the case of the disappearing lighthouse

I woke up to glorious sunshine and the bluest of blue skies today. Decided to nip over to Godrevy for a walk before the shops opened at 10:30 and see if the heather is blooming. Before I miss that too! I was not surprised to see a finger of fog or sea fret spilling in…

A Walk to the Lighthouse

It is lovely and sunny here in the south-west. And I am not complaining. Far too often we miss out on the warmer weather and fine dry days that the south-east of the country seem to monopolise, so I say “bring it on”.  On Monday, on a whim, we decided to drive out to Godrevy…

and now the year is over…

Another year in Cornwall comes to an end. It has been an unusual year with family illnesses, a redundancy and visits from all the grandchildren, including the three who live in Australia. We didn’t quite manage to get them all together at the same time, but 6 out of 7 wasn’t bad. Spring was a…

in a reflective mood

The clocks go back today (GMT), which means that sunset will be an hour earlier and as a consequence the evening will seem much longer. I hate this time of year when so often the days are gloomy too, making me want to hibernate until January when the days grow longer once again. Perhaps I…

gwithian sands: red flag flying

There was no one in the sea on this bright day, despite some good surfing waves, and the lifeguards were patrolling the beach warning people to stay out of the water. At first we thought it was because of the very strong winds, but after discovering a Portuguese man-of-war on the sand we realised why…

Godrevy Lighthouse

The lighthouse stands on a reef known as the Stones. It was built in 1859 following the loss of all hands aboard the SS Nile, a 700 ton steamer wrecked upon the rocks. The lighthouse was manned until 1939.

Godrevy Lighthouse

On January 30th 1649 HMS Garland, a British Royal Navy ship carrying the clothes and possessions of King Charles I, his fugitive wife and son, the Prince of Wales, (who later became King Charles II) was wrecked on these rocks on the same day as King Charles I was executed for treason. Of the sixty…