Midsummer Stroll

A quick late evening stroll around the country lanes and ‘my’ hill last week revealed more wild flowers. Mullein (Verbascum) with its wonderful caterpillar moth, Evening Primrose, Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis), purple foxgloves, thistle seedheads, bracken leaves turning gold already, wild honeysuckle and buddleia throwing their fragrance into the still air, rosebay willowherb and pretty…

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…

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

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…

look, but don’t touch

Monkshood or Aconite or even wolf’s bane (Aconitum napellus) is one of the most poisonous plants in the garden. A beautiful but deadly hooded flower that can poison by touch alone. That said, bees and butterflies love aconitums, slugs hate them! The top sepal forms the trademark “monk’s hood” and just look at that beautiful…

My Launderette

This stunning mural is on the wall of the launderette that is next door to my GP’s surgery in Stennack, St Ives. It is a huge mural that takes up the whole side of the St Ives launderette. It depicts a man, a woman and a little dog in fishing boat SS226. There is the…

Harmony

“Blue and Green should never be seen” (because the colours clash), is a saying about colours (not) to wear together, but as Nature proves there is nothing wrong with these two colours side by side – in fact they create harmony and tranquillity and can even help to reduce high blood pressure. So if you…

Nature

Although winter is not my favourite season by any stretch of the imagination, I still like to get out for a walk if it is not actually raining. Fortunately I can walk into the countryside from my front door and only five minutes along the lane there are views over St Ives Bay to 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…