Changing Seasons – February 2019

The latter part of February has been astonishingly different to this time last year. In 2018 we were shivering from the ‘beast from the east’,  plants were killed by unexpected snow and the country was in turmoil. This year we have had record-breaking temperatures of 20°C in Wales and even here in Cornwall the day…

Six on Saturday | Godolphin Gardens

Since not a lot has changed in my garden since last week – more of the same – I thought I would use a few flowers from a recent visit to another Cornish garden which is a short drive away  from me and open all year round. Famous for its bluebells in late spring I…

A Valentine’s Day Walk

It wasn’t a deliberate decision to go out on Valentine’s Day as we don’t bother with it, but we had to pop out into St Ives anyway and since it was turning into a lovely sunny day we decided to drive over to Trebah Garden on the Helford river for lunch and a walk in…

Carn Galver Mine

The mine at Carn Galver operated on and off from the 1830s to 1878, transforming this quiet coastal moor into a bustling industrial zone. Visitors in the 1870s would have seen smoke billowing from the stack of the steam pumping house (the taller ruined building) which drained water from the mines’s deepest shafts, whilst the…

In Ancient Times

West Penwith. It has a very different character to the rest of Cornwall: it feels almost like an island. Remote villages and hamlets are strung along one of the most beautiful roads in the land  between St Just and St Ives. Travelling by road is slow, tractors, trucks, German campervans, French motorhomes, sharp bends, drystone granite walls, abandoned tin…

Harbour View

In winter, the colours of Cornwall appear to be rather muted greys, white and yellow. But enchanting all the same. Yesterday I posted some photos from the harbour in St Ives, one of which was looking back up at the town which is built on the hillside. Some of you may have noticed an unusual…

Winter in St Ives

I love St Ives. It is such a pretty little harbour-side town with three fabulous sandy beaches and exquisite turquoise water. Unfortunately I am not the only one to love it and most months of the year it is virtually impossible to move along the narrow winding streets  – and forget about parking your car…

Changing Seasons – January 2019

I have been taking part in the Changing Seasons Monthly Photography Challenge since 2015 when it was hosted by Cardinal Guzman /Max who lives in Oslo, Norway. 2015: I recorded the changes along a specific route around Ludlow, Shropshire, which highlighted the lovely River Teme, Ludlow Castle and the delightful Whitcliffe common. 2016: We moved…

Barnoon Cemetery

I have a somewhat odd fascination with churches and churchyards. I am not remotely interested in the religious aspects, but I find the architecture of the buildings, the craftsmanship that goes into the exteriors and interiors, the feeling of peace inside and the nature  and history that can be gleaned from the headstones in very…

Summertime Memories

I am sitting on a wooden slatted bench complete with lichens; in the shade today as it is 26.5°C and that’s warm for Cornwall. The wind is sloughing through the trees above and opposite me, pigeons cooing. I have a book with me for a change and I will read in a moment or two, but…