On the Lizard

Although these photos were taken a week ago, I thought they would be nice to feature on the longest day of the year for all of us in the northern hemisphere. The Lizard peninsula is a very special region of mainland Britain with diverse flora and fauna and as you can see from these images,…

Cornish favourites: Neolithic period

Walking through the fields in West Penwith looking for Chûn Quoit was how we spent one day of our Cornish holiday three years ago. There is something about a quoit/dolmen that intrigues me and on reaching one  I feel a sense of peace and history that stretches back to (3500-2500 BC).  What would this place have looked like…

Cornish favourites: Levant Mine

If you are interested in the Cornish mines and specifically the ruins, but not keen on going underground (Geevor) or walking on steep cliffs (Botallack / Wheal Coates / Rinsey) then Levant is the place for you.  Its main attraction is that it has the world’s only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on…

Come in, the water is lovely…

The last time I was here it was a very different story – A and I got totally soaked! I had to take my car in to the VW garage in Helston yesterday (an intermittent fault starting the engine) and seeing I was: already more than half way to the Lizard Point it was still…

George V Memorial Walk

Taking the car in for its MOT isn’t all bad when it means I can take a walk along the George V Memorial walk along the Copperhouse pool in Hayle whilst waiting for the test to be completed. The variety of flowers along this walk never fails to surprise and please me. At this time…

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…

Cornish favourites: Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

“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.” I’m not going to say much about this place as I think you will enjoy reading my impressions of this garden following my visit in 2015. View…

Cornish favourites: Morrab Gardens

In the heart of Penzance, only a stone’s throw from the sea, lies a secluded garden which has been looked after by the Council since it was bought in 1888. When the park opened in 1889, the Gardeners’ Chronicle wrote: “One of its features is a Palm-grove, where tourists may fancy themselves in the tropics…

Cornish favourites: Minack Theatre

In the far west of Cornwall, not many miles from Land’s End, the western most part of mainland Britain, is a most unusual place. The Minack is a unique open-air theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. In 1929, local drama enthusiasts put on an out-door performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a…

Cornish favourites: St Just in Penwith

St Just in Penwith is the furthest westerly town in England. Surrounded by moorland and only a mile or so from the Celtic Sea, it is a thriving town, though no longer the boom town it once was in the heyday of the mining industry. There are several independent shops including a butcher and a…

Garden View | Recipe for Eden

On Sunday with the coastal fog being a little more than coastal, I decided to head to the Mediterranean and have a quick visit to South Africa and Western Australia too.  No I haven’t discovered Time Travel (oh, how I wish) but instead went to see what the Eden Project was up to in the…

Cornish favourite: Godolphin

A series of narrow lanes lead to Godolphin House and Gardens midway between Godolphin Cross and Townshend. The gardens are open all year round (though it is always best to check before travelling a long distance). Located in a very peaceful part of west Cornwall, the estate includes the Leeds engine house and stack, the…