not known as a tourist destination in comparison to the likes of St Ives or Padstow or Newquay, mainly because it does not have the wonderful sandy beaches in those locations. It is more of a working town, a little gritty in places and too many charity shops. It does however have the…

Winter Sunlight in Penzance Harbour

Albert Pier – Penzance Harbour December 2018. For someone who is a terrible sailor I have a keen interest in boats and anything nautical from a photography point of view. There are just so many interesting ‘things’ on a boat – my favourite ones are those that aren’t bobbing up and down – like these…

Out to Sea

Mount’s Bay through the harbour wall at Penzance – in late December afternoon sunshine.

Cornish favourites: Penlee Memorial Garden

The parkland surrounding Penlee House in Penzance was initially planted by J.R. Branwell and included many rare species from all around the world. The family were friendly with the Dorien Smiths who still live at Tresco Abbey, on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. Apart from the informal and formal gardens, there were also kitchen and flower…