tremenheere trees

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is an unusual Cornish garden because there is no big house. Prior to 1295 the land was owned by the monks of St Michael’s Mount and then bought as a tenant farm by Michael De Tremenheere. Since then the land has been used as a vineyard and also to grow strawberries. The…

Finding Magic

“Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. “Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.” We had to go into St Ives in May as I had an appointment with the GP about my sciatica. We hummed and hawed as to whether…

To the Lighthouse

Sea Pinks and Godrevy Lighthouse Armeria maritima, commonly known as thrift, sea thrift or sea pinks. Its neat carpet of evergreen leaves is topped with lollipops of candy-pink flowers from May to September.

When the tide is out

At low tide from Hayle beaches it almost looks as if you can walk across the sand to St Ives. Maybe one day I shall see…

Six on Saturday | Where is Summer?

Approaching midsummer’s day and we have yet to experience anything like summer. Unlike many parts of the UK it hasn’t been too bad down here in the west country this week. Yes it has rained and yes the temperatures are well below what they should be for this time of the year, but we have…

Alice in June

This is the sight that greets me when I leave my house at the moment. The red campion is particularly beautiful this year, sandwiched between the frothy white cow parsley and the May blossom (hawthorn) and Alice cloaked in ivy standing proud. Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49 | Favourite Things

Six on Saturday | It’s Raining Again

Well that was a weird week. Although the weather forecast was for light showers every day we had some sunshine, some mist, some thunderstorms and a lot of wind! The garden has benefited from the rain as it was very dry but it was so cold on Friday that I even lit the wood burner…

Dancing Poppies

“The farmland here is managed specifically as a nature reserve for plants and wildlife associated with arable cultivation and is not commercially farmed.  It’s one of only a few such sites in Britain. Year after year visitors come to take in this much-loved sight – fields full of wild farmland flowers, and a real reminder…

cornwall in colours: red

West Pentire Poppies and Barn After a week of hesitation about when to visit West Pentire to see the poppy fields, yesterday seemed the best day to go. Although the sky was cloudy and threatening rain it was much bluer towards the coast. Whether the poppies would be in flower was an altogether different question.