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…

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…

Cornish favourites: a lighthouse

The last shore station on the north coast of west Cornwall before reaching Land’s End, Pendeen lighthouse stands atop sheer cliffs on a headland below the village of Pendeen, between St Just and St Ives. Pendeen Watch lighthouse has been guiding ships through this area for over a hundred years, its fairly squat white tower measuring 17 metres. Leave the car…

Cornish favourites: Lizard Point

Lizard Point is the British mainland’s most southerly point. Where some of Britain’s oldest rocks twist serpent-like into the strong currents and tidal races. The promontory is the turning point of one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and its jagged reefs have presented a hazard to mariners for thousands of years. (Source:…

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.